September 21, 2016

Happy Birthday to The Hobbit

First published on this date back in 1937, JRR Tolkien’s classic fantasy tale of adventure has inspired us to be brave and bold in our lives. The Hobbit holds a special place in our hearts here at Rather Dashing Games and dreams of dwarves and treasure have held our imaginations captive for ages.

Whether we wander far and wide, or just want a quiet life in the Shire, we all seek a little adventure in our own way. Playing games is one way we indulge our inner dwarves. Check out Dwarven Miner for a fun take on the fantasy genre.

What are your favorite fantasy games? How has Tolkien’s Middle Earth inspired you?

August 30, 2016

Master the forces of nature in Element!

Fire. Water. Earth. Wind. These four Elements have driven mankind’s mythology, philosophy and science for thousands of years. Now master these primal forces in this easy-to-learn but deeply strategic game.

Element is a unique strategy game for 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up. Players take turns drawing and placing Element stones to encircle their opponents’ Sages (player pieces). Each Element has unique properties used to block an opponent’s movement. Feed walls of flame, move raging rivers, raise impenetrable mountain ranges and even bend wind to your command.

Transform one Element into another with the Rule of Replacement or sacrifice stones to help your Sage avoid capture. Understanding the subtle, diverse and powerful nature of the four Elements is the key to surrounding your opponent and claiming victory.

Interactions between the four Elements and the Sages ensure that the game never plays the same way twice. Element’s rich gaming experience makes it perfect for tournaments and organized play. Boardgame Corner gave Element the first-ever Cornerstone Collection Award prior to its release, praising it as “a great strategy game with some puzzle-like elements. One of those games that keeps you coming back for more, with every experience being unique in some way.”

August 18, 2016

Thank you, Gen Con!

This year marked Rather Dashing Games’ sixth year at Gen Con and it was our best year ever! We had an amazing time demoing our fine games, chatting and playing with fellow gamers, seeing some cool costumes and new releases, and so much more!

Speaking of new releases, we launched our newest game, We Come in Peace, at Gen Con. It was received warmly and enthusiastically by veteran fans of Rather Dashing as well as many, many new faces. Our booth was crowded as gamers waited their turn to roll some dice and annihilate each other’s planets! A few lucky winners walked away with copies of We Come in Peace and our other games.

August 04, 2016

Can't make it to Gen Con? We've got you covered

Gen Con 2016 kicked off this morning in all of its madness! For the lucky ones who are there, be sure to come see us in booth #243! But if you can’t make it this year, don’t worry — you can still have some Gen Con fun with us from the comfort of your own home.

We created coloring pages to showcase the characters in our newest game, We Come in Peace. We’re sharing them at Gen Con, and sharing them here with you as well! Please click here to download the PDF and have fun coloring them in.

In addition, visitors to Gen Con get a chance to buy We Come in Peace and receive the limited-edition bonus game piece. But to be fair to those who can’t go, we’re offering you a chance to win signed copies of our games and the bonus game piece in our Play Along at Home sweepstakes!

We’re accepting entries through Monday, Aug. 8, so be sure to enter soon for your chance to win.

If you want to just go ahead and order We Come in Peace, that’s great too!

July 27, 2016

What's coming next from Rather Dashing Games!

Next week we’re headed to Gen Con to debut our newest release, We Come in Peace. We can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on for so long. But as exciting as that is, we have a whole slate of new games on their way to you in the coming months. So here’s a sneak peek, but it’s not a secret! Tell your friends and start planning your game nights.


We gave you a look at this one earlier this week, but we can’t say enough about how much we think
you’re going to enjoy this challenging strategy game. The elements – fire, water, earth and wind – combined with the ability to have two to four players ensure that no two games play the same.

Understanding the subtle yet powerful nature of the four elements is critical to surrounding your opponent and claiming victory.

Each element has unique properties players use to block an opponent’s movement. Feed walls of flames, move raging rivers, raise impenetrable mountain ranges and even bend wind to your command.

Look for this one in December!

This Belongs in a Museum

Journey back to the golden age of archaeology in the third installment of the Drawn & Quartered series of easy-to-learn, but hard-to-win games!

This Belongs in a Museum builds on the tried and true mechanics of its two successful predecessors Pirates Ninjas, Robots & Zombies and Graveyards, Ghosts & Haunted Houses.

Like those games, This Belongs in a Museum is a dynamic strategic tile-laying game where you play as an archaeologist attempting to create high scoring dig sites and collect valuable artifacts before your opponents do.

Use trucks, ships and airplanes to connect your dig sites to your encampment and move your archaeologist around the play area.

Watch out for the mummy and its point-stealing powers! With a little luck and a lot of strategy, you may be the most daring archaeologist of them all.

This Belongs in a Museum will be out in early 2017.

