With a lot of us stuck inside, there's a chance that your old games may have become a bit stale if you've been playing them a lot. But since we're not supposed to go out, getting new games isn't always easy. Well, there's always print-and-play. And iello has released some new Ninja Academy cards just that way for you.
From the post:
Confined we are, confined we play! And to invite you to do the same, here are some new and free trial cards for Ninja Academy!
Plenty of fun, whether it's with your confined loved ones at home, or by webcam!
Normally, when you see a little bunny, you're all, "d'aww! Wookit da widdle bun-bun!" But when your bunny sets off the giant robot alert...
<whoop! whoop! whoop!>
things have gotten a little darker. Cyber Bunny is the sixth monster that will be appearing in King of Tokyo: Dark Edition. Get a little look at him in this preview.
From the post:
Their steps make the buildings tremble as the mutant monsters roam the avenues, uprooting trees and crushing vehicles. With each roar the surrounding windows explode in an incessant rain of glass. They are massive, terrifying, and monstrous, and scattering throughout the districts of Dark Tokyo.
Greedily, frantically, passionately, they ravage this once beautiful city.
In a city decorated with strange colored eggs and statues of spring animals, Alienoid leans for a moment against a gigantic statue in the shape of a rabbit, catching his breath and regaining some hearts. He looks thoughtfully upwards as a full moon sheds its brilliant light upon a devastated city.
He never saw the slap coming, but when it landed he flew two dozen yards through the air. Surprise and terror overtook Alienoid as he got up slowly, watching that rabbit “statue” explode and come to life.
“How did I miss you,” asked a voice metallic and mocking, emerging from his metal sarcophagus. Globular eyes wide open, Alienoid’s found itself paralyzed by unspeakable horror, listening to a voice too cheerful and mocking.
“I missed you,” Cyber Bunny screamed, its perky voice an explosion of malicious laughter, as the shadow of its ears leaned over the frightened monster.
He is risen, and the secret is out! Cyber Bunny is the sixth monster appearing in King of Tokyo: Dark Edition! Their comeback may feel shocking after long years of absence, but Cyber Bunny is the perfect compliment to this beautiful new version of King of Tokyo! Malicious and vengeful, Cyber Bunny loves to smash their opponents, loves to smash on carrots and leaves, and loves when their plans go off without a hitch!
The land has been torn asunder by war. Different regions have been carved out. But each looks to reunite it under one banner. Whose armies will be triumphant in the end and whose kingdom will rule them all? That's up to you to decide in Kitara, a new strategy board game coming this October from iello.
From the website:
Kitara is a game of conquest, based on army movement and the control of territories. Powered by an innovative and ingenious hand management system, Kitara is as accessible as it is deep.
Each turn you will add cards to your kingdom. Each card allows you to perform multiple actions; the ability to draw more cards, recruit soldiers, heroes and centaurs, and move to invade neighboring territory.
As you accumulate cards you become more powerful, and with that power comes the accumulation of prosperity points. Each card you possess represents a part of the Kingdom which must be nourished. If you can’t support them all, which part of the Kingdom will you sacrifice? Can you develop the skills it takes to move your armies, and conquer the land you’ll need to feed them all?
Can you be patient and fearless? Can you be cunning when you must, but reckless when it suits you?
Conquer, manage your resources, search the ruins and recruit legendary soldiers in this intense and rhythmic strategy game!
Kitara is a game of conquest by Eric B. Vogel, illustrated by Miguel Coimbra.
These are strange times. Most of us should stay home and just play some games. Well, if you're a fan of King of Tokyo and have been wanting to get the new Dark Edition that's coming out, there's some rare good news for you. IELLO has decided to release the game early, for those places that have it. So, you can get your copy now.
From the website:
Each day the news gets a little worse. Each day we wonder what the next day will bring. Some of us are living under shelter-in-place orders and being asked to travel as little as possible. Inundated with news that can have adverse mental health effects on us, it’s important that we turn off that news, and enjoy our quarantine partners, the friends and family who we live with and now are spending most of every day with.
We believe that disconnecting from that news, and from our electronic devices, is always important, but becomes doubly important under circumstances like this. In an effort to give the loyal fans of IELLO something else to do in these trying times we are announcing the immediate release of the highly anticipated King of Tokyo: Dark Edition. It is currently working its way through the supply chain to distribution and to your local game store.
King of Tokyo: Dark Edition is a new take on the classic monster-fighting board game. It's a deluxe edition that takes place in a dark and twisted world. iello's showing off the next beast that will be rampaging around the city. Have yourselves a look.
From the post:
We all have a darker side...
