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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - June 9, 2021

Level Up: Dealing With Out of Game Conflict

Whether it be in co-operative or competitive games, things can get heated at the table. Whether intentional or not, in-game conflict can sometimes bleed over into the real world. It is important to stop this kind of conflict as soon as it happens.

But how do you make sure that every leaves the table still having a good time? It is an important question that every game organizer should be prepared for. Here are a few handy suggestions about how to take care of a situation before it gets out of hand.

Talk to the Combatants

Addressing conflict is all about having the tough conversations. Talk to each player about what is angering them. Is it something happening in their life outside of the game that is accidentally bleeding into the game? Or is there a problem at the table?

Make sure to check in with both parties about the situation. More often than not, one player may have done something without knowing they were doing something wrong. If this is the case, you may be able to prime a conversation by pointing out actions they have taken at the table. If you decide to do this, make sure you are not being accusatory or judgemental. Simply state them as facts that took place.

It is also helpful to ask questions. Asking questions like, “Why do you think _______ is angry with you?”, “Do you think that doing _______ was a productive action?”, and “How do you think the other player felt when you did ______ ?” are great ways to help players empathize with one another and think about their own actions.

After checking in with everyone involved, mediate the conversation between them all. Let everyone else do the talking about what happened. If someone tries to pull you onto their side, do your best to be impartial.

Changing Your Play Style

If you happen to be the target another players’ anger, then consider your tabletop behaviour. Listen to what they have been annoyed with. What caused you to act like you did? How you can you change your behaviour for next time?

If the behaviour was an accidental blip, then don’t sweat it too much. Apologize, and recognize that you are not going to do it next time. However, if your behaviour was rational, and the person angry at you is trying to bully you into doing things for their character… well, it might be time to leave the table.

Learning To Leave

In rare instances, there are things that happen at the table that cannot be justified. Having a moment of poor judgement is one thing. Being discriminatory or intentionally abusive is another.

If you are the organizer of the game, make sure to cover what is okay to discuss and do during a game and what is not. Consider adding a centre X to your game if you will be covering dark topics and want a way to pull a content rip cord.

If someone starts to violate the rules you have put in your game, talk to them about it out of game. Again, more often than not, a player may be unaware that they are doing something harmful and just think they are playing their character. However, if the player continues to violate the rules or berates you outright, then kicking them from the game may be the best bet.

If you are a player, and the organizer refuses to do anything about a players behaviour, then it may be time to find a different group. It can be disheartening to have to find a new gaming group but if you are constantly feeling drained, angry, or upset when playing games – then it just isn’t worth it.

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - May 20, 2021

Hyped Board Games Coming Out in 2021!

Looking for some new board games to play now that restrictions are beginning to open up? Craving some game nights in your future, but want something that is really going to impress your group?

We have you covered – check out just a few of the most anticipated board games coming out this year!

Darwin’s Journey

Discover the Galapagos Islands as you attempt to explore and discover the natural mysteries all around you. Who knows what you might discover.

Darwin’s Journey is all about working together to accomplish as many goals as possible. In this worker progression game, players choose a profession, granting bonuses in areas of research, exploration, and correspondence. Complete the short term and long term goals over the course of five rounds to win the game.

Will you be able to help develop one of the most important theories in biological science? Or will your expedition be for nothing? You’ll have to play to find out!

Pre-order your copy of Darwin’s Journey here!

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Quantum Shock

Do you know what’s real? How can you tell that our fabric of reality is the only one? I’ve heard there is another one, just outside of this one…

You’ve never been there? Good. Consider yourself lucky.

Jump into a sci-fi-horror adventure in Quantum Shock. Take power over the Quantum suit, allowing you to do miraculous things. Manipulate time, travel between dimension, and teleport across the board with ease in order to escape the creatures from another dimension. Work with your allies to document these creatures, recover your health, and discover as much as you can about the other side.

And don’t worry about dying, you can always come back. Well, kind of – not exactly as you used to be. Less human. But, better than nothing, right?


Keep an eye on when the game launches on kickstarter here!

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Darkest Dungeon: The Board Game

The heir’s mansion has fallen to ruin. Only the brave would dare try to fight against the darkness that lingers within…

Welcome to The Darkest Dungeon, the board game edition of the video game. The Darkest Dungeon is all about survival, both mentally and physically. Build a party of adventurers and delve deep into the mansion, trying to destroy as many monsters as possible.

