Castle Panic

Amazon Product Name (APN): Fireside Games Castle Panic

Manufacturer: Fireside Games

Review by: Dad

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Castle Panic by Fireside Games is a high fantasy themed board game where players work together to defeat an invading army of orc, goblins, trolls, giant boulders and boss monsters intent on laying waste to their castle.

Castle Panic is an accessible and easy to learn board game with rules for different difficulty modes, competitive scoring for up to a six player game. But fear not, single player gamers: Fireside Games has thought of you, too. Castle Panic is one of the very few board games that includes rules for solo play.

In the base rules of Castle Panic, players work together trading cards drawn from the Castle Deck. The cards allow players to hit monsters, rebuild walls, enhance or change damage types and just generally do cool things to keep the castle alive against the enemies trying to destroy it.  Player’s turns can include trading Castle Cards with others to make the most effective use of drawn cards, playing those cards to do damage to enemies, or buff the castle.

But be warned, at the end of each turn, two new monster tokens emerge from the monster bag. 

That brings us to the real RNG (random number generator) of Castle Panic and why no two games are the same: the tokens.  The tokens in the monster bag may be monsters, boss monsters, giant boulders that destroy monsters and parts of the castle, and some tokens that cause you to draw more monsters, or cause a plague to befall your heroes. The order beasts and plagues come out of the monster bag can turn an easy game into hard mode at the drop of a hat.

Castle Panic is extremely fun to play and accessible by players of different board game experience. It’s one of those must-buy games for your gaming collection and family game nights (We love it so much, it made it to our Top 10 Board Games list here).

At the time of writing this article, there are three expansions for Castle Panic adding tougher monsters and new mechanics.  The Wizard’s Tower, Engines of War and Dark Titan expansions increase the game’s already high replay value, and add even more variety to Castle Panic than the already diverse base-rules provide. Our family has collected all of them because we love this game so much.

We may need to buy a second copy of the base game soon because our game board and tokens are starting to get worn out from how much we play it.  It is always popular on our family game nights and camping trips and I’m sure it will be for you as well. Get your copy of Castle Panic on Amazon here.

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Top 5 Games Workshop Warhammer Age of Sigmar Releases of 2018

Best of Games Workshop Article by Dad

2018 was a fantastic year for Warhammer Age of Sigmar by Games Workshop.  Games Workshop brought us many new models and several army release through 2018.  Let’s explore the releases our family thought were the best of 2018.  Our top five either changed the game, brought a much needed update to an older model and finally brought the Beast of Chaos and Gloomspite Gitz into the Age of Sigmar properly.

1.         Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars Starter Set

First on our top five is the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars box. This new starter set for Age of Sigmar brought us the Second Edition of the ruleset to the Mortal Realms.  The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set is one of the latest in a line of high value for the purchase price boxes of models Games Workshop has been releasing lately.  Including a full size, color hardcover book of the new rules and exciting backstory for the Soul Wars in the Age of Sigmar.  The Soul Wars starter set also includes fifty-two high detail and easy to build models, the most models Games Workshop has packed into a basic starter set since the full army boxes back in the 90’s. The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set is fantastic place to start your journey in the Mortal Realms if you want either a Stormcast Eternals or Nighthaunt army.  These forces can easily be built out into full armies by adding a start collecting and just a couple other boxes of models.

2.         Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery

An amazing new addition to add more flavor and wanton destruction to your age of sigmar battles, Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery brought a new threat to our Warhammer Age of Sigmar Battles, endless spells.  Endless Spells add a new threat to the battlefield, each with their own unique rules and flavor.  Endless Spells can be cast by any of your wizard characters and can be taken over by the opposing force’s wizards creating some interesting and tactical gameplay options for your Warhammer Age of Sigmar games. Endless Spells are a must buy when building a new Age of Sigmar Army to keep your options open for having fun in smaller games and as a great points filler in larger games expanding your play options.  The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery box contains thirteen miniatures representing a great starting mix of endless spells. Endless spells for all of the currently updated factions are also available with new sets coming out with every new army update. Current releases by Games Workshop include Endless spells for Stormcast Eternals, Nighthaunt, Beasts of Chaos, and Gloomspite Gitz at the time of the writing of this article.