Here is The King's in King of Tokyo: Dark Edition, coming in 2020!
In a dark and twisted reality, monsters are attacking Tokyo... Which is pretty much like it is in the real world, too, but such is life in King of Tokyo: Dark Edition, a new deluxe version of the game coming soon from iello. They've posted up the first preview monster from this version: Gigazaur.
About King of Tokyo: Dark Edition:
King of Tokyo: Dark Edition is a collector's edition of King of Tokyo, with the fight taking place in an alternative and darker world in which the struggle for control of Tokyo has never been so fierce...and wicked!
This edition includes deluxe components (such as an embossed box and lightning-bolt-shaped energy) and all-new art by Paul Mafayon. The game is based on the classic KoT rules, with the addition of a new mechanism exclusive to this edition to offer a fresh gaming experience.
A good friend of mine got married at the start of last month. To keep him calm before the ceremony, we sat around and played board games. It was my first chance to play Decrypto and I enjoyed the game. Now, there's a new expansion available called Laser Drive where players are given a prompt and one of their clues must match that prompt. I guess I need another friend to get married so I can give it a try.
From the website:
Reinvent your communications with new Laser Tech!
Each round, at least one of your clues must match a random Category (i. e.: Movie title).
If your 3 clues respect the category, you get a Laser token. Spend them to guess one of the opposing team’s keywords and receive an Interception token!
Can you figure out the hidden word? That might seem pretty easy. But what if you want to really flex your nerd cred and muscle? If so, you might have to figure out the hidden word in Klingon. Yes, the native language of Security Officers on starships is being added to Decrypto, and iello is looking to give you a set of cards for free.
From the website:
Ready to make things even more interesting with Decrypto? How about you add the Klingon Keyword Deck into the mix?!
Decrypto has received a full deck of word cards written in Klingon, the fictional language from Star Trek and we’re ready to give it away to one lucky winner!
Farmini is a new board game from Loki, the more kid-and-family oriented brand from iello (yeah, I didn't really know about them, either. iello had a poll recently asking who did know about them and most people were like, "the whatnow?"). In the game, players are new farmers looking to cultivate their farms and the animals that live therein. Just watch out for the wolf, who will chase all your animal friends away. You can pick up your copies now.
From the announcement:
In Farmini, you expand your Farm, cultivate your Cornfields and adopt as many Animals as possible to win the regional farming competition!
If you’re not careful though, the Wolf might chase away your Animals or they may end up eating your Cornfields!!
Farmini is now available at a Friendly Local Game Store near you.
Bunny Kingdom is a pretty cool drafting game. I've rather enjoyed the game or two I've played. If you've liked it as well and have been wanting simply more, you'll be happy to know that Bunny Kingdom in the Sky is now available. It's bunnies in clouds. Because cute has no limites.
From the announcement:
OUT NOW: Bunny Kingdom In The Sky is now available at a Friendly Local Game Store near you! Did you pre-order your copy?
Who doesn't like getting something for free? Also, who doesn't like winning things? Add the two together and you've got winning things for free. And that's what iello has for you. You can enter to win one of three copies of Zombie Kidz Evolution that they're giving away.
From the post:
Zombie Kidz Evolution is a cooperative game that changes as you play it. Grab your friends and work together to secure your school from the zombie invasion! As you play, your characters will gain powers and so will the zombies!
It's 2019 and iello wants to start off the new year with a giveaway. They're looking to send you a copy of Heroes of Blackreach just for putting your name in the hat and being the lucky winner. Head over to their page and check out the entry requirements. You've got 12 days to enter.
From the website:
Hey IELLO fam!
It’s 2019 and we’re here to give your boardgame collection a little New Year’s Boost.
We're about to hit the holiday season and people will be getting and giving gifts. The folks over at IELLO are looking to get into the gift-giving spirit by giving away a copy of their 8Bit Box game. Go head over and put your name in the hat to get a copy for yourself.
From the announcement:
‘Tis The Season For Epic Game Nights!
That’s why we’re giving our IELLO family a chance to win the new 8Bit Box board game console to enjoy during the holidays.
Just because Halloween is over doesn't mean that all the treats are gone. Iello is looking to add to your goodie bag with a copy of the Anubis Monster Pack for King of Tokyo/King of New York. Head over and put your name in the hat and you could get yourself a new puppy for your game.
You've got 5 days left to enter.
From the contest announcement:
What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a Monster Pack Giveaway?
Enter below for a chance to add more monster-filled fun to your game night!
Who doesn't love getting something for free? And who doesn't love to be a winner? If you're the one who wins the Decrypto Giveaway from Iello, you can be both those things. They're giving away a signed copy of the popular game. Just head over and put your name in the hat.
