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Writer_smallerNEWS ITEMS!

We will be in Boston from Tuesday for a family wedding, buying board games and indulging in as much local food as we can manage in an unfortunately short time. We will also be hanging out at Knight Moves board game cafe in Brookline. So if you are around, come meet us! We would love to hang out and play games. Come along on Tuesday the 3rd of May. We should be there around 7 or 8PM (we will confirm the time here and on Twitter) and we intend on staying until close (11PM) Directions and details can be found here, if you are going to come along, do let us know in the comments or Twitter.

The winning print from our competition of two weeks ago is on its way to Curtis J. Reubens, who selected “Marketing Directive” as his favourite comic. Congratulations again!

As we will be away for awhile, we have lined up some really great guest comics for the next two weeks. So you can look forward to the return of Dave and Roselyn, and some new friends as well.

Although I have been playing it a lot, I was actively trying to not do another comic about the X-Wing Miniatures game. We did quite a few in a short space of time, and we try to keep the comic as varied as possible. However, it’s not a coincidence that the Force Awakens is now available to buy, so we pretty much doubled-down on Star Wars this week and so made an exception when it came to writing the comic. Also Poe Dameron. Though the notebook itself is an exaggeration, our feelings towards this rakish hero of the Rebellion are not. What a pilot, and what a man…

The print ‘n play version of Monikers is one of the best, and definitely the funniest party game we own. It’s a game that provides the set-up for a group of players to make their own jokes, and there are always side-splitting memories from every game of it we play. Given how much fun the game has already given us, we were delighted to support the creators, back the Kickstarter, and line ourselves up for a proper version of it, plus an expansion. The Kickstarter has already ended, but if you ever have the opportunity to grab a copy, I highly recommend you do so. You can play with six players, but it scales well up to ten players (we’ve never played with more than that).

23 Comments on Rebel heart
  • Ben Thorp

    Argh – I was this: ->||<- close to buying Monikers (the full set) but the shipping was pretty damn high so I decided I couldn't warrant it. 🙁

    • We went for just one expansion and the base game. Getting both expansions was too much. You should see if the p ‘n p version is still available. There are literally hundreds of cards so it does take a while. But it is worth it. One of Aileen’s all time favourite games.

    • Alexis Lee

      £65 on Amazon, hahahahahahahano

  • Drew

    Poe Dameron is one fine looking pilot… Also the best new character from Episode VII!!!

    Now that he’s in X-wing game… I may have to give it another try… Don’t think he’ll be coming to armada any time soon 🙁

    I will have to try Monikers! I’ve been tempted for a while… But due to laziness and the big pile of new games I’m already trying to work through, I’ve been hesitant… If you recommend it I may be left with no choice!

    • He is! He was brilliant, really looking forward to seeing more of him in the sequels. And his buddy BB8 of course. Who is also in X-Wing! Wondering at the moment if we are going to get some Rogue One ships announced soon.
      See if the Monikers pnp is still out there, test it out that way. On paper the game doesn’t sound amazing -just a tweaked version of Charades, you kinda have to play it to see how it shines…

  • Daniel Newman

    I don’t understand Monikers, as it’s just a printed version of the game Celebrity which you can play without buying a game – everybody just writes a name down and you throw it in a bowl or whatever.

    • Alexis Lee

      You get nice cards with facts about the people. Also a three-round structure where you’re allowed to share less info each time, which creates in-jokes. The Shut Up + Sit Down review was pretty compelling even though I have very few chances to play party games.

      • Daniel Newman

        We always played Celebrity with that structure

        • It’s nice to have a pre-made copy. Really high production values on the game, huge variety of cards. As Alexis said, the SUSD review is really compelling -I’m pretty sure that’s what did it for us in the first place.

  • Alexis Lee

    Wh… why is the archive over? Why!

    Do you have a means for people to send you very small sums of money?

    • We’ll be refilling the archive, we’re just doing it one comic a week…
      We actually don’t have any sort of donate/patreon, but it’s lovely of you to ask. As we have been saying for a while we do have plans to re-design the site, and add more features, so we will think about it for then for sure.

  • Joe Griffin

    I could never figure out from a storytelling point of view why Poe disappears half way through the film, he’s the first character we meet so it enforces in our mind he’s really important, and then he just gets kicked out for an hour. I guess they had to establish Rey as an excellent pilot and they couldn’t have done that had Poe been on the Falcon with Han, but still… it seems a bit clunky. And besides, Poe is totally awesome!

    • Fun fact I just learned from watching The Force Awakens special features: Poe was originally supposed to be killed off early in the movie (I’m guessing the TIE crash) but Oscar Isaacs had been killed off early-ish in the last four films he had made, so he actually went to JJ Abrams asking for a stay of execution. And got it! Which is hilarious.

      • Joe Griffin

        That’ll do. He fits the character perfectly.

  • Dexter Ó Thuithear

    I know a fair few people who’s entire swathe of secret X-wing tactics start and end with Poe Dameron. He’s an absolute arse to take down. If he wasn’t so adorable, I’d be annoyed.

    • I don’t actually have much experience flying against Poe, but I hate any X-Wing with R2-D2, or any other regen droid. Hit them, they regen, hit them, they regen, time’s up, flip the table.
      (my new work schedule has me off every second Sunday, so once we’re back from holiday I’m hoping to use that to get to Limerick once or twice a month)

      • Dexter Ó Thuithear

        Regen in general is like that. Corran with R2D2 has been a nightmare for a long time. With people running the Ghost lately, Biggs has made a comeback. Poe was bad before, but wait until he’s flying next to Biggs…

  • wr00t

    Heh, for me it would be Rey. Though i’m not good at sketching, so i would probably just draw BB8 😀 Just rewatched VII yesterday 🙂

    • Ha! I think even I could manage a sketch of BB8. Rey is awesome. A highlight of the film is the interaction between Finn and Rey. They are absolutely brilliant on screen together. Great chemistry. The sequence from when they meet on Jakku through to landing at Maz’s Castle has so many hilarious moments with the two of them. It’s an amazing half hour of film.

  • Rose the Hedgehog

    Ooof, Tuesdays are bad for us. But we might try to come around 10pm just to say hi. I don’t think we’ll be up for a game, but it would be nice to meet you. 🙂

    • Aw, shoot. Sorry to hear that, but would be delighted to meet you if you could make it all.

  • Jonathan

    Sorry to say that I probably won’t be able to make it to Knight Moves after all either. Hope you have a lovely time though. I’m guessing it will be tons of fun!