3.         Games Workshop Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt Black Coach

The model for the Black Coach hasn’t been updated since the 1990s and badly needed an overhauled new model. Games Workshop’s updates to the Nighthaunt army this year provided the perfect opportunity to release a new one and boy did the game designers deliver on this one.  The design of the Black Coach  fits in perfectly with the rest of the new Nighthaunt models and is a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield, growing stronger every turn it stays in play. I greatly enjoyed building and painting this model and have included it in my Nighthaunt list rotation with the special Deathriders Battalion warscroll in the Nighthaunt battletome to go with two units of ten Hexwraiths and the Dreadblade Harrows.  The Black Coach is a  behemoth class unit for your Nighthaunt army and is definitely a must buy to round out your larger point cost lists.

4.         Battletome: Beasts of Chaos Warhammer Age of Sigmar

The Beasts of Chaos Battletome for Warhammer Age of Sigmar finally brought the beastmen in all their chaos worshipping glory into the Age of Sigmar. This army hasn’t been updated in several years and badly needed a new battletome for the Age of Sigmar.  Along with the Beasts of Chaos Battletome, Games Workshop released a set of Endless Spells and a new piece of terrain The Herdstone to add more flavor to the army.  A lot of rules were updated to the Beasts of Chaos warscrolls, bringing updates and balance changes to the army rules.  This battletome is a must buy for any Beasts of Chaos player in games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.

5.         Battletome: Gloomspite Gitz Warhammer Age of Sigmar (HB)

The Battletome for the Gloomspite Gitz was a very rewarding surprise announced near the end of of 2018 with a release in very early 2019.  We felt the timing was close enough to the end of 2018 that we could still include it here.  The Gloomspite Gitz Battletome joins the Moonclan grots, Spiderfang grots, troggoths and gargants together under the bad moon of the Gloomspite Gitz and led by Skragrott the Loonking.  Grot armies had been severely neglected in the Age of Sigmar and really needed an update.  Games Workshop’s announcement included new grot models, a terrain piece and grot themed Endless Spells for buiding a fully themed Gloomspite Gitz army for games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.

2018 was an amazing year for Warhammer Age of Sigmar releases and 2019 is already proving to be amazing, with more Gloomspite Gitz models releasing early in the first quarter, and updates already teased to both Flesheater Courts and Skaven armies.  It should be a amazing year on the gaming table in the Age of Sigmar.

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Board Games as a Family Hobby

A Family Game Night How-To Article

By Dad

Gaming is one of oldest forms of entertainment. Game pieces have been found in archaeological digs around the world, dating back to some of the oldest civilizations on the planet. In modern times, Board Games have become one of the most diverse and interesting pastimes available to us.  There are so many different types of board games, card games, and miniature games available today that no matter who you are, there is a game out there that you and your family can enjoy.

Family game night has become a staple in households around the world, and for good reason.  Playing tabletop games together gives your family a reason to get unplugged from screens and interact with each other. Board games tighten much-needed family bonds and encourage families to spend time together. For kids, family game night provides an opportunity for new experiences and can be used as learning opportunity to reinforce basic math, vocabulary, reading and writing skills.

Cooperative games like Castle Panic and Pandemic help families learn to work together, problem solve and overcome challenges together. In contrast, competitive games like Munchkin, Ticket to Ride or Small Worldcan teach conflict resolution, critical thinking and problem solving. Games like Hi Ho Cherry-O or Jenga can help kids practice basic math skills, manual dexterity or other educational skills.  The multitude of games on the market today make it possible to find a game that is right for your family game nights, no matter what your family gaming goals are.

Setting up family game night is easy! Pick one evening a week to play a couple of games as a family instead of watching TV or playing video games.  Let each member of the family have a turn picking the game to play so everyone has a chance to play the games they want.

Make time to check out your local game store and shop for games together. Boardgame stores can be great resources to learn about new games and some will even let you play them before you buy.  I’m lucky that gamestores near me feature open play areas where we can go and play games outside of the house, providing a change of scenery. Playing games in a store play room is also great if you don’t have space at home for games that require more room.

If you don’t have a local game store near you to help you choose the game right for your family, check out Youtube or a review website like to find out what other people are saying about games they love to play.

Game Night Rules:

We have a rule for our family game nights banning electronics from the table when playing board games or role playing games. It’s too easy for the entire family to get sucked into their individual screens, causing us to interact with each other less than we should. Setting up a time where the whole family can come together that doesn’t include electronics is a much needed break for everyone. All it takes is commitment by the whole family to show up for that weekly evening to play games.

Be aware that you need to give yourself permission to adjust your rules as needed. As an example, my father enjoys playing miniature games, but because of his poor eyesight he needs a tablet with zoom to read rules and warscrolls for Warhammer Age of Sigmar. We make exceptions where it makes sense.  The main goal of our “no electronics” rule is to keep us from getting distracted from playing the game.  This rule may not work for every family, but it has served us well to keep everyone focused and having fun.