From the website:
Fellow Encryptors and friends! Your mission is to press your luck and see if you can win an exclusive signed/autographed copy of Decrypto!
Enter the giveaway below & we wish you good luck from your friends at Masqued Scorpion & IELLO Games USA
And, as I'm sure many of you are well-aware, it's the last Saturday before Gen Con. So get in all the prep you can now before heading out for the show this week.
Me? I'm playing some D&D. But I've planned ahead and scheduled these reviews for you that I know you so desperately desire.
Today we have: The Edge: Downfall, Rise of Tribes: Deluxe Edition, Expancity, War of the Cross, Moonshiners of the Apocalypse, But Wait There's Even More, Valhal, Dino Party, Scythe: The Rise of Fenris, TopSpin, Rival Realms, Carthago, Ninja Taisen, Battlegroup Torch, The Edge: Downfall, Everdell, Sunset Over Water, Dale of Merchants, and Pulsar 2849.
The Edge: Downfall Review Part 1
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at the brand new The Edge: Dawnfall board game and this thing is MASSIVE! It offers 3 modes of play: a competitive miniatures game, a fully cooperative multi-player campaign game and a solo campaign experience. Each game mode is an awesome and well executed experience and yet again adds to Awaken Realms stock of excellent games!
Rise of Tribes: Deluxe Edition Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at the brand new Rise Of Tribes from Breaking Games and Team this is a winner in my book! It's a solid buy recommendation. You are getting a great worker placement and area control game here and it drips with theme. the game is simple, clean and offers a lot of different ways to be the first tribe to 15 points - winning the game. As you start the game you truly feel like a small tribe growing in power round to round. The dice mechanic offers a good way to create some choice on which actions you decide to take, although they do not dictate with actions you take - I like this. It give the player the choice to still take the actions they want even if the dice do not provide a bonus. So check this one out when it releases in Aug and get in on the giveaway, as its an EPIC LEVEL one.
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Breaking Games brand new Expancity. Here you will be building a downtown landscape with both commercial and residential buildings. Then scoring points once you cap them off with a roof - but be careful not to violate the building codes, as city council will be watching! So get your contracts and start designing your very own downtown!
War of the Cross Review
Moonshiners of the Apocalypse Review
But Wait There's Even More Review
Board Game Quest:
A game of Valhal proceeds round by round through three stages, where each stage represents a season of the year. With winter and spring, players are planning their voyages and constructing buildings to help them train warriors faster and build new ships. During the summer, in addition to normal activities, the Vikingfahrt occurs and players roll dice to see what spoils and glory their adventures have yielded.
Dino Party Review
If I had to choose the favorite game type my kids prefer, then it would be dexterity games. From Terror in Meeple City, Ice Cool, Riff Raff, or PitchCar to name a few, they love playing these games that challenge their reflexes and coordination. What keeps my kids coming back to dexterity games is that they have more success than other game types. And the victory is so much sweeter when it’s over mom and dad.
This brings us to today’s review, Dino Party from Ankama. In this game, players throw dino meeples onto the board to make pairs and increase their number of dinos to their hand. Dino Party is a family friendly dexterity game that plays best with 4 and plays in about 20 minutes.
Scythe: The Rise of Fenris Expansion Review
Here is a quick recap of my Scythe history:
Kickstarted Scythe Collector’s Edition. It arrived and I loved it.
Picked up Scythe: Invaders from Afar. It added two new factions to the game and two new player mats. While not revolutionary, I liked the variability this expansion added.
Reviewed Scythe: The Wind Gambit. I also liked this expansion, especially the new Resolution Tiles.
Ok, now that my Scythe history is out of the way, let’s get to why you are here – to learn more about Scythe: The Rise of Fenris (simply Fenris going forward).
I was stoked (I loved Point Break!) to be given the opportunity to review Rise of Fenris. I was looking forward to experiencing the re-settable and replayable campaign that is the meat of Fenris. At the same time, I was saddened because explicitly stated on the box was “the conclusion of the Scythe expansion trilogy.” I truly love the Scythe universe, from the art to—most importantly—the gameplay. Is Rise of Fenris the swan song Scythe deserves or will it go out with a whimper?
Dexterity board games come in all shapes and sizes. Some will have you tossing plastic coconuts across the table (Coconuts), while others might have you balancing wooden pieces on a swaying ship (Riff Raff). And that’s the great thing about the genre, you can be as creative as you want to be with the components.
