Week of July 31, 2020 - The Living Spelled Learning

Jason Tagmire

It's New Game Friday! David Wiley (Cardboard Clash) is here to tell us about the new games.

But first, our New Heroes Scholarship nominations end today!

Our New Heroes Scholarship is intended to recognize a standout member of the board game community who is among an underrepresented group.

For full details, including how to enter yourself or nominate someone, check out our page at:

Onto the new games!

Here’s what is new this week:

    • A Path of Self-Learning
    • Ex-Spelled
    • The Village of the Living Dolls

    This week's new games are all available at


    Dear student, Have you been REJECTED by the other magical schools? Are you not naturally magical? Do you get terrible grades? Are you inept? DANGEROUS? We’ve got a place for you at our school! Here at Whimberly’s, we do our best to not discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got bad or no test scores, non-magic family, criminal record, or are actually running from the law: we’ll accept you (credit check required). So grab your wand and join us at Whimberly’s! Located in a pristine mana desert that is perfect for sunbathing, Whimberly College is the most successful college for miles around. We’re incredibly proud of our low academic standard: we’re truly a school not for the gifted, but a school for you.

    Setting and introduction aside, the neatest thing here is that this is termed as a DIY adventure game, which means you don’t need to read it before you start playing. You’ll need cutting and taping utensils, dice, and writing utensils, but apart from that you can print this large mass of paper and get right underway with playing. A game with a Harry Potter flavor of influence, arts and crafts to do as you play, and meaningful decisions to advance the story as you go...this is sure to entertain the entire group.

    Alone Against Fear: Village of the Living Dolls

    This is a 60-page PDF adventure for Alone Against Fear. Your uncle Phil is missing and you volunteer to help finding him, but this will plunge your character into a maelstrom of horror as you explore Harrowood, the Village of the Living Dolls. This is a complete adventure that will require two hours of more to complete.

    Those familiar with Four Against Darkness will be prepared for this sort of content: more stuff to enhance the base game experience. In this case, you have a whole new horror adventure to explore right after the core game adventure. Complete with a lengthy story, new skills, and more to complement your experience, this is worth picking up for anyone already possessing Alone Against Fear if you want more fun to enjoy.

    A Path of Self-Learning

    How did you end up standing outside this cavern, you wonder? Did it start with being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or was it the witness who swore to all the gods that she saw you do it? Perhaps it was when you, foolishly, decided that to prove your innocence, your ability to maintain your honor and title, you declared you would undergo the Trial of Character. Either way, you have never stolen anything in your life, not an apple, and certainly not a priceless gem from a member of a royal family. Your life is one giant symbol for all of the eight virtues! You’re not some common thief! At that moment you were at the height of your indignation. How could you be charged thusly? Even now, just thinking about it, you get all hot around the collar. Now, staring into the darkness of whatever might wait for you in the seemingly depthless halls (you have heard tales but took all of them with a grain of salt), you regret that moment of indignation and rage and wish you had just, maybe this one time, kept your head about you. Apparently being a virtuous warrior didn’t mean you were always destined to be cool tempered. So now you’re off to prove who you are as the Avatar.

    Another Adventure Post game here, similar to the one last week but a very different setting from the science fiction space exploration. So if fantasy is more of your thing (or, like me, they both are), this might be worth checking out. Several adventures to explore, a character to create, lots of text to read as the events play out on the page. This could be played in a long session, or broken into short episodes. So sharpen the pencils, prepare your reading glasses, and go onto a fantasy adventure.

    Check out all of the new games here:


    Game of the Week: Runes of Mayhem

    Runes of Mayhem is a fast, competitive, historical tactical card game for two. Enter the Medieval world of the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons! Rule the battlefield with powerful formations and lead your forces with mighty heroes. Overcome your opponent, destroy his fortress and reap the spoils of war! How will you earn victory?

    Now this game has my full attention. If you like competitive card games with text and abilities on the cards, deploying units on a board, and trying to defeat your opponent in a battle of luck and valor, this game is for you as well. Make tactical decisions about who to deploy and use, and where to strike. Enjoy the historical flavor of one of my absolute favorite periods in history as the Danish Viking forces face off against the defending Anglo-Saxons. If you’ve watched Vikings or The Last Kingdom on Netflix, you’ll be ready to immerse yourself in the period.

    Check out Game of the Week here:

    See you next week with more information on our newest print and play games!


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