Happy International Tabletop Day, everyone! *party cannon*
I hope you’re celebrating in style. I know some of you are out at KingdomCon. Others of you are at PeteCon. Still others are just hanging out at your LGS getting your gaming on. Well, however you’re celebrating, I hope the dice/cards/whatever are in your favor. Remember, it’s all about having fun and making friends.
Anyway, if you’re wondering what game you should play today, maybe some of these reviews can help out.
This week we’ve got: Firefly: Crime and Punishment expansion, Strife: Legacy of the Eternals, Clans of Caledonia, Quartz, World’s Fair 1893, Game of Trains, The Captain is Dead, The Walking Dead: All Out War, Farsight, Martians: A Story of Civilization, Zephyr: Winds of Change, Exit The Game, Morels, and Perry Miniatures’ Confederate Infantry.
Board Game Quest:
Unlike the big box Blue Sun and Kalidasa Expansions, Firefly Crime and Punishment is on the smaller side, about on par with the Pirates & Bounty Hunters expansion (yet deeper than Jetwash or Esmeralda).
The biggest change that the Crime and Punishment expansion adds to Firefly are the Alliance Alert cards. These are thematic event cards that slightly change the nature of the rules. One is put into play at setup, with some misbehaving cards or nav cards changing the Alert card out for a different one.
In Strife, players take on the role of one of the members of a group of immortals known as the Endless. Each player starts a round with the same hand of ten champions and will play them simultaneously as they fight at different locations around the world. The player whose champion has the highest power value after the fight wins the victory points.
However, these champions have more than just their power value to consider when selecting them for battle. Each card has a battle ability that will affect the current battle, as well as a legacy power that will affect the next champion the player plays from their hand. The player with the most points at the end of three rounds is the winner.
Players take the role of Scottish clans in the 19th century adjusting to the onset of industrialization. A major component of the game is expanding to acquire huge tracts of land and producing resources in the form of wool, milk, and wheat. These are used to produce finished goods such as bread, whiskey, and cheese. From these activities, they can fulfill export contracts that bring in imports such as cotton, tobacco, hops, and sugar cane. Through a variety of different scoring opportunities, players can acquire points with the aim to have the most at the end.
Players take on the role of dwarves venturing into a dangerous mine with the aim of collecting the most valuable gems. This is accomplished by selecting plastic gems from a bag, hoping to retrieve the rarest gems while trying to avoid obsidian (black) gems. Each round, a player’s selections add points and the most points at the end of five rounds wins the game.
World’s Fair 1893 is a lightweight game with elements of area control and set collection driving the game. The goal of the game is to be the fair organizer with the best reputation at the end of the game. In game terms you’re collecting victory points, but building a cool reputation sounds better.
Game of Trains is a light card game for two to four players. Players have seven railcars that begin in descending order. The first player to get their railcars in ascending order wins.
Drive Thru Review:
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:21); final thoughts and review (12:59)
Intro (00:00); game overview (02:10); final thoughts and review (19:35)
Big bastard robots!
That’s what my podcast co-host and Polyhedron Collider writer said to me when I showed him some details about Farsight, the new game from Braincrack games that the entire Polyhedron Collider crew got to play on Tabletopia this week along with Lewis from Braincrack. And the game certainly is about big bastard robots, with a mix of game-play from Space Marine, Stratego and Heroes of Normandie.
It’s the near future blah blah blah, corporations blah blah blah, war! You don’t need to know the back story, the important thing to remember is that like chucking out time in Wrexham town centre, it’s all about to kick off but instead of fighting over your position in the kebab shop queue, you’ll be fighting over key strategic bases spread over the board.
Mars seems to be the hot ticket right now. Whether people are terraforming it, journeying to it, colonising it or battering it and deep frying it, the Red Planet has got more attention than Sean Spicer talking about what he believes to be an accurate account of German history. There are currently rovers on Mars roaming around giving us more information than ever before and they’re all more reliable than the cars of the same name. Rover Metros were less reliable than a London Midland commuter train on a bad day and the Mars Rover took less time to get to its destination.
So being the space-nut that I am, sometime in 2016 I jumped on the backing bandwagon, boarded the mission to Mars and backed Martians: A Story of Civilization. And I note the awful Americanisation of our beloved mother tongue with that filthy “z” instead of the Queen’s “s”, but, like an excited hound with the keys to a JCB, I dive down yet another rabbit hole.
Toucan Play That Game:
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Zephyr Winds of Change by Portal Dragon.
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Exit The Game – a new series from KOSMOS. This is a really fun “escape room” experience designed to be played with 1-6 players in under 2 hours. The series offers 3 different experiences to be played at this point and I hope to see more in the future.
So if you are into the escape room feel or just like solving puzzles, you should love these new titles.
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Morels a strategic mushroom collection game. This game is really cool and I love the theme – this one is a two player game only but they are doing a kickstarter to expand the game and make it a 3-4 player game as well.
You will go through this one collecting sets of mushrooms and cooking them up with cider and butter for extra points. Dont be left with a sets in your hand at the end of the game or loose the points! So collect baskets, buy walking sticks and travel deep into the forest to be the king mushroom collector!
Battle Brush Studios:
In this comprehensive review Battle Brush Studios’ Sigur takes a close look at one of Perry Miniatures’ most popular plastic boxed set – Confederate Infantry.