Monday, October 30, 2017

Storm Hollow: Call To Adventure is on Kickstarter!

by Randy

Storm Hollow: Call To Adventure!

Storm Hollow, the epic storytelling adventure game by Angie & Julian (two of the authors of this blog!) is on Kickstarter! Storm Hollow is a lavishly illustrated storytelling game where players play heroic versions of themselves transported to the world where all the stories happened! Battle darkness, solve puzzles, outwit your enemies! The Storm Hollow storytelling system is a great introduction to roleplaying, though there is plenty for veteran roleplayers who love good stories.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

And the winner...

by Randy

The winner of the Storm Hollow Treasury raffle is....

Courtney Brown!

We are so grateful that so many of you stepped up to be heroes for the people of Houston. Thank you so much, every one of you! Your generosity is appreciated.

And thank you to Game Salute for helping us make this happen.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Raffle Update!

By Randy

Update on the Hurricane Harvey Raffle!

We want to thank everyone who has donated to the Houston Food Bank so far; you are kind and generous people, every one. We discovered, after posting the original post, that it had an incorrect email address for the first 24 hours. We are concerned that some of you may not have received entries for your donations. So we are extending the deadline for entry until noon PST tomorrow. If you donated and sent us your info, you should have received an email response from If you did not, please re-send your info!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief Raffle

Be a hero & win a copy of Storm Hollow!

By Randy, Angie, & Julian

9/11: See update! 

Be a hero! You don't need to find yourself in a magical land with amazing powers to be a hero. You can be a hero just by helping at any time when help is needed. Right now, help is needed Houston, Texas, a once fair land that has been ravaged by a terrible storm. While the storm has passed, the trouble for some of our brothers and sisters in Houston has only just begun. Donate directly to the Houston Food Bank between now and 12pm PST on Tuesday, September 12th and you could win a copy of Storm Hollow: A Storyboard Game Limited Edition Treasury, sponsored by Game Salute.

We are asking you to help by donating to the Houston Food Bank, an organization devoted to feeding the hungry in Houston (chosen for its outstanding rating on Charity Navigator), a service that is in even greater need following the recent devastation. To help, just donate directly to the Houston Food Bank. Then, send an image of your receipt to For every $5 you donate you will receive one entry into a raffle to win a copy of Storm Hollow: A Storyboard Game Limited Edition Treasury. 

Here is a look at the contents, which is nearly 20 pounds of gaming goodness valued at $250!:

Here is what we need. Take a screenshot of the verification email you receive from the Houston Food Bank. Feel free to block out personal information! We just need to see your name, the amount, and the tracking code. 

That's it! Please help us spread the word. Be a hero!

Most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, and picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child in this life is a hero to me.
-Fred Rogers

IMPORTANT! This post originally had a typo in the email address! The correct email address is Please re-send your screenshots if you sent it to the wrong address.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Escapade Games Announces Release of Riftwalker!

by Randy

Hello, readers!

You may have noticed that the Growing Up Gamers blog has been on hiatus. Sorry! The primary reason is that Angie and Julian have been busy designing games. The exciting news we have is that their newest game, Riftwalker: A Storm Hollow Card Game, has been delivered to Kickstarter backers and is now available at retail! Isn't that exciting?!?

Riftwalker is a strategic card game for 2-4 players. The players take on the role of a Riftwalker, one of the iconic heroes of Storm Hollow, as they explore the fantastic locations of the world. Manipulating the element grid to draw on the magic of Storm Hollow is necessary to explore and activate the magic of the land.

Here are some examples of the beautifully illustrated rift cards, representing the lands you explore:

Here is the element grid, which you interact with to explore, shift, and score:

For a pretty good overview of the gameplay, take a look at this video from Bonding With Boardgames.

Find Riftwalker: A Storm Hollow Card Game at these retailers & more!

Miniature Market
Games Worth Playing

Has anyone had the opportunity to play it yet? If so, let us know! Additionally, feel free to post reviews!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Winners of the Riftwalker Giveaway!

by Randy

Hello, everyone!

It's time to announce the winners of the Riftwalker Giveaway! We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to enter & help us spread the word about Riftwalker: A Storm Hollow Card Game. With your help, we were able to help get this game funded. And we are very grateful. Look for a retail release of Riftwalker later this year!

Well... here they are: the winners!

#1. Andrew K.
#2: Brian C
#3: Ernie L
#4: Duarte
#5: Melissa N
#6: Malcolm E
#7: Nuno S

The winners have all been contacted, in order of drawing, and have each chosen one of the excellent games that Game Salute so generously offered for the giveaway. We'd like to give a big shout-out to Game Salute for doing this.

