Welcome back to Saturday, everyone. With any luck, you’re having some fun gaming with friends, or will be having such fun soon. I mean… it’s Saturday. Gaming is just what you do!
But at the moment, what we are doing is looking at some review from the past week.
This batch we have reviews/previews of: Broom Service, Dragonwood, Res Publica: 2230, Murano, Viceroy, Dropzone Commander, Game of Thrones LCG 2nd Edition, Systema Gaming Base-0 Storage Silo, and Warlord Games’ plastic M3A1 Half-Track.
Play Board Games:
Broom Service lasts seven rounds. Each round you pick four of your ten role cards to play. When you play a role card you must state whether you are being brave or cowardly. Roles played as brave are more powerful but if another player has that role card they can steal the associated action. If you play a role as cowardly you get to do the action immediately, but it is not as good as a brave action.
You start Dragonwood by setting up the Landscape deck. This gets rid of some cards and puts the two dragons in the bottom half of the deck. Then you flip the top five cards of the Landscape deck face up. You also shuffle and deal each player five Adventurer cards.
Board to Death TV:
Res Publica returns with a revised version under a different theme. In Res Publica: 2230AD, the players travel to the future, when races migrate through space searching for new areas in which to settle. Intensive trading brings together strong Races, encourages new settlements and promotes the development of civilization.
Murano employs an interesting rondel mechanic for selecting actions. The available options ring the board and eight gondolas are spread around this track – Murano is outside Venice and itself webbed by various canals. On your turn, you may pick any gondola and move it forward any number of spaces provided you don’t bump into or pass another gondola. If traffic’s backed up blocking the action you’d like and your horn don’t work, you can move any number of boats ahead one at a time per the normal rules, but only the first movement is free. Each successive move exacts an increasing amount of gold.
Board Game Quest:
Mayday Games is probably best known for both the massive amount of card sleeves they sell, and for their dexterity games. In fact, Coconuts is a staple here at the BGQ HQ that makes it to the gaming table quite often. Lately though, it seems that Mayday has been branching out into other types of games.
Today, we are going to dig into Viceroy. Published first by Hobby World (in Russia), Viceroy was brought to our shores via Mayday Games’ Kickstarter campaign last year. Did those backers make a wise investment? Time to find out!
Viceroy is an Auction and Set Collection game for 1-4 players that takes about 60 minutes to play. We’ve found that Viceroy plays well with any of the player counts.
Shut Up & Sit Down:
Today I’m talking about the sweeping Dropzone Commander by Hawk Wargames. DzC (as we’ll abbreviate it for time and acronyminal sexiness) is a large-scale science fiction game set in the 27th century. As you all know, in the 25th century humanity was driven from its core worlds, including Earth, by the invasion of the parasitic Scourge. Now, 160 years later, it is time to TAKE THEM BACK!
In a couple of weeks the 2nd edition of Fantasy Flight’s Game of Thrones: The Card Game, with its direwolves, chunky coins and endless pictures of sultry nobles, will be released. A lot of people are very excited, and with good reason- the 1st edition amassed a cult following, and the 2nd edition looks incredibly sharp.
You won’t be getting our review just yet. As a Living Card Game, this box encourages players to collect monthly expansions and build their own decks, and we want to have conviction when we suggest you get involved (or not). But I can offer some early impressions and comparisons to the LCGs that this site has gone on the record as recommending, namely the bizarre Doomtown and the sublime Netrunner (on the subject, Paul will have a review of Plaid Hat’s new card game Ashes in the next few weeks).
We’re back with a look at the Storage Silo kit which is part of the Base-0 range from Systema Gaming – perfect for 28mm skirmish and wargames. We’ve previously reviewed the HQ Unit, the Habitat Units 1 & 2, and the Level 1 & 2 Walkways, so check those out for other parts of the Base-0 range.
Battle Brush Studios:
Sigur of Battle Brush Studios takes a close look at the plastic M3A1 Half-Track. The article also has a little report of how he turned this M3A1 into an M5 Half-Track (the export version) for use with his 28mm Soviets.