Today we are going to be looking at TopSpin, a newcomer to the genre that, unsurprisingly, uses a spinning top as the core mechanic. The rules are fairly simple, but winning can be anything but. Let’s take this game for a spin and see if it’s worth bringing to you tabletop.
Rival Realms Review
Imagine a world where a little boo-boo happened with a card trick and two magicians find themselves standing in the empty land of Fantastiqa before it was formed. First thought: That was one heck of a card trick. Second thought: And one heck of a boo-boo. Anyway, the world is now a blank canvas for them to shape however they want.
Fantastiqa: Rival Realms (known hereafter as FRR) has you placing cards in order to create your magical realm, and then exploring that realm by moving your standee over the “board” you have created. In order to build and move, you’ll have to carefully manage your card resources, gather artifacts, and recruit mythical beasts to assist you. The player who creates the “best” realm (scores the most points) is the winner.
Carthago is a hand management card game for two to four players. Players are merchant families in Carthage trying to gain the most wealth and prestige by improving their standing in the merchant guild. The player with the most points wins.
Ninja Taisen Review
Ninja Taisen is a two-player game in which you control one village’s ninja clan. To win, you must reach your opponent’s village or eliminate all of their ninjas.
There are 11 tiles placed between players: two village tiles are at opposite ends of the nine path tiles. Players begin in their left-side home village and advance to their opponent’s right-side village.
Each player gets an identical set of 10 ninja cards with one designated as the shogun. The shogun is placed on their home village, then the ninjas are shuffled and placed randomly on predetermined tiles.
Meeples & Miniatures:
Battlegroup Torch Review
Battlegroup Torch is the latest supplement to the Battlegroup World War II rules, written by Warwick Kinrade and published by Iron Fist Publishing and the Plastic Soldier Company.
This book is hardcover with 230 full colour pages, and is of similar format to previous books.
Torch is a direct sequel to Battlegroup Tobruk, and covers the second half of the desert war, starting with the Battle of Gazala and finishing with the final defeat of the Axis forces following the fall of Tunis.
Following the introduction, the next 50 pages of the book provides an overview of 1942 and 1943. Interspersed with black-and-white period photos is a description of all the major operations and battles which took place across Egypt, Libya and Tunisa.
Drive Thru Review
The Edge: Downfall Review
The Edge: Dawnfall Review Intro (00:00); gameplay overview (02:28); final thoughts and review (19:24);
Everdell Review Intro (00:00); gameplay overview (01:31); final thoughts and review (14:26)
Sunset Over Water Review
Those of us who lack the always enviable skill of artistry, especially that skill of painting can rejoice, finally, that there is now an alternative to colour-by-numbers and those adult colouring books (which failed my expectation on the adult front) with Sunset Over Water, a lightweight, quick game of painting landscape masterpieces and selling them off.
Warning: This review was written with a thesaurus close at hand, primarily used for synonyms of charming and delightful, because, well, Sunset Over Water is both charming and delightful. Indeed, you will be enchanted by the simplicity of the rules, and you’ll find the artwork presented on the landscape cards to be quite enchanting, but there is more to this game than meets the eye, in fact, you’ll have a very jolly, if not somewhat twee and bohemian time playing this little gem.
Dale of Merchants Review
Players are competing to become members of the Extraordinary Guild of Traders by being the first to arrange their stall according to the Guild’s specifications. This makes Dale of Merchants a race: the first player to set out 8 stacks of goods (cards) in front of them wins. Each stack must be built of cards from your hand worth an increasing amount and from the same animal set. The first stack must be worth 1, the second 2 and so on until the final stack needs to be made up of cards worth a whopping 8.
Once you’ve used a card to build a stack you can’t reuse it, meaning that the entire game revolves around deciding when to hang on to your cards for their effects and spending power, and when to sacrifice them to create the stacks you need to win. It’s as much deck-dismantling as it is deck-building.
Pulsar 2849 Review
The game of Pulsar 2849 is a dice drafting game where players use their dice to explore the galaxy, establish and activate pulsars, and harness new technologies in an effort to score the most points by the game’s end. The game is broken into several rounds consisting of the dice drafting phase, followed by the actions phase where the players utilize their dice, and then the cleanup phase where end of round points are scored. At the end of the game, a final scoring is performed and the person who is highest on the victory track is the victor.
From the website:
Four days of gaming, one giant adventure! What better way to lead up to this year’s Gen Con than by unleashing 4 weeks of IELLO giveaways!!!
Join us as we get ready for another amazing year of Gen Con by sharing the giveaway, completing the entries, and pressing your luck!
