Who doesn’t love getting new games for free? Nobody (at least, I assume anyone reading this would be excited to get free games). Well, if you’d like a free copy of Fairy Tile from IELLO, you’ve just got a couple days to put your name in the hat. They’re giving out 3 copies and you could be one of the lucky ones.
We’re already at Thursday. I don’t know about you, but my week’s going by quickly. Obviously, that’s not a complaint. Sure, I’ve been busy with proofing and writing stuff, but that’s how the days go, anyway. But I’m always looking forward to the weekend, as you well know. Probably going to do some board gaming on Saturday, but we’ll see. In the meantime, we’ve gotta get your gaming tables looking good.
Today in the Terrain Corner we have: Up-sized Bunny Kingdom Boards Available from iello, New Mechanicum Stairs Available From Tabletop Scenics, and New Necromunda Terrain Available From Tyr Terrain.
And I’m finally mostly over being sick. You never realize just how much you are thankful that you can breathe through your nose or take a couple breaths without coughing until that’s exactly the opposite of how you’re doing. Ah well. While I groove along to The Guess Who (because why not?), let’s get you some gaming reviews.
This week, we’ve got: 51st State Master Set, Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: The Monster Box of Monsters, Arkon, Pockety Odyssey, Noises at Night, Siege Storm, Rambo: the Board Game, Hardback, Voodoo, Palette Swap, Vast: The Crystal Caverns, Pryamids, Kingsburg (2nd Edition), Crossfire, Through the Desert (Euro Classics Edition), Nemesis, Bad Squiddo Games Onna-bugeisha, and Test of Honour: Ninjas of Iga Warband.
I’m sure a lot of you are probably traveling today, or perhaps hanging out with some non-gaming family. So, to take your mind off of things, here’s your regular list of reviews I know you so desperately desire.
Today we’ve got: Guild Ball Blacksmith’s Guild, Rail Raiders, Naruto Shippuden The Board Game, Zendo, Cottage Garden iOS, Meeple Circus, Gut Check, Mountains of Madness, Import/Export, Ticket to Ride Map Collection 6: France/Old West, Welcome to Centerville, Hunt for the Ring, and Master of Wills.
You’ve probably seen videos of Christmas trees falling over (sometimes with the assistance of family pets) and causing damage. They’re cute and often hilarious. What’s not so funny, though, is when a massive Christmas tree starts stomping around downtown, wrecking entire city blocks at a time. That is, unless, you’re the one controlling said Christmas tree. And if you’d like to get your own for King of Tokyo or King of New York, there’s two ways to do so from iello Games.
I wish we were going to Candy Apple Island.
“What’ve they got there?”
Apes, but they’re not as big.
Well, the big ape, King Kong isn’t on Skull Island anymore. He’s not even in New York anymore. This iconic ape is going to be stomping his way into Tokyo to take on the other giant monsters in King of Tokyo starting next week.
It’s feeling a lot like Saturday 2: Sat Harder (editor’s note: rework that title before publishing) here. Yesterday I spent much of the day at home, hanging out and working on my friend’s Guild Ball minis. He moved recently and a bunch of his stuff got jumbled and busted up. Plus, there were some new kits he’d gotten in that he wasn’t sure when he would be able to assemble them. Putting figures together is arguably my favorite part of the whole hobby, so I’ve offered to fix his busted minis, assemble his new ones, and even move some of his other figures over to sculpted bases he’d gotten. There’s ~35 minis that are getting some kind of work on them, from assembly, to those bases, to fixes, to green-stuffing the slots. It’s been a fun project. Certainly kept me busy. Plus, next time I see them on the other side of the pitch, I don’t have to see a bunch of half-assembled and busted figures. 😛
But I’m currently taking a break (my hand’s cramping from using a pin vice all morning) to bring you those reviews I know you all so desperately desire.
This week we have: Storm Hollow, The Mysterious Forest, Pandemic Legacy Season 2, Vengeance, Gloom of Kilforth, Spoils of War, Santorini, Kerala, Mini Rails, Armageddon, By Order of the Queen, NMBR 9, Coded: Card-Time Strategy, Legend of the Five Rings, Woo-Hoo!, AquaSphere, and Cities of Splendor.
