Czech Games Edition
A new expansion is coming for Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization from CGE. It's called Leaders & Wonders and, as you would expect, it adds leaders that you can recruit as you build up your civilization, as well as amazing wonders that they can construct. Of course, war is a major player in all things world history, and there's new cards for that as well.
From the website:
This is your chance to make history! Throughout time there have been courageous women and imaginative men who changed history, and whose legacy we carry with us to this day. Some of those men and women, along with some of their most wondrous creations, are now joining the new and long awaited Through the Ages expansion.
The New Leaders & Wonders expansion brings exciting new content to the base game, adding leaders, wonders, and military cards so you can change the flow of history and build even greater civilizations!
But I also need to get you these reviews.
Today we have: Dead Throne, Draconis Invasion, 7 Ghosts, Robin Hood and the Merry Men, Secret Unknown Stuff: Escape from Dulce, Flip and Find’s Diner, Welcome to Centerville, Master of Orion: Conquest, Codenames: Duet, Portal of Heroes, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, and Felicity.
Dead Throne Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at DEAD THRONE a new game from Sharkee Games and coming to us through kickstarter. This game is a fantasy adventure game at heart but offers a very cool PvP and questing component that makes it a strong entry for me. you will traverse the board looking for items, questing and hunting down medallion and region stones. Can you be the first player to reach the castle with either all the region stones (heroes) or all the medallion pieces (Saladar) for the win? Or would you rather defeat the mighty dragon and win the "Crown of the King"? Its up to you in this open world adventure game! This one is a fun title and I am impressed with the simple mechanics but high player interaction you generally do not see in an adventure game.
Draconis Invasion Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Draconis Invasion a new deck builder from Passport Games and recently Kenji Inc. This is your standard deck builder but offers two very nice mechanics I like and will keep you wanting to keep coming back for another round (watch the video for these as I think they make this title a fun and enjoyable experience). I definitly recommend playing this title with a group of friends although it offers a solo play experience as well. The solo experience is good but I think this game really stands well as a group experience. Great artwork and excellent packaging design.
Undead Viking Review:
7 Ghosts Review
Robin Hood and the Merry Men Review
Secret Unknown Stuff: Escape from Dulce Review
Flip and Find’s Diner Review
Flip and Find’s Diner is a 1-4 player game (I am a little unsure how much fun this would be 1 player though) based on memory and tactics. The guys at Spontaneous Combustible Games have been putting their heads together to come up with something very different from their last release of Pests, and this time they have aimed it at a family audience. This is the perfect gatrway game to get your little ones into tabletop gaming, it is colourful, fast, fun and most important of all there will be a winner!
Board Game Quest:
Welcome to Centerville Review
Welcome to Centerville is played over three rounds, with scoring happening after each round is complete. You will track scores for both wealth and prestige, but your final score is the lower of the two. Being the most prestigious person in Centerville isn’t worth much if you are penniless.
The actions you can take each round are determined by a Yahtzee-like dice rolling system. You can roll (and re-roll, and re-roll) your dice each turn. Once you are happy with the result—or out of rolls—the dice are spent to carry out actions.
Master of Orion: Conquest Review
Master of Orion: Conquest is a two-player card game that simulates the planet for planet battles that occur in the PC game of the same name. Each player takes a starter deck and builds in cards from their own card row. The ultimate aim is to destroy the opponent’s homeworld in about 30 minutes to an hour.
Codenames: Duet Review
Confession time. I’m not a very big fan of Codenames. I think it’s a fine game, but I just never got the hype for it. People who play it constantly, or said it changed the dynamic of their game group are on another planet than me. It was always one of those games where I’d play it if someone asked, and then quickly move on. It was fine but forgettable.
But I have an open mind, so I figured I’d give Codenames: Duet a chance when publisher Czech Games Edition was kind enough to send one over for review. Thankfully this wasn’t just another rethemed version of Codenames, but a whole new way to play it, cooperatively! Could this be the spark that was always missing in Codenames for me? Let’s find out.
Portal of Heroes Review
In Portal of Heroes, your goal is to be the first to score 12 or more points through the activation of character cards. Each player begins with a small sheet representing their portal, which can hold two character cards. Once character cards are activated, they are removed from the portal and the player gains any abilities and victory points on the card.
The game’s bridge-sized cards come in two decks: one deck of pearl cards used as currency and the other deck of character cards used for special abilities and victory points.
Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time Review
The goal of PEatCoT is to unlock and recover four treasures before Professor Evil locks away four of his own in a secret vault.
