Review Roundup

It’s Saturday. And not just any type of Saturday, but Saturday of a 3-day weekend. I can’t think of a much better sort of Saturday… Well, maybe Saturday of Gen Con. But that’s a pretty damn busy Saturday. But for “above average” Saturdays, I’d say that 3-day weekend Saturday is a pretty good Saturday. Do you think I’ve typed the word “Saturday” enough by now? Well, I don’t know what you’ve got going on today, but I’m going to be delivering games to a friend, and then possibly having minis delivered to me. Because it’s an awesome Saturday. I’m also here to show off some reviews for you.

This week we have: Nemesis, Everdell, Fox in the Forest, Hamsterrolle, Codenames: Disney, Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Project, 878: Vikings, Kepler-3042, Okey Dokey, Santorini, Finished!, Ex Libris, and Hunger: The Show.

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Stone Blade Entertainment Announces Shards of Infinity Card Game

Stone Blade Entertainment makes one of my favorite games. Ascension is the only deck-builder game I really collect, but it looks like I might be looking into a new one. Stone Blade’s announced a new deck-building game they’ve been developing for a couple years. They’re ready to let us all in on the fun. Check out Shards of Infinity.
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Review Roundup

Saturday!
Woo!
I don’t know about you, but for me, that first week of 2018 seemed to take an eternity! Not that it was bad, mind you. I even got to play a new game. But there were several days where I was just going, “wait, it’s not even noon yet?” But yeah, we’re now firmly into the first weekend of the year. Hopefully you’re able to get some gaming in. I will be. But even if you’re unable to get out, you can still check out some reviews.

This week we have: Heaven and Ale, Favelas, Fallout: The Board Game, Codenames: Disney, Witches of the Revolution, LIberatores, The Ruhr: A Story of Coal, and Time’s Up!: Title Recall.

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Blood Bound Now Available From Fantasy Flight Games

It’s never good when vampire clans get to fighting. You think that regular gang warfare is rough. It’s just that much worse when the supernatural is involved. The war that’s gone on has left both sides near their limit. Both are looking to finish this off while they can. Only by finding the enemy leader and taking them out will this war come to an end. That’s just what you’ll be looking to do in Blood Bound, available now from Fantasy Flight Games.
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President Bigly Card Game Up On Kickstarter

The world today seems absolutely crackers,
With nuclear bombs to blow us all sky high.
There’s fools and idiots sitting on the trigger.
It’s depressing and it’s senseless, and that’s why… you should check out President Bigly, a new card game that’s up on Kickstarter.
Ok, so that’s not originally how Eric Idle finished out the opening to that song, but it seems just as relevant now as it did back in the 70s. Anyway, if you’re looking at a light-hearted way to pass the time, taking a lighter look at the world around us, the Kickstarter’s a good place to head to.
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A Look Into The History of Magic: The Gathering

On Netflix right now, there’s a new series called The Toys that Made Us. It’s a look at several iconic toy lines and where they originated. It’s also a look at the foundation of several toy companies. I found it rather fascinating. Well, I just came across an article that does much the same for Magic: The Gathering. I read it through and found it pretty interesting as well. I think you’ll like it.
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Review Roundup

The year is coming to an end. 2017 has been full of twists and turns. 2018 is looking like it will certainly be an interesting one. Certainly one of potential change. To all of you, I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.
I also wish you would read all of these review articles.
Actually, you don’t really have to read all of them, but they’re here if you want to check ’em out. 😉

This week we have: Dragon Pets, Too Many Bones, Circle the Wagons, Shipwrights of the North Sea, The Ruhr: A Story of Coal, Pile-Up Rush, and Summit.