Our family has built years of amazing memories playing games on family game night. It has helped our family bonds grow tighter.  Countless game nights and camping trips, hauling our game collection along, have taught us that the family that plays together, stays together, and you don’t have to be staring at an LCD screen to have some serious fun.

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Is my modeling glue making me sick?

A Modeling Help Article by Dad

I started building and painting twenty-eight millimeter scale miniatures several years ago. The first miniature I ever painted was a pewter Eladrin Warlock character, for a Dungeons and Dragons fourth edition campaign I was starting with some friends.  It was a fun project that taught me the basics of modeling and painting.  I was hooked from that first project and I’ve managed to fully paint and base several hundred minis since. Now I maintain a large modeling, painting and gaming space to enjoy my hobby in. However, I’ve got an issue, I’m allergic to super glue.

Why does glue smell?

We all know that cyanoacrylate adhesives, more commonly known as super glues, are really stinky.  The reason for the smell, is most super glues offgas a vaporized version of cyanoacrylate monomer.  This monomer can irritate your mucous membranes in the respiratory tract. For most people, using these adhesives in a well ventilated room is enough to prevent side effects. However, about 5% of the population is allergic enough that this irritation turns into what feels like a head cold or flu for several days. 

The Cyanoacrylate Wikipedia page explains this issue pretty well. You can read what they have to say here.

Am I allergic to Super Glue?

I found out I was allergic to most glues through trial and error.  Once I started really getting into miniature modeling, I was using super glue a lot more than I had previously.  Eventually, I made the connection that every time I spent a day building models, I was sick for a week with a head cold or flu.  It took being sick for almost a month solid until I figured out that my super glue was the issue.  After a ton of searching online, I started finding testimonials from other miniature modelers out there that had the same super glue allergy.

How do I stick stuff together if I’m allergic to Super Glue?

I realized I had two choices, either rebuild my workspace with tons of crazy ventilation under a chemical hood, or find a superglue that was odorless.

Pretty much everyone I found that posted about flue allergies recommended using the Super-Gold+ CA odorless super glues.  They are expensive compared to standard glues, but they don’t offgas that mucous membrane irritating monomer. The glues come in a range of thicknesses from very thin to thick gap filling. This allows you to continue gluing miniatures and models, no matter your application.  I mostly use the medium thickness for gluing models to bases, building metal and resin models, adding basing plants/rocks, and final model assembly after painting those hard to reach spots.  It really is the best middle ground for general assembly of different materials like cork, plastic, pewter, resin, dirt, rocks, etc.

Since I started using odorless super glues, I no longer have those crazy side effects from my allergy. This has been huge for me personally, as miniature modeling and painting has become a regular form of meditation and therapy for dealing with my other chronic health issues.  I wouldn’t have been able to come this far with my painting and modeling skills without an odorless option for superglues.

So, if you are starting out in the miniature modeling and painting hobby and you begin having unexplained head cold and flu like symptoms, it might just be the super glue you are using.  But don’t let that stop you from enjoying an amazing family hobby. The wealth of miniatures that need some assembly and paintwork are still accessible to you with a solid odorless superglue like the Super-Gold+ Odorless. To check this great glue out for yourself, you can find it on Amazon here.

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Games Workshop Vampire Counts: Black Knights

Our Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by: Dad

The Black Knights from Games Workshop are a great flanking unit with high mobility for your games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.  They get a twelve inch standard move, two wounds each and five plus save helps keep them alive. That save goes to a four plus against attacks with no rending against the Black Knights due to their Crypt Shields.

A unit of Black Knights has five or more models, but do really well in units of between ten and twenty depending on how big of a list you are building.  Like Hexwraiths the other type of cavalry you can build with this box, Black Knights get two attacks with their Skeletal Steed’s Hooves and Teeth hitting on a four plus and wounding on a five plus. But they are also equipped with Barrow Lances that also get two attacks but hit on a three plus and wound on four plus. The Barrow Lances shine when you charge a unit of Black Knights because of their Deathly Charge ability.  Deathly Charge takes their Barrow Lances from wounding on a four plus down to a three plus and changes the damage the Barrow Lances do per wound from one to two!

