Saturday Review Roundup
Sure, I’m having myself a blast here at the CMON Expo, but that doesn’t mean I’m too busy to take a bit of time to get you your Review Roundup this week. That just wouldn’t be right. So let’s get to it.
Today we have: Team Play, Raid and Trade, Beast of Balka, Witch’s Brew, Blood Rage, Blood Rage – 5th Player Expansion, Blood Rage – Kickstarter Exclusives, The Siblings Trouble, Temp Worker Assassins, Android: Mainframe, Rubicon’s M8 Greyhound/M20, Across the Dead Earth miniatures and, THMiniatures Terrain.
Drive Thru Review:
Intro (00:00); game overview (00:55); final thoughts and review (04:10)
Board Game Quest:
As stated in the game’s title “Raid & Trade”, this game focuses on raiding and trading, but offers the experience of a post-apocalyptic exploration game with smatterings of combat and set collection thrown in for good measure.
In Raid & Trade, players act as survivors of a third world war and are attempting to win the eye of the Regents of the Golden City. The players do this by attaining favor, crafting items to bolster their skills, and satisfying quests that are exposed as the game progresses. This game is highly interactive as players trade and fight with each other, vie for houses to raid and the Outpost to gain favor, and search for the right combinations of resources.
Beast of Balka is a two-player abstract tilt of maneuver and encirclement. Pieces are represented by tokens and move about hexes on a roughly hexagonal board. Players control four hunting parties each, while the beast begins in the center with four bloodlust tokens – aka hit points – beneath it. There are two smaller monsters, salamanders, with a bloodlust token apiece which also begin in the middle of the board.
Witch’s Brew is a role selection/resource management card game for three to five players. Players are witches in a potion-making contest. They recruit helpers to gain ingredients, money, and ultimately potions. The player with the most points is the winner.
Toucan Play That Game:
In this video you can find out my final thoughts on Blood Rage by Cool Mini or Not.
In this video you can find out my thoughts on the Blood Rage 5th Player Expansion by Cool Mini or Not.
In this video you can find out my thoughts on the Blood Rage Kickstarter Exclusives by Cool Mini or Not.
In this video you can find out my final thoughts on The Siblings Trouble by Pencil First Games.
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Temp Worker Assassins by David Newton. This review is based on a prototype of the game ahead of the kickstarter launch.
Play Board Games:
In Android Mainframe you are a runner looking for fame and fortune. Can you secure more zones in this area control game set in the Android universe?
Battle Brush Studios:
In this review Battle Brush Studios’ Sigur takes a look at one of Rubicon Model’s latest releases – the M8 ‘Greyhound’ / M20 Armoured Utility Car.
After a troubled development phase and some interesting attributes for a recon vehicle, the M8 became a staple for US cavalry formations and saw use around the world up to this day.
In this review Battle Brush Studios’ Sigur takes a closer look at the latest release for Dead Earth Games’ Across the Dead Earth, a post-apocalyptic skirmish game set in the UK.
The figures depict a pair of sisters who seem to be quite capable of surviving in the remains of civilization.
The Esoteric Order of Gamers:
Universal Head has been looking for some atmospheric tabletop terrain for ages, and is excited about this particular Kickstarter campaign by THMiniatures. The Esoteric Order of Gamers reviews this gorgeous resin scenery, paints it up, and see how it looks on the gaming table.