Review Roundup

By Polar_Bear
In Board Games
Jul 18th, 2015
TGN-Review Roundup Feature

Hello there, beautiful TGN readers. And welcome once more to Saturday. Hopefully you’re getting some gaming in, or are going to be getting some gaming in at some point today. It seems only right.
Let us know what you’ve been getting up to with this great hobby of ours.

Being Saturday, we have our batch of review articles we’ve found over the week.

This week we have reviews of: Trajan, Warmachine/Hordes, The Witcher Adventure Game on iOS, Fidelitas, Parfum, Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King, Gripping Beast Plastic Saxon Thegns, Quantum Gothic sci-fi Terrain Pieces, and Letters from Whitechapel.

Shut Up & Sit Down:

Trajan review

Buckle up, boardkids! It’s time for Team SU&SD to tackle the Official 38th Best Board Game of All Time: Trajan. A game of thrashing as many victory points as you can out of Ancient Rome.

Don’t believe what you’ve heard. Shut Up & Sit Down can still handle heavy eurogames.

…or can they?

Warmachine/Hordes review


Eric: Welcome back to our survey of the world of miniatures wargames. This week, our game is Warmachine and Hordes. “But wait,” you might be thinking. “Eric, aren’t those two games?”

Well, my imaginary interlocutor, sort of. Warmachine is a game about steam powered robots with smokestacks bigger than their legs, where wizards shoot spells out of pistols and your “warcaster” channels their willpower to bend the battlefield to their plans. Hordes, by contrast, is a game about lumbering monsters with fists bigger than their heads, where wizards shoot spells out of staffs and your “warlock” channels their rage to bend the battlefield to their plans.

Board Game Quest:

The Witcher Adventure Game iOS Review


At Gen Con 2014, Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) showed off their upcoming board game The Witcher Adventure Game, based on the books and video games of the same name. Shortly thereafter, the board game made its way to our gaming tables. Overall it seems like The Witcher Adventure Game received a warm, yet still mixed reactions. Personally, I find it enjoyable, even if it does have some flaws.

At the same time as its cardboard release, FFG set The Witcher Adventure Game loose on our iPads for some digital gaming goodness. Today we are going to take a look at this digital release and see if it’s worth an investment of your gaming dollars.

Fidelitas Review


The government has gone corrupt (shocking right?). No, not those clowns down in the state capitol, I’m talking about The Crown. They have finally taken things too far and the citizens in this Medieval city are preparing for a rebellion. Time to see if we can extend our influence enough throughout the city and lead this coming revolution.

Today we are going to be looking at Fidelitas, the first offering from new publisher Green Couch Games. Designed by veteran game designers Jason Kotarski (The Great Heartland Hauling Co, FrogFlip) and Philip duBarry (Revolution!), Fidelitas seeks to have players maneuvering citizens around town to achieve their hidden objectives. Is this quick playing game of medieval posturing fun or should it be given the axe. Let’s find out.

Fidelitas is a hand management card game for 2-4 players that takes about 20 minutes to play. Fidelitas plays best with 2 players.


Distilling the Essence of a Game (A Review of Parfum)


Creating perfume was once a highly valued art form. Gifted perfumers often catered to the great and the good in society. They knew their customer’s favorite fragrances and took care to create exactly what those customers wanted. Those were the days before large commercial enterprises and modern technology started churning out mass-produced, lab-created fragrances that the perfume-wielding salesperson tries to hit you with every time you go to the mall. Parfum takes you back to that simpler time and lets you attempt to become that valued, master perfumer.

Play Board Games:

Super Dungeon Explore Forgotten King Review


The Forgotten King is a stand-alone expansion for Super Dungeon Explore. It introduces a new fully cooperative play mode, new heroes and enemies for the new environment and some changes to the original rule set.

Battle Brush Studios:

Gripping Beast Plastic Saxon Thegns Review


Battle Brush Studios have put up an in-depth review (including painted pictures as usual) of Gripping Beast’s hit plastic set Saxon Thegns (for Saga and the likes).

Graven Games:

Quantum Gothic Radar, Cannon, and Missile Launcher Review

Quantum Gothic Radar, Cannon and Missile Launcher

Today we review the Cannon, Missile Launcher, and Radar/Comm dish from Quantum Gothic, a company producing Sci-Fi Gothic wargaming scenery and miniatures set in a time where the multiverse of mankind is engulfed by endless bloody wars. Here you can see the 3 kits we ordered, each arrived in blister packs as shown below. We chose these as they look like they’ll fit right into several of the our wargames we play, especially Warhammer 40k with its gothic theme.

Gettin’ Higgy With It:

Letters from Whitechapel Review

We take a look at the co-operative deductive board game, Letters from Whitechapel, by Gabriele Mari and Gianluca Santopietro. Distributed by Fantasy Flight Games. Letters from Whitechapel is for 2-6 players, age 13+ and takes about 120 minutes per game.

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