Hey there, TGN readers. It’s time again for another Review Roundup.
So without further ado, today we have reviews of: Dark Tales, Litko Age of Sigmar Tokens review, Deadzone Contagion Expansion, LUGU, Cacao, The Burning Wheel RPG, Rhino Hero, Bad Beets, Spyfall, and Systema Gaming Base-0 Level 1 and 2 Walkways.
Board to Death TV:
The card game Dark Tales is inspired by classic fairy tales, retold in a dark style. The land of Dark Tales is populated by disturbing creatures and sinister characters, and the interaction between cards and magic items is the key to success: A character, event, or sword used at the right time can determine the fate of the game! Thanks to the many setting cards, the items you collect change their power from game to game.
Widgets and Wonders:
Litko (one of the oldest and most established gamer-gear companies out there) has produced a new line of player-aids for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar.
Play Board Games:
The Contagion book starts with an explanation of the Plague and how it creates zombies. And leads right into an overview of how zombies can be added to your Deadzone game. When zombies are added to a normal two player game they are an additional faction that both players must contend with. In a solo game you try to survive four scenarios.
The concept of LUGU is rather straightforward; each player is furnished with a deck of cards, each one decorated by a very abstract piece of colourful art. The storyteller, basically the player whose turn it is, draws four of the cards at random and tries to craft a story based on the artwork.
Shut Up & Sit Down:
While Cacao is another one of those games that’s basically about getting rich by hoarding and trading resources, it’s not another one of those complex, beige things with an old white dude pointing his arthritic finger at a ship or a customs house or a pile of corn and it’s immediately less stuffy for it. Instead of crates of silk or barges full of, I dunno, wool, Cacao is really just about chocolate. Yeah, there’s temples and gold mines and water, but mostly it’s about getting cocoa and then selling cocoa in a quick, breezy and colourful fashion that can mean a game is as short as twenty chocolately minutes. It looks fresher and brighter than so many of those heftier, sepia-toned things. That’s a good first impression. Also, there are no ants anywhere in the box, so that’s fantastic.
Lately I’ve had Burning Wheel on my mind.
Some friends recently started up a streamed campaign with Roll20, and I tuned in to watch all 4 hours of their character creation. I joked around in chat, explained bits of the rules and mechanics to people who asked, and generally had a great time. But I haven’t been watching them actually play. I’ve stayed away partially because the timing doesn’t quite work for me, partially because one of my roommates is in the game and I can hear him talking in real time and then again 10 seconds later via Twitch’s time delay, but, most of all, because I am way too jealous.
Board Game Quest:
Rhino Hero is a dexterity game for 2-5 players that plays in about 10 minutes. Rhino Hero plays best with 3 players, but works equally as well with 2 or 4 players. Rhino Hero can be played by players of all ages.
Bad Beets is all about being the first eater at the table to get rid of your serving of nasty Beta vulgaris. (I did not make that up. See, even its scientific name makes them sound gross!) You’ll do anything you can to get rid of them. Even lie! But be careful, if someone catches your bluff, you may end up having to stuff the unpalatable plants down your gullet after all!
Spyfall is a party game for three to eight players.
To begin a game of Spyfall, open one pack of cards. Each of the thirty packs of cards includes seven location cards (all the same) and one spy card. Mix one card for each player (one of the cards must be the spy card) from the pack together, and deal one card to each player. Set a timer for eight minutes. The player who looks the shadiest begins.
Today we’re building the Level 1 and 2 Walkway kits from Systema Gaming in a continuation of our look at the Base-0 range of sci-fi tabletop terrain. We’ve previously built the HQ Unit and Habitat Units 1 and 2 from this range, so check out those reviews first if you’ve not seen them. These raised walkways are designed to be used with other Base-o structures to create a multilevel battlefield for games like Warhammer 40k, Necromunda, and Infinity.