From time to time the Cheese Weasel name gets into print. We often don't know how it happens! Well if you're interested here is what people are saying about us:
From Spewgulist.com: Cheese Weasel Logistics board game, Pit Fighter: Fantasy Arena wins Spewgies Board Game of the Year Award. Go to Spewgulist for complete information.
From the Parkersburg Sentinal (November 2006) - Cheese Weasel Logistics impacts gaming world
By MICHAEL ERB
PARKERSBURG — It has to be one of the coolest names in gaming today: Cheese Weasel Logistics.
But a fun name is only part of the story for this up-and-coming force in the games industry. Cheese Weasel Logistics creates fun and useful products for gamers, and recently has begun producing some of its own games which already are getting high marks from fans and reviewers alike.
The Weasel is the brainchild of couple Nelson and Jennifer Rodgers Beach, dubbed ChiefWeasel and SheWeasel respectively, who were avid gamers before plunging into the industry three years ago. The North Carolina-based business has about a half-dozen products on the market, including a new board/card game that was released in October, and several projects in the works.
Nelson Beach first came up with the idea for one product, “Pit Fighter: Fantasy Arena,” several years ago.
“There were always lots of things I wanted to design, but never managed to,” he said. “When we decided to come out with Pit Fighter, a lot of the mechanics and ideas I had developed more than 10 years ago.”
Pit Fighter places players in the roles of gladiators who must fight for glory and wealth in the Great Pit.
Pit Fighter combines the tactics of a miniatures game with the constructability of a collectible card game. Warriors battle it out on a game board and use cards to represent equipment, skills and maneuvers. New items can be purchased with gold, and each character can use different assortments of cards to represent their changing arsenals.
There also are card expansions for the game, allowing you to add new characters and items. But even though the game is like a collectible card game, each expansion contains a set assortment of cards, so players can purchase what they want and need without having to go through dozens of boosters, Nelson Beach said.
Cheese Weasel Logistics also produces the aptly-named “Death by Dice,” which pits characters against one another in a no-holds-barred duel to the finish. Players can battle one-on-one or team up characters for a bigger brawl.
The game itself uses small, thick cards featuring the characters and their fighting statistics, each one represented by a different die. Those dice are used both to attack and defend, which adds an element of strategy to the game. Do you attack with your strongest (biggest numbered) die, knowing a low roll might leave you defenseless the next round? Or do you bunker down and hope an opponent’s bad roll presents an opportunity for you?
There are two series of Death by Dice, one featuring mobsters and another featuring malevolent versions of Mother Goose-style characters. Characters are sold in packs of two, so a single set can get you rolling dice and battling right out of the pack.
In addition to the products and services offered by CWL, the company’s mascot has become a draw of its own, with buttons, magnets and T-shirt art featuring the Cheese Weasel.
“That name and that logo have been our strongest introductory assets in this industry,” Jennifer Beach said. “People come to the booth (at conventions) just to buy the weasel stuff.”
Spewgilist.com Plays Pit Fighter: Fantasy Arena at Origins 2006.
"You can't make any mistakes here because PFFA is a very balanced game. Oh, I suppose if your play style is hack and slash and you choose a magic user this could be a problem. But if this is the case you have other issues and getting spanked at PFFA will be the least of your problems."
"Cheese Weasel Logistics has developed a scale of reward that keeps players in the game until the last blow lands... This system, except in a bizarre system where one player is asleep and is just randomly moving their character, keeps the game tense until the very end. If you prefer a game that is over after the first five (5) minutes, you won't like the system. If you prefer a game where the opportunity for defeat or victory is open right up to the end, well then, PFFA is for you."
"What throws a twist into the game, one of many, is that you the different character types have different focuses and concentrate of different damage types...Each turn is fast paced and damage is handled in a very interesting manner. Some kinds of magic and explosions do direct damage. This blows past armor, as I found out early on. Combat damage can be higher, but gets affected by many more things and is resolved only after all of these things are put into place."
"Pit Fighter: Fantasy Arena was released on October 1, 2006 and
is available in stores now. Just in time for Christmas. So, buy it. Unless,
of course, you hate great games."
"... While we've not yet played a bad game, the two we ran through with Cheese Weasel Logistics, LLC, stood out on Friday. Aside from putting out great game components, check out their site for those, we played Death by Dice and Pitfighter. Two games that are about as far apart in style and intent as are Nazis and Trout.
No, that didn't make any sense to me either, but I'm an old man, it's late, and Halle Berry never came back to talk with more OR tuck me in so I am struggling through some major disappointment here, bear with me. Regardless, the games are both fun and great to play and not at all similar in mechanics or strategy. I guess that's the real message."
"Pit Fighter: Fantasy Arena" - If you're looking for a deceptively complex game with very simple rules and an opportunity to mix and match strategy to turn weakness into power and crush your opponent, hmmmmm. I'm thinking of a game, could it be, yes, I think it's Pitfighter. I look forward to seeing this hit the shelves."
From Troll and Toad : (April 11, 2004) This thing is awesome!!! It fits all my CCG stuff perfectly. I really like Warlords and it is the only card container that holds all the components. I wish someone had thought of this before.
From GamingReport.com (post GenCon Indy 2004): "And to round out some of products of the day, Card Coffins by Cheese Weasel Logistics. Taking an existing product, metal tins for cards, and taking it to the next level. Cheese Weasel has made a good idea and made it Great. They have inserts built into the tins that allow you to keep the filing system of your deck (for any game) in place. It sounds kind of basic but the dynamics of their system are surprisingly cool. You walk away thinking, "If only I had thought of that". They also have an RPG version which carries everything you need for a game including a mini character sheet, a game calendar, pencil and eraser, dice, 2 figures in a foam insert, 3-in-1 Pad for Adventure notes, Kills, and Treasure Taken. Being tin boxes they also have magnets of your favorite publishers logos and games to stick on the boxes or you can buy some with permanent artwork."
From Game Monkeys (post GAMA 2004): "There are many places that make boxes to hold decks of cards but there are none crafted as well as the ones from Cheese Weasel. Sporting great art on the tops of the boxes these tins will not only just hold your deck, but they will hold your sideboard and any counters or dice needed to play the game as well. This is a company to be on the lookout for in 2004 as they are going to make deck storage practical and affordable."
From Game Trade (preview article, March 2004): "CCG fans are continually frustrated by cheap plastic deck boxes that crack and break, or aren't big enough to hold cards once they have been put in their protective sleeves. As if that wasn't enough, certain CCG's may require dice, counters, tokens, or other accoutrements not easily stored with the cards. Especially if he is toting multiple decks, the modern CCG-er can resemble a First Edition AD&D character at the upper end of his encumbrance limit. The Card Coffin provides an elegant solution... (the article goes on to give all the spec...which you already know!)
On the artwork, the author notes: "Hunting Season depicts a starkly beautiful winter scene... Sack of Vikings shows a somewhat dim-looking giant, cheerfully stuffing Vikings into his carrying bag. Clearly the giant, like many CCG, also has a collector's mentality."