Co-Optimus Feed for Co-Op videogame news for articles tagged with board-games A custom RSS feed on co-op gaming for: Co-Op videogame news for articles tagged with board-games http://www.co-optimus.com en-us http://www.co-optimus.com/images/cooplogo.pngCo-Optimushttp://www.co-optimus.com Tabletop Co-Op: Dead of WinterMarc Allie

If you are anything like me, you are approaching the level of burnout with zombie themed games. From board games to video games to comics and TV, zombies are literally everywhere. There are several co-op board games featuring zombies, including three we have already covered in this column: Zombies Keep Out!, Dead Panic, and Zombicide. What does Dea...

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Tabletop Co-Op: Temple of Elemental EvilMarc Allie

One of the first cooperative board games we ever covered here at Co-Optimus was Castle Ravenloft. Released in 2010, this vampire-themed tabletop dungeon crawl was the first of the Dungeons & Dragons Adventure System games. It was quickly followed by two more games in the series, Wrath of Ashardalon and Legend of Drizzt. Fans thought the series ...

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1834/page/1/tabletop-co-op-temple-of-elemental-evil.html http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1834/page/1/tabletop-co-op-temple-of-elemental-evil.html Temple of Elemental Evil Co-op Board Game Out NowEnoch Starnes

While many of the classic module's themes remain, the rules have been retooled to fit the WizKids line of "D&D Adventure System Cooperative Play" series of board games.  The story has been streamlined into thirteen separate missions, which can be played independently or sequentially for that full "campaign" feeling.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/13095/temple-of-elemental-evil-co-op-board-game-out-now.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/13095/temple-of-elemental-evil-co-op-board-game-out-now.html Tabletop Co-Op: Star RealmsMarc Allie

In 2008, a card game called Dominion was published, and an entire genre of card games was born. Known as deckbuilders, these games give players a small deck of cards to start with, and allow them to add to and customize their deck each turn. By fine tuning the contents of your deck, you can amass the most points, or defeat or your foes, or, most im...

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1466/page/1/tabletop-co-op-star-realms.html http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1466/page/1/tabletop-co-op-star-realms.html Almost (But Not Quite) Tabletop Co-OpMarc Allie

One of the issues that constantly arises here at Co-Optimus headquarters is defining exactly what is, and is not, co-op. A good portion of feedback we get from users of the site is “why isn’t game X in your database? It’s totally co-op” when it really isn’t. According to this blurb from our “About” page:...

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1360/page/1/almost-but-not-quite-tabletop-co-op.html http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1360/page/1/almost-but-not-quite-tabletop-co-op.html Tabletop Co-Op: The Lord of the RingsMarc Allie

It's time once again for another edition of Tabletop Co-Op. Today we will take a look at one of the oldest co-op board games we have covered. Lord of the Rings, originally published in 2000, puts players in the role of the hobbits on their quest to destroy the One Ring and thwart Sauron. The game combines hand management and gorgeous modul...

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1335/page/1/tabletop-co-op-the-lord-of-the-rings.html http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1335/page/1/tabletop-co-op-the-lord-of-the-rings.html Tabletop Co-Op: HanabiTally Callahan

Since I’ve been playing a lot of tabletop games recently, Marc was kind enough to let me do a guest article on Tabletop Co-Op. For this article, I’ll be giving my impressions of Hanabi, the cooperative card game....

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1255/page/1/tabletop-co-op-hanabi.html http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1255/page/1/tabletop-co-op-hanabi.html I Wanna Wok! Co-Op Board Game Wok Star on KickstarterMarc Allie

Wok Star is a cooperative, real time board game, in which players work together to run a Chinese restaurant. Think Diner Dash, but with cardboard chits, dice, and cards, and on your dining room table. A timer keeps the action flowing as each character plays cards and rolls dice in combinations to mix the right ingredients in order to meet the varied needs of different customers. Serve as many as you can, as quickly as you can, and improve your restaurant from round to round. At the end of the game, if you are profitable enough, you win! 

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/10484/i-wanna-wok-co-op-board-game-wok-star-on-kickstarter.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/10484/i-wanna-wok-co-op-board-game-wok-star-on-kickstarter.html Tabletop Co-Op: Arkham HorrorMarc Allie

Today, we dip our toes back into the pool of cooperative tabletop board games. We've previously delved into the rich Lovecraft universe with an article covering Elder Sign. Moving beyond the fast paced, dice rolling puzzle aspects of that game, we come to the Great Old One of Cthulhu games, Fantasy Flight's colossal epic, Arkham Horror.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1247/page/1/tabletop-co-op-arkham-horror.html http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1247/page/1/tabletop-co-op-arkham-horror.html Tabletop Co-Op: LegendaryMarc Allie

In recent years, the deck building genre of card games has become very popular. Dominion hit the scene in 2008, and was a smash hit. In addition to a host of expansions for that game, many other deck building games have been published. One thing that was missing from the genre, though, was cooperation. The subject of this installment of Tabletop Co-Op, Legendary, introduces Marvel super heroes into the deck building genre, and adds co-op too!

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1155/page/1/tabletop-co-op-legendary.html http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1155/page/1/tabletop-co-op-legendary.html Tabletop Co-Op: Dungeon!Marc Allie

It’s time once again for another installment of Tabletop Co-Op. We'll go on an adventure into a network of monster filled rooms in search of treasure. Horrible ogres and foul skeletons bar your way, but gemstones, magic swords, and bags of gold await! Join a group of friends on a trip into the Dungeon! board game.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1141/page/1/tabletop-co-op-dungeon.html http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1141/page/1/tabletop-co-op-dungeon.html Tabletop Co-Op: Star Trek ExpeditionsMarc Allie

Star Trek Generations is a board game that has many appealing elements. It is based on the revamped Star Trek movie universe, and was created by Reiner Knizia, one of the most successful board game designers of all time. Expeditions includes detailed miniatures for the crew of the Enterprise, as well as the ship itself, and even a Klingon vessel. These minis use the “Clix” system for tracking damage and changing stats. Best of all, it is a fully cooperative game!

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1128/page/1/tabletop-co-op-star-trek-expeditions.html http://www.co-optimus.com/editorial/1128/page/1/tabletop-co-op-star-trek-expeditions.html Tabletop Co-Op: Defenders of the Realm Dragon ExpansionMarc Allie

It's time once again for some Tabletop Co-Op! This month, we're taking a look at an expansion to one of the board games we've previously featured here at Co-Optimus: Defenders of the Realm. Since the original is my favorite co-op board game, I eagerly grabbed the first expansion, and absolutely love it. The Dragon Expansion, as it is called, adds more customization options, variant rule sets, and, best of all, new generals for the heroes to fight against. (And they are even painted!)

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