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Ah, Saturday. The start of the weekend. For many of us here in the states, though, it's an hour shorter. To be honest, I already went ahead and moved my clocks ahead an hour. It's not like I've got anything other than this scheduled for the day. I mean, It's Saturday!
But I also need to get you these reviews.

Today we have: Dead Throne, Draconis Invasion, 7 Ghosts, Robin Hood and the Merry Men, Secret Unknown Stuff: Escape from Dulce, Flip and Find’s Diner, Welcome to Centerville, Master of Orion: Conquest, Codenames: Duet, Portal of Heroes, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, and Felicity.

Add another one to Asmodee's collection. Mayfair Games has announced that they've been acquired by the board game company, effectively immediately.
Man, it's hard to think that Gen Con was a week ago. At this point, the show was more than half-over. How time flies. Hopefully everyone was able to recuperate well. I seem to have missed out on getting Con Crud. So that's good. My feet were feeling just fine again by Tuesday. So that's good, too. And, just yesterday, I finally caught up on the massive back-log of e-mails I'd had. Of course, as I finished that back log, more had come in. But I'm getting to those as well.

Anyway, as it's Saturday, I've got your regular bit of reviews that I know you so desperate desire. I'm also looking forward to the coming weeks when I'm sure all the games people picked up at the show get reviewed.

This week we have: Barenpark, Whistle Stop, Flamme Rouge, 51st State: Scavengers Expansion, Herbaceous, CVlizations, and Cigar Box Battle Plush Gaming Mats.

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,

Well, Gen Con wrapped up yesterday. Today's a travel day for me. Then we'll get you back to a closer-to-regular posting schedule tomorrow and going into the rest of the week. It's impossible to thank all the people who made this show so awesome. There's just too many to list (and my brain is still far, far too tired, even after some sleep). But it was an amazing show. Every year, I wonder if "The Greatest 4 Days in Gaming" is going to be false advertising or not, and every year, it proves itself correct. The show does, truly, deserve that title. Anyway, here's the last galleries from the show. I hope you like 'em.
Isle of Sky is getting its first big expansion. Mayfair Games has announced Isle of Skye: Journeyman. In it, players will have more control over their characters, getting special player dashboards that will let you track your various stats. As you progress along, you'll be able to place new tiles, but only if you've moved your Journeyman pawn around the kingdom to the right spaces.
Usually, I'm all like, "hey! It's Saturday! Go get your gaming on!" and, in a way, I'm still that. But I'm also, "It's the Saturday before Gen Con... ... ... I Have So Many Things I Still Need To Do!!!" A couple people have asked me, "are you ready for the show?" My answer is, "you're never 'ready' for Gen Con. You're where you are in your attempt to be ready, and then the show starts happening, whether you got all you needed done or not." But I am doing my best to have as much done as possible. That includes getting you your reviews I know you all so desperately desire.

This week we have: Nerdy Inventions, Incantris, Anachrony, Lucky Dogs, Wordsy, Deckscape: Test Time, A Dog's Life, Titan Tactics, Frantic, Have at Thee, Upon a Fable, Sopio, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Shadow War: Armageddon, Massive Darkness, Oh My Goods, Nimbee, Pandemic Legacy Season 1, and The Lost Expedition.

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.

And once more, we have made it to Saturday.
Isn't that just grand? I certainly think it is. Hope you've got yourself some gaming lined up, because... I mean, that's the way things should be, amirite?
Anyway, let's get to those reviews I know you so desperately desire.

Today we have: Manaforge, Magmeda Monsters, Menu Masters, Coal Baron, Model Box – The Monthly Subscription Box for the Miniature Hobbyist, City of Kings, Saboteur, Morocco, They Who Were 8, and 7 Wonders: Duel Pantheon Expansion.

There have been many great games over the years that have, for one reason or another, gone out of print. For many games, that could spell the end, with later generations of gamers never having a chance to give them a play, due to their scarcity. However, some games get another life as a company picks it back up for production. Such is the case with Uwe Rosenberg's Le Havre, as Mayfair and Lookout Games will be bringing it back next year.
It's Saturday. That means it's the weekend. That means I'm happy. Went grocery shopping this morning to get ingredients to make turkey soup as well as this year's fruitcake. Still need to get one last thing (that has its own theme song for the activity of getting it). That'll start getting ready today, while the final assembly will be tomorrow. What to do in the meantime? Maybe put together some Kingdom Death and play some Guild Ball. Also, give you the reviews you so desperately desire.