So, all of you that played those games where 8 bits even seemed kinda crazy, you've probably got some nostalgia for those games. Well, IELLO is looking to bring that feel to the tabletop with their 8Bit Box collection. The first of which is called Pixoid.
From the post:
IELLO’s upcoming 8-Bit Box manages to fuse together early gaming and board-gaming in a way which cleverly emulates synchronised, same-screen play while keeping the slower, observed, tactical nature of turn-based board-game play.
From the announcement:
King of Tokyo is a game for 2 to 6 players where you play as mutant monsters, rampaging robots, or even abominable aliens battling in a fun, chaotic atmosphere. Roll dice and choose your strategy: Will you attack your enemies? Heal your wounds? Improve your Monster? Stomp your path to victory!
To celebrate King of Tokyo’s seventh anniversary, IELLO is running a contest! Answer a series of multiple choice questions to win one of our prizes.
You will also have a chance to create the next King of Monster! Submit your own idea! After we judge the top 8 entries, users will vote for their favorite new Monster in an epic monster battle!
Today we've got: I Am the Fourth Wall, Gravity Warfare, Gruff: Stuff of Nightmares, The Faceless, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival iOS, Vengeance, Clans of Caledonia, Harvest, Flamme Rouge: Peloton, Sakura, Fairy Tile, Pocket Mars, Lords of Hellas, Fog of Love, and Sarissa Precision 28mm Japan MDF Terrain.
I Am the Fourth Wall Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at I Am The Fourth Wall by Slinky Gibbons Games. This card game follows a traditional Lovecraft theme and feel but offers a great player experience with technically 4 ways to play the game (I see them as grouped into 2 game play modes). 1: you can play co-op/solo - where all the investigators are working together to close all the gates and defeat an AI controlled "Wall" 2: 1 vs. all or Wall player vs all the other investigators (regardless if its one other person or many). Both game modes offer a rich intense experience of game play. Play is quick and enjoyable. I really do like this title and highly suggest it if you are a fan of the Lovecraft theme.
Gravity Warfare Review
Gruff: Stuff of Nightmares Review
The Faceless Review
Board Game Quest:
Lanterns: The Harvest Festival iOS Review
Gameplay in Lanterns: The Harvest Festival is very easy to pick up. Each turn will have you placing lantern tiles into the lake, earning matching color lanterns for you and your opponents (depending on which color is facing you). You can use these lanterns on future turns to trade them in for victory points (in sets). There are a few other wrinkles, like gaining extra lanterns for matching colors or getting honor tokens from platform tiles. But that’s the main crux of the game. Place tiles, collect lanterns, trade for points.
There is a lot to cover with Vengeance so we’re going to do a high-level overview, but the actual rules are here if readers want them: Vengeance rules.
It’s important to note that Vengeance is made up of Acts much like a revenge movie. The Wronging occurs first, followed by Acts 1-3 which consist of Montages and Combat Rounds until the End for final scoring.
Clans of Caledonia Review
At the beginning of the game, each player drafts a clan, each with their own particular special power. These include being able to sell milk, aged whiskey in barrels to sell for more money, expand over sea spaces, and so on.
During a game round, each player performs their choice of an action, in player order, until all players pass.
In Harvest, players are trying to plant, tend, and harvest vegetables from their fantasy inspired gardens. There are nine different characters to play all with a different ability and starting resources. Each round you get to place two farmers on the town board or the action cards which change each round.
Throughout the game, you will acquire seeds, water, fertilizer, and magical elixirs. You can plant your seeds with fertilizer to turn them into crops. Once in your field, you can tend to your crops with water to grow additional crops of the same type. Each field can only contain one type of crop, so you will have to harvest your crops at some point to clear the way to repeat the process.
Flamme Rouge: Peloton Review
Let’s assume you’re familiar with Flamme Rouge, and you’re here to see if the expansion is worth adding to the mix. If not, I’d start here with my review of the base game.
Peloton adds a slew of new tracks, riders, and variant rules, but as there are no significant gameplay changes I’m going to forgo the usual rules rundown and jump right in.
Sakura is a simultaneous action selection/hand management game for two to six players. Players are painters who want to be close to the emperor when he smells the cherry blossoms but not so close as to cause their own disgrace. The player with the most points after the emperor stops three times is the winner.
Fairy Tile Review
In Fairy Tile, players act out the scenes of a tale upon the tabletop by moving its characters to various locations around the realm – and forging the kingdom’s borders along the way.
The story begins with three land tiles. These are double-sided and consist of three hexes randomly representing plains, forests and mountains with rivers running through some and a castle dotting the landscape every now and then. These start tiles designate where to place the princess, prince and dragon, respectively. Players are then evenly dealt a hand from a deck of thirty-six pages (cards). These are stacked and everyone draws their first page. Cards have very lovely artwork, a task, a number and flavor text.
