*runs around with arms over my head*
Alright, let’s do this thing!
Today we have: Tulip Bubble, Nuked, Wasteland Express Delivery Service, Brutal Kingdom, Dwarven Smithy, Crows, Sticky Chameleons, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures, Haspelknecht: The Ruhr Valley, Rumbleslam, Game Toppers, Quantum, and Samurai Gardener.
Board Game Quest:
In Tulip Bubble, players buy tulips in an auction and hope to sell them once the prices increase. During the buying phase, each player can place three bidding markers on the tulips in the market. If you are the only person who places a marker on a tulip, you can buy it for the market price. However, if multiple players bid on the same tulip an auction occurs.
The goal of the game is to gather supplies and then gather 200 points in Settlers for the win or 400 points if you’re playing teams.
While Wasteland Express may be a pick up and deliver game, at its heart, it’s really a race game. Players are trying to be the first to complete 3 priority first class contracts.
Each round, players will have 5 actions they can take. Actions are also limited based on the amount of spaces on your player board for that action. Different actions include moving, buying resources (Food, Water, or Weapons), selling, taking outpost specific actions (drawing contracts, upgrading your truck, etc.), and pillaging raiders you defeat in combat (free resources!).
With each round of play, every player will receive four cards, two light colored and two dark colored. The light colored cards are dealt first. Each player keeps one and passes the other to their left. Then the dark colored cards are delivered the same way, this time passing to the right. Doing this ensures that each player knows one of the cards of their neighbors.
In Dwarven Smithy you attempt to craft the most valuable weapons, armor and other tools to earn gold. However, your forge isn’t some sprawling place where you can store infinite goods. You must manage your space to succeed as you are limited to the number of items you can place in your workshop, the number of items you can take to market, as well as the number of tools and apprentices you can have.
Although not completely explained, the players in Crows appear to be ancient wizards summoning and manipulating flocks of crows to attract them to their mana totems. The player who manages to attract the most crows will eventually win the game.
In Sticky Chameleons you are one of the eponymous lizards out to nab the plumpest snack. If you’ve ever wanted one of those famously cool ballistic tongues, look no further! In this dexterity exercise, you’ll be flinging versions of the popular kids sticky toy as projecting muscle avatars to snatch bug tokens!
Thirty-six insect tokens of seven various shapes and sizes representing seven different creepy-crawlies are randomly and loosely spread about the table. The only rule is to make sure that none overlap. Six types of bugs are edible treats while wasps prove a little too spicy. While your tongue may be strong, your buds are a little more delicate.
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures is a stand-alone game in the Consulting Detective series. Players are members of the Baker Street Irregulars, assistants to Sherlock Holmes. Players will cooperatively follow leads, study clues, and try to answer Sherlock Holmes’s questions at the end of the case.
To begin, players take the casebook for the case they’re playing, all of the newspapers from this case and previous cases, the map of London (or Whitechapel), and the London directory and place them on the table. One player reads aloud the introduction, and the game begins.
There are three distinct elements to the Ruhr Valley expansion that can be added to the base game experience in any combination you wish. The first module is simply thirteen new development tiles. You mix them with the base game’s tiles and randomly create a grid from the enlarged tile pool. Just as in the base game, they provide unique benefits to the players that manage to research them. There’s the Wicker Basket which awards you action discs to be used at the time of your choosing. The Thanksgiving tile awards you one food and then during the autumn phase allows you to give one food to another player in exchange for victory points.
Drive Thru Review:
Intro (00:00); brief game explanation (01:32); round one (06:33); round two (25:44)
Rounds three and four (00:00); final thoughts and review (17:31)
Game Toppers Kickstarter Preview
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