It’s that time again, everyone. It’s Saturday. When you read this, it’ll be at least 2pm, Eastern. But for me, currently, it’s 5:30am. I’ve got a group of friends coming over for some gaming starting at 9am and have a bunch to get done before that. We’ll probably get in some Ascension, Blokus, maybe Dogs of War. All good stuff. Also, we’ll probably talk about characters for a D&D game that’s starting to coalesce. But that’s as may be, in the meantime, I need to type up your Review Roundup for the day.
Today we have: Arcadia Quest, The Pioneers Program, Dungeon Saga, The Hunt for the Ring, Tripods & Triplanes, Brides & Bribes, Terraforming Mars, Guild Ball, Cry Havoc, Flip City and Flip City: Reuse, Steam Time, M.U.L.E., Brick Party, and Snowdonia.
Toucan Play That Game:
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Arcadia Quest by CMON.
In this paid video you can find out about The Pioneers Program by GCT Studios.
Play Board Games:
Dungeon Saga is a classic, fantasy-themed, miniatures dungeon crawl. One player is the evil overlord and faces one to four players.
This preview of The Hunt for the Ring is a world-wide exclusive, from the Boardgame Convention GiocoForza (Petriolo). We had the chance to play the game with one of the three authors, Francesco Nepitello, who designed the game with Marco Maggi and Gabriele Mari. Together, they created a beautiful game of hidden movement, starting from the classic Scotland Yard system and then introducing many new mechanics. The result is an extremely original design, strongly integrated with the theme – the journey of Frodo and his companions to destroy the One Ring.
We will begin saying that Tripods & Triplanes is incredibly funny: imagine to join the historical accuracy of Andrea Angiolino’s works (speaking of Wings of Glory) with the fantasy creativity of the duo Maggi-Nepitello, mix it up with the simplicity of the Wings of War series, and you will have an idea of the game you will wish for in the next months!
It’s 16th Century Genoa, and like Katie Price and the Kardashians are fully aware, nothing grabs wealth and power like a good wedding. You might not having the marketing power of Hello magazine behind you but in Brides & Bribes you will gain power (and most importantly victory points) by marrying your eligible bachelor sons to the daughters of the most powerful families in the city.
Drive Thru Review:
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:21); final thoughts and review (17:50)
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:02); final thoughts and review (21:42)
Board Game Quest:
In Cry Havoc, players take on the role of one of the games 4 unique factions. The game is played over five (possibly less) rounds, where players will be using cards from their hand to decide their actions. They will be moving, recruiting, building and fighting their way to victory… or defeat.
In Flip City you are attempting to give your citizens the best neighborhood possible. This is done by collecting taxes (cash) to fund the construction of buildings (cards) that will get your citizens to give you medals (victory points). Tax them too much at once though, and they will get angry (sad faces). The game ends with the winning player revealing 8 victory points in a single turn.
In Steam Time, players are agents of the “Temporal Institute for Monument Exploration” (or “T.I.M.E.” for short) and will use their steam-powered airships to travel through the time stream into different eras, taking 3 actions per round to collect knowledge, resources, money and treasures from famous monuments, which can all earn them esteem within the agency. After 5 rounds, the agent with the highest esteem (victory points) is the winner.
M.U.L.E. is all about harvesting valuable resources from an alien world and then selling them for profit in a player-driven market. Over the course of 7 rounds, you’ll work your way through land grabbing, producing, and finally buying and selling to earn the title of First Founder of the Colony.
Brick Party is a team communication/building game for two* to nine players. Each round, players divide into teams of two to build structures. Once each player has gotten to choose a teammate first, the player with the most points is the winner.
Snowdonia is a worker placement game that has players captaining work gangs building a railroad through the Welsh mountains. You want your crew to contribute the most to the construction. This isn’t a simple matter of creating routes, mind you. You have to excavate the mountain, make and lay track, and construct stations in order to build sections of the railway that are worth points at the end of the game. And you must do all of this in the unpredictable Welsh weather. It’s hard work and not for sissies.