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AEG Posts Up New Releases

With just a couple days left in 2017, AEG has updated their website with a look at some recent and upcoming releases. Looking for a way to spend that holiday money or just trying to find a new game to play in the new year? Check these out. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.
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IDW Posts New Masque of the Red Death Preview

And this time, it’s not about being killed with literature, but just being killed in literature. IDW Games is going to start off the new year with the launch of their Kickstarter campaign for Masque of the Red Death. So, besides perhaps going back and reading the Poe story that is the basis for the game, what else can you do to make sure you’re prepared? Well, you can check out this new preview they posted, which will also lead you to the rulebook.
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Fantasy Flight Games Posts Preview of Blood Bound

When vampires fight, it’s a lot more than just your average set of gang members going at one-another. Super strength. Super speed. Regenerative powers. It can really be a mess. And that’s what’s been going on. But now, with clan membership dwindling (and the town’s garlic supply at critical levels), each clan is looking to finish this feud once and for all. That’s where you find yourself in Blood Bound, coming soon from Fantasy Flight. You can check out a quick play preview in this article.
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IDW Games Posts Outpost: Amazon Preview

The largest river system in the world, surrounded by dense jungle, the Amazon is one of the richest habitats anywhere. There’s countless species of plants an animals yet to be discovered. But that’s where you come in. You’re on an expedition to try and catalog some of those strange and exotic life forms.
… hey… why are the natives running in terror from the river? … Oh, it’s probably nothing…
That’s the set-up for Outpost: Amazon, a new card game coming from IDW Games. They’ve posted up a preview for you to check it out.
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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Everything Is Connected Now Available From IDW Games

It would seem as though IDW is trying to give Cryptozoic a run for their money in the realm of “long game title.” In this case, IDW has now released Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Everything Is Connected, their new social storytelling game where players take on the role of detectives trying to plead their case in front of a jury of their peers. Will you be the one who solves the case?
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Story Time Cards Collaborative Card Game Up On Kickstarter

Everyone loves a good story. But it can sometimes be hard to come up with a whole story arc on your own. Even when you’ve got a group, it might not be easy to come up with something. That’s where Story Time Cards come in. It’s a collaborative storytelling game that’s up on Kickstarter now. Use the paired cards to come up with strange characters and locations. The best pieces get to stay with the story and create a longer narrative.
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Forsaken Forest Coming to Kickstarter

The problem with dark magic is that it tends to take over whatever it’s around. So, say you’ve got a forest with some dark magic in it. It’ll twist and warp that forest into something hideous. And if you head into it, there’s a good chance it’ll warp you, too. But go in your must, as that’s what you’ll be doing in Forsaken Forest, a new game coming to Kickstarter soon. Check out the trailer.
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Review Roundup

Saturday and I have all the baking to do. Baking for friends. Baking for coworkers. Baking for friends that are coworkers. Baking for coworkers that are friends.
I mean, I bought 4 pounds of unsalted butter. I’m going to be busy today.
But before I get up to my elbows in cookie dough, I need to type up those review articles I know you all so desperately desire.

Today we have: Arena Rex, Seikatsu, New York Slice, Dragonfire, Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn, Macroscope, Kingdomino, and 1750: Britain vs. France.

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Fantasy Flight Announces Holiday Preview Wave For Star Wars: Destiny: Legacies Expansion

So, how about that Episode VIII, eh?
… I’ve not seen it, actually. But a lot of my friends have (which means they can shut up about “OMG!! Don’t spoil anything for me!!!”)
Well, I don’t think that there’s anything that’s spoiled in the Star Wars: Destiny Legacies expansion for the movie, but previewer beware. Fantasy Flight is giving you a chance to check out the new set before it’s released as a pair of mini-waves, one of which is out today.
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Countdown: Action Edition Hostage Role Preview Posted

Countdown: Action Edition is coming soon from Dog Might Games. It brings all the action and excitement from 80s movies to your tabletop. And what do many 80s action movies have in common? A hostage situation. In this preview, they take a look at the Hostage role in the game (yes, you can possibly be a hostage in the game), to let you know that while you may be tied up, you’re far from helpless.
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Loka Card Game Now Available From River Horse

This holiday season, many of us will be meeting up with friends and relatives who might not really be gamers. So grabbing one of your more-complex board games might not be the best. However, having something that’s easy to learn and teach would be good. For this, you might think about picking up the Loka card game from River Horse. It’s a trick-taking game with a bit of a twist. It’s available now.
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Dance of the Fireflies Card Game Available From Ninja Division