On your turn, you get to do three actions plus resolve one of two action cards drawn from your character-specific action deck. Things you can do include moving from room to room, unlocking doors, deactivating switches, and recovering treasures.
Felicity, the Cat in the Sack Review
Felicity, the Cat in the Sack is a hand-management, auction, and bluffing game for three to five players. Players contribute animals to nine communal sacks and bid on the contents of those sacks. The player with the most points wins.
At the very least, though, before I take another shot of medicine and go lay down, I gotta make sure you get those reviews you so desperately desire.
This week we have: Museum Heist, Race for the Galaxy iOS Expansions, Battle for Rokugan, Yogi, The Pursuit of Happiness: Community Expansion, Bubblee Pop, XCOM: Evolution Expansion, Dicetopia, Hot Shots, NewSpeak, Dragonfire, Codenames: Duet, Outpost Siberia, and Mage Wars Academy Warlord and Forcemaster Expansions.
Board Game Quest:
Museum Heist Review
Museum Heist isn’t a game about trying to get past security. Instead, it is about outsmarting the other players. Each round, players will decide which of the seven thieves they are going to pick to try to be one to land on the artwork token. Players will have only a few options each turn.
Race for the Galaxy iOS Expansions Review
Last year we reviewed the utterly fantastic Race of the Galaxy mobile app. Temple Games took a much loved card game and polished it up to a shine with their digital version. Since then, they’ve released three expansions for the app, which we are going to take a quick look at today and see if the are worth the in-app purchase.
However, as we rarely review iOS board game expansion, I’m going to keep this one to a general overview and quick thoughts. If you want in-depth analysis on any of the expansions, they’ve all been around for a very long time, so there are plenty of articles with that focus.
Battle for Rokugan Review
Starting a game is similar to the beginning of a game of RISK. Players will take control of territories on the board and if they manage to gain all of a particular color group, they gain a power card that provides a one-time bonus. Additionally, players are provided with 27 combat tokens in their player color including a single bluff token. Finally, players receive a couple of action cards and have choose from two objective cards.
In Yogi, there are two types of cards. Green cards provide players directions to follow, such as having a finger touching their nose, the right thumb up, one arm up in the air, and so on. Orange cards have a placement – such as the card touching a left eyebrow, right ear, or other body parts.
Each turn, a player draws a card, reads it, and immediately begins following the directions of the card, while continuing to obey previously drawn cards, changing positions and twisting their body as needed. If a player stops following a card’s instructions, even for a moment, they are eliminated from the game. The last person to remain in the game is declared the winner.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Community Expansion Review
The first thing to note is that the expansion comes with some more cards that can be added to the base game without even invoking the new “Community” aspects. You get more life goals, projects, items/activities, jobs and partners. These are simply shuffled into their respective base game decks and play as normal.
Bubblee Pop Review
Bubblee Pop is a puzzle/match-3 game for two players. Players try to align rows or columns of three or more matching-color bubblees to score and unlock special abilities. The player with the highest score wins.
XCOM: Evolution Review
XCOM: Evolution is an expansion to XCOM: The Board Game. If you aren’t familiar with the cardboard version of XCOM, check out my review, but in brief: aliens are invading the world. During a digital-app-assisted timed phase, you’ll watch as UFOs circle the globe and aliens mob your base, and then assign ships and soldiers to defend your planet and attempt missions to fight off the alien threat. You only have so much budget to work with, and a press-your-luck mechanism with dice will resolve all your interactions.
XCOM: Evolution adds a whole slew of new challenges to the game, and a few new advantages.
Drive Thru Review:
Dicetopia Kickstarter Preview
Dicetopia Kickstarter Preview
Learn to Play:
Hot Shots Review
In this video I will teach you how to play including: Setup, player turn,fire cards, and end game conditions I will also give you my thoughts and opinions on the game, and would love to hear yours.
Play Board Games:
Dragonfire is a cooperative deck building game with a Dungeons and Dragons theme. Your party of adventurers must defeat encounters to win and gain XP and level up.
Codenames: Duet Review
Codenames Duet changes up the play of the popular party game. This version allows you to play with fewer people or smaller teams.
Outpost Siberia Review
Outpost Siberia is a cooperative card game of survival. Can you get enough food and water and survive the strange creatures you encounter?
Mage Wars Academy Warlord and Forcemaster Expansions Review
Mage Wars Academy gets two new wizards, the Warlord and the Forcemaster. These expansions also add more creatures and spells to the series.
