Marc Allie - Contributor

I have been playing games of all types my whole life. My first experience with video games was playing Pong at a friend's house when I was about four years old. Up until the last generation, I was an unapologetic Nintendo fanboy, but my love for the games themselves has expanded my horizons to enjoy all current systems.

As far as my personal life goes, I am a teacher and technology coordinator for a small rural school district in Missouri. I'm married to a lovely woman, and we have two boys, ages 14 and 7. My sons are my co-op partners, and the biggest chunk of my playtime is with them. Other interests of mine apart from video games are watching movies, NFL football, and collecting comic books and Transformers toys. (This is pretty much exactly what I was doing when I was ten, it seems.)

Unsurprisingly, one of my biggest interests in gaming is the classics. Nostalgia is a very powerful factor for me. Some of my favorite gaming moments ever are the times when I have played an old favorite game of mine with my kids. Games like TMNT IV and X-Men: The Arcade Game are every bit as good now as they were the first time I played them!

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Wii U's Killer App?

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Co-Op Review

I have long been a fan of the Super Smash Bros. series. From its inception on the classic Nintendo 64, through Melee on the Gamecube and Brawl on the Wii, the series has been well regarded, and for good reason. The combination of a deep roster of favorite Nintendo characters with a chaotic but incredibly deep combat system is something special. My ...

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Are you ready to wok?

Tabletop Co-Op: Wok Star

There are several common themes that we see over and over again in tabletop board gaming. Fictional genres like fantasy and science-fiction are typically very well represented, as are historical games set during times of war. Every once in a while, though, a game comes along with a totally unique theme. The co-op board game we are looking at today ...

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The Dynasty of Zelda

Hyrule Warriors Co-Op Review

Dynasty Warriors games have been generally successful for many years and through multiple console generations. Spinoff series, using the same basic gameplay elements, have had similar modest success, including Dynasty Warriors Gundam and Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage. Now, the beloved Legend of Zelda franchise has received a Dynasty Warr...

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Goblins Vs. Zombies

Tabletop Co-Op: Zombies Keep Out

So it turns out zombies are pretty popular. There are lots of movies, TV shows, book, and comics based on everyone’s favorite undead shamblers. Video games have seen a whole host of zombie themes, and the same is also true with games of the tabletop variety. In this column alone, we’ve covered two zombie-themed games already: Zombi...

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Bringing co-op to your party

Tabletop Co-Op: Cranium Hoopla

Typically, when we cover cooperative board games here at Tabletop Co-Op, we look at recent games, and typically those that are highly thematic and deep strategically. Today, we consider a game that is a bit older, non-thematic, and devoid of any sort of strategy or tactics. Cranium Hoopla may be different from what we normally discuss here, but it&...

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Everybody scream!

Tabletop Co-Op: Dead Panic

Way back before Tabletop Co-Op was a regular feature here at Co-Optimus, we covered boardgames every once in a while in our Casual Fridays column, dedicated to family/kid friendly games. One of the first cooperative board games we discussed was Castle Panic, a great game for adults and kids alike reminiscent of the tower defense genre. Today, we wi...

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Adventure on the Cursed Island

Tabletop Co-Op: Robinson Crusoe

The game under discussion today is one of the best we’ve ever covered here on Tabletop Co-Op. It was released in 2012, and has been getting rave reviews ever since. The game has been hard to find until very recently, and I was gleefully able to pick up my copy a few weeks ago. Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island is both highly the...

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Don't delay! Act now!

Ryse: Son of Rome Season Pass On Sale Today

Ryse: Son of Rome was a highlight of the Xbox One launch a few months ago, and as the first major DLC release on February 28 approaches, all manner of deals are available to celebrate. Today, eager gladiators can purchase a Season Pass for Ryse at a 33% discount. The standard cost is $19.99, so you'll save a non-negligible $6.66 today, and only today, February 25. Presumably the 666 pennies you'll have left can be used for some nefarious purpose. The Season Pass is a bundle of all four planned DLC releases, and would normally save you 25% off the cost of getting each separately. The discount for today makes this an even better deal.

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