Tonight at 8:30pm EST we’ll be playing Compounded, a chemistry themed “worker placement” game with a hefty level of interaction live over the internet!  

You’ll be able to view the event on Cartrunk.net and also through the CartrunkEnt channel on Ustream. 

This is a chance for you to see how this upcoming game is played. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions of the designer and publisher LIVE! The streaming chat feature of Ustream allows a level of interaction from the audience that you just don’t get with normal how to videos. 

We’re looking forward o a great show. Joins us!

Attached photos by Scott King Photography.

More than 70 photos from Unpub 3!

Here is my photo re-cap from last weekend’s Unpub 3 with over 70 photos. Many of the prototype board games and designers are represented in these photos. Relive the memories of Unpub 3!

Posted 1 year ago

Cartrunk Entertainment’s Top 10 Games of 2012 (In No Particular Order.)

                    DISHONORABLE MENTION: You Are The Maniac!

eah…another Kickstarter dud. I didn’t pay for this one and I encouraged people to not pay for it. I obviously have no clout because it succeeded. That in itself is the tragedy. When a game like City Hall which is brilliant fails, but a game like this which is just a re-hash of a classic and not even a good re-hash at that can succeed…there’s something wrong with the system. This game sucked. No one I played it with liked it. It just doesn’t improve the source material. It was crap and I hate that it exists.

Read the full list now at Cartrunk.net.

Cartrunk Entertainment’s Top 10 Games of 2012 (In No Particular Order.)

                                 DISHONORABLE MENTION: FrankenDie

I kickstarted this one and have been more and more disappointed with it each time I’ve played it. The game hasn’t been fun for me at any level, ever. My 6 year old niece and 9 year old nephew like it, but they don’t get it. They have begged me to use the Scientists…but they don’t understand them. They want to build the monsters on the cards but can’t (since they’re not fully provided.)…They say they like it, but I don’t think they do. They enjoy rolling the dice and slapping…but not the game. Just a bad investment on my part.

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Cartrunk Entertainment’s Top 10 Games of 2012 (In No Particular Order.)

                                                       East India Company

This is clearly the best game I’ve played this year that you haven’t. Well, some of you have, but not very many. I’m hoping that changes soon. East India Company is part of our Unpub Program and while I try to keep this list to published titles…I can’t help but think that this was truly one of the best titles I’ve played this year. The game was long and tense, but  surprisingly deep and enjoyable. I’m glad this one is coming to Unpub 3 and I really hope it finds a publisher so you can experience it too.

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Photo by Darrell Louder

Cartrunk Entertainment’s Top 10 Games of 2012 (In No Particular Order.)

                                                            Ca$h ‘n’ Gun$

The best fun I’ve had with a gun pointed to my head…ever. This is not a violent game, but it can be frighteningly intense at times. Doesn’t matter, had fun. It’s a great player centered game. It’s about choice and not randomness. The tools are there, everything else is up to the players. That’s the kind of game I like. I learned this one in the early fall and bought my own copy, which has been played a few times since. I’m looking forward to another shot at this one too.

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Photo by Jooky.

Cartrunk Entertainment’s Top 10 Games of 2012 (In No Particular Order.)

                                                             Las Vegas

I am surprised as anyone that this game pleases me so much.  It’s got more strategy than most dice games that I’ve seen. It’s tension filled fun as you work towards the biggest pots possible.  It allows for a different level of interaction and planning. It’s not mere push your luck dice rolling and for that reason alone it transcends what I’ve come to expect from a dice roller. It’s got great art and plays smoothly.  

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Cartrunk Entertainment’s Top 10 Games of 2012 (In No Particular Order.)

                                                         Tanto Cuore

This deckbuilder took Dominion and made it better. I’ve liked Dominion, but I really enjoy Tanto Cuore for what it does in the way of naturally increasing interactivity. It may have more of a screw you feel to it that many people are not a fan of, but I’ve played many games where that hasn’t come in to play.  Tanto Cuore is a race to having the best score, but it chooses to use the cards for that score. What you buy isn’t just working towards the goal, in many cases it is the goal.

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Photo by William McCarroll

Cartrunk Entertainment’s Top 10 Games of 2012 (In No Particular Order.)

                                                          Sunrise City

It wouldn’t be a good year without a Clever Mojo game. Sunrise City turned tile laying on it’s head in a way that I didn’t expect to find so satisfying. It’s city planning, role selection, tile laying, and bidding. It’s got a beautiful scoring system, great art and some sweet components. It hasn’t gotten the buzz it deserves as it’s a truly great game. I always look forward to it when it’s coming to the table. Sunrise City is a game you should look into if you haven’t already.

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Photo taken by Dad’s Gaming Addiction.

Cartrunk Entertainment’s Top 10 Games of 2012 (In No Particular Order.)

                                                 City Hall

I thought that City Hall had to be a 2011 game, because it has been on my radar for a while, turns out that it’s totally 2012. City Hall has had an awesome year, but it could have been better had enough people realized what a great game it was and supported the Kickstarter campaign. It failed to pick up the momentum it needed, but the game is not lost. Designer Michael R. Keller has not given up and the world is better for it. it’s a really remarkable game that you MUST play….somehow.

Read the full list now at Cartrunk.net.