The objective of the game is to complete all of your pages of the story by individually meeting the required tasks on each card. These adventures generally stipulate maneuvering one or more characters to a specific location. Or sometimes you only need position an actor so that he or she sees (as in a straight line of hexes) some designated feature. In the case of the dragon or princess, simply flying over a castle or visiting one might be enough to move the plot along.
Pocket Mars Review
“Mars is there, waiting to be reached.” - Buzz Aldrin
Mars. The Red Planet. The Roman God of War has hung in the night sky capturing the imagination of man, and drawing the creative mind to it like gravity since it was first gazed upon. In the last few years, the fiction was left behind as science began to catch up, and we now know more about this baron and hostile planet than ever before. Yet, the more we know, it seems the more our imagination runs rampant and so the notion of the colonisation of Mars seeps into our consciousness, filling our screens, bookshelves and of course, our board games. It is in this vein that we explore Pocket Mars.
Lords of Hellas Review
Lords of Hellas is, thankfully, more than just "Dudes on a Map"; one of the major concerns that existed during the campaign. If you've played Kemet or Game of Thrones, this will seem familiar, but in my not-so-humble opinion it's better than both. Different to both too, but superior. Game of Thrones has more politics and Kemet has a base of operations. Neither are present in Lords of Hellas. Despite the heft of the minis (and the Statues are very hefty), the game mechanics are thankfully very light and turns rattle on quite quickly, so there's little downtime.
Drive Thru Review:
Fog of Love Review
Fog of Love Review Intro (00:00); general overview (02:12); final thoughts and review (06:37)
Lords of Hellas Review
Lords of Hellas Review Intro (00:00); general overview (01:02); final thoughts and review (11:48)
Meeples & Miniatures:
Sarissa Precision 28mm Japan MDF Terrain Review
Sarissa Precision Ltd are a company that produce high quality MDF terrain in various scales at a mid-range price. This review is looking at their Japan range of buildings, which are useful for playing games in the Sengoku period – especially rules such as Test of Honour
I have a number of Sarrissa’s buildings in my collection – they actually make up the majority of my scenery that I use for Test of Honour and other games.
From the post:
In a kingdom not too far away, there lived a game where people all over the world could play. A team by the name of IELLO grew in excitement awaiting this games release, so a contest they started in hopes the fun would never cease.
So enter you may, as indicated below, for 3 FREE copies in total will be sent to both young and old.
Today in the Terrain Corner we have: Up-sized Bunny Kingdom Boards Available from iello, New Mechanicum Stairs Available From Tabletop Scenics, and New Necromunda Terrain Available From Tyr Terrain.
Up-sized Bunny Kingdom Boards Available from iello
Bunny Kingdom fans rejoice! We have heard your requests and have printed a larger board with a little more room for added fun!
The slightly bigger board is in the current run of the game, the lot # is: BKEN122017
Current Bunny Kingdom game owners can order the game board UPGRADE on the IELLO website for free (shipping & handling charges to be added).
New Mechanicum Stairs Available From Tabletop Scenics
Contents of this frames may be used to make various stairs options to be added to your Mechanicum structures. Instruction is fitted to give guidelines and tips on how to assemble the product. Supplied unassembled and unpainted. Designed for 28mm heroic scale.
New Necromunda Terrain Available From Tyr Terrain
a excellent addition to your Necroumda board this terrain package offers you
.18 large walls
.20 small walls
they fit together with ease and can easily be painted to give your game that gritty
underhive feel . requires assembly instructions included.
And I'm finally mostly over being sick. You never realize just how much you are thankful that you can breathe through your nose or take a couple breaths without coughing until that's exactly the opposite of how you're doing. Ah well. While I groove along to The Guess Who (because why not?), let's get you some gaming reviews.
This week, we've got: 51st State Master Set, Betrayal at Baldur's Gate, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: The Monster Box of Monsters, Arkon, Pockety Odyssey, Noises at Night, Siege Storm, Rambo: the Board Game, Hardback, Voodoo, Palette Swap, Vast: The Crystal Caverns, Pryamids, Kingsburg (2nd Edition), Crossfire, Through the Desert (Euro Classics Edition), Nemesis, Bad Squiddo Games Onna-bugeisha, and Test of Honour: Ninjas of Iga Warband.
Play Board Games:
51st State Master Set Review
51st State Master Set is the latest version of the game. It streamlines some rules and makes the game easier to teach.