Black Knights should always be built with a full command.  The unit leader is a Hell Knight and gets an extra attack with his Barrow Lance.  Models in the unit can also be Standard Bearers or Hornblowers.  As  a rule of thumb make sure to remove an command models in the unit last to take advantage of their buffs for as many turns as possible.  Standard Bearers allow a unit of Black Knights to subtract one from the bravery of an enemy units within six inches of the Standard Bearer.  The Hornblower allows a unit of Black Knights to always get a six inch charge unless the charge roll comes out higher than six.

Black knights go well with a Vampire Lord who can bring back slain Black Knights every Hero phase with their Deathly Invocation ability and also grant them one extra attack to all of their weapons with the Blood Feast command ability, skeletal steeds included.  Check the Black Knights from Games Workshop out for yourself for your games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar. You can find them on Amazon here.

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Age of Sigmar Easy-To-Build Nighthaunt Chainrasp Hordes

Our Rating: 5 of 5

Review by: Dad

Chainrasp Hordes are one of the main battleline troop choices for your Games Workshop Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt army. They are most effective in units of 10 or more, I personally think they go great with a unit of twenty of them alongside some Hexwraiths or Glaivewraith Stalkers. You always want to upgrade one of the models in a unit of Chainrasp Hordes to the Dreadwarden unit leader as that model gets and extra attack with its Malignant Weapon and the unit gets bravery ten instead of bravery 6.  So leaving him till the last model you pull as a casualty is an important tip to remember. Units of ten or models of Chainrasp Hordes also get to re-roll wound rolls of a one.

Chainrasp Hordes are available in a unit of twenty in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set and in their own box of easy-to-build models that builds a unit of ten. Each model gets two attacks hitting on fours and wounding on fours doing one damage for each wound. They can then be buffed by the Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed’s extra attack and a re-roll on failed hits from Crawlocke the Jailor or a Spirit Torment from the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set. Being able to roll sixty plus dice worth of attacks even hitting and wounding on fours can be devastating to just about any unit they go up against. Easily dishing out 10-15 wounds a turn on average per combat round. Chainrasp Hordes are a cheap and effective battleline troops choice for your Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt army and are an automatic buy when building a new Nighthaunt army.  I highly recommend buying the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set to get a nice unit of 20 of them along with all the other amazing units that come in the box for your Nighthaunt army.  As it is an amazing value for anyone starting out in the hobby or wanting to build a new Nighthaunt or Stormcast Eternals army.

You can start your Chainrasp Hordes by checking them out on Amazon here.

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Citadel Easy-To-Build Nighthaunt Glaivewraith Stalkers

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by: Dad

Glaivewraith Stalkers are one of the coolest new Nighthaunt units available from Games Workshop for Warhammer Age of Sigmar and as the backstory states:

“A Glaivewraith Stalker is an unstoppable force. Its long blade always points at the beating heart of its intended victim….”

This holds true in gameplay.  The Glaivewraith Stalkers are truly an unstoppable force in Warhammer Age of Sigmar and once you add a drummer, get a unit of at least ten models, and back them up with a Guardian of Souls or Crawlocke the Jailor/Spirit Torment to stack an extra attack.  Having at least 1 drummer in the unit allows you to retreat and charge in the same turn and charging grants +1 to their hit rolls bringing their 4+ down to a 3+.  The craziness really starts if you are able to use 2 different abilities to stack and extra attack on their profile.  Suddenly, you are throwing forty six sided dice hitting on a 3+ on the charge.  As long as you remember one basic rule, Always Be Charging with Glaivewraith Stalkers they will perform well in just about every situation consistantly throwing tons of wounds against enemy units. 

Glaivewraith Stalkers can be picked up in three different boxes from Games Workshop. The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Nighthaunt + Paint Set comes with 4 models, Citadel Easy-To-Build Nighthaunt Glaivewraith Stalkers Warhammer Age of Sigmar also comes with 4 models, and finally the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set with five Glaivewraith Stalkers.

No matter which way you pick up some Glaivewraith Stalkers, if you are playing Nighthaunt or any other death army, they are must buy for your collection.  As the models themselves have really cool and elegant sculpts, the easy to build kits go together really fast and look amazing. They are amazing in games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar. And if you can back them up with a boosting hero as mentioned earlier in your lists, they only get better.

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Games Workshop The Guardian of Souls (a unit in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set.)

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by: Dad

The Guardian of Souls is a Hero and Wizard character for Games Workshop’s Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt army. Only available in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Souls Wars starter set, The Guardian of Souls is a great little spellcasting hero.  His Nightmare Lantern allows any friendly Nighthaunt models within nine inches of the Guardian of Souls to add one to their wound rolls, helping to ensure those hits turn into wounds for your melee units. His unique spell Spectral Lure, if successfully cast during the Hero phase, allows the Guardian of Souls to heal d6 wounds allocated to a unit with eighteen inches or if no wounds are allocated to any models you can return a number of slain models to the unit with a combined wounds characteristic equal to or less than the rolled d6.  Hooray for bringing back the dead to fight again.