Today we have: Small World, Galactic Warlord Battle For Dominion, Dice Hospital, Shahrazad, Dark Souls, Bushido, Dungeon Crawler The Thorn Expansion, Star Trek: Ascendancy, VS 2PCG Legacy Expansion, Alchemists The King’s Golem Expansion, Super Dungeon Explore Arena, Terra Mystica App, Tomb Trader, Jaipur App, Bio-Logic, Dragon Tower, Gnomi, and Zombie Tower 3D.
Toucan Play That Game:
Small World Review
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Small World by Days of Wonder.
Galactic Warlords Battle for Dominion Preview
In this paid video you can find out about Galactic Warlords Battle for Dominion by Archona Games.
Dice Hospital Overview
An overview of Dice Hospital from designer Mike Nudd, recorded live at UK Games Expo 2017.
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Shahrazad, a new board game from Osprey Games. In this quick solo and 2-player experience you will lay tiles to build the best story for the King as possible. Be careful as if you place the tiles in the wrong location - it will be a weak story-line for you.
Learn to Play:
In this video I will teach you how to play including: component breakdown, player and board setup, encounter setup, enemy turn, player turn, boss setup, boss movement and combat, secondary setup.
I will also give you my thoughts and opinions on the game.
Shut Up & Sit Down:
Bushido Miniatures Game Review
I’m standing here, what feels like a katana in my chest, the bodies of my soldiers piled around me. I’m standing here defeated and absolutely delighted, a big grin on my face, trying to figure out what it’s doing there.
That was the end of my second play of Bushido by GCT Games – the actual impaling being only metaphorical, if you’re the queasy sort, but the defeat and delight being real. From my first encounter, what intrigued me about Bushido was that I found it immensely pleasurable even when I lost horribly. Let me try to explain why.
If the name and picture don’t make it apparent, Bushido is a tabletop skirmish game set in a world inspired by Japanese folklore, or at least a western, Tolkein-filtered riff on Japanese folklore. Elves and Dwarves are replaced by Tengu and Oni, the heroes include snake-people and warrior pandas, and the outfits look like the result of a raid on a Kurosawa film’s prop closet. All in the best possible way.
Play Board Games:
Dungeon Crawler The Thorn Expansion Review
The Thorn is the second small box expansion for Dungeon Crawler. It adds 82 new cards to the game.
This increases the challenge and gives you more options for building your deck.
Tales from the Yawning Portal Review
Tales from the Yawning Portal updates seven of the deadliest dungeons for 5th Edition Dungeon and Dragons.
You can run these as is or just borrow from them for your homebrew game.
Star Trek Ascendancy Review
Star Trek Ascendancy is a 4X game full of space exploration and conflict in the Star Trek universe
VS 2PCG Legacy Expansion Review
Legacy is the third expansion for the VS 2PCG series. It adds new characters, plot twists and main characters for every released faction.
Alchemists The King’s Golem Expansion Review
The King’s Golem expansion adds a few different modules to the Alchemists board game. You can choose which to add to your game depending how much you want to change the base game.
Super Dungeon Explore Arena Review
Super Dungeon Explore Arena is an expansion that changes this game from a cooperative dungeon crawl to a two-player skirmish.
Terra Mystica App Review
Terra Mystica is an area control board game that is now available as an app for Android and iOS.
Tomb Trader Review
In Tomb Trader, you play as an adventurer on the hunt for treasure. Over a series of rounds, you’ll engage in intense negotiations with the other players in order to split the treasure cards amongst yourselves. If you can gather the most valuable treasure by the end of the game, you’ll emerge victorious.
Jaipur App Review
Jaipur is a trading card game for two players. “Trading for two? How does that make sense?” You say. Not an unfounded question.
It works by putting a set of 5 cards in the center of the table – that’s the Market. Technically, you trade with the market, not the other player. However, anything you put on the market naturally becomes available to the other player.
Board Game Quest:
Players in Bio-Logic are one of six foreign bodies invading a human: Amoeba, Virus, Parasite, Bacteria, Prion or ASP (Autonomous Strike Personnel – nanobots). Whose body it is doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that the player who improves the strength, resilience, and infection power of their invader enough will be able to survive a final battle against other invaders. The player whose infector wins the battle, wins the game.
Dragon Tower Review
In Dragon Tower, players must work together to rescue the princess from her prison tower. The game is actually played in two parts, with the first part having players build up a scaffolding alongside the tower. Once that is built, they must then quickly, and carefully, retrieve the princess before the dragon destroys all their hard work. If they can get the princess back to her carriage before the tower collapses, they’ll enjoy a shared victory.