Strange Alliances

Sure, we all know that pirates and ninjas don’t get along. But where does a Ninja Pirate fall in that spectrum? Or a Zombie Robot? Or a Robot Ninja? Only you can answer that question in Strange Alliances, our expansion for the hit game Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies! The expansion pack will be available in early 2017.

Stay tuned for our emails and updates to make sure you don’t miss any of the fun!

July 25, 2016

Introducing Element, coming soon!

Enjoy this little tease featuring Element, our easy-to-learn but deeply strategic game of capture and area control. We can’t wait for you to play it later this year!

July 18, 2016

Boardgame Corner loves We Come in Peace!

Mark Streed and Randy White at Boardgame Corner reviewed We Come in Peace and had some awesome things to say, calling our newest game “a great conversation game, people are laughing, having a good time” and “a great way to kick off a game night.” Now that’s good stuff!

Mark liked the game’s give and take, which makes it fun until the very end for all players. “Wow, I can hang on to these missiles and hit everybody. And especially in the later rounds when it becomes amazing. Cause like round 2 and 3 everything ramps up and I love that ramp-up feature. … It’s amazing that a six-player game becomes so engaging!”

And we love Randy’s comment: “There’s five other players I can do dastardly things to.” Sounds like someone who really gets We Come in Peace!

So that’s a little taste, but to get the full picture, you’ll want to see the video!

And to add to it, Mark gives us another shout-out in The Dice Tower Week in Review.

Remember, We Come in Peace with its special bonus game piece is available for pre-order right now! Get yours before the bonus pieces are all gone.

July 13, 2016

We Come in Peace aliens revealed!

One by one we’re telling the stories of the aliens from our soon-to-be-released game, We Come in Peace. If you haven’t met them yet, you’ll find that each one has their own…um…interesting background.

Grant and Mike reveal how these aliens came to be the villains that they are and how sometimes their stories intersect. (Admiral Octomantis [left] and Captain Angry Pants come to mind.)

You won’t want to miss these! Check out our Videos page to see who we have so far — and there are two more to come!

You can pre-order We Come in Peace now to receive a special bonus promo core too! This is a limited offer, so be sure to order right away.

June 21, 2016

Thank you, Origins!

In case you missed us or weren’t able to attend, Rather Dashing Games rocked the house at Origins 2016, last week. We showed off our latest game, We Come in Peace, which will be available at Gen Con in August. Both Mike and Grant made appearances on Board Game Geek and The Dice Tower. We’ll post links to those videos as soon as we have them. Speaking of We Come in Peace, it’s currently available for preorder. If you preorder, you’ll get a special limited-edition bonus core that you can’t get anywhere else.

Grant sat as a judge for the Origins costume contest, along with two other TV alumni, voice actor Wayne Grayson (Yu-Gi-Oh!, Mutant Ninja Turtles) and director Darren Dunstan (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, Pokemon, Rick and Steve). From Princess Zelda to a space marine to samurai Avengers to a tiny Super Girl, the talented and the dedicated showed up in force and full regalia.

Perhaps the highlight was Grant declaring his undying fandom for all Zelda games and telling everyone he was wearing Zelda socks. Emcee Tom Croom didn’t believe him, so Grant stood and hiked up his pant leg to show the world he is not only rather dashing, but a Zelda geek to the core.

Yes, we had new T-shirts made—all the better for you to find us. Many of you asked if we had some for sale. We don’t, but don’t give up hope. There may be cool Rather Dashing merch—you know, other than our games—available in the future. Never give up hope. Never.

Lastly, whether you can make it to a convention or not, we shout an enormous thank you to all of you for supporting Rather Dashing Games. You’re the best. We have so many ideas for great games, but you’re the ones who allow us to publish them.

We’ll see you at Gen Con!

May 19, 2016

Rather Dashing Games sponsors Origins Game Fair 2016!

Today, Rather Dashing Games, publisher of quality family and hobby board games, announced its sponsorship of the 2016 Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio, June 15-19.

A regular exhibitor at Origins since 2012, Rather Dashing has increased its commitment to the convention as a sponsor.

“Origins has always been a great show for Rather Dashing Games,” said Mike Richie, Rather Dashing Games designer and developer. “It does an excellent job supporting the hobby-game industry, and has allowed us to introduce Rather Dashing Games to a host of new players.”

“We’re excited to sponsor the Costume Contest,” said Grant Wilson, Rather Dashing Games art director and developer. “I’m also co-hosting the contest Saturday afternoon and can’t wait!”

“We love having Rather Dashing Games at Origins each year,” said GAMA Executive Director John Ward. “Grant and Mike do so much to support the show. We are excited Rather Dashing Games is joining our expanding sponsorship lineup.”

RATHER DASHING GAMES, based in Kentucky, is owned by Kalmbach Publishing Co. of Waukesha, Wis., and boasts a catalog of entertaining games including Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies; Graveyards, Ghosts & Haunted Houses; Four Taverns; and Dwarven Miner. For more information, please contact Jeanne Sidner at 262-798-6647.