I do love a well-tended garden. Honestly, I love going to the Botanical Gardens, hedge mazes, and well laid-out floral arrangement. So games that simulate such certainly have my attention. In Dance of the Fireflies, players are trying to create a beautiful arrangement of flowers by bidding their fireflies on different plant cards. In the end, the player who creates the best garden will win the role of horticulturist for the entire kingdom. You can pick up your copy now.
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Krampus Knocked! Card Game Up On Kickstarter

Pretty much everyone knows about Santa’s Naughty and Nice lists. If you’re on the Nice list, you get presents. If you’re on the Naughty list, you get coal. But it’s not easy to get and stay on the Nice list, especially when you’ve got the evil Krampus around, looking to take you off of it. But getting on and staying at the top of the Nice list is what you’ll be trying to do in Krampus Knocked!, a new card game that’s up on Kickstarter.
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Cartooner Card Game Up On Kickstarter

I can’t draw. I really wanted to when I was young, and I tried to a lot, but it just never came together. I needed a drafting machine and a set of French curves just to make a stick man, and it wasn’t even a very good stick man. But even if you can’t draw, you can still play Cartooner, as long as you’re good at creating a story. In the game, you’ll be looking to both create a new tale as well as create some new art. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Fantasy Flight Games Previews Rivals Draft Set For Star Wars Destiny

Some of you might’ve heard that there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out soon. There’s also a new set for the Star Wars: Destiny game coming out soon. But the main release for that is still a bit off. What will be coming sooner, though, is the Rivals Draft Pack. If you’re in one of the few areas that’ll be getting pre-release versions of this, you can get your game going sooner. For those of us that aren’t in those areas, we can still check out this preview.
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Fantasy Flight Previews Red Cards From Legacies Expansion for Star Wars: Destiny

The red cards in Star Wars: Destiny represent those characters, abilities, and equipment that’s all about warfare. They’re the professional soldiers, vehicles, and weapons that are on the lines when it comes to blasters blazing. The Legacies expansion will bring players new red card options for their decks, from new characters to new things to equip them with. Fantasy Flight’s posted up a preview of some of the cards and their companion dice for you to check out.
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Review Roundup

Ok, so I was being a little facetious, saying that we were expecting a Snowpocalypse here in Atlanta, with the little bit of snow that was coming down at the time… but… yeah… we had a bit of a Snowpocalypse. That was the view from my front door last night and it was still much the same this morning. Thankfully, since then, the sun’s come out and much of it is melting. But still… yeah, quite a thing. Good day to stay in and do some gaming. But what games? Well, you can find out what games are like with the Review Roundup!

This week we have: Villages of Velaria, Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – Box of Monsters Expansion, Axis & Allies: Anniversary Edition, Wizards Wanted, Braintopia, NMBR9, Ticket to Ride: Germany, Planetarium, Barbarians: The Invasion, Space Race, The Captain is Dead, and Heaven & Ale.

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Majesty: For the Realm Now Available From Z-Man Games

The throne is empty. A new monarch must be set upon it. But whom should lead? Obviously, it should be the ruler of one of the realms that has shown that they are the most-prosperous and best leader. No bloodline nonsense. This is a merit-based system. Prove you’re the best ruler and you’ll be put in charge. That’s what you’ll be doing in Majesty: For the Realm, a new game that’s available now from Z-Man Games.
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SolarFlare Games Seeking Playtesters For Nightmare Forest: Monstrous Horde

Man, that forest just can’t catch a break. First there were zombies. Then there were aliens. Now, there’s all manner of monsters! That’s what’s happening on SolarFlare’s next installment of the Nightmare Forest game line. And if you want to make sure the game is as good as possible, they’re looking for playtesters. Put your name on the list and you can possibly be one of the ones chosen.
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Ascension: Year 4 Collector’s Set Available For Pre-Order