It’s not just Saturday. It’s a 3-day weekend Saturday! The best kind of Saturday! (well, except for 4-day weekend Saturdays, or week-off Saturdays, but let’s not get pedantic here) I’m just kinda chillin’ today. Why go and run yourself ragged? Instead, I’ll just hang out and pass along some reviews for you to check out. Though I did almost relax my way through posting time. Whoops. 😉
Today we have: Escape Room: The Game, Schotten Totten, The Climbers, Techno Bowl, Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents, ROBiTs, Caverna: Cave vs. Cave, Cosmic Encounters: Cosmic Eons, Table Tantrums, Hipster Teenage Wasteland, Burn the Heretic, Drinking Quest: Journey into Draught, Wild Fun West, London, and NMBR9.
*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.
Gen Con this year has been everything I was expecting it to be. Mostly: filled with awesome stuff to see and filled with lots of people! Saturday has always been the busiest day, and yesterday was no exception. And while there was a mildly-noticeable larger crowd, we weren’t all packed in like sardines, for the most part. You could still get around to see all the great booths here at the show. Though taking pictures was sometimes difficult. But take them I did. And here they are for you to see.
You’ve probably heard of the giant panda. But you’ve probably not heard of the colossal panda. Well, there’s one currently attacking Tokyo. If that weren’t enough, there’s roving bands of ninjas that are attacking each-other in a silent, sneaky war. That the story behind the two new release from iello. They’re the Power Up! expansion for King of Tokyo and Ninja Taisen.
Hello Saturday! How are you? Is everything going well? Of course it is! It’s Saturday!
So, let’s not wait around. Let’s get right to the reviews so we can get back to it being Saturday. Personally, I’m thinking of watching a movie and questioning Netflix’s algorithms in what “more like this” really means…
Today we have: The Pirate Republic, Kingdomino, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Board Game – Shadows of the Past, Adrenaline, Ave Roma, Hero Realms, Food Truck Champion, Sorcerers’ Skirmish, Carcassonne: Amazonas, Oceanos, The Flow of History, Citadels, Broken Legions, Haspelknecht, and GKR: Heavy Hitters.
It’s another beautiful day here in Atlanta. The clouds are out. It’s raining. There was dense fog this morning.
What? You don’t think that’s beautiful weather?
You know what they call a place that has nothing but “beautiful, sunny days”? The desert. Relatively few things live there.
You know what they call a place that has rain all the time? The rain forest, some of the most bio-diverse and bio-dense areas of the planet! So there!
Ok… that got weirdly antagonistic for no reason. Maybe I should just go check out some game reviews. Yeah. That’s a good idea.
Today we have: Everzone, Portal, The Captain Is Dead, Triumvirate of the Imperium – Inquisitor Greyfax, Triumvirate of the Imperium – Belisarius Cawl, Raise Your Goblets, The Three Little Pigs, Concordia, Adrenaline, Hands in the Sea, Neuroshima Hex iPad Edition, 7 Wonders: Duel, Klask, Rise of Mafia, and Cavern Tavern.
Parle vous Francais?
Bon. If that’s the case, and you want to be in charge of making some of the most popular games out there for one of the biggest gaming companies out there, then iello may just be looking for you. They want to hire a new project manager for their France office.
And we once more find ourselves deposited here in Saturday. Yayweekend! I’ve already had some good gaming going on. Got a game of Guild Ball in right after work last night. Masons (me) vs. Butchers (Ray). Technically speaking, I won. But really, I lost. Ray fudged his activation order on the last turn and it allowed me to win, 12-10 against his Butcher. But, really, he should’ve won 12-6 or 12-10. Masons don’t like going against a team that negates armor and does extra damage.
As for today, got our first session of a new D&D game. Should be fun. Most of us haven’t played 5th yet, so it’ll be an interesting learning experience.
But that’s as may be. I know you’re really all here to check out the reviews.
Today we have: Sushi Go Party, Legends of Andor: Part II Journey to the North, Knightmare Live, Agricola: Family Edition, La Granja, Schotten-Totten, Heir to the Pharaoh, The Godfather: A New Don, Neuroshima Hex: Dancer Expansion, and Arcane Academy.
