We'll readily admit that we've never played VKing ($100) before, but any game that includes battle axes, shields, and kings is cool with us. Based on an old, old Swedish Viking game, the object is to use your battle axes to bust all of your opponent's shields, and then conquer the king. As for the set itself, it's handcrafted in Vermont from hardwoods and includes 10 shields, 6 battle axes, 4 field markers, 1 king, a canvas storage bag, and, thankfully, a rule sheet. Our guess is it's probably a helluva drinking game as well, given that it was created by, you know, vikings.
Whether you're high in the mountains or just chillin' by the lake, The North Face Docking Station ($430) makes for a fine base camp. The 97 sq. ft. main component offers room for six, with roll up walls, a perimeter floor and color-coding for easy setup, durable steel stakes, and an included duffel-style storage sack. Should your group grow larger as your stay continues, simply add on an available two- or four-person dock to turn your modest camp into a rockin' retreat.