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Calliope Games You Can Play Remotely

With the holiday season being… for lack of a more original word, unprecedented, it’s not exactly easy to gather around a table and play games with the family the way you usually would. And that can be disappointing! I know it is for me; I have a handful of new game suggestions that I want to share with my father who loves lightweight games, but we have no plans to see each other in person for a bit. It’s okay to feel that sting. But the great thing about gamers is we know how to solve a puzzle. 

Calliope’s entire mission has been about gathering folks around a table to create lasting memories. So what do we do when we can’t gather around a table? In the illustrious words of Ross Gellar, we PIVOT! Between Zoom, FaceTime, Tabletop Simulator, Tabletopia, apps etc., it’s really become easier than ever to play games remotely. And we want to share with you the best Calliope games to play remotely with your family to create some brand-new memories.

Tsuro: The Game of the Path

Tsuro has an award-winning app from Thunderbox Entertainment that plays up to 8 people and is available on Android, Apple, Steam and more. It gives you the full Tsuro experience, and can be played all at once or turn by turn (perfect for when you need a quick break from mashing potatoes for the very first time).

If you have just one person Skype-ing in, you can actually play Tsuro with the physical copy! Prop that one player’s tiles up so only their camera can see them, and make sure they have a clear view of the board. They’ll tell you which tile they want and in which orientation. I’ve played this way several times, and the laughter induced from the, “no not your left, my left!” interactions add a whole other level of fun.

Roll for It!

Roll for It! also has an excellent app from Thunderbox Entertainment that allows you to play the Red or Purple edition, and has a bunch of different dice that you can’t get in the physical version. You shake your phone to roll the dice, and the game plays exactly the same as the physical version.

Don’t want to play on an app? You could play with just one copy of the game and an impartial roller such as a dice tower, and let the players tell you where they want their dice allocated. Insistent on rolling your own dice and happen to have your own copy? Find the matching cards you’re trying to roll for, and roll your own dice! This game probably has the most versatility for playing remotely, so if you have another suggestion, let us know!

Hive Mind

Hive Mind is Calliope’s contribution to trivia and party games! Designed by Richard Garfield (of Magic the Gathering and King of Tokyo fame), in this game you’re not trying to find the best, funniest, or most correct answer, you’re trying to come up with the answer that the most people playing will also have given. So if the question is “Name 3 flavors of popsicle,” it doesn’t matter that “blue” isn’t a flavor, it’s a color; as long as you know other people playing will also give the answer “blue,” you’re going to get points. Hive Mind is our easiest game to play over Zoom with just one person having a physical copy, and it also plays the most players, with up to 12 people playing. Have more than 12 people? Play in teams! Or grab extra meeples from a different game and add more players. The more, the merrier!

Dicey Peaks/The Mansky Caper

As we learned this summer during our 12-hour streaming marathon raising money for Food Lifeline, both Dicey Peaks and The Mansky Caper are very easily playable remotely as long as one person has a copy of the game, and a camera good enough for people to clearly see the board. The person with the game will also act as everyone’s hands, moving dice, pawns, and tokens wherever the players decide; but all of the gameplay decisions are made entirely by the players. As far as The Manksy Caper is concerned, it’s almost like Big Al himself is pulling the strings!

Allegory/Mass Transit/Enchanted Plumes

These three games are the newest in the Calliope lineup, in fact they’re currently being funded on Kickstarter! Until December 11th, you can play all three of these games for free on Tabletop Simulator and they each play up to 6 players. Looking for a cooperative or even solo game? Give Mass Transit a try! Know some people who love poker and bidding, and want to show them the art of set collection? Time to try Allegory. Want to see some truly beautiful card art within a potentially cutthroat game? Check out Enchanted Plumes

The truly wonderful thing about having these games on a digital platform is being able to play with people you’d never be able to get at a table at the same time. We’ve had the chance to play with designers and friends to create some fantastic moments that never would have been possible otherwise. We highly encourage you to do the same.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours! And if you get the chance to play some of these games in any capacity, make sure to tag us. We love seeing those memories getting made. 

(T)Roll For It! Appears on TableTop!

Here at Calliope, we’re not typically pro-troll. They’re mean, they smell bad, and they can make crossing bridges a royal pain. But the folks at TableTop shatter those stereotypes in a spirited game of Roll For It! with a delightfully trollish twist. Continue reading

TableTop to feature Roll For It!

A dice game Wil Wheaton actually likes!

Please join us in congratulating Roll For It! designer Chris Leder on his TableTop debut! Roll For It! has claimed a spot in TableTop Season 3, which is filming right now in sunny Los Angeles. Now you don’t have to take our word that Roll For It! is awesome–you can take Wil Wheaton’s instead!

 

Roll For It! Deluxe

When we announced the Gen Con edition of Roll For It!, we were thrilled at the response. But for every squee of delight and exclamation of joy, there was an anguished cry of “BUT I’M NOT GOING TO GEN CON. WHY DO YOU HATE ME?!”.

We don’t hate you. We know not all of you made it to Gen Con (though we were impressed by one man’s efforts to recreate the experience at home). Please accept this virtual hug as a token of our apology.

Not enough? Okay. How about we announce the Roll For It! Deluxe edition? Continue reading

Toni Darling to join Calliope at Gen Con 2014!

Toni Darling as Lady ThorCelebrity cosplayer Toni Darling will be joining us at Gen Con! An accomplished costumer, Toni has amassed a following of over 200,000 loyal fans. Her previous works include exquisite incarnations of Sailor Moon, Black Canary, and Lady Thor, the last of which you may recognize if you’ve been on Facebook recently. Toni herself enjoys really girly vampire drama anime, comic books, and kickboxing.  Continue reading

Enter to win a copy of Gen Con Roll For It!

Limited edition Gen Con Roll For It! TinHave you coveted the limited edition Gen Con Roll For It!, but promptly thrown yourself into a pit of despair because you aren’t going to the convention? Let us lift your spirits! You can now enter to win a copy to hug and squeeze and name George. You could probably play it too.

If you need to refresh your memory regarding this game’s awesomeness, please visit this post. Otherwise, good luck, because this is the only way to get the game without going to Gen Con! Continue reading

Counters: The Board Game Cafe hosts a Tsuro and Roll for it! Tournament

Calliope would like to issue a warm thank-you to Counters: The Board Game Cafe. Counters hosted a Tsuro and Roll for it! tournament back in March. We’re jealous we couldn’t make it out to the UK to join in. If you’re in Cardiff, be sure to stop by and give them our love! Continue reading