Well, my previous plans for the day sort of fell through. No worries, though. The day will not be ruined.
I might just see if my N64, that I brought back from my parent’s place last time I visited, still works or not.
If so, hello Ocarina of Time!
But in the meantime, let’s get you some reviews, shall we?
Today we have: Tides of Madness, Smiths of Winterforge, 3 Wishes, Garden Adventures, Top That, Happy Salmon, Kenjin, The Oracle of Delphi, Retreat to Darkmoor, Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Escape From Colditz, and Onitama.
iello has a couple of new releases available for you today. They’ve got King of Tokyo as well as Monster Chase.
“But they’ve been out for years!” I hear you say.
And I say, “Yes. It has. But remember, this is the year of new editions.”
iello has been making King of Tokyo for five years now. I know, right? Has it really been that long? It would seem so. Well, iello has decided that the game could use a bit of a facelift, so they’re coming out with a new version with an updated look.
I know how it is. We all want to be the first. When a new game or model is released, we want it right away. So we find out whatever way will be the fastest and go for it. Being first makes us feel special. So a lot of people will pre-order things online in order to be the first gamer on their block with the new game or model when it’s available. Well, the folks at iello still think that’s cool, but they also want to help out Gaming Stores. That’s why they’ve announced a new policy for releasing new games.
It’s another Saturday and that means another Review Roundup.
Hopefully you’re having a good one. I’m working on putting together some Guild Ball minis.
Anyway, let’s get right into the reviews.
Today we have: Parade, Incan Gold, X-Wing’s Eighth Wave of Expansions, Booze Barons, Kakerlaken Poker Royal, Tsuro digital app, Pingo Pingo, Raptor, Hue, Battlecruisers, Celesta, Colt Express: Horses and Stagecoach Expansion, Super11, Quadropolis, Ominoes, Curse of Strahd, and Imperial Settlers: Why Can’t We Be Friends Expansion.
From giant robots to giant monsters. I’m ok with this lateral change in topics here for news stories this morning.
Well New York Toy Fair seems to have finished up just in time because the city’s about to be attacked by a whole new set of monsters. At least, that’s the case in Kings of New York: Power Up, a new expansion for Kings of New York from Iello.
There’s a pair of new releases available from iello today. One is a high-seas adventure of piracy, while the other is the culmination of the “Masks” trilogy of games designed by W. Kramer and Mr. Kiesling.
You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. That’s certainly true, but often, if you’re in a magical school (or in a graveyard), you may want to just leave those books with the funny titles closed. Otherwise, all sorts of bad things could happen. Such is the case in The Big Book of Madness from iello. You just had to open that book and now look what you’ve done.
Everyone likes to get extras (just look at Kickstarter campaigns). Promo items can add quite a bit to your gaming experience, and they can be pretty hard to get. Well, iello is offering to send out promo material for those that pre-order some of their upcoming games off of their website. If you’re looking to get Sapiens or Shadows Over Normandie, you’ll want to check out what you can get.
I hope you’re making it through the week just fine.
Mine’s hit a bit of a bumpy road, as I’m typing this from the mechanic’s. Thankfully, they have free wifi. Seems Bitey, my car, isn’t feeling so good and so he’s getting a checkup.
So yeah, hopefully your week is going better than mine. But what’s keeping me going is some gaming news, such as the bite-sized stories we’ve got for you now.
In this batch we have: New s-300 missile available for BallisticAces from BattleGateGames, Klukva Miniatures Releases Two New Busts, Purgatory’s Second Model WIP Posted, Baueda new 15mm Gallic Cavalry On Indiegogo, PMD Games is launching their first Kickstarter on October 5th, Microshoggoth slimes into Tooth & Sword, and Draccus promo available for purchase from iello.
Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go. Just watch out for wolves along your way. iello has released Little Red Riding Hood, a new game where you’re trying to get to grandmother’s house and deliver a basket full of goodies. It’s the fifth game in the Tales and Games series.
I wanna rock!
