TGN Saturday Edition: Review Round-Up

It’s another Saturday and so that means it’s time for another Review Round-Up.

We’ve got reviews for Ares Games’ The Battle of Five Armies, Red7 from Asmadi Games, Psycho Therapist, Gothic Invasion, and Mafia Casino.
Along with those, there are a couple “favorites of 2014” and a Top 10 or two to check out.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

As usual, here’s the reviews we found during the week.
There’s quite a few of them. We’ve got a pair of reviews for Blurble, a look at Dice Crawl from SoulJar Games, an Imperial Assault unboxing, a look at Rivet Wars, a review of the Malifaux terrain by PlastCraft, and more! Check it out.

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Board to Death posts Conquest of Orion Video Review

Board to Death gives us their thoughts on Conquest of Orion, from Escape Velocity Games, in their latest video review.

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ORION – yours to conquer. Once just a distant constellation, Orion is now being explored and colonized. Will you lead your alliance to victory or suffer defeat at the hands of your enemies?

Conquest of Orion is a team-based card game played over several rounds of conflicts. For each conflict, players play a single card and then evaluate the winner. However, technologies and leaders have special abilities that will influence the outcome of each conflict. Through careful card play and strategy, players will work with their partner to lead their alliance to glory!

Dice Masters Video Review by Board to Death TV

Board to Death takes a look at the newest Dice Masters set, Uncanny X-Men, in this review article.

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Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men is a collectible dice-building tabletop game designed by Quarriors! creators Michael Elliott and Eric M. Lang.
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Board to Death posts 12 Realms Review

Board To Death takes a look at 12 Realms from Mage Company in this review article.

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12 Realms is a fast, lighthearted cooperative miniature game for 1 to 6 players. All players must band together to stop the Dark Lords’ overwhelming hordes from pillaging the 12 Realms. Individual invaders can be defeated by using each hero’s different talents, but to vanquish the Dark Lords you must claim a powerful artifact.

Board to Death posts Zeppelin Attack video review

Board to Death takes a look at Zeppelin Attack from Evil Hat Productions in this video review.

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Take over the world in Zeppelin Attack, a deck building game set in the world of Evil Hat Productions’ Spirit of the Century. You play villainous masterminds bent on world domination. To win, you must build a powerful deck of Zeppelin cards, weapons, defenses and operatives, and then use these to fight your opponent’s Zeppelins. The player who gets the most points from winning battles and acquiring valuable cards will win the game. There’s only room for one ultimate criminal overlord: you. Bring your zeppelins.

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In the City: Origins Video Review

Board to Death posted up a video review of the In the City: Origins card game.
I’d think they’d have The Eagles in the background for the whole video, but that didn’t happen.

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In the drafting-style game In the City: Origins for 2-5 players. Each player starts with a leader card (different every game 20 in all in the base set) and each turn they recruit a person from the city square. This gets them victory points, influence to recruit bigger and better people, the ability to manipulate the cards you are recruiting, and the ability to interfere with you opponents. The game is over when 2 out of the 7 columns in the city square are empty. At the end of the game, the victory points are totaled and the winner is the player with the most.

Board to Death posts Fortunata Video Review

Board to Death has a new video review up. This time it’s for Fortunata.
I originally read that as “Futurama” and got really excited. Unfortunately, that was not to be the case.

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Each player starts the game with a Mouse and a Bee plus an equal share of the sixteen unique characters. Each character has a unique power which is defined on its card.
Pieces start off the board and are brought onto the board as the game progresses. The pieces maneuver, trying to grab the Gold Ring and carry it to the edge of the board. The first player to end a turn with one of their pieces wearing the Gold Ring on the edge of the board wins!

Dust Tactics Miniatures – Board to Death Review

Board to Death has posted up a new video review. This one’s for Dust Tactics Miniatures. Go check out the Revised Core Set.

