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Co-Optimus 2011 Holiday Buyer's Guide - "Everything Else" Edition
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Co-Optimus 2011 Holiday Buyer's Guide - "Everything Else" Edition

Board games, toys, and accessories for the gifting

As we conclude our week full of Holiday Gift Guides, we move away from the controller for a bit. There are plenty of non-game items out there that will make any gamer happy. Whether your giftee prefers Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, or the Sinclair Spectrum, we think you’ll find our list of twelve board games, toys, and accessories a perfect non-game gift for any fan of co-op. 

Each year, I try to work in a theme of some sort to my holiday guides. 2011 is no different, and this time around we’ve got an adaptation of everyone’s favorite carol they don’t remember all the words to: The Twelve Days of Christmas! In the interest of fairness and political correctness, we will dub this interpretation “The Twelve Days of Generic Winter Holiday”. Rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it? We’re going to skip to the last verse in order to give my Ctrl, C, and V keys a break.


On the twelfth day of Generic Winter Holiday, my Billy gave to me...


12 Walls Defending

Chances are, you’re going to be spending some time with children during upcoming family gatherings. Why not try a nice cooperative board game that kids are sure to love? Castle Panic has archers, knights, orcs, goblins, and more! Work together with other players to defend the towers at the center of the board from the invading horde. Check out our coverage of Castle Panic here


11 T-Shirts Caressing

Surely you listen to the official Co-Opticast, right? It’s only the best video game podcast on the interwebs. The dulcet tones of Nick and Mike as they share the latest co-op news and the hottest games will have you all a-tingle. As they often point out in the podcast, the official Co-Optimus T-Shirts are a great way to let everyone know about your burning love for the site. Wearing one of these fine pieces of clothing is like having Mike and Nick groping you no matter where you are. At least, that’s what they tell me. 


10 Lord of the Rings A-Leaping

What could be better than a card game based on the superlative Lord of the Rings saga? Why, a co-op deckbuilding card game based on the superlative Lord of the Rings saga, of course! The core set allows for two player co-op, and expansions take that up to four. Add powerful heroes, tactics, and spells to your deck in order to team up against the foul minions of Sauron. Expect a Tabletop Co-Op for this one soon.