Review Roundup

By Polar_Bear
In Board Games
Dec 10th, 2016
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It’s Saturday. That means it’s the weekend. That means I’m happy. Went grocery shopping this morning to get ingredients to make turkey soup as well as this year’s fruitcake. Still need to get one last thing (that has its own theme song for the activity of getting it). That’ll start getting ready today, while the final assembly will be tomorrow. What to do in the meantime? Maybe put together some Kingdom Death and play some Guild Ball. Also, give you the reviews you so desperately desire.

Today we have: Terraforming Mars, Adrenaline, Rubicon Models Panzer III, Star Wars Dobble (AKA – Spot It), Lord of the Rings The Card Game, Captain Sonar, Planet Rush, Fight for Olympus, Rollet, and A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King.

Toucan Play That Game:

Terraforming Mars Review

In this video you can find out my thoughts on Terraforming Mars by Stronghold Games.

Adrenaline Review

In this video you can find out my thoughts on Adrenaline by Czech Games Edition.

Battle Brush Studios:

Rubicon Models Panzer III Review

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In this comprehensive article Battle Brush Studios’ Sigur reviews Rubicon Miniatures’ Panzer III kit.

Drive Thru Review:

Frostgrave Review

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Polyhedron Collider:

Star Wars Dobble

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Star Wars has some pretty iconic imagery. X-Wings, TIE Fighters, AT-ATs and men in their pyjamas waving glowing swords are all distinctive images that when you see you immediately know you are in a Galaxy far far away.

But do you know your X-Wing from your Y-Wing? Can you spot the difference between Count Dooku and Anakin Skywalker? And, more importantly, can you do this before anyone else?

Dobble (also known as Spot it!) is a really simple game of matching pairs. Each card is a circular disc about the size of a beer mat covered with different imagery. Between any two cards there is one, and only one, item that appears on both cards and your goal is to spot those matching items as quickly as possible.

Meeples & Miniatures:

Lord of the Rings The Card Game

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The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game was originally released by Fantasy Flight Games in 2011, and upon release very quickly became one of my favourite games.

I and my son Josh are big Lord of the Rings fans, and so we played this game a lot over the next couple of years. Then with one thing and another, we didn’t play for a while, and then the game got packed away, and hasn’t seen the light of day, as it turns out for several years. (Lets be honest here. I have a lot of expansions for this game already. It’s a big, heavy box and takes up a lot of room.)

iSlaytheDragon:

Captain Sonar Review

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Captain Sonar is a team versus team game of submarine warfare. Each player fills the role of a crewmember aboard a sub, and the goal is to find and destroy your opponent.

The game can be played turn by turn or in real time, but we’ll focus on the real time version here. That’s really the intended style of gameplay, anyway.

Each submarine has four roles: Captain, First Mate, Engineer, and Radio Operator.

Planet Rush Review

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Planet Rush is a semicooperative negotiation and area-majority game for three to five players. Players are corporations seeking to colonize Zenobia. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Fight for Olympus Review

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Fight for Olympus is a two player, card-driven battle where players are managing hands of cards representing heroes and soldiers. You’re adding equipment to better your forces, resolving attacks, and deploying special abilities, all in an effort to win a spot on Mount Olympus.

The rules are simple. To begin the game, twenty random cards are removed from the deck and players are dealt hands of six cards from those that remain. The rest form a draw pile. Players take turns playing cards to the central board and then attacking their opponents’ units. (The board is divided into three areas: Olympus, Delphi, and Troy and there are spaces in each area where cards must be played. The areas of the board become more important during the attack phase of a turn, when area bonuses may be available.)

Board Game Quest:

Rollet Review

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In Rollet, 2-4 players are trying to score points by knocking a wooden ball into their opponent’s goal. Players accomplish this by dropping a metal ball down a chute. If their aim is true, they’ll score a point when they knock the wooden ball into the goal. Score 5 points and your team wins!

A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King Review

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Varys, the Spider, is a character in the novels who moves behind the scenes manipulating plots and the fortunes of other characters. In A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King, players are moving the Varys card throughout a grid of characters from various houses in an attempt to capture the most characters from each house.

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  • Chad_Caughmann

    We played “A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King” this weekend for the first (and probably ‘only’) time. The game wasn’t bad…it just wasn’t very fun. It is nothing more than a filler game…but I’ve played other filler games that were more fun and memorable than this.

    • hvedhrungr

      I feel that this is a game you get the most out of if you’re a fan of the franchise, rather than a fan of tactical card games. It seems somewhat similar to Guilds of Cadwallon, which builds on the Confrontation franchise (the main reason I picked it up). What GoC does better, though, is provide ways to anticipate and foil opponent plans while also forcing you to make decisions that may hurt you later on (picking up disadvantageous cards). Different modifications to the game in the form of “mission cards” sometimes turn these disadvantages on their head.

      Maybe Hand of the King is a nice game. It feels very similar to other filler games already on the market. I’m sure the GoT franchise will give it a sales boost that it wouldn’t otherwise have purely on the merit of its gameplay.
      But what do I know, I’m a sucker for playing Love Letter for hours on end with my pals.

      • Chad_Caughmann

        For what it’s worth, all the players we had are pretty big GoT fans, and none of us were inspired to play it again after 1 game. The main reason I chose to give it a try (at a board game cafe where I could try it without buying it), was purely because of the GoT theme, and thought it would be a quick game.