Gnomi revolves around players controlling what appears to be a family of gnomes harvesting a specific group of mushrooms. Players use their mushrooms and gnome powers to steal mushrooms from one another. Once only one player remains with cards that can be activated, that player wins.
Zombie Tower 3D Review
In Zombie Tower 3D, you’re trapped in a building filled with zombies and you’ll be trying to save survivors, find various items, and, of course, escape. To make matters worse, the building is collapsing and limiting where characters can go. Players are not able to see the other characters are but you can talk and pass item cards through small gaps in the rubble. If all players are able to meet the escape conditions, then they all escape and have survived. The real winner though is the player with the highest VP from survivors and the Minor Objective Cards.
It's also for reviews. So let's get to it.
This week we have: Heldentaufe, Monster Trap, Galaxy of Train: New Order, Lords of Hellas, Bestiary 6, New York Slice, Orphan Black, Sailing Towards Osiris, Perdition's Mouth: Abyssal Rift, Moons, Adrenaline, and Terraforming Mars.
Toucan Play That Game:
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Heldentaufe.
Monster Trap Preview
In this paid video you can find out about Monster Trap by New Comet Games.
Galaxy of Train: New Order Review
In this paid video you can find out about Galaxy of TRIAN: New Order by CreativeMaker.
Lords of Hellas Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Lords of Hellas a brand new game from Awaken Realms. This is a prototype version of the game but very special in many ways! Custom painted resin miniatures and a super limited special made box (watch the video for what "special" magic this box does).
The Kickstarter is coming to us end of May/early June and will feature new game play additions, extra miniatures, solo game play rules and much more. This is your chance to get your hands on the game super early before it comes out! So subscribe and have a chance to win my copy of the prototype version with special resin miniatures and epic custom box!
The quality on this one is off the charts and I cant wait to see what all they do with this game in the upcoming Kickstarter.
Nerds on Earth:
Bestiary 6 Review
NerdsOnEarth.com reviews Bestiary 6, the latest hardback book for the Pathfinder RPG.
Board Game Quest:
New York Slice Review
It’s not clear who the players’ roles are in New York Slice, but what is clear is that players will be dividing up and selecting slices of pizza from a random pie. Majority scoring occurs for the number of slices each player has acquired, with the number of points matching the number of slices available in the game. Chalkboard tiles grant special abilities for an additional variety of scoring opportunities.
Orphan Black Review
In Orphan Black, players are assigned a faction and three specific clone targets. They play influence cards to try to move clones to their faction without tipping off everyone to their loyalties. After all 9 clones have been resolved, players score bonus points for their targets and any correct accusations they made. The player with the most points wins.
Sailing Towards Osiris Preview
Sailing Towards Osiris is a game that simulates the building of monuments and tributes to win an election… sort of like in the United States, except in Egypt.
The Pharaoh has died and he has no heirs. Governors (the players) have four rounds to build the greatest tribute to Osiris in honor of the recently deceased Pharaoh, with the wining governor becoming the Pharaoh’s successor.
Perdition's Mouth: Abyssal Rift Review
In Perdition’s Mouth, player’s are delving into the depths of a cultist stronghold to embark on a series of missions. The game can be played as one-off sessions, or as a linked campaign.
During the game, each player choose a unique hero to command and must work together if they hope to make it out of the rift alive. The gameplay embraces the eurogamer style of play, eschewing dice rolling and hacking-and-slashing for a more unique rondel based action system. Players definitely need to employ solid teamwork and tactics if they hope to survive.
As a trick-taking card game Moons orbits the genre fairly closely, but also adds some twists to rocket up the fun. It is a plain trick-taking game with no trumps. That is, instead of capturing cards worth points, winning a trick allows you to take a moon token that is worth a point at the end of the game – more if part of a set.
Adrenaline is an action game all about blasting your friends into tiny bits with the biggest, coolest guns.
On your turn, you can move, shoot, or pick up items (guns or ammo). After 2 actions you can reload your guns, then score any kills you made during your turn before play passes onward to the next player!
The weapons are where the heart of this game dwells. Each weapon (in addition to having a cool name and FPS-style design) has an effect that typically deals out damage based on your target’s proximity. Most guns have multiple possible effects, and some allow you to spend ammunition when you put the gun into play to increase its effectiveness. For example, one gun lets you choose to deal a lot of damage to one player, or spread out the damage to multiple players in the same space. There are guns that shoot through walls, guns that suck your target towards you, guns that let you run up, smash someone for damage, and then run away.