However, keep an eye on both your health and your stress. Whether it’s death or madness, it will be the end of you.

Late pledge to pre-order your copy of Darkest Dungeon here!

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - May 3, 2021

The Game Night Guide: Team Games

Board games can have a reputation to be strictly competitive. A lot of the games we are introduced to when we are young are very competition heavy. Whether it be Monopoly, Scrabble, even Magic, the list goes on and on.

However, after multiple competitive board games, it can be refreshing to have everyone work as a team. While they may be a bit unfamiliar to your group, these team games will have you all cheering together in victory, or singing songs of sorrow at your defeat.

So, let’s reveal some games where you can build friendships instead of break them – shall we?

Dead of Winter

You can’t hide from the undead here…

Dead of Winter is a survival board game where you work together to save your home and yourselves. You are given an objective card to complete within a certain amount of rounds, fighting against zombies, hunger, garbage, and the unexpected. For an added twist, you can have everyone draw their own private objective card that everyone will need to complete separately. Some of these cards are harmless, but some of these cards are betrayals to the entire colony, resulting in failure.

If you are looking for something to peak your undead fighting spirit, check out Dead of Winter here!

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Ah, so you consider yourselves adventurers, huh? Think you can handle anything? We’ll see about that.

Gloomhaven is a team combat strategy game where you face numerous monsters, minions, and evil men alike. Each in box character gives you unique abilities to explore and learn, such as the magecraft of the Spellweaver, or the obliterating power of the Cragheart. But don’t think this game will let you off easy. You are going to have to face tough enemies in tough environments. Running in guns blazing isn’t going to work every time. Or any time. Strategy is key and without it, your team will left for dead.

If your group is the heroic type, and you think you all will be able to survive in the town of Gloomhaven, pick it up here!

If you want to give the game a bit more of a test run as opposed to jumping into the full version, then check out Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion! This version will give you everything you need in a smaller, cheaper package. Pick it up here!

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Betrayal at House on the Hill

Investigators, huh? The inquisitive sort? Got a groovy looking green and blue van, ascot at the ready?

Well, there is no better place to get your start than with Betrayal at House on the Hill. This is a cooperative game about fighting and investigating supernatural dangers in a large house on… well, a hill. This is a randomly generated house and scenario, so every time you play the supernatural situation and house will be different. Each player will have a pre-determined character to play out the box, each with their own stats to help discover more about the house.

As opposed to Dead of Winter, this game does have a betrayer requirement. One of the group shall be overcome by the darkness in the house, turning them into a minion of madness. The rest of the party will be required to stop this possessed player from enacting their evil plan, and potentially killing the rest of the group!

If you are ready to channel your inner Mystery Inc., then pick up your copy of Betraya at House on the Hill here!

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - April 13, 2021

Legend Lore: Hags, Werewolves, and Dragons!

Welcome to Legend Lore! Here we are going to explore the history of some of your favourite monsters that are in numerous board games of all kinds. Whether it be an RPG, a campaign game, or a one off card game, the folklore behind these creatures can be very helpful when adding flavour to your own games!

Today, we will be covering three classic creatures that are everywhere in fantasy worlds – the coven hags, the feral werewolves, and the ancient dragons.

But, are they as simple as the games let them on to be? Let’s find out.


Hags are known under many names – witches, covenesses, weird sisters. These old women of the woods tap into the old arcane ways, crafting runes and elixirs from cauldrons.

The old stories tell tales about cruel and trickster women who are able to disguise themselves as animals and other people to torture others. The natural world around them seems to sense their dangers – animals avoid them, fires burn green and blue around them, and water begins flowing in the wrong direction. These omens are warning signs that a witch may be hiding somewhere nearby.

Different witches have different stories. The Baba Yaga is the biggest bad, kidnapping and eating children in the night. But there are also some famous witches that were known in mythology as goddesses and gods. Freyja, in Norse Myth, was one of the first ever witches to grace the planes, able to concoct elixirs and magics of all kinds.