Ascension is one of my favorite card games. I bring it to just about any gaming get-together I go to. Easy to teach. Fun to play. And quite a lot of sets to choose from. If you’re looking to catch up, or you’re a rabid fan who wants cool, foil-y cards, you’ll want to order the Year 4 Collector’s Set. It’s got all the sets that came out in the 4th year of the game, including promos, and a combined rulebook, plus more. Pre-orders are being taken now.
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Tokyo Ghoul: The Card Game Now Available

So, you know, I don’t want to say that it’s a good idea running around and eating people. I just want to put that out there right from the start. However, if you’re maybe thinking of going out and doing just that, I might suggest that you, instead, play some Tokyo Ghoul: The Card Game. Based on the popular anime and manga series, the game is a new deck-building game from Shinobi 7. You can get your flesh-eating groove on now.
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SolarFlare Games Announces Kids Vs. Series

SolarFlare Games is looking ahead to the new year. You’ve seen their Robotech announcement (hopefully), but that’s not all they’re working on. They also have their Kids Vs. series of games. These will be making their way to Kickstarter next year.
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Fantasy Flight Games Previews Yellow Cards From Star Wars: Destiny: Legacy Expansion

The Star Wars galaxy is filled with all manner of characters on the fringes. They don’t necessarily follow any particular ideology. They’re just looking out for themselves. They’re a resourceful lot, making-do in a galaxy that’s struggling with war. In the Legacy expansion for Star Wars: Destiny, these characters and their kind are colored yellow. But don’t think that means they’re not up for a fight. Get a look at what you’ll be able to add to your decks with this preview.
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SolarFlare Previews Robotech: Force of Arms Card Game

Robotech is a series with a rather long history. The anime has spawned numerous games. I mean… it’s giant robots. So you know my thoughts on the whole thing. Well, SolarFlare Games is looking to bring their own game to the lexicon. It’s called Robotech: Force of Arms, and it’ll be coming direct to you next year.
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Drinkuisition Party Card Game Up On Kickstarter

Gamers, in my experience, are people who enjoy their booze. They also, in my experience, tend to have lots of obscure trivia floating around in their heads. Drinkuisition brings those two concepts together in a new party card game. Players will draw cards and have to answer questions that seem like things many people should know, and you probably do know it. But do you still know it after having a couple pints? That’s the real question. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
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Word Mines Party Card Game Now Available

Gamers are somewhat social creatures. Sure, we might enjoy hanging out in our dark basements, but we still like doing so with other gamers. Well, when together like this, gaming, you might want to try out Word Mines, a party card game of guessing the key word without using the forbidden words. It’s available now.
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Review Roundup

It’s Saturday. Usually, that would mean gaming. But Friday meant gaming for me, as a friend came over after work and we played some Guild Ball, Bunny Kingdom, and Apotheca. Great way to spend a Friday. So, what am I up to Saturday? Well, I’m in the CMON Offices, helping pack orders for the holiday sale. Yeah, seems people loved those deep cuts. And since I feel partially responsible (as the one they tasked with actually changing the prices on all those things), I felt it only right to help pack everything up. But while I get orders together, I know you’re here for a heaping helping of reviews. Heaping helping because we didn’t have a Roundup last week, due to the holiday.

So, this week we’ve got: Near and Far, Queendomino, The Oregon Trail: Hunt for Food, Dog Might Games Traveler Dice Tower, Campy Creatures, Camel Up, A Game of Thrones Card Game, Colt Express, Truth Bombs, Ex Libris, Star Trek: 5-Year Mission, Slide Blast, Happy Salmon, DownForce, Smash Up iOS, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, Ink Monsters, The Quest for El Dorado, Reef Route, Crabs, Werewords, Fog of Love, Museum Heist, Crosstalk, Potato Pirates, Tulip bubble, The Chameleon, Ulm, Asset Drop Subscription Box, Tortuga 1667, Dwar7s Fall, The Expanse, Tokyo Highway, and Ulock!

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Yummy World: Party at Picnic Palace Now Available From WizKids

I’m guessing that Picnic Palace is where the people from Who Should We Eat? think they are… or maybe this game is what the players in that game are imagining, when they start chomping into each-other… There’s a thought for you…
Anyway, Yummy World: Party at Picnic Palace is a new card game that’s available now from WizKids.
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