You’ll need ammo to power your guns, so you’ll pick up tiles that let you collect ammo cubes and someimtes item cards that grant additional powered abilities.
Terraforming Mars Review
Terraforming Mars is a resource-management engine-building game for one to five players. Players represent corporations who are working to make Mars inhabitable. The game ends when the three global parameter minimums–oxygen, temperature, and oceans–have been met. The player who contributes the most to the terraforming effort is the winner.
From the announcement:
USAopoly Inc. announced today an exclusive global licensing agreement for the Codenames franchise with European-??based Czech Games Edition. USAopoly will design and publish licensed versions of the highly acclaimed tabletop game as the exclusive global licensing partner for the Codenames brand.
The announcement is made by USAopoly’s President and CEO, John M. Davis, and Czech Games Edition’s CEO and Founder, Petr Murmak.
“We have one of the strongest licensing departments in gaming, and we recognized that Codenames was perfect for pairing with some of our great licenses. We are confident the licensing possibilities for Codenames will be exciting, and will complement our extraordinary portfolio of game brands,” noted USAopoly President and CEO John M. Davis. “It will be great to work with Petr and the Czech Games Edition team, as Codenames is wildly popular and well-??regarded in the market.”
In 2016, Codenames was the winner of the board game industry’s most prestigious award— the Spiel des Jahres— in addition to numerous other accolades.
Two licensed editions of Codenames will be available in Fall 2017 and will retail for $24.95. Both games are targeted for players ages 8 and up and will be sold exclusively in North America.
USAopoly, Inc. will be at Toy Fair in New York City, February 18?21. For more information and details on some of the industry’s best games, visit USAopoly.com.
What? You don't think that's beautiful weather?
You know what they call a place that has nothing but "beautiful, sunny days"? The desert. Relatively few things live there.
You know what they call a place that has rain all the time? The rain forest, some of the most bio-diverse and bio-dense areas of the planet! So there!
Ok... that got weirdly antagonistic for no reason. Maybe I should just go check out some game reviews. Yeah. That's a good idea.
Today we have: Everzone, Portal, The Captain Is Dead, Triumvirate of the Imperium - Inquisitor Greyfax, Triumvirate of the Imperium - Belisarius Cawl, Raise Your Goblets, The Three Little Pigs, Concordia, Adrenaline, Hands in the Sea, Neuroshima Hex iPad Edition, 7 Wonders: Duel, Klask, Rise of Mafia, and Cavern Tavern.
Everzone Card Game Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at EVERZONE the card game from WinterLair and designed by Marco Mingozzi. I really do like this game in comparison to other combat games in the genre. It makes use of some standard mechanics very well and adds a layer of "this feels different" very well. It offer many different game play setups as 1v1 2v2 3v3 and 1v1v1 which makes it very robust and adaptable. So choose your force Numan, Slurrs, or Uthrons and go to battle in this very strategic battle card game!
Portal Board Game Review
Cryptozoic and Valve team up to make a sweet game of cake! No really this game is about cake and portal guns...how much better could you get really! Basically you are running through this track like board game incinerating others cake while protecting yours for the win.
The components are fantastic, simple but just right for the theme. Again, you have to remember this was based off a computer game developed by Valve Software, an extremely well done video game at that. I think it translates nicely into this simple yet super fun game I cant get enough of.
The Board Game Show:
The Captain Is Dead Review
Designed by J.T. at The Game Crafter, The Captain Is Dead is a sci-fi themed, cooperative, frantic, and satisfying kick in the ass. In fact, it’s thematic nirvana. You not only get to be the crew member of a starship, your actions during your turn are intuitive and often best suited to your expertise.
Triumvirate of the Imperium - Inquisitor Greyfax Review
Since saturday 14th, the Triumvirate of the Imperium is available, a combined heroes set with 5 miniatures in total, the Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl, the Inquisitor Greyfax as well as St. Celestine, with her entourage of Eleanor and Genevieve.
Triumvirate of the Imperium - Belisarius Cawl Review
To continue with the Triumvirate of the Imperium, the next miniature that I'll be taking care of is the Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl.
Drive Thru Review:
Raise Your Goblets Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:02); final thoughts and review (11:16)
The Three Little Pigs Review
In The Three Little Pigs you and your porcine competitors must build houses of straw, sticks, brick or a combination of them all while hoping to withstand the big bad wolf’s mighty lungs. Before you can build your abodes of varying structural integrity, you must gather the material. And you’ll do that by rolling dice.