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Get ready to fight the war anew! The Dust Tactics: Revised Core Set is the perfect introduction for new players or a great expansion for veterans. It includes all new, never-before-released miniatures exclusive to this Core Set, an updated and comprehensive rulebook, the “Victory Bridge” scenario book, six custom dice, two double-sided terrain posters (each the size of six terrain tiles), ten unit cards, nine double-sided hazard squares, two ammo-crates, and two anti-tank traps.

Board to Death posts Lost Legends Board Game Review

Board to Death takes a look at Lost Legends from Queen Games in their latest video review.

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Lost Legends is a fantasy card game by Mike Elliott that combines a streamlined Euro game design and card drafting with an interesting fantasy theme and battle mechanic. Players take on the role of heroes trying to assemble an arsenal of equipment in order to vanquish a series of monsters that they will encounter.

The game begins with all players choosing one of five heroes each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Each player fights their own monster; this is not a cooperative game. The monster each hero will likely face is revealed to them before players draft cards for their equipment. An interesting aspect in this game is you may, if the conditions are right, evade a monster in front of you, and pass it to the hero next to you. But be aware if you do this you have to fight the monster you draw next!

Board to Death posts Sheriff of Nottingham Video Review

Board to Death grabs the green tights and bow and heads out to review Sheriff of Nottingham in this video review.

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Prince John is coming to Nottingham! Players, in the role of merchants, see this as an opportunity to make quick profits by selling goods in the bustling city during the Prince’s visit. However, players must first get their goods through the city gate, which is under the watch of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Should you play it safe with legal goods and make a profit, or risk it all by sneaking in illicit goods? Be mindful, though, as the Sheriff always has his eyes out for liars and tricksters and if he catches one, he very well may confiscate those goods for himself!
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Board To Death Posts Run Fight or Die Review

Board to Death has posted up another video review. This time it’s for Run, Fight, or Die from Grey Fox Games.

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The undead hordes are back! But this time they’re not miniatures shambling around a modular board – the zombies are coming straight for you! As in most zombie games, you represent a unique character with your own character traits, except in Run, Fight, or Die! you will also have your own individual board with zombies you alone will encounter. Zombies move closer to you every round. You run from location to location, searching for weapons and survivors in a desperate attempt to stay alive. Survivors may bring new skills to help you in your desperate fight for survival, or in some cases, new challenges to overcome. In either case, every survivor provides you victory points. The game ends either when one player finds five survivors and declares the last round, or when a player reaches the town line (and the total Followers in play meets a minimum), or if a player gets bitten and turns. Be careful, some followers may turn against you, while others can slow you down. When it comes right down to it, the choice is simple: Run, Fight, or Die!

Board to Death posts Goblins Breakfast preview

Board to Death has a new video preview up. This one’s for Goblins Breakfast.

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In this card game, players take the role of Goblins at the breakfast table, scrambling to eat as much food as they can, while simultaneously keeping food from others. Players choose actions, selecting which food and makeshift weapons they are going to snatch in a small arms race of theft and chaos. Eat the most, so that you can be the biggest goblin!

The game plays 2 to 6 players, and can play more with multiple decks. It only takes about 5 minutes to learn, and only about 15 minutes for a single game.

Board to Death reviews Regular Show Fluxx

Board to Death has posted up their review of Regular Show Fluxx from Looney Labs.

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Like Fluxx, Regular Show Fluxx is a card game in which the cards themselves determine the current rules of the game. By playing cards, you change numerous aspects of the game: how to draw cards, how to play cards, and even how to win.

At the start of the game, each player holds three cards and on a turn a player draws one card, then plays one card. By playing cards, you can put new rules into play that change numerous aspects of the game: how many cards to draw or play, how many cards you can hold in hand or keep on the table in front of you, and (most importantly) how to win the game.

Regular Show Fluxx features characters and situations from the Regular Show animated series on Cartoon Network.

Board to Death reviews Knee Jerk

Board to Death gives us their in-depth, thought out reaction to Knee Jerk in this video review.
Man, I twisted my knee the other day emptying out one of the containers we got into the warehouse. Still hurts today.

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Think fast – the first player to give their knee-jerk reaction wins the point! Players rapidly create endings to funny situations in this 4-8 player party game. Each situation lasts 10 seconds, and players get to play simultaneously (i.e. no downtime!).