However, no matter good or bad, witches and hags all have one thing in common – they love their tricks. Whether it be their relationship to fey or just leaning into the mysterious aspect of their nature, hags always have a trick up their sleeve.

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Werewolves have an interesting history throughout history. More recently, we know werewolves as moody, ripped teenagers who get too involved with the vampire community. However, this was not always the case.

The old tale of werewolves is the tale of King Lycaon of Arcadia. Lycaon fell in love with a child of Zeux, and tried to impress Zeus with a large feast. However, Zeus was never satisfied – Zeus did not think Lycaon was a good match for his daughter because of Lycaon’s temper. In frustration, Lycaon tried to trick Zeus into eating human flesh, which angered the God. Zeus turned Lycaon into a wolf for his behaviour. Lycaon only transformed into a beast when his anger overtook him.

This old tale from Ovid is not the only rendition however. Bishop Patrick of Ireland tells how some Irishmen were able to turn themselves into wolves, leaving their human bodies behind. Their bodies had to be tended to, some they would leave them with their wives while the wolves went out to eat.

The Bishop looks at this tale with regard and awe, not as much harsh judgement as the tale of Lycaon. As they say – to each their own.

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Dragons have seen multiple iterations across multiple different many different cultures. European dragons looks much more bestial than that of dragons from Asian cultures. Their personalities are also very different depending on locations. Western European dragons are historically known as covetous beasts, hoarding huge amounts of wealth. This comparison was easily drawn from the Biblical serpent, the one and only Satan, who tempted  In Eastern Europe, some dragons were known to have wisdom, similar to dragons in Asian cultures.

However, this is not to say that all renditions of dragons are ancient beasts. In the tale of Sigurd, a hero of Germanic legend, Sigurd’s brother Fafnir turned into a dragon due to his greed. Fafnir murdered the king, Fafnir and Sigurd’s father, in order to obtain the family hoard. Over time, Fafnir began to change, before Sigurd found his brother transformed into a large serpent.

I guess family reunions are awkward for everybody sometimes, huh?

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - April 1, 2021

The Game Night Guide: Upgrading Your Landscape

Welcome to another Game Night Guide! Last time, we have talked about digital battle maps, but what about the real ones?

So – you want to make a map for your roommates game. Trouble is that Dwarven Forge is outside of your price range and you don’t have a 3-D printer. What else can you do?

We’ve got you covered – we are going to go over how to build your own battle maps, no matter your vision or budget.

The Tools for the Job

Before you get started, you are absolutely want to pick up these items. The upside is that the dollar store is going to be your savior with all these items.

The only thing you will need to decide when doing your construction is the type of foam you will be using. Project foam will be good for thin landscapes, but if you want to go full 3-D models, rigid insulation is going to be your best. You can pick some up from your local Rona or Home Depot.

The materials you should have on hand for model making projects are:

  • Glue
  • Cutting board
  • Bristol board
  • Scissors
  • Precision knife
  • Foam (Rigid insulation, project foam, etc.)
  • Paint
  • Pencil crayons
  • Markers
  • Popsicle sticks

Foaming at the Mouth

Foam is your best friend. Foam is the key to creating the main tiles you will be using on your map.

Start by building some outlines with your bristol board. Outline the different shapes you are going to be using, then mark them out on the foam. Slice up the foam based on the outlines, and boom – you are going to have a beautiful etching from the foam.

The next part is the trickiest. Depending on the thickness of the foam, you are going to want to shave and shape the foam to your desired model. Make sure to plan out how you are going to shave off the shape as best you can, making marks with pencil to note the different spots where you either want to shave back the model or to make special carvings. Once you get to actually doing, take your time, and don’t rush anything.

If you want to add any wood accents, such as paneling or door and window outlining, use up them popsicle sticks! They will offer a new look and texture to really bring the model to life.

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Final Touch’s

The last two things – making the grid and colour. If you are planning on carving the grid into the map, then do that before you add the colour. If you are planning on marking the grid with marker, then do it after adding the colour.

For making the grid, mark out inch squares by creating inch nicks on the length and width of the model. Then, take a ruler and run either the blade or marker from one side of the model to the other. Continue doing this for all the nicks and boom – you have a grid!