Again, we would like to extend our gratitude to everyone involved.Thank you!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dear Hearthstone Players: Please Learn Some Dang Manners!

By Julian 

One of the greatest features of Hearthstone (an incredible online collectible card game you should check out if you haven't) is that it limits the online talk of its players to six straightforward emotes: Thanks, Well Played, Greetings, Sorry, Oops, and Threaten. It’s simple but effective communication that makes it easy to display good game etiquette. Of course, you still have to have some idea of what good game etiquette actually IS. After playing this game for quite some time, it’s clear that many of you missed the day (or the entire childhood) where they were teaching this stuff. Never fear, my friends. I am here to help you with a breakdown of each emote and how to PROPERLY use it. Pay attention, whipper-snapper! I’m about to teach you some manners!

This is the polite and proper response when someone says or does something nice for you. In Hearthstone, this should follow any time your opponent uses the “Good Game” emote to compliment you on your play. Also, appropriate (but not necessary) if an opponent plays a mutually beneficial card that does something fun or cool for you, too. Do NOT use this emote sarcastically to whine at your opponent when they destroy your favorite creature or wipe your board. That’s petty.

Well Played 
Unless your opponent is a sociopathic monster, you must press this emote at least once per game. If your opponent does something clever or cool, “Well Played” is a fine compliment to pay them. However, regardless of how they played, regardless of whether you won or lost, at the end of every game you tell your opponent “Well Played.” That’s not a bot your playing. That’s a person on the other side of the table. It’s a person that just spent time doing something that helped you enjoy yourself. Yes, they did it because they were having fun, too. So what. At the end of ANY game, you thank your fellow players for taking the time to play with you. In Hearthstone, the emote to say this is “Well Played.”

This emote is mostly pointless. You can say a generic greeting at your opponent at the start of the game to say hello, but after several games this starts to get old. It doesn’t really show appreciation in any meaningful way.  However, if your opponent is taking a long time on their turn and doesn’t seem to be doing anything, you can give a single “Greetings” to check that they know it’s still their turn. Also, pointless though it may be, if someone greets you at the start of the game, you GREET THEM BACK. That’s just common decency.

It can be tempting to say sorry when you destroy your opponent’s board or otherwise swing the game strongly in your favor. Don’t. It’s a competitive game. Everyone gets that. Apologizing for playing effectively is just condescending. That said, Hearthstone has a lot of cards with random effects that sometimes swing the game in unfair ways. When a random effect unbalances the game in your favor, a sympathetic “Sorry” is a good way to indicate that you know you’re not about to win due to any particular skill or strategy on your part. Also, “Sorry” is a fine way to express sympathy if your opponent makes an obvious misplay and calls it out by pressing the “oops” emote.

This emote is a little self-serving. It’s only exists for you to press when you screw up and only so you can prove to your opponent that you’re not dumb because you know you screwed up. Then, you can imagine they’re laughing along with you at your ridiculous mistake. Press it if you’re really that worried about an anonymous stranger judging your intellect. Do NOT press it to point out an opponent’s mistake. When an opponent misplays, emoting “Sorry” says “I sympathize. Obviously, that didn’t work out how you’d hoped.” Emoting “Oops” say “I’m a snarky jerk who thinks I’m sooooo superior to your incredibly feeble play skills.”

What are you 12? Obviously you shouldn’t threaten people you’re playing a game with. True, the threat emote is too ridiculous to be threatening. However, it’s not ridiculous ENOUGH to be ironic or funny. It’s just juvenile and pointless. And when you press “Threaten” after losing a game, what is that about? Do you think you’re the villain in my hero’s story and that’s your dramatic finish? Well it’s not. It’s dumb. Grow up.

Remember folks, even when communication is limited, its important to show respect to those we play against. Without those players, there would be no meaningful game to play. Let’s all play well together and have fun! (And seriously, just press "Well Played" at the end of a game. It's right there on the left. Just. Press. It.)

Get Free Games!

Speaking of fun things to play, Growing Up Gamers is running a contest where you, yes YOU, can win free games! It’s all to promote our Kickstarter for Riftwalker: A StormHollow Card Game going on through Sunday, March 20th.  You can check out the contest here! The Kickstarter is also promoting the last few weeks of Storm Hollow pre-orders. This awesome storytelling adventure game represents four years of development by the Growing Up Gamers crew (and other amazing people who helped out). There are no immediate plans for a retail version so preordering may be the only way to ever get this fantastic game of which we are incredibly proud. It will only be available for purchase in its current format until March 20th. You can check out the pre-order here!