When we weren't gaming in May or June...

When we weren't gaming in May or June...

What’s new with us?

Wow – the last two months have been busy! First, thank you for support, ideas and feedback.

Along with a little gaming, most of our time has been sourcing and adding games, plus building our newest collections - Nostalgia, full of classic board games and Glamping, full of games perfect for a glamping trip or to take to the cottage. Watch for a full review of our glamping collection on the blog soon.

If you're looking for what's new and restocked you can find new arrivals posted regularly on our Facebook page. Over the summer we’re most excited to expand and play games from our Elementary Age family collection full of easy to learn and quick to play games. We also recently launched our Youtube channel with a short unboxing video of Guild Ball: Kick Off! A new Miniatures game Scott will be playing and painting!

A few of you have asked us about local pick up – so we’re now offering it if you’re in Toronto - and it means you get to meet us!

We love to hear from you in our social feeds too. We're so grateful to all our fans for following us and together we hit some amazing milestones. Just recently we crossed the 500 Twitter, 250 Instagram and 100 Facebook follower marks!


So what have we been playing?

Machi Koro – the card and dice based city building game from IDW. We’ve had it on a table a number of times with new players. It’s easy to learn, quick to play and the card artwork keeps the game light and fun. Winning is part luck with the randomness of the dice. Once you’ve played it, your own card strategy emerges to help mitigate the randomness. We’re planning to try out the 10 card variant rule too. We heard you can make it even more dynamic by playing this rule from the Harbour expansion (you don’t need the expansion, just apply the rule to your setup pf the game). If you’ve got Machi Koro, here are the Harbor Rules.

Playing Machi Koro #yourgamingsidekick #ironbeangames

Up next as our tabletop regular is A Game of Thrones the card game. We'll share our thoughts and lots of pics in the next few weeks.


Have a great long weekend and Happy Canada Day!




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  • Margaret Sarsfield - August 14, 2017

    I want to hear about glamping…

  • Mark W - August 05, 2017

    Really interested in trying Machi Koro.

  • Michael Chevillot - August 05, 2017

    I just wanted to Thank You for giving back. Your generosity speaks volumes of your character.. I hope everyone that enters your giveaways take the time to check out the rest of your website. Again, Thank you and take care.

  • Greg L - August 05, 2017

    I tried Machi Koro and enjoyed it a lot

  • Scott - Iron Bean Games - August 04, 2017

    Hi Corry Damey – I haven’t found something quite as light and fun, but I’ve heard Citadels offers a lot of the same, except game play. Haven’t yet got it to the table personally.

  • Stephen Hall - August 04, 2017

    Awesome! Thanks for the review!

  • Tai - July 24, 2017

    Have you played Colony? If so, what are your thoughts on Colony vs. Machi Koro?

  • kosherx - July 22, 2017

    Machi Koro is a great building game. And of course I just commented this for the contest.

  • AmberW - July 22, 2017

    Cool! I need to try Machi Koro

  • DJHaak - July 20, 2017

    I’ve never played Machi Koro, but I’m happy to see a short review of a game I hear of a lot.

  • fnordy - July 20, 2017

    I don’t know what the name means but I like it.

  • Corry Damey - July 20, 2017

    I’ve played Machi Koro a lot in the past and can’t say I’m looking forward to getting it to the table again. Also, since mixing in the Harbor expansion, I can’t take it out without going through every card! Know of any good games that might replace this?

  • Jhe - July 18, 2017

    I attempted to play Machi Koro before but never got the rules (it was one of my first tries at learning a game on my own). Guess its time to try it again. :D Also, more power to you guys!

  • Rodoguerrero - July 18, 2017

    Always good to see people playing!

  • DRAKO - July 18, 2017

    Nice! Love your Giveaways!

  • Jon Patterson - July 17, 2017

    Cool Stuff!

  • Nephastus - July 17, 2017


  • Jeremy Skrdla - July 17, 2017

    I love Machi Koro, and I wouldn’t play without the Harbor expansion rules after trying those out. It just makes it so much more strategy and less luck.

  • Kristin Troska - July 17, 2017

    Machi Koro is on my want list. Thanks for the information.

  • Rammy M - July 16, 2017

    Thanks for hosting these give aways

  • Nathan - July 16, 2017

    What’s replayability like on Machi Koro?

  • Lloyd - July 16, 2017

    We’ve started to get tired of Machi koro after 17 plays

  • Demo - July 16, 2017


  • Duarte - July 16, 2017

    I only played Machi Koro once and loved it however still havent bought it idk why…. : /

  • Paul M - July 15, 2017

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of Game of Thrones card game.

  • PSpooner - July 15, 2017

    Big fan of Machi Koro. Great game to play with the kids.

  • JMcGrew85 - July 14, 2017

    I have yet to play Machi Koro – but I got in a ton of new games at Dice Tower in Orlando last weekend!

  • Sour - July 13, 2017

    Luv it!

  • Luis Ventura - July 13, 2017


  • Christopher - July 11, 2017

    I love Machi Koro and the harbour expansion, my friends and I love that game.

  • KHamilton - July 08, 2017

    I love Machi Koro in all its variations!

  • Hackareatech - July 08, 2017

    Glamping? Really? Seriously, have fun doing it up.

  • Umut C - July 05, 2017

    Interested in what you will say about Game of Thrones the card game. Will be following.

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