Concordia is a hand and resource management game for two to five players. Players are merchant family leaders in ancient Rome trying to establish trade connections throughout the Roman world and find favor with the gods. The player with the most points is the winner.
Board Game Quest:
Your goal in Adrenaline is simple. Shoot your opponents and try to score as many points as possible. Each round players will be moving around the board, picking up weapons and ammo, and trying to shoot as many other players as possible.
And as with any good FPS game, the action doesn’t stop when someone dies. They dust themselves off and respawn right away, ready to dish out (and take) more punishment. Players earn points for shooting their opponents, and can earn bonus points for getting first blood or the kill shot. At the end of the game, the shooter with the most points wins.
Hands in the Sea Review
Punic Wars. What are they good for? Board games. I’ll say it again.
The players represent the conflicting forces of Carthage and Rome fighting throughout the Tyrrhenian Sea for control of Sicily, Corsica, and Sardinia. Players can win outright by a variety of means, but if a game end condition is met, victory is adjudicated by victory points.
Neuroshima Hex iPad Edition Review
Each turn, a player draws three tiles from their stack, discards one and may then play the other two onto the game board. Tiles come in the form of units (both ranged and melee), Modules (boosts other units), or Instants (one time use tiles). Once someone plays a battle tile (or the board fills up), units will attack in descending initiative order. The games combat system is delightfully simple and easy to understand. Be the last player with an HQ still on the board (or have the most points left when players run out of tiles) and you win!
7 Wonders: Duel Review
A civilization game need not be a long, drawn-out affair. 7 Wonders: Duel, like its older brother, is a civilization building game where players draft cards that represent economic, cultural, scientific, and military achievements. As players collect cards, they increase in power through three Ages. The game can end in a scientific or military victory, but if this doesn’t happen, each player’s civilization is compared through victory points.
Board to Death TV:
The KLASK game board is shaped like a ball field with two deep holes functioning as goals in each end of the field. In the middle of the field, three white magnetic pieces serve as “obstacles” – do NOT attract them to your own gaming piece! Your gaming piece is a black magnet. You control it by holding a large magnet under the board. This magnet is connected to a small magnet placed on the field. The purpose of the game is to push the small, red ball around on the field with your magnet/gaming piece, shoot the ball past the obstacles and your opponent and into the goal hole (Klask). It’s so much fun when your opponent suddenly is covered in white obstacles or you drop your gaming piece into the goal – something which might happen if you get a little too eager!
Rise of Mafia Review
The Rise of Mafia is the first of its' kind tabletop game based on real life mafia from 1930s' with only one goal...to become a Don!
Cavern Tavern Review
Cavern Tavern is a worker (dice) placement and resource management game that is set in a fantasy world. Each player assumes the role of a worker in the tavern. Your job is to serve drinks, work in the kitchen, do chores, and on top of that try to keep every guest happy, including the nasty and greedy barkeep.
When you're reading this, I'm hopefully using my Battle Chef in combat.
But that's me.
For you who's here reading the site, I've got your Review Roundup for you.
Today we have: Hail Caesar, Force on Force, Codenames, Five Tribes, Legends of Andor The Star Shield, Ninja All-Stars, The Grizzled: At Your Orders, Aviary, Booty, Catan: Explorers and Pirates, Allegiance: A Realm Divided, and The Golfing Dead.
Meeples & Miniatures:
Hail Caesar Review
Wargames rules, it seems, are somewhat like buses: You seem to spend ages waiting for a set to come along, and then two or three arrive at the same time. Last year (2010) this was true of Napoleonic rules, this year it’s the turn of Ancients, with several new Ancients rulesets being published at approximately the same time.
One of these is Hail Caesar, the latest offering from Mr. Priestly and Warlord Games. As you may expect, following on from the successful publication of Black Powder, these rules follow roughly the same format, and can indeed be seen as the Ancients ‘version’ of these earlier rules – or you could alternatively view these rules as a progression from Rick Priestley’s earlier work on Warmaster Ancients – either viewpoint has it’s merits.
Force on Force Review
Force on Force (FoF) are the new Wargames rules from Osprey Publishing. They are actually the second edition of the rules, the first edition being published in 2009.
This new edition of the rules is actually an amalgamation of the Force on Force first edition with Ambush Alley, the first rule set produced by Ambush Alley Games.
Toucan Play That Game:
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Codenames by Czech Games Edition.
Five Tribes Review
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Five Tribes by Days of Wonder.
