Always wash your Gi before an assasination


Ninjas didn’t Actually wear black. Think about it, if you’re going to sneak up on someone and kill them you’ll stand out like a bad guy on CHiPs if you’re dressed completely head to toe in black. and you unlike everyone else is wearing a mask.  Brought to you by BroScience.

Ninja Dice is a nice little filler game, players take it in turn to be the Ninja and break into an increasingly difficult set of houses which consist of a number of guards, locks and citizens all of which must be overcome either through stealth or violence.   Now while the ninja is stealthily doing this the other ninjas are obviously helping him…. NOPE, they’re trying to cock block him big style.  Stop there I’m sold

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The game is very new, I’m not sure you can get it yet except via kickstarter but it’s worth looking for.

The first player takes a number of black House die and rolls them, in the first round this is four dice but in the next three it will be five then six as the houses become harder to break into.  These house dice have symbols for locks, guards and citizens or multiples of these.

The crafty ninja now rolls their white action dice and try to match up with symbols on the house,  So if they roll keys it opens a lock, sneak icon they can match them with guards and citizens,  Throwing Stars against guards and the wildcard ninja symbol that’s anything you like.

Ninjas get to hold and reroll whichever dice they like but there’s a time limit which I’ll explain badly later.

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So far so Yahtzee but there’s a couple of dice I didn’t mention (drip feeding the rules you see).  The ninja can also roll a (can’t remember the real name so I’ll make something up) Abundance dice  that you put with a sneak/star/lock/wild dice to give you four of them.

In addition to all this the aforementioned palsied ninjas are flinging arrows at you. the DIRECTION the dice lands in (in a similar fashion to an artillery dice in warhammer) determines whom gets hit.  The weasel like ninja breaking in has a final symbol he can roll a catch arrow one that stops him from being skewered by an arrow.

Since the arrows are flying nilly willy it’s quite possible to hit another spectator ninja.  Hitting someone will reduce their score by one and it’s the DICE of the other players you’re aiming at, not as we first though the players themselves who squirmed and moved through the first half of the game to avoid incoming fire.

If a spectator ninja rolls an hourglass symbol they lose their dice and if all the spectators roll them it’s time up for the thieving ninja.

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If the main ninja succeeds in breaking into the house they get a score for what they overcame and a bonus if they did it stealthily rather than with ninja stars.  They can at any stage of course wimp out and leave the house but they lose out on score.  So it’s a push your luck game.

This is a great little game. I’m going to try and pick up a copy.  It’s quick, it’s simple and the whole position on the dice is a nice mechanic.

Dice are all in now, Marvel Dice Master, Luchador! Mexican Wrestling (more on that in another post).  Quarriors! eh… not so much.  But anyway, this is a nice little filler dice game and it comes in a rather natty holder.  It’s gets a solid two thumbs up from me.

Should have a couple of copies to play at Knavecon come the day





You’ll need an IV if you’re coming to Knavecon 4….

Knavecon 4 is coming, Saturday August 30th, tell your families you won’t be home, hydrate, spread the word, shower, get your game on.

10am the Castletroy Park Hotel.  It’s going to be good.  Don’t dare miss it!


Dramatisation, actual euphoria may vary

Brocon 2014







Once again the good folks at Brocon put on a fantastic Convention.  A big thank you to the hospitality of the guys, the entrance and the rather sweet T-Shirt.  Great days gaming and it’s still rocking on the whole weekend.  Get down there tomorrow (Sunday) and you’re guaranteed a good time.   Great to catch up with the gamers from all around the country and do our thing.  a report on some of the games I got to play on the day soon



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Summer Clean

The Blog is taking on a new look just because.  Many thanks as ever to Dave Stafford for the new logo which I’m delighted with.


If it ain’t BROCON don’t fix it



Limericks Games and Anime convention is rolling around once again on the weekend of the 19th July in UL.  Bigger and Better than Ever

Myself and some of the Knaves will be there running boardgaming sessions if anyone wants to drop down and say hello and try a few games out.

See you there




Knavecon 3.5 ?


