About

Geektopia is a tabletop game site featuring board game reviews, content for Star Wars Epic Duels and other titles, and original tabletop games. This was originally a site for Epic Duels but now includes the new games explored by the League 1670 group, originally a Star Wars Minis group. We like games that are heavy on theme and what I call “do-something-ability,” games where you do something like build a farm, explore the galaxy or at least, slay some monsters as opposed to just spinning around a board.  If you want to learn more about us, you can here.

Not actually our game closet but you get the idea.

For the full list of games we play, try the “Games” link up top or here. For some general background, keep reading.

There are 2 primary titles, both Star Wars related, one behind each of the 2 gaming groups:

Star Wars Epic Duels. Still our favorite, probably because at this point, we’re basically playing our own game, that we made for ourselves. Check it out!
Star Wars Miniatures. The League 1670 group includes some of the best Minis players in the world, and while we’ve mostly moved on, some of the stalwarts still play.

While the games we currently play are detailed in the “Games” link, these are some of the older games that form the foundation of our tabletop game background, all of which still make the occasional appearance:

Survive. Old old family game, but we still play it as a warmup from time to time. It’s still fun to jump off a sinking island and swim through sea serpents, sharks and whales.
Power Barons. Game of high-low strategy and bluffing. High on luck but has the most “oohs” and “aahs” and “OH!” of any game, ever.

 

Illuminati. Great, great concept. Just an ok game.

 

Zombies!!! Also a great concept but never a very good game and has since been surpassed by several other zombie games.

 

Car Wars the Card Game, aka “Le Carde Game” or “Le” for short. For years, this was our preferred warm up game. Kind of out of style now.
Talisman. We used to play this one for hours and over many years. Years later, we figured out that despite the great theme and exciting characters, it’s just an ok game.
Magic the Gathering. Roman and xcrudo used to play this but as a group we never got into it, just letting you know that we know it and have played it.

 

Battle Masters. A big board and really nice components but a disappointing game.

 

Hero Quest. Really fun swords & sorcery game back in the day.

 

Dragon Strike. we probably enjoyed the instructional video more than the game itself, an attempt to update Hero Quest.
Shadowlord! We’ve never actually played this game as a group! But we reference it a lot! Roman even named his fantasy football team “Shadowlords!” after this game! 
Empire Builder. Way, way back in the day, Roman played this game once with the original creator. I forget his name.

 

Buck Rogers Battle for the 25th Century Game. In many ways, this is the one that started it all. Roman even expanded it to include the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, which was really just silly. Buck Rogers is actually better than all the other big, better known strategy games below.

 

Shogun. Of the old Milton-Bradley Gamemaster series, Shogun was the most fun.

 

Fortress America. Of the old Milton-Bradley Gamemaster series, Fortress America was the least fun, but still really fun.

 

Axis & Allies. This one practically defines the old Milton-Bradley Gamemaster series, and is probably the best of them, still.

 

Conquest of the Empire. Eventually another in the set of the Milton-Bradley Gamemaster series. Not too many people played this one, but we did, and it was good, but not as good as some of the others.

 

Risk. Before there were good strategy games to play, there was Risk.

 

Castle Risk. And then, there was Castle Risk.

 

Stratego. It’s nice to play a fairly quick, 2-player strategy game that has no dice or cards randomness to it at all.

 

Monopoly. Back in undergrad, when the Geektopia group was forming, we played Monopoly and had fun doing it.  Not since then though.