One player plays as the host, rapidly choosing and announcing situations. The first player to create a valid ending to the situation wins the point. If more than one player answers, the host picks his favorite. The first player to gain three points is the winner!

Board to Death posts Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards Video review

Board to Death takes a look at Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards Duel at Mt. Skullfyre (the name epic’s for sure) in this review video.

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Did you know that magical wizards are battling to the death … and beyond … right now!? “Why battle?” you might ask. “What have I got to prove, magic man?” Only who’s the most awesomely powerful battle wizard in the entire realm, that’s what! As a Battle Wizard, you’ll put together up to three spell components to craft millions (okay, not really) of spell combos. Your spells might kick ass, or they could totally blow – it’s up to you to master the magic. You will unleash massive damage on the faces of your wizard rivals in a no-holds-barred, all-out burn-down to be the last Battle Wizard standing. And it doesn’t stop there! Powerful magic items bring on a whole new level of bloody carnage as you and your mighty wizard opponents tear each other limb from limb in an orgy of killing! Do you have what it takes to use epic spells in a war at Mt. Skullzfyre? Will YOU be the Ultimate Battle Wizard!?!

Board to Death posts The Doom that Came to Atlantic City Video Review

Board to Death heads to Atlantic City and checks out The Doom out there in this video review.

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You’re one of the Great Old Ones – beings of ancient and eldritch power. Cosmic forces have held you at bay for untold aeons, but at last the stars are right and your maniacal cult has called you to this benighted place. Once you regain your full powers, you will unleash your Doom upon the world!

There’s only one problem: You’re not alone. The other Great Old Ones are here as well, and your rivals are determined to steal your cultists and snatch victory from your flabby claws! It’s a race to the ultimate finish as you crush houses, smash holes in reality, and fight to call down The Doom That Came To Atlantic City!

Board to Death posts Spurs review

Board to Death goes to the wild west in their latest review with a look at Spurs.

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In Spurs: A Tale in the Old West, players take on the role of adventurers in the Old West, competing to handle various challenges to become a true Legend of the West.

Players take turns moving around the main board, carrying out classic activities of the Old West, like taking on cattle-herding jobs or engaging in horse-breaking; if you are good at riding, you might end up with a nice stallion to sell! Gunslingers can go searching for wanted outlaws in the badlands or take on jobs to escort stagecoaches or deal with a gang of Desperados. Hunters will seek out wildlife in the forests (be careful as some animals might hunt you instead), while others might seek fortune by searching for gold in the mountains or gambling in the town saloons. Be careful, though, as you never know when other players will challenge you to a duel and try to rob you.

Board to Death posts Plunder video review

Board to Death takes a look at Plunder in their latest game review.

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Plunder is a deduction card game in which everyone is a pirate captain with a buried treasure. Players attempt to steal the hidden treasures of the other captains by figuring out the three landmarks that mark where each treasure is hidden. The first player to a treasure takes the largest share, while those who reach it second or third receive less. Keeping your treasure from being stolen is also worth victory points in the end. Find and steal the most treasures first to win in the end!

Board to Death reviews World of Tanks Deckbuilder

Board to Death takes a look at the deckbuilding game inspired by the popular online game, World of Tanks, in this video review.

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The deck-building card game World of Tanks: Rush is based on the World of Tanks online game, uses the same terminology as that game, and has been illustrated by the same artists.

In World of Tanks: Rush you are given the role of a tank squad commander, and you lead your tanks into battle, defend your bases, call for reinforcements, and receive medals. The main idea of the game, which uses simple deck-building principles, is to strategically select cards from the hundreds available to form a strong squad. The goal of the game is to earn more medals than everybody else, and you can earn a medal three ways:

One medal for destroying an enemy vehicle.
Three medals for destroying an enemy base.
Five medals for the end-of-game achievement.

Board To Death reviews the Walking Dead dice game

Board to Death takes a look at the Walking Dead dice game in this review.

Note: Board to Death has been having issues with redirects lately. Be warned. The links were working just fine when I tested them while making this post.

