I know. I know. I know. It’s Tuesday, not Saturday. But I was a tad busy Saturday, if you didn’t notice. 😉
So, after flying home yesterday, and then getting around 12 hours of sleep overnight, I’m looking to get back into the swing of things here. Most companies “shut down” during Gen Con, since they were all at the show, but there’s still plenty to catch up with from over the weekend. That starts with the reviews I know you all so desperately desire.
Today we have: Isle of Skye, Zoo Ball, Hunt the Ravager, Evolution, Arena of the Gods, Biotix, Secrets of the Lost Station, Spoils of War, Open Combat Sword Masters, Gothic, The Golden Sails, The Lost Expedition, FourCuatro, Lazer Ryderz, Loot the Body,
We’ve made it to Saturday! Woo! *runs around the place with my arms up in the air* Woo!
*takes a moment from my running around to type up the review articles you so desperately desire*
Today we have: Wibbell++, Play Tray UK, Pocket Mars, Master of the Galaxy, Unearth, Evolution: Climate Expansion, Crabs!, Yamatai, Solarius Mission, Skyward, Lorenzo il Magnifico, Exit: The Game, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game, Brutal Kingdom, Burning Rome, and Lords of Waterdeep.
Blame Canada (Day), but it seems that the post got eaten by the system. It happens occasionally, but it’s alright. We can rebuild it. We can make it stronger, faster, better… Or mostly the same but with this new intro.
Anyway, this week we have: Werewords, Caverna: Cave vs Cave, Not Alone, Evolution: The Beginning, Black Hat, Big Bang 13.7, Kingdomino, Match Madness, Lady Richmond, Century: Spice Road, Homes: 2 Player Card Game, Coldwater Crown, Quadropolis, and This War Of Mine.
Aliens are invading. That’s bad enough. You’ve got humanity on the bring of hysterics as UFOs circle the planet, attacking wherever defenses are the weakest, resources being rather scarce. But now, the XCOM teams have more things to deal with. Never underestimate a group of people looking for any advantage in order to put forth their own agendas during a time of crisis. That’s just what we’ve got in the Evolution expansion for the XCOM board game.
The “busy day” at Gen Con is in full swing. I’m running around like crazy trying to get photos of things. What you’re reading now is past me telling you about current me. But past me knows that current you also wants to read about some game reviews. So let’s get to it.
Today we have: Scythe, Medici, Evolution: Climate, Kraftwagen, Bear Valley, Oh My Goods, Here, Kitty, Kitty, The Grizzled, Bureaunauts, Cigar Box Battle Mats, Viticulture, Euphoria, Old School Tactical, Star Bastards, and Ember.
Natural Selection. Survival of the Fittest. Evolution. Whatever you decide to call it, it’s the process by which organisms change in order to be better-suited for the environment they are in. It’s happening all around us all the time, though generally at a pace far too slow for us to really notice. But you can play out such changes in Evolution: Climate, a new board game based on the award-winning Evolution card game.
I hope your Saturday is treating you well. I know it’s going well for some friends, who are getting married. Congratulations to Joe-Nathan and Elizabeth. You two are going to be absolutely awesome together and I couldn’t be happier for you!
And I know they’ll be happy together because they game together.
And so that brings us to the game reviews we have for you today in our Review Roundup.
Those games featured this week are: Nevermore, Hundred Days 20, Catan Junior, Samurai, Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis & Clark, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous, Evolution (with Flight expansion), Specter Ops, and Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance Expansion.
North Star Games is going full-on with their game, Evolution. For those that enjoy the game, you’ll be glad to know that North Star has decided to continue to support it for at least the next decade. Dominic Crapuchettes has said that they’ll be putting $10 million and 10 years of product development into the game to make it unlike anything else in the marketplace. If you’ve not tried Evolution yet, you’ll have a chance at Gen Con. They’ll also have the first expansion there.
North Star Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for their new edition of Evolution, their game where you must create the perfect creature to a rather harsh environment. Food is hard to come by and predators lurk everywhere. Can you create the ultimate organism to survive? Not just are they bring you the new edition, but they have their new Flight expansion as part of the campaign as well. They’ve made it over their funding goal already and they just did an overhaul of their stretch goals.
The Kickstarter will be running for another 23 days.
From the campaign: Continue reading
As you read this, I’m out playing D&D with my friends. I’m taking my new bard out for a spin. Hopefully, “we’ll hide behind the pile of dead bards!” isn’t uttered halfway through the adventure… hopefully…
But anyway, on to the review round-up!
This installment has: a look at the Evolution board game, a review of the Heroes of Metro City deck-building game, a look back at D&D’s Oriental Adventures, a preview of Nearspace, a review of Cross Hares: Testing Ground, and a preview of The Kingswood.
North Star Games has their Evolution card game now available.
From the announcement:
Big news for us: our game Evolution is now on sale online and in stores! It’s been a loooooong time coming. We hope you enjoy it.