A Song of Ice and Fire (Core Set) ($150)
Based on the books by George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire miniatures game is quickly garnering popularity. Newbies will find it easy to learn, and the game’s highly tactical quality will appeal to wargaming veterans. The initial Core Set includes Starks and Lannisters, with more core sets to come. The latest addition, Night’s Watch, has been selling quickly!
You can also purchase separate Unit Boxes for those who already have the game. These add more variety and options to armies. Some examples of units are Bolton Flayed Men, Lannister Guardsmen, and Stark Bowmen.
Cruel Seas (Starter Set) ($80)
The latest release from Warlord Games, Cruel Seas is a fast-paced, WWII-centered naval miniatures game. Unlike “land-based” tabletop minis, players don’t need as many minis to play, which also means less assembly and painting. Players can start off with the basic game rules, or jump into the advanced options.
Miniatures Starter Sets ($40 – 150)
For someone just starting out in miniatures gaming, we suggest giving a starter set. We have a variety available for different games, including Warhammer 40k (far-futuristic sci-fi), Warhammer Age of Sigmar (fantasy), Bolt Action (WWII), Monsterpocalypse (monsters vs. monsters), and X-Wing 2.0 (Star Wars ships). (A Song of Fire and Ice and Cruel Seas, mentioned above, are also considered starter sets!)
All X-Wing ships come assembled and painted, so anyone can start playing right out of the box. Some of the other minis, however, come attached to sprues — plastic frames that hold all the parts for the minis. They’ll need to be detached, cleaned (by removing mould lines), and glued together, followed by priming and painting. Note: Most miniature games lead into the hobby side of gaming, so if your loved one might not be interested in this aspect, we have alternative gift ideas coming up!
RPG Books ($30 – 80)
While D&D is easily the most popular tabletop role-playing game, there are others! And we have a collection of books (for both game masters and players) that accompany them.
One of our favorite gift ideas is to give a book from one of these systems, such as Pathfinder, Starfinder, Call of Cthulhu, and Mutant Crawl Classics, along with a set of dice.
For that extra-special Dungeon Master, consider giving him or her the Limited-edition D&D Collector’s Set, which includes the three core books and DM screen (a $169 retail value). The book covers and screen are beautifully-designed and contained in a sturdy and elegantly-detailed box for protection.
Card games are great gift ideas for the tabletop gamer who particularly likes portability. If you know someone who loves card-based games, consider one (or all!) of the following:
- KeyForge ($10)
This is an easy-to-learn card game that doesn’t require deck-building or collecting. Each deck is unique, with none comprised of the same exact cards. Players can enjoy a KeyForge game in roughly 30 minutes’ time!
- Warhammer Champions ($15 for Campaign Decks, $4 for Booster Packs)
There are four campaign decks (or factions), and a player needs only one to begin playing. Booster packs include a random set of cards that belong to any of the factions. Bonus feature: You can enter the cards into play on the digital game app of the same name!
- Star Wars Destiny ($30 for starter set, $2.99 for Booster Packs)
Star Wars fans will find this game of both chance and strategy particularly enjoyable. Each collectible card artistically depicts a plethora of beloved characters, ships, and vignettes from the movies and animated series. While the afore-mentioned games required only cards, SW Destiny adds unique dice and tokens into the mix. Note: This is a deck-building game, so booster packs are a must for variety and potency.
Earlier, we mentioned miniature starter sets as gift ideas, with some requiring assembly and paint. If you’d like to include an extra touch with those starter sets, we suggest some of these basics:
- Paints — Citadel, Vallejo, Army Painter brands ($3 – 8) | Brushes ($4 – 12)
While veteran hobbyists might be partial to the types of paints they use, providing a few paints and a brush nicely wraps up a gift (yep, pun intended) for a newbie gamer. Don’t worry, we’ll help you choose the right ones for the specific minis!
- Painting Handle ($8 for small, $13 for x-large)
This handy tool (forgive us for being punny once again) is an immense help for the dexterous and not-so-accustomed hobbyist alike. Fingers can really get in the way of painting minis, so these handles, which are available in two sizes, make it easy to hold a mini while painting those details.
Dice and Dice Trays
Dice are an essential part of tabletop gaming. And we covered a brief explanation of the many kinds in last month’s blog. Why not purchase a set as a stocking stuffer? Or if you’re gifting on a budget, a dice set and dice tray combo is affordable, and practical for any gamer.
- Dice Sets ($4 – 16)
We have dice in a multitude of colors, styles, and sizes. No gamer can pass up a shiny new set of dice!
- Dice Tray ($15)
This rectangular-shaped tray is about 12 inches by 6.5 inches. Unlike most trays, it’s lined with velvet instead of felt. Plus, it’s the perfect size for wargaming or role-playing games!
Gift Cards in Any Amount!
Of course, an Ogre’s Den Gift Card is always an option. It’s like adding whipped cream to the gift ideas we mentioned above. You can purchase cards in any amount. They make perfect stocking stuffers or gift-toppers, and they’re ideal if you’re not sure what your recipient wants or needs.
e-Gift cards are also always available to purchase through Square. (Please note that they are emailed directly to the recipient, though you can choose a date for it to be sent!)
Don’t Forget Anyone On Your List!
We hope these gift ideas are helpful to you in your quest for just the right present. If you need further assistance to choose a game, give us a call or drop by and we’ll help you narrow down the selection.