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In The Walking Dead “Don’t Look Back” Dice Game, you play as one of four survivors from the television show: Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and Carl. Each character has a unique special ability that helps them survive and score the most Walker kills.

The game also features four important locations from the series, and you need to kill walkers to prevent your location from being overrun. Each location offers different strategies for wide-ranging game experiences, and by varying the number of locations in the game, you can adjust the game length from 15 to 45 minutes. This is a competitive dice game.

Board to Death reviews the Archer board game

Board to Death heads to the danger zone and takes a look at the new Archer board game.

Note: Apparently some people are still having problems with the BTD links. They’re working for me (using Firefox) and the couple people I asked to test it, but another person was still getting odd redirects. Just a forewarning.

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Channeling the action, adventure and danger that comes with everyday life in the Archer animated series, Archer: The Danger Zone! Board Game lets fans play as their favorite secret agent or staffer and compete against other players. The object of the game is to gain the Upper Hand over your opponents by insulting them, doing well on missions (quite the ego boost), and encountering random guest stars and secondary characters from the show. Each player starts with five Upper Hand, and the first player to have 20 Upper Hand wins.

Board to Death posts Star Realms review

Board to Death takes a look at the Star Realms deck building game in this new review.

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Star Realms is a fast paced deck-building card game of outer space combat. It combines the fun of a deck-building game with the interactivity of Trading Card Game style combat. As you play, you make use of Trade to acquire new Ships and Bases from the cards being turned face up in the Trade Row from the Trade Deck. You use the Ships and Bases you acquire to either generate more Trade or to generate Combat to attack your opponent and their bases. When you reduce your opponent’s score (called Authority) to zero, you win!

Board to Death posts Attack the Darkness Board Game Video Review

Board to Death posted up a new video review. This time it’s Attack the Darkness.
Where at the Cheetos!?

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Attack the Darkness is a table-top role-playing game, a deck-building game, and a card-drafting game all rolled into one, with the focus being on fast-paced game play in a humor-infused dark fantasy setting.

Using miniatures in classic table-top style, players choose from one of seven unique classes and construct a custom deck that represents their character in the game. Together they face off against the fearsome dungeon deck. Players take each action on the game board, be it fighting with sword and shield, exploring with nimble footsteps, or casting fearsome magic – whatever they want to do, each action is dictated by the cards that make up their character with no dice, reference tables, or additional rulebooks required.

Board to Death Reviews Rivet Wars

Board to Death takes a look at Rivet Wars in this video review.

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Rivet Wars is a miniatures boardgame that springs forth from the warped imagination of Ted Terranova – set on a world that never quite left World War I but with crazy technology like walking tanks, diesel powered armor, unicycled vehicles and armor plated cavalry!

Don’t let the cute visuals fool you, it’s a world full of angst, war-torn camaraderie and dark humor.

Rivet Wars is at its heart a strategy game, with both players deploying units each round to counter the threats set forth by their opponent and stay one tactical step ahead.

Board to Death posts Greed game review

Board to Death has a new review article up. This time it’s Greed.
Is Greed good? Gotta read to find out.

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In the card game Greed, crime lords (the players) try to earn more money than anyone else through clever use of their cards.

At the start of the game, each player receives a random hand of twelve cards from a deck of 80. Players draft one card, pass the remaining cards left, draft a second card, pass again, draft a third card, pass again, then the game changes; players simultaneously choose and reveal a card, carrying out its effects, then they draft another card, pass the remaining cards, play again, and so on until ten “playing” rounds have passed, at which point the game ends and players tally their holdings.

Board to Death posts Scrapyard Empire preview

Board to Death posted a quick video preview of Scrapyard Empire.

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In Scrapyard Empire, the wealthy and eccentric inventor, Sir Winston Derbyshire dies, with no heir to inherit his vast estate, including its expansive scrapyard. In his will, he announces a competition for the inheritance that anyone may enter. The rules are simple: build two of his amazing inventions using parts found in the scrapyard. The first person to build them wins the entire estate, as well as the prestige that is earned in winning the contest.