Betrayal at Baldur's Gate Review
In Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate something evil is rising up in the city and you must get to the root of it. But beware it might just possess you.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Review
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shadows of the Past is a one versus all miniatures skirmish game. Up to four players take on the roles of the Turtles and face off against the player using the forces of evil.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: The Monster Box of Monsters Review
The Monster Box of Monsters is the first expansion for Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle. It adds more difficulty and more content, including a new Hero to help you and creatures to fight.
Pocket Odyssey Review
Noises at Night Review
Siege Storm Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Siege Storm a brand new (super new) TCG out of Awaken Realms and designed by Marcin Swierkot. A very cool new take on a traditional card game. There are tons of TCG's out there and this adds to a market that is already saturated. Thing is....its different in many ways and feels like a completely different experience than your standard run of the mill TCG's. Its not just the fantastic artwork but the game play mechanics and layout of the cards really feel like much more than your standard card game. Excellent design and very fun, versatile, and quick experience! Well done Marcin!
Rambo: The Board Game Prototype Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Rambo The Board Game a brand new one from Everything EPIC, which is currently in kickstarter (upon uploading this video) and the link is below! Here you will find a very nice and fun easy tactical miniatures war game. Simple mechanics and combat keep this title a really good gateway for anyone and the missions are based on the movies. I find the game has excellent theme and you really feel as though you are on a mission in the jungle to bring justice! This is not one to miss and is a very fun mission by mission based game!
Board Game Quest:
Hardback is essentially a race game to be the first player to earn 60 points. Each player starts with a 10 cards deck of letters, eight identical and two random ones.
Each player is trying to be the first to score 11 points by casting curses on the other players. To do this, players will first need to roll five dice. If you happen to roll the required ingredient for a curse, you can spend those dice to cast it onto another player and earn victory points. This will cause the player to do certain actions during the game, such as talk like a frog, cover one eye, or don’t let your feet touch the floor. If that player doesn’t follow the curse requirements, the casting player earns extra points.
Palette Swap Review
In Palette Swap, you attempt to complete your color schemes via mixing, matching, and trading colored cubes with other players. Each player is given a color palette and six color schemes to complete based on the colors contained on their palettes and other players. A small set of primary colored cubes represent your actions – swapping with other players, mixing yours and their colors, or gaining a cube of a color they possess. Once your palette and an opponent’s contain the right colors, you complete color scheme card. The first to complete all six of their cards wins.
Vast: The Crystal Caverns Review
Explaining the entire concept of the game involves a brief description of each of the five sides in play. In general, various creatures and/or heroes find themselves at odds inside a cave littered with crystals and treasures. Each side has a separate goal depending on which other sides are also in play. The general game structure is one of continuous rounds until one side fulfills their win condition.
Players in Pyramids are ancient Egyptian architects. They complete structures by acquiring building cards from a center pool and then adding them to various buildings, including a mandatory pyramid.
Kingsburg (Second Edition) Review
Apart from the cosmetic changes in all new illustrations, a slightly redesigned board, revamped components and custom dice, this new edition from Z-Man Games plays exactly the same as the original. However, it also includes all five of the modules from the separate expansion To Forge a Realm (identical rules, as well), plus a couple of additional ones. These may be mixed and matched or thrown in all together as your heart desires – or the Queen demands.
Not to be confused with the action-packed disc-shooting game from the 1970’s (and yes there’s a new version in stores), or that other card game about futuristic agents and operatives, this Crossfire is a hidden role game set in the Specter Ops universe about agents and assassins and protecting a VIP.
Roles are dealt at the start of a round, but it’s not a straightforward deal. First everyone is given a role card (and a chance to look at it). Then everyone pass that card to the left and looks at their new role. Next, every 3rd player shuffles their role cards with their neighbors’ on either side, and deals them back out again – and finally, everyone has their final role.
Through the Desert (Euro Classics Edition) Review
Through the Desert is a network-building game for two to five players. Players are nomadic caravan leaders trying to connect their caravans to the most valuable desert territory (namely, oases and watering holes). The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
The aim of the game is to get home, ensure the navigation computer is pointing in the right direction, make sure the engines are working and get back in the hibernation pods before the ship jumps to hyperspace. I think. One of my initial problems with the Nemesis prototype is that although the rulebook is by no means awful, it appears to leave a lot of aspects of the game open to interpretation, and appears to be missing some rules completely. Now we are talking about a prototype game here, so it’s understandable that this is by no means the final rulebook, but it does make providing my thoughts on the game rather problematic.
Meeples & Miniatures:
Bad Squiddo Games Onna-bugeisha Review
Bad Squiddo Games have released the first three packs of what promises to be an expanding range of Onna-bugeisha miniatures for Feudal Japan.
