Sad News

Tri-State Gamers wishes to express our condolences to the family and the many friends of Richard Jordison.  Rich was instrumental in gaming in Sioux City and the overall fabric of “geekdom” in our area.  Everyone who has ever met Rich has been blessed by the opportunity.  He was a warm and wonderful person.

Richard passed away on Friday, February 20th.  Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 28th at Southern Hills Baptist Church.


Play-To-Win: Scoville


Tasty Minstrel Games has donated yet another game for the Play-To-Win assortment of games with another recent release!  This time you’re a pepper farmer in this game for 2-6 players!  The components are fantastic, the game play is simple, no reason you shouldn’t try out some of our copies at the Convention!

“The town of Scoville likes it hot! Very hot! That means they love their peppers – but they’re too busy eating them to grow the peppers themselves. That’s where you come in.

You’ve been hired by the town of Scoville to meet their need for heat. Your role as an employee of Scoville is to crossbreed peppers to create the hottest new breeds. You’ll have to manage the auctioning, planting, and harvesting of peppers, then you’ll be able to help the town by fulfilling their orders and creating new pepper breeds. Help make the town of Scoville a booming success! Let’s get planting!

A round of Scoville consists of a blind auction, which determines player order, a planting phase, a harvesting phase, and a fulfillment phase. Each round, the players plant peppers in the fields. Throughout the game, the available opportunities for crossbreeding increase as more peppers are planted. When harvesting, players move their pawn through the fields, and whenever they move between two planted fields, they harvest peppers. If, for example, they harvest between fields of red and yellow peppers, they crossbreed those and harvest an orange pepper. Harvested peppers are then used to fulfill the town’s peppery desires!”


March 5th, North Sioux City Library Game Night


Time to get your game on, Thursday Night, March 5th! We’ll be playing from 5pm to 10pm and hope a lot of you can make it!

We’re trying to get some events running, so if you know you’re going to make it, join our discussion on Facebook! I’ll definitely be bringing Colt Express, Aquasphere and Kingsport Festival among others. This is a chance to come out and get some midweek gaming in and also view this beautiful North Sioux Library!

North Sioux Game Nights are held at the North Sioux Public Library at 601 River Drive, North Sioux City, SD 57049


Play-To-Win: Aquasphere


Thanks to Tasty Minstrel Games, we’ll have a copy of Aquasphere to give away.  All you have to do is a check out a copy of the game from the library and give it a spin!  Aquasphere is designer Stefan Feld’s latest and greatest game for 2 – 4 players.  We hope you play this game and enjoy it!

“News from the depths! The AquaSphere is a research facility stationed deep below the ocean’s surface, and your skilled team — consisting of an engineer, a scientist, reprogrammable bots and exploratory submarines — is trying to gather as much data as possible.

The game board in AquaSphere has two main areas: A research station comprised of six sectors in which your scientist conducts experiments and a headquarters where your engineer supervises preparation of the bots. During each of the four game rounds, you take several turns, and on each turn you either:

  • Use your engineer in the headquarters to program a bot; each round you can choose from three of the seven actions.
  • Have your scientist bring a bot to a sector to perform an action.

Through actions such as improving your lab, sending out submarines, collecting crystals, and examining octopuses, you expand the abilities of your team or gather knowledge points, which are necessary to win. Additional challenges result from the limited size of your lab, which is your personal stock; you can increase the size of your lab, which makes life easier, but this costs valuable time.

AquaSphere is a challenging game of strategy and tactics with different paths to victory that requires planning in advance as well as skillful use of short-term opportunities.”


Guest of Honor – David Glewwe


Going forward, Tri-State Gamers is honored to have David Glewwe as a Guest of Honor at Tri-Con. He will definitely be at Tri-Con Spring 2015 and has several events already on the schedule.

To say that David Glewwe has been important to gaming in this area would be an understatement. Dave has been supporting local conventions for years and been a staple. His events have become legendary, the Bar Room Brawl has elicited many stories over the years. So we want to thank Dave by making him a Guest of Honor.

At Tri-Con Spring 2015, Dave will be teaching people Flames of War Miniatures on Friday night. So stop by if you want to learn, he’ll be glad to show you and help you pick it up. Then on Saturday, all out war breaks loose in the Flames of War Tournament! Following that you can dust of your space boots and go for an adventure in Firefly the Board Game. Sunday afternoon sees the return of the legendary Bar Room Brawl and then he tops off the convention with the classic(?) board game Slumlord!