Keyflower Video Review posted

Board to Death has a new video review up. This time it’s Keyflower.

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Keyflower is a game for two to six players played over four rounds. Each round represents a season: spring, summer, autumn, and finally winter. Each player starts the game with a “home” tile and an initial team of eight workers, each of which is colored red, yellow, or blue. Workers of matching colors are used by the players to bid for tiles to add to their villages. Matching workers may alternatively be used to generate resources, skills and additional workers, not only from the player’s own tiles, but also from the tiles in the other players’ villages and from the new tiles being auctioned.

Cards of Cthulhu video review posted

Board to Death posted up a new video review. This time it’s for Cards of Cthulhu.

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This 1-4 player card/dice game involves combating various monsters from the Cthulhu universe separated into Minor, Major and Unspeakable Horror cards across 4 different Cult boards. Along the way, your character can bring followers with special abilities into play that may or or may not have a cost. Additionally, you can buy special items that help you defeat the monsters. Certain cards have special abilities such as The Gate Card that makes you draw an additional cult card or The Cursed Scroll which forces you to pay XP or draw three more cult cards.

Board to Death reviews Shadowrift

Board to Death takes a look at the co-op deck building game, Shadowrift, in this review article.

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Haven Town is facing total annihilation at the hands (and teeth) of a horde of monsters from beyond the Shadowrift.

You the heroes must band together to drive them back. To do this, you will need powerful spells, skills, attacks and loot. When the game begins, you are a basic hero; you can explore and fight. Lucky for you, this is a deckbuilding game! You can buy new cards to add to your deck – cards which will define you as an adventurer and complement the strengths of your fellow heroes.

Board to Death posts Evolution Card Game preview

Board to Death takes a look at North Star Games’ Evolution card game and gives you their thoughts in this preview.

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In Evolution, players do the work of nature by putting species into play and evolving them trait by trait to help them survive in a changing environment. There are two threats that players have to deal with for their species: starvation and getting eaten by carnivores.

Board to Death posts Asteroid Miner video preview

Board to Death has posted up a new video preview. This one’s for Asteroid Miner from Perihelion Games.

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In Asteroid Miner you represent a newly formed interstellar asteroid mining company and your aim is to mine, transport and sell more precious ore than your competitors.

Strategy and skill will be rewarded as you vie with other players to set up mining bases on asteroids, hire specialist employees and sign up to lucrative trading contracts.

Planning and anticipation are key as the asteroids orbit into and out of the range of your freighter fleet.

Board to Death reviews Bioshock Infinite board game

Board to Death takes a look at Plaid Hat Games’ Bioshock Infinite board game and lets you know how they feel about the subject.

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In the tabletop game BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia, players will play as either the Founders or the Vox Populi and will build up an army to fight for control of Columbia by taking ground and completing important objectives. At the same time, they’ll be using their influence to sway various events that arise. They’ll also find themselves having to deal with Booker and Elizabeth who are running around Columbia creating havoc.

Board to Death posts Zombies: Keep Out Video Review

Board to Death gives us a look at the newest board game from Privateer Press with a look at Zombies Keep Out.

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It’s bodge or get bitten in Zombies Keep Out when a giant mob of zombies attacks the goblins’ workshop. Now it’s up to you and the other bodgers to repel the undead or become a zombie’s late-night snack!

Barricaded in your workshop, you and your goblin cohorts must rely on your mechanical expertise to construct the sometimes ramshackle but always maniacal machines you’ll need to overcome the endless Leapers, Creepers, Runners, and Brutes trying to break down your doors. Collect parts to build your machines as fast as you can, but don’t get bitten — or else you’ll be left moaning and groaning as you join the horde and turn on your friends!

Zombies Keep Out is a fully cooperative board game for 1–6 players.

This review is a real Splendor to behold

Board To Death has a new video review up. This one’s for Splendor.

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Splendor is a fast-paced and addictive game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops — all in order to acquire the most prestige points. If you’re wealthy enough, you might even receive a visit from a noble at some point, which of course will further increase your prestige.