Test of Honour: Ninjas of Iga Warband Review
Ninjas of Iga is the latest box set of miniatures to be released by Warlord Games for their Test of Honour Samurai skirmish game – it is the second box set they have released which includes all new metal miniatures.
I'm sure a lot of you are probably traveling today, or perhaps hanging out with some non-gaming family. So, to take your mind off of things, here's your regular list of reviews I know you so desperately desire.
Today we've got: Guild Ball Blacksmith's Guild, Rail Raiders, Naruto Shippuden The Board Game, Zendo, Cottage Garden iOS, Meeple Circus, Gut Check, Mountains of Madness, Import/Export, Ticket to Ride Map Collection 6: France/Old West, Welcome to Centerville, Hunt for the Ring, and Master of Wills.
Battle Brush Studios:
Guild Ball Blacksmith's Guild
Guild Ball is roughly based on an odd little soccer variant called "Calcio storico" or "historical Florentine football" which is about kicking and punching people and looking dead 'ard with slitted pants on. Somewhere between the 54 lads kicking the snot out of each other there's also a ball on the field. Have a look, it's insane. I've watched a documentary about it a bunch of years ago and all I can say is that it's very impressive and very odd.
Learn to Play:
Rail Raiders Review
In this video I will teach you how to play including: Components, Setup, player turns, player actions, sample turns, end game conditions, and scoring I will also give you my thoughts and opinions on the game, and would love to hear yours.
Naruto Shippuden The Board Game Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Naruto Shippuden the board game and its really fantastic in game play, use of mechanics and character interaction synergy! I think Yoka Games has really nailed it with this title and its fun every time. You basically get to work your way through the anime battling monsters, villains and familiars to fight the ultimate boss at the end. The outcome of every round in the game makes a difference for that final showdown and I love the build up to that final battle that makes of breaks the outcome of the overall game! If you come across this title - don't miss out on an excellent co-op experience.
Board Game Quest:
In Zendo, one player will act as the mediator, building a structure out of plastic parts that meets a very specific rule. There are pieces in three different shapes (blocks, wedges and pyramids) and three different colors (red, blue, and yellow). The rule may be something as simple as “must include at least 1 blue shape” or as complicated as “must contain one red shape on top of a blue shape.” You can even forego the included rule cards and make up your own rules if you feel the need.
Cottage Garden iOS Review
In general, players in Cottage Garden are scoring points when completing grids by placing tiles. On each turn, players will place multi-block tiles of flower designs onto one of two garden grid boards. Each garden grid has spaces which include flower pots or plant covers, which are worth points. By placing tiles that avoid overlapping the pots or plant covers, players can score for those items when the garden grid is eventually completely filled in.
Meeple Circus Review
A game of Meeple Circus is played over three rounds. Each round begins with a drafting phase as players select two tiles in turn. Each tile will show what components a player adds to their collection.
Gut Check Review
The rules for Gut Check are pretty straightforward. Each turn, players can take a few different actions based on the cards in their hand and what they have on their player board. The player board shows which healthy and unhealthy microbes, also known as pathogens, they have. Additionally, if a player has any infections, these cards live here. The main board mostly serves as a score track and organizer for cards.
Mountains of Madness Review
Despite the ominous name, Mountains of Madness is almost more of a party game than anything else.
Your goal is to escape from the Mountains of Madness while fighting off madness and injury. It’s a cooperative game, and everyone must work together if you hope to survive. In order to escape, you’ll need to explore the mountain and collect relics, then reach the mountain peak and escape safely.
Import/Export is a role-selection, hand management, tableau-building, multi-use card game for two to six players. Players are shipping magnates who are seeking to control the import/export market. The player with the most credits when the game ends wins.
Ticket to Ride Map Collection 6: France/Old West Review
This is a “Map Pack,” so you’ll need another full version of Ticket to Ride to Play. That could be the original TTR (USA) or TTR Europe. From those “full” games you’ll need to scavenge the trains, score markers, and train car cards. Everything else you need comes in this box.
Drive Thru Review:
Welcome to Centerville Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:50); final thoughts and review (22:06)
Hunt for the Ring Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (02:22); final thoughts and review (25:30)
Board to Death TV:
Master of Wills Review
Master of Wills can be played one-versus-one or two-versus-two. It’s all about moving the cards—you want to move as many points to your side of the board as possible while your opponent is trying to do the same for their side. Community cards are each assigned a value, and each card is represented by a character from one of the eight sectors of the Community. Moving those cards can trigger the basic movement of other cards on the board.