Play Board Games:
Legends of Andor: The Star Shield Review
The Star Shield expansion for Legends of Andor adds a new legend with new enemies, goals and components.
Ninja All-Stars Review
In Ninja All-Stars you are competing in The Moonlight Tournament to determine the most respected clan in the land.
The Grizzled: At Your Orders Overview
The Grizzled At Your Orders is a new expansion for The Grizzled, which is published by Cool Mini or Not. It plays 1-5 players and will be one of the toughest games you'll ever play but you'll want to play it again and again!
Looking for Dove in Owl the Wrong Cages (A Review of Aviary)
Your task in Aviary is to observe a number of birds with specific characteristics according to three assignment cards which determine points. But instead of honey seeds and binoculars you’ll be using good old fashioned trick-taking to prove that several birds in your hand are actually pretty useful at catching more of them in the bush.
Drawn and Quartered (a review of Booty)
Booty is an “I divide, you decide” set collection game for three to six players. Players are pirates dividing the spoils of their campaigns, and the player with the most valuable haul at the end of the game wins.
Each player takes the flag markers of one color. The islands are laid in the center of the table, and each player is dealt two Legacy tiles. Next, cards are dealt to the center of the table (one face-down, and three cards for each player in the game). Randomly assign player order.
Sea to Shining Sea (A Review of Catan: Explorers and Pirates)
Explorers and Pirates builds off the original Catan formula; you know, roll your dice, collect resources, beg for trades, build stuff. This big ol’ box adds a whole sea of opportunity, focusing heavily on exploration. Also, a bit of pirating.
Board Game Quest:
Allegiance: A Realm Divided Review
In Allegiance, each player takes control of one of ten different heroes. Each hero has seven unique powers, a weapon and suit of armor (usually), and possibly some special abilities and cards.
During the game, players will be drawing cards from 3 shared decks (Basic Unit, Elite Unit, and Action) and using those to summon troops to battle. Each unit will has its own attack power, health, and possibly some special abilities. Players will be using a combination of hero powers, action cards, and units to attack their opponents. The goal in Allegiance is to reduce your opponent’s health to zero.
Board to Death TV:
The Golfing Dead Preview
Golf is an old game we’ve played at home with a deck of face cards since we were kids. Maybe some of you have even played a “round” of it recently. We’ve taken this old classic and put it through the apocalyptic ringer.
I hope your Saturday is going nicely. I've got baking to do. Cookies, brownies, and maybe some other stuff. We'll see.
But that's me. As for you, it's time to get you some review articles to chew on.
Today's articles feature: Fischkrieg Space Mat Starfield, the Pandemic App, They Come Unseen, Age of Tyrants, Thunderbirds, Jaipur, Hengist, Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Pharaoh’s Gulo Gulo, Expedition: Famous Explorers, Dragon Farkle, Ghostbusters: The Board Game, Codenames, Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, Subterfuge (iOS version), Rome: Rise to Power, Warhammer Quest the Adventure Card Game, and Automobiles.
Fischkrieg Space Mat Starfield Review
Fischkrieg newest mousepad style Starfield space mat on review at Chaosbunker
Play Board Games:
Pandemic App Review
The Pandemic App is a digital representation of this now classic cooperative board game. You can play it and control all the players or pass and play with your friends.
The Board Game Show:
They Come Unseen Review
Commander Andy Benford was the living and breathing embodiment of Tom Clancy novels while many of us were still cutting our war gaming teeth on the likes of Risk, Stratego and Axis & Allies. (Okay, maybe also Panzer Blitz if you weren’t a total wimp.) Benford saw service aboard diesel-electric submarines, a nuclear-powered hunter-killer submarine and a nuclear-powered Polaris ballistic missile submarine, all during the Cold War. He retired from service in 1993.
He also designed a game, They Come Unseen by Osprey Publishing.
Who better than a retired Cold War submariner to design a game that simulates the cat and mouse interactions between Soviet destroyers and NATO submarines in the stormy, icy waters of the Barents Sea? They Come Unseen does just that with palpably tense and exciting game play. That is when you’re not trying to clarify a rule in the 10-page FAQ.
Follow the link for the full review!
Age of Tyrants Review
I think I mentioned Age of Tyrants a while back – a forthcoming 6mm scale battle game set in the Urban War universe and designed by a friend of mine: Mark Brendan. Well Mark popped over this week to run through the game with me in its current beta format, and we did a good bit of tinkering to help it along
Shut Up & Sit Down:
Leigh! Thank you for joining us for this review of the Thunderbirds board game, although as you’ve never seen an episode of 1960s TV series you won’t be allowed to talk. You can nod along, though, and say things like "Wow!".
