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:
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 (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.
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Five Tribes by Days of Wonder.
Play Board Games:
The Star Shield expansion for Legends of Andor adds a new legend with new enemies, goals and components.
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 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!
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.