An Unforgiving Gaming Experience – Dark Souls: The Board Game

The Dark Souls franchise is one that has accrued a reputation amongst the gaming community for being a franchise with an unforgiving difficulty level. While the majority of the titles in the Dark Souls franchise are video games, a new title was recently released after being funded on Kickstarter: Dark Souls – The Board Game.

The Box:
The most striking aspect of Dark Souls: The Board Game when seeing it for the first time, is the size of the box it comes in. Easily twice the size of the average board game box, its size and weight are impressive. Once the box is opened, it greets you with a phrase familiar to fans of the series, the omnipresent ‘YOU DIED’. Digging deeper you will find two smaller boxes, full of beautifully detailed miniatures of player characters, enemies, and most importantly, bosses. These miniatures include several variations enemies familiar to fans of the Dark Souls franchise, Hollow Soldiers, Silver Knights, even the massive Sentinels. The boss miniatures are significantly larger than any of the other miniatures, and include iconic bosses from the series, such as the Gargoyle, Ornstein and Smough and the Dancer of the Boreal Valley. Deeper in the box are a series of character boards, with representations of statistics, equipment and health levels that belie the complexity of the game rules. At the bottom of the box lay a series of several tiles gorgeously detailed to appear as locations from the franchise.

The Game:
Dark Souls – The Board Game has a ruleset that causes it to play in a way that will feel familiar to players of the video game franchise. Each character has a unique set of starting equipment that causes them to play differently from each other right from the beginning. Each character also has a series of statistics, Strength, Dexterity, Faith and Intelligence, that can be increased as the game progresses to allow the character to utilize the new equipment that they will come across throughout the game. Fighting the enemies in the game is done through an intuitive ‘Behaviour System’ wherein the enemies will always enact certain behaviours, such as moving in a certain way or attacking a certain player. Though the specifics of these behaviours can change based upon numerous factors, such as where each player character is positioned, who entered the room first, and other such factors. This, coupled with the simple dice based combat resolution system make Dark Souls – The Board Game near infinitely replayable, as enemies will not behave precisely the same from game to game.

The Verdict:
Dark Souls – The Board Game is one that stands easily on its own merits, and while drawing heavily from the video game franchise to appeal to fans of the series, does enough differently to entertain those who have no experience with other games in the franchise. This, together with its intuitive, deep ruleset and enemy behaviour system cause Dark Souls – The Board Game to be a masterfully designed game that any fan of the series, or fan of cooperative board games, should check out.

– Alex

Warhammer 30/40K Apocalypse Game Day: May 22 2017

Apoc copy

On Monday the 22nd of May the Hairy Tarantula will be hosting our first Warhammer Apocalypse game day!

Join us as we attempt to assemble the largest Warhammer battle we can!

Location: Hairy Tarantula, 6979 Yonge Street.
Time/Date: Monday May 22nd, beginning at 12 Noon.
Entry Fee: $15 (This includes a drink and pizza dinner!)
Dinner: Dinner will consist of a variety of Pizzas, if notified in advance we are happy to allow for dietary restrictions.

12 – 12:30 PM – Arrival time
12:30 – 1:30 PM – Team organization + Deployment
1:30 – 2:30 PM – Game Turn 1
2:30 – 3:30 PM – Game Turn 2
3:30 – 4:30 PM – Game Turn 3
4:30 – 5:30 PM – Game Turn 4
5:30 – 6:30 PM – Pizza dinner! (Included in admission price)
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Game Turn 5 (Final turn)

Teams will be organized based upon the lore allegiance of the armies and player preference.

The prizes are 15% off of any one item from Games-Workshop’s webstore, orderable through the Hairy Tarantula!

Prizes will be given out for the following categories:
Largest army (By points value)
Best Paintjob (Voted by the players)
Coolest Conversion (Voted by the players)
First to kill a Gargantuan Creature or Super Heavy Vehicle
First to be Eliminated

An army (preferably of no more than 5000 points to make sure there is enough table space for everyone), allied detachments are perfectly fine, just be careful with the allegiances of your forces, Tyranids and Grey knights are unlikely to battle together after all!

Horus Heresy models and Primarchs are perfectly fine, if you’ve got em, bring em!

Proxy models will not be permitted, assembled and unpainted is fine!

All upgrades should be visibly modeled on the miniature. What you see is what you get!

Each Warlord is worth 5 victory points when destroyed.

Each Super-Heavy is worth 1 victory point for each 3 hull points it has, scored when the vehicle is destroyed.

Each Gargantuan Creature is worth 1 victory point for every 3 wounds it has, scored when the creature is destroyed.

Each enemy unit destroyed is worth 1 victory point.

If you intend to attend the event, please post what you will be bringing here: EVENT PAGE – This will allow you to coordinate with your potential team-mates!


Magic League: Amonkhet & Star Wars Game Night!

Magic League is a four-week event featuring fast-paced games where you’re in control of how often you play and who you want to match up against. Getting started is easy. You’ll get three booster packs and build a 30-card deck out of the most exciting cards inside, plus basic lands.

Week 1: Start with 3 Amonkhet boosters. Build a 30-card deck, making sure to include 12–13 lands.
Weeks 2–4: You may add 1 additional booster from Amonkhet.
Bonus: If your deck receives a third loss, you may add cards from 1 additional booster.

Entry Fee: $15 at the start of the league (You may join late at the same rate)
Additional Boosters: $4 each as permitted above

Structure: Play 3 Best-of-1 games each week. If you join late, you may play additional games to catch up. You may also play League games on other days of the week (make sure to keep track on your match card).

Prizes: At the end of the league, Boosters will be awarded to players with the most wins, highest win percentage, and best improved.