Dog and Thimble:
Jaipur is a great gateway game. My girlfriend is new to modern board games, so I’m always on the lookout for easy-to-play games that work well for two players. It doesn’t hurt if the game has some elements of more complex board games, but not enough to be intimidating to someone new to this insanely beautiful hobby of mine. If you’re in a similar situation, then I recommend finding a copy of Jaipur.
Board Game Quest:
In Hengist, players are trying to accumulate the most treasure over the course of the game. Each turn, a player can take an action with each of their three raiding groups. This usually involves moving around the board into positions to raid villages. However, the most direct paths to the best treasure will be obscured, so the obvious path might actually lead to the worst treasure. Through experimentation and the use of spies, players can find the path to the best treasure and increase their wealth.
Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers Review
In Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers, players are trying to get rid of all the animals they start the game with by stacking them on a mountain. Each turn, players will roll a die that determines how many animals they can stack this turn, and possibly in what manner.
Take care though, because if you knock animals of the stack, you’ll have to take them into your herd. Be the first player to rid yourself of your animals and you’ll be the king of stacking.
A Dragon’s Worst Enemy (A Review of Castles of Mad King Ludwig)
Your main objective in Castles of Mad King Ludwig is to build the most successful castle. Success is defined through secret and public objectives, as well as the whim of every player’s grand vision. Every round, one player will be designated as the Master Builder. The Master Builder’s most important duty is setting the prices for the various castle rooms that are available to be constructed. In turn order, players will choose which room they’d like to construct and must pay the Master Builder the appropriate amount. After all other players have constructed their rooms, the Master Builder can select from the remaining rooms and this time pays the appropriate amount to the general supply.
Wrapped Attention (a review of Pharaoh’s Gulo Gulo)
Pharaoh’s Gulo Gulo is a dexterity adventure game for two to six players. Players try to remove boulders from the boulder trap without knocking over the pharaoh’s staff or knocking other boulders out in order to move forward along the path. The first player to make it to the mummy’s chamber and defeat the final trap lifts the mummy’s curse and wins the game.
Road Trip! (A Review of Expedition: Famous Explorers)
In Expedition: Famous Explorers, you are in control of several locations on the world map. Your goal is to push the three ongoing expeditions through your locations which will score you points. But that’s not all: You also want to keep the expeditions from passing through locations controlled by your opponents so you can deprive them of said points.
No One Follows a Farkler (A Review of Dragon Farkle)
You may be familiar with this sort of dice game, and the structure here doesn’t stray too far from the norm. You roll a handful of dice, set aside some that give you points, and then decide either to push your luck and roll again (knowing you might fail and lose everything you’ve accrued), or play it safe and lock in your score (all the while knowing you could have scored a LOT more if you just kept rolling).
Ghostbusters: The Board Game Review
Ghostbusters: The Board Game is an adventure board game for 1 – 4 players. They are the professionals in busting ghosts and closing gates to the Spirit World! This game is customizable, cooperative and it has high re-playability. It provides unique illustrations and figures based on the original work and designs of Dan Schoening, who is the artist of Ghostbusters comic book original series. Each Ghostbuster has his own role and unique abilities which can be gained by getting experience. The game has modes for different levels of players. Now it is your move to save the world from creepy ghosts!
Codenames was published in 2015 by Czech Games Edition. The game was designed by Vlaada Chvátil, the renowned Czech game designer famous for Through the Ages, Galaxy Trucker, Bunny Bunny Moose Moose, Space Alert, Tash-Kalar, Dungeon Lords, Dungeon Petz, and Mage Knight.
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork Review
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork was published in 2011 by Treefrog Games. The game was designed by Martin Wallace. Illustrations in the game were done by Peter Dennis, Paul Kidby, Ian Mitchell, and Bernard Pearson.
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork belongs to the Discworld games family. This series is based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Universe. It also includes Clacks: A Discworld Board Game, Guards! Guards! A Discworld Boardgame, The Witches: A Discworld Game, Watch Out: Discworld Board Game, and Koom Valley Thud.
Drive Thru Review:
Subterfuge iOS Review
Rome: Rise to Power Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (00:49); final thoughts and review (13:30)
Warhammer Quest the Adventure Card Game Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (00:57); final thoughts and review (17:18)
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:14); final thoughts and review (09:29)