If the Guardian of Souls gets in trouble and has to enter melee combat, he has a respectable three attacks hitting and wounding on a 3+ with -1 rending and 1 damage each with his Chill Blade.  However, it’s highly recommended to never let him enter close combat as he should be buffing your mainline troops to greatness with his nine inch wound bubble and bringing the dead back to life again instead of getting his ghostly hands dirty.

While the Guardian of Souls is currently only available in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set, he is great addition to your army and gets a place in most of my lists. And this unit goes great with Crawlocke the Jailor (You can read my review of Crawlocke the Jailor here).

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Games Workshop Nighthaunt Keldrek Knight of Shrouds Malign Portents

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by: Dad

The Knight of Shrouds is a Hero character for Games Workshop’s Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt army. The Knight of Shrouds is available by itself on foot as the named character Keldrek and in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Souls Wars starter set on an Ethereal Steed. Either version are a great option for your general in a Nighthaunt army in smaller games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar. Both have beautiful sculpts that really show off Games Workshop latest advancements in the CAD design and production of these kits.  They really have been producing some of their most beautiful and easy to assemble models in the last couple of years.

The Knight of Shrouds on foot is amazing in melee with his Sword of Stolen Hours. The sword not only has four attacks hitting and wounding on a 3+ with -1 rending and two damage each.  As a bonus, every time he slays an enemy hero with the Sword of Stolen Hours, he heals a wound.  The Knight of Shrouds on foot’s command ability Spectral Overseer allows any friendly Nighthaunt models within nine inches to add one to their hit rolls.

The Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed gets is the far more powerful version in my opinion, getting six wounds instead of the five wounds of the on foot version, he can also move up to twelve inches instead six inches and his Ethereal Steed grants two more attacks with its Ghostly Hooves and Teeth.

He is also equipped with the Sword of Stolen Hours and it has the same attack profile and rules. Where he further differs from the Knight of Shrouds on foot is in his command ability.  Lord of Gheists allows him to add one to the attack characteristic of any friendly Nighthaunt units within a whopping 18” of the Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed.  Any ability that grants an extra attack to a units profile is very useful when running him behind a large blob of Chainwrasp Hordes or my personal favorite Glaivewraith Stalkers.

The larger the model count in the unit, the more benefit you get from these attack stacking abilities. No matter which version you decide to add to your collection the Knight of Shrouds is a fantastic edition to your Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt army collection. To add the Games Workshop Nighthaunt Keldrek Knight of Shrouds Malign Portents to your army, find it on Amazon here.

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Games Workshop Crawlocke The Jailor and Chainghasts Warhammer Age of Sigmar

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by: Dad

The Spirit Torment is a fantastic Hero unit for your Games Workshop Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt army.  The Spirit Torment is one of those heroes that can find a place in just about any Nighthaunt list.  I also bought a second one off of a popular auction website because I had to be able to run more than one of them. The Spirit Torment is available in either the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set, or as a single model and in a stand alone box as the named character Crawlocke the Jailor.  Crawlocke is a great option to get a second Spirit Torment as the box also comes with a unit of two Chainghasts if you already own the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set.

The Spirit Torment has two abilities of note for boosting your other units like Chainrasp Hordes or Glaivewraith Stalkers. Captured Soul Energy can heal lost wounds or return slain models to a unit at the beginning of the battleshock phase as long as three or more enemy models were slain during the turn in any phase.  Which is important because the models returned come back before any battleshock test are taken. With bravery ten, most nighthuant units rarely fail battleshock tests, but units of larger model counts are more susceptible to failure if they lose a lot of models.  This ability helps ensure you are never failing battleshock test and your units stay as strong as possible. And this ability can be used by as many Spirit Torments as you have in your list for every three enemy models slain during the turn!

The Spirit Torment’s Nagash’s Bidding ability allows any friendly Nighthaunt unit with twelve inches of the Spirit Torment re-roll hit rolls of a one.  This ability makes the Spirit Torment pair great with a Guardian of Souls and his Nightmare Lantern adding one to the wound rolls of friendly Nighthaunt units within nine inches. The Spirit Torment is a must buy for any Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthuant army and I highly recommend running more than one if you can fit them in your lists.

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