It’s my good buddy MrSaturday’s 40th at the weekend, so a bunch of us are celebrating in true Knavecon style with a weekend of gaming in a secret location somewhere near Loch Corrib.  This grown up affair will feature, games, coffee and discussions on the next Knavecon…. nah I’m only kidding it’s an excuse to game, eat junk and get riotous…. this could be my last post 🙂

Dave was one of the oldhammer crew that ran the Fimir/Halfling game at Knavecon 3.  If you saw it you couldn’t help but be blown away by his painting skill. If you haven’t checked out his blog then now’s a good time, I highly recommend it, he’s a funny dude and has a great turn of phrase.

Happy 40th Dude!



One Year!

According to wordpress my blog has been running for one year now, YAH!

Should anyone be willing to pay me enough I will stop writing, until then, Huzzah!


So that was Knavecon 3 eh?


Knavecon 3 was a big success! If you didn’t make it to this one, you missed out! but don’t worry like we said before Knavecon is here to stay and there’s going to be one every six months.  We’ll be announcing details for the next one soon enough.

The first official Knavecon had 20+ people, the next 50+ and we’re delighted to tell you that the last one had 100+ attendees!  By my careful maths and graphing I believe Knavecon 4 will have no less than……… 2.4 million attendees.

It was a great day of gaming, myself and Dec despite a busy BUSY time got several games in and got to meet a host of new and cool people from around the country.  The venue was good, the games were good, the people were out of this world but of course we’re going to do our best to improve it for the next one.  I reckon another fifty Knavecons and we’ll have the formula just right 🙂

I left around 3am after doing a podcast with the lads from Wee Gamers but a dozen plus hardened gamers were still going strong after I left.  I understand it finished around 4am.  So that’s a solid 18 hours of gaming!

The Podcast is right here BTW.  Some people reckon it’s like listening to Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood talking to Ian Paisley if all three of them we’re on helium and not doing this podcast.

There’s a raft of people to thank for the event,

The Traders as ever who hauled a lot of gear from far and near to the event. A special thanks must go to those who organised competitions and gave out prizes.  The Wee gamers for their invaluable help.  The OldHammer boys who going by the success of their first game are going to be regular crowd pullers.  Those who lifted, carried, assisted, advised, supported and helped out in so many ways.

Most importantly our thanks to the attendees. Now this is something that blows me away.  There were over one hundred attendees on the day, a lot of whom I’d never met before, all of whom I handed over games to and ALL of whom went out of their way to ensure they we’re returned in perfect condition.  I didn’t lose a single game, counter, token or card on the day…. as far as I know.

From start to finish last Saturday all I heard was laughter (and some evil cackles), everyone I’m fairly sure had a good time, they took part in the spirit of the con and they got stuck in and revelled in what they enjoy.  Better still players both old and new started proper gaming for the first time and we’re hooked.

I’ve chatted with the other organisers and we agreed, it was a lot of effort to create Knavecon but it’s what we love and for us it didn’t seem like work and it certainly wasn’t a chore

Knavecon 4 is coming, it’s going to be bigger, it’s going to be better and we want you there





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Invasion of the Baggins Snatchers! – an Oldhammer Presentation


I’m REALLY excited about this.  MrSaturday and the oldhammer crew are running a participation game. Let me step out of the way and let the man speak…

The Oldhammer group will be running a participation skirmish game at KnaveCon 3, a 4 player competitive/cooperative/whatever ye like yerself raid in which rival fimir warbands have come across a sleepy halfling village ripe for the plucking. Each warband is desperate to take more than it’s share of plunder and captives back to it’s mist-shrouded home, and they must make sure to grab as much loot as they can before the halflings mysterious protectors arrive to spoil the party…


“Dirach Grunsgul stepped out from the cloying mists surrounded the wyrdstone and regarded the halfling settlement with a mixture of joy and disbelief. How had such an apparently defenceless village survived this long? He could see pens of sheep, stacks of corn and fat pigs amongst the small houses. There wasn’t even a defensive wall surrounding the place. He shook his head in wonder. Close by, another fimir group emerged from the morning fog. It must be Murdach and his raiders thought Grunsgul. He turned to Goll and his warriors and gave them the signal to attack. Presently the screaming began. The huge fianna fimm Odhran’s face wrinkled into a toothy grin, and he hefted his mace and plodded after the others.

The clan would eat well tonight.”



If you’re a fan of oldhammer, warhammer, painting and all things cool, I recommend visiting MrSaturday’s Blog, a damn fine read.


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