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January Publisher Spotlight – Evil Hat Productions

Evil Hat Productions

As we toast to the New Year and enjoy another glass of sparkling grape juice, we proudly shine our Publisher’s Spotlight on our friends from Evil Hat Productions. Best known for their award-winning Fate Core RPG System, this Maryland-based company earned its name from an online chatroom conversation between founder Fred Hicks and his friend Lydia. During the conversation Lydia posted: “Fuzz perches on Iago’s head like an evil hat.” (Fuzz and Iago were Lydia and Fred’s Screen names respectively.) Fred thought to himself, “Evil Hat sounds like a great brand name!” Shortly after he obtained the name and the domain and began running scenarios at Ambercon Northwest in Portland, Oregon. According to the company, the first version of Fate was created on a road…

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January Game of the Month – Patchwork

Patchwork

A common question we are asked here at The Malted Meeple is “What game is best for two players?” While there is of course no wrong answer, the game that I prefer to recommend and to teach is Patchwork. This unassuming game about creating beautiful patchwork quilts was designed by Uwe Rosenberg, the name behind titles such as Bohnanza, Glass Road, and Agricola. While many of his games are known for their complexity, Patchwork is incredibly simple and very approachable. I describe it as a bit like Tetris with patchwork pieces! In the real world, patchwork is a form of needlework that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into a larger design. Historically, it was a way to make use of leftover pieces of cloth…

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Exciting Changes at the Meeple, Part 3!

Meeple's Big Move Banner

It’s time for the next update in our series of exciting new changes happening here at the Malted Meeple! If you missed the first parts in the series, you can find them on our Meeple’s Big Move page, be sure to check them out! A lot has happened in the weeks since our last update. I’ve picked just a few of the more exciting items to share with you. For a full update stop in to the Meeple and chat with any of our friendly team members! Construction – In our last update I shared a photo showing the mostly empty space as we cleared out the old and made way for the new. The construction crew has been busy since then, and we’ve made…

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January Milkshake Madness

Milkshake Flight

As the holiday dust clears, a victor emerges from the most wonderful competition of the year. Throughout December, three mighty Christmas villains battled to see who was the most devious of them all. The Grinch snuck down the Meeple’s chimney to steal victory, but found votes too small for a Who’s mouse. Ebenezer Scrooge tried to hoard his votes, but the ghost of milkshakes past showed him the error of his ways. The Abominable Snowman arose from the mountains of triumph and crushed the other milkshakes to take home the victory! While we send the Grinch and Scrooge packing, the Abominable Snowman’s coconut, marshmallow, and brownie deliciousness will move on to become January’s Milkshake of the Month. In January we celebrate another very special holiday…

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas

The Malted Meeple blog will be taking a break this week in celebration of the holidays. On behalf of the Malted Meeple and Ravenwood Castle teams, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends, guests and business partners!

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