For adding colour, different forms of foam can respond in odd ways depending on if you use paint, markers, or pencil crayons. Make sure to test what works best on your specific brand of foam. Take a piece of foam that was cut off during the carving phase, and try different colouring methods to see what gives you your desired effect!

Once you figure out which method works best for you, go nuts! Create your dreams! Paint, draw, and colour in to your hearts delight!

Once you do that – you’re finished! You have created a beautiful landscape ready to be shown to your roommates and friends!

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - March 31, 2021

Monster Hunter World: The Board Game!

Alright Monster Hunter World fans, get ready for a game just for you! Monster Hunter World: The Board Game is coming to Kickstarter next month!

Monster Hunter World: The Board Game

Work as a team of Hunters with your friends as you face off against creature in the New World! Cut down ancient monsters, such as dinosaurs, beasts, and all large vicious creatures of all varieties! Use your class abilities through playing cards, moving your character across the board, and using markers to use surprises against creatures.

Monster Hunter World: The Board Game

There are multiple pledge levels for all levels of play. Each pledge includes the board game, the rules, game cards, board markers, maps, and minis! The higher the pledge, the more monster minis, quest books, and special bonuses come along with it! The base pledge starts at $70, going up to $279.

Pledge to Monster Hunter World: The Board Game on Kickstarter in April!

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - March 26, 2021

Introducing The Game Maker’s Guide!

Hello adventurers! I am so happy to announce a new series we are starting here at The Bag of Loot – The Game Maker’s Guide!

The Game Maker’s Guide is going to be dedicated to talking to people who make all types of board game content. From war games to campaign settings to escape rooms, we will be covering everything game making!

Today we are talking to Michael Iantorno, co-author of The Elephant in the Room rules changes for Pathfinder and the Hearth and Blade homebrew world setting (both of which he developed with his brother Mathew).

Enjoy the first episode!

Check out the Elephant in the Room here! https://michaeliantorno.com/the-elephant-in-the-room-feat-taxes-in-pathfinder-page/

Check out Hearth and Blade here! https://mammothisland.itch.io/hearth-and-blade

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Avatar Tyson Fraleigh - March 24, 2021

The Game Night Guide – Time for Battle!

Finding a combat map simulator can be hard. But have no fear – on this Game Night Guide, we will explore how to find the best battle simulator for your next game!

Keep in mind that all of these options have some great benefits and some downsides too. The best option for you all depends on what you are looking to get out of your combat encounters.

Roll 20

Roll20 is both the most revered and the most hated of combat map simulators. It was one of the first, becoming synonymous with online tabletop gaming. Everyone and their mother has heard about Roll20 and it’s gaming possibilities.

The upside of Roll20 is it’s accessibility to numerous game groups and campaigns. Since it’s been around the longest, Roll20 is a great resource if you are looking to get involved in a game. It also allows you to customize the terrain of the map to precisely your choosing. You can have everything on screen exactly as you like, creating some truly unique combat maps.

The downside – it is a HUGE learning curve. There are so many things going on at the same time for just one map. You have to be able to spend hours learning the tools and then being able to prep for a session. If you are an off the cuff DM with random encounters, than this makes showing those combats nearly impossible.

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Owlbear Rodeo

Where Roll20 is the map fanatic’s wonderland, Owlbear Rodeo is the improv DMs dream. Need a quick map? Choose one from Google Images, upload it to the site, then post it for everyone to see. Use the icons on the right as players and creatures, and boom – you’ve got yourself a fight.

Owlbear Rodeo’s biggest benefit is it’s simplicity. Anyone can learn how to use this software quick and easily. It is the perfect example of pick up and play. The one downside is if you want a specific mini for a game to represent a creature or a character, you will need to find it and upload it properly to the site.

However, if you are just looking for something that is going to be easy to get onto the next adventure, then Owlbear Rodeo will do ya just fine.

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Mythic Table

Mythic Table is a little bit of column A of Roll20 and a little bit of column B of Owlbear Rodeo. This combat map builder allows you to customize and build combat maps, but also to run something on the fly. It’s a very versatile tool, allowing for some great benefits in both directions.

Of course, as the old saying, jack of all trades, master of none. This program doesn’t do what Owlbear or Roll20 nearly as well as these other two programs do for their own. Consider what you are looking for in your next campaign to help see if you want this dual ability, or if just one type would be better.

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