And now, when I play Dungeon Fighter, I can. Iello has released their fourth and final expansion for the game. The expansion is titled Rock and Roll. \m/
Obviously, with such a title as that, the expansion focuses on the ground beneath your feet. There’s plenty of rocks, earth, and gems to be found.
The inspiration to add a figure or character to a game comes from all over. Game designers may see a movie they like or read a book they think has a cool character that could go well with their game. Such a thing happened when the folks at Iello read The Name of the Wind by author Patrick Rothfuss. They knew the monster from the book, The Draccus, would be a great addition to King of Tokyo and King of New York. It didn’t hurt that apparently Patrick was a fan of the game.
Gen Con is primarily about coming together and celebrating the hobby we love: gaming. There’s all the shopping in the Exhibitor’s Hall. There’s all the tourneys that go on for pretty much any system you can think of. There’s Werewolf in the hallways at 3am. Iello has a lot going on as well, one of them is the Iello League, their casual “just play games” event for the show. But what, exactly, is it? They’ve posted up some details we wanted to share.
Ah, getting product in so you can send it back out again. “Shipping” has almost become a dirty word in our hobby, because it seems that’s the place things can go the most-wrong. That’s not actually the case, as there’s a lot of places where things can get a little mucked up, but during shipping is one of the most-visible parts of a Kickstarter campaign. Backers have waited for a long time and their stuff is almost there, and yet there’s still a wait. Well, Iello has some good news about shipping for Heroes of Normandie and Shadows Over Normandie backers.
Saturday night’s alright for gaming. Well, all of Saturday is alright for gaming, really. At the time this posts, there might or might not be a TPK happening. For my player’s sake, hopefully they’ll not just “charge at the enemy” as their go-to strategy. But… that’s PCs for you.
But that’s as may be. In the meantime, we’ve got a collection of review articles we’ve collected from the week.
This week’s batch of reviews/previews includes: Homeland: The Game, Monstrous, Welcome to the Dungeon, Dimension, Ether Wars, Immortal, Sultan’s Library, and Forbidden Stars.
Reviewing things for TGN is fun and games.
*waits for the laughter to die down*
Today, Jared and I take a look at a new game from Iello called Welcome to the Dungeon. The game was adapted from Masato Uesugi’s Dungeon of Mandom. The Iello version adds in new heroes to the mix. What do we think about those additions? Check out the video below the cut.
Iello loaded up this new announcement with goodness. They have a new game in the form of Welcome to the Dungeon, which is a dungeon-crawl mini-game for 2-4 players aged 8 and up. Then, if a new game weren’t enough, they’re announcing the first three expansion sets for Guardians’ Chronicles: The Terror Trio, Night Squad, and True King of Atlantis.
I told you this announcement was loaded with goodness.
Love is in the air.
We here hope you’re spending the day playing the games you love with the people you love.
And as usual, we’ve got our Review Roundup for Saturday.
Did the reviewers love the games they tried? Only reading on will find out.
In this week’s installment, we’ve got reviews/previews of: Arcadia Quest, G-Mat Snow Storm Terrain Mat, The Meeple Mechanic’s Top 8 Kickstarter Games Going On Now, Cyclades: Titans Expansion, Rhino Hero, Noctu the Bounty Hunter by Savage Forge Minis, The 5th Land, Road Rally USA, Machi Koro, XCOM, the expansion for Mascarade, San Juan, Pagoda, Rise of Cthulhu, and Hitman Holiday.
Another Saturday night (well, afternoon) and I ain’t got nobody (well, I’m hanging out with my gaming group). I got some money ’cause I just got paid (well, earlier in the week, yeah). Oh how I wish I had someone to talk to (well… again, with my gaming group, so I’m talking with them). I’m in an awful way (I’m starting to think this song wasn’t the best choice to use in this opening, since I’m doing just fine right now, but I’ve typed this much, I’m going to stick with it).
Time once more for a Review Roundup. Here’s the game/product reviews/previews/unboxings we found in the last week.
Items include: DreadBall Hobgoblin Unboxing, King of New York, the Melee expansion for Chaostle, Five Tribes, and Last Will and it’s Get Stacked expansion.