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Saturday! Woo! My favorite day of the week. Today, I've got D&D (watch me here if you'd like to see me making a fool of myself :P ). And then, tomorrow, it's been a long time since I really did some baking. I'm thinking I'll make some cayenne pepper dark chocolate brownies and some chili powder chocolate chip cookies. Because that's the type of person I am. Whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope it's awesome. Though I know if you're here now, you're here to check out some reviews.

This week we have: The Bloody Inn: The Carnies Expansion, Processing: A Game of Serving Humanity, Senshi, Evil High Priest, Mesozooic, Volfirion, Countdown Action Edition, Reef, Tokyo Metro, and Codenames XXL.

One Board Family:

The Bloody Inn: The Carnies Expansion Review

The train has pulled into town bringing a load of new characters to your shady French inn. The traveling carnival workers need a place to sleep but they don’t know of the dark secrets that your establishment holds. The Bloody Inn: The Carnies is an expansion for one of our absolute favorite games, The Bloody Inn.

Undead Viking:

Processing: A Game of Serving Humanity Review

Learn to Play:

Senshi Video

In this video I will teach you how to play including: Components,setup, player turn and actions, and end game conditions with scoring. I also included a small game play video towards the end of the video. I will also give you my thoughts and opinions on the game, and would love to hear yours. 

Evil High Priest Video

In this video I will teach you how to play including: Components,setup, phases of a round, end game conditions, and scoring. I will also give you my thoughts and opinions on the game, and would love to hear yours.

theMCGuiRE review:

Mesozooic Review

theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Mosozooic, a new card puzzle game from Z-Man Games. In this title you are building the best dinosaur zoo you can for the most points. If you are able to do that for 3 rounds within the time limit, you win! The game definitely plays out as a puzzle, where you will be moving cards around to form your zoo and in the order that provides the most points.

Volfyirion Review

theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Volfyirion, a brand new card game from Tabula Games that is just hitting kickstarter. We wanted to get a preview of this new game that fits perfectly into their gaming universes (Mysthea - also another successful kickstarter). Wow - I was blown away on how fun this card game really is and all the cool mechanics and pacing of the game! It is going to offer more play modes as well and the base pledge is truly a no-brainer at $10US

Countdown - Action Edition Review

theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Countdown - Action Edition from Dogmight Games and Lindsey Rode. In this title you are either the role of a hostage, villain or the action hero! You better get released or win due to your personal win condition before the bomb goes off! This group deception game offers a few awesome welcomed additions to the game type: up to 15 people are supported, each player has a personalized win condition and each player gets a one time game action.

Polyhedron Collider:

Spirits of the Forest Review

From the box to the insert, from the score pad to the tiles, Spirits of the Forest, is quite simply enchanting.  You’ll quickly read the rulebook – don’t be alarmed, it's multilingual, the rules just about cover two pages and are very, very simple.  You’ll set the game up and take a moment to just look at it, it is, as one has come to expect from Thundergryph Games, very pretty.

Your journey into this colourful and quaint bakerlite world is one of simple purpose, collect the most of each type of spirit that inhabits the forest.  That’s it, nice and simple.  There are 150 in total….no, hang on, that’s Pokemon.  There are nine different spirits to collect and 3 ‘elements’. If you have more than your opponent then you’ll score a point for each one.  If you have none you’ll suffer a 3 point penalty. 


Reef Review

Reef is a lovely, although loosely themed, abstract game in which you are trying to build a reef to house marine life. Technically, you are the reef, trying to grow and be beautiful. To build your reef (yourself?), you’ll be playing cards and placing reef bits in order to score points for completed patterns. The goal is to have the most points at the end of the game, which means you are the most beautiful reef, beloved by fish everywhere.

Tokyo Metro Review

TOKYO METRO has you investing in the development of the public transit network of Tokyo with the goal of making the most money. There’s a central map of the Tokyo subway system and an accompanying income track to keep tabs on how much money each line makes.

Each round is divided into 5 phases. The first phase simply refreshes the action card grid, removing the lowermost cards and adding a new row to the top. The next phase is a blind bid to determine turn order for the rest of the round. All bids are paid to the bank and the player who paid most is goes first, the player who played the next highest goes second, and so on. In the movement phase players will move their meeple up to 2 spaces on the grid map. The majority of the action happens in the appropriately named action phase.

Codenames XXL Review

Little did I know that just three years later, Codenames has not only appeared on the shelf at Target, but it has had its own Target-exclusive edition; that Codenames would more-than-crack the top 100 on Board Game Geek (currently sitting at #48 after a fall from the teens); or that my family would become utterly obsessed with the game. Indeed, I have introduced a lot of games to my family over the years, and they’ve enthusiastically tried most of them, but I think they’d be content if all they had was Bohnanza and Codenames.

So releasing a new, giant, “deluxe” version just makes sense. But is bigger better?