Today we have: Terraforming Mars, Adrenaline, Rubicon Models Panzer III, Star Wars Dobble (AKA - Spot It), Lord of the Rings The Card Game, Captain Sonar, Planet Rush, Fight for Olympus, Rollet, and A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King.

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.

*puts on Elton John garb*
Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!
Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!
Saturday! Saturday! Saturday night's alright!
Ok, so it's not actually Saturday night yet, but it will be soon (well, for me. Some of you are already well into Saturday night. Bloody time zones). Anyway, I know what you want. You want some reviews. So let's get to it.

Today we have: Package, Zombicide Black Plague, GAMEMAT EU's Battle Mats, Sprue Grey: Wargame Hobby Magazine - The Golden D6 Tutorial Issue, D-Day at Omaha Beach, The Walking Dead: All Out War, Beer Empire, The Undercity, Haspelknecht, Pursuit of Happiness, Dracula’s Feast, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small iOS, Agricola: Family Edition, Dwarf War, and Get Rich Quick.

It's Saturday.
It's also October.
I mean, seriously, can it really get that much better than this? Oh, yeah, *puts on some Type O Negative while working on the post* There we go.
Anyway, you want 'em, so here's your reviews for the week.

Today we have: Patchwork, Epic Roll: Eclipse, Arcadia Quest, Tutti Frutti, True Messiah, Eclipse, Trickerion: Legends of Illusion, Dodge Dice, Grifters, Codenames: Pictures, and Agamemnon.

And we've once more made it to the weekend successfully. The natural order has been maintained. I mean, just think if we woke up the day after Friday and it was, like, Wednesday or something. Man, that'd be a mess. But, as I said, that's not happened. As such, we should get on with the regular Saturday routine and get you some reviews.

Today we have: Kill the King, Captain Sonar, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition, The Dragon & Flagon, No Honor Among Thieves, Via Nebula, Behind the Throne, Star Trek: Ascendancy, Antarctica, Costa Rica, Heroes of Normandie iOS, Lost Woods, Battle Gnomes, and Ice Cool.

It's the Saturday before Gen Con. A week from now we'll be shoulder-deep in the show.
Of course, that means this weekend is full of running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get everything done before heading to Indy.
But, even with all the brouhaha, there's time to bring you the reviews that you so desperately desire.

This week we have: Book of Nox Deluxe, Fishy Tactics, Agamemnon, Infinity Morat Rodoks, Tyrants of the Underdark, Scythe, Dungeon Busters, Dead of Winter: The Long Night, Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquistion Game, Vampire Hunters, Via Nebula, Antarctica, Titan Race, Agricola: Revised Edition, and Vikings on Board.

Well, this is a bit of news. We know that Mayfair Games in the past year has relinquished Catan. Well, it seems they're looking to move towards a more... undead direction with acquiring a controlling interest in Twilight Creations, most well-known for the Zombies!!! line of games and accessories.
In manufacturing, there's a saying, "Pick two: Good, Fast, Cheap." That is to say, if you want something good and fast, it won't be cheap. If you want something good and cheap, it won't be fast. Or if you want something fast and cheap, it won't be good. You have to balance between those options when making your products. And that's just the case in Oh My Goods, a new card game coming from Mayfair Games.
Saturdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
Wooooooooooooo!
When you're reading this, I'm hopefully using my Battle Chef in combat.

But that's me.

For you who's here reading the site, I've got your Review Roundup for you.

Today we have: Hail Caesar, Force on Force, Codenames, Five Tribes, Legends of Andor The Star Shield, Ninja All-Stars, The Grizzled: At Your Orders, Aviary, Booty, Catan: Explorers and Pirates, Allegiance: A Realm Divided, and The Golfing Dead.

Mayfair Games has a new edition of Agricola coming out this weekend. They've posted up a bit of a preview of what you can expect in this updated version as well as a bit about special events starting today coinciding with the launch.
Well... it was worth the wait. We find ourselves once more in Saturday.
Joy...

Anyway, let's get to the various review articles we've bee coming across recently. I present to you the Review Roundup.

This week we have articles on: Dark Stories, Hunt: The Unknown Quarry, Hengist, Mystery! Motive for Murder, Porta Nigra, A Study in Emerald, One Night Revolution, Bountytown, Zombie Tower 3D, Fall of Magic, Terrakami Games MagLev Train MkII, Seven7s Card Game, Warfighter, and Phantom Fury.

Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!
Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!
Saturday night's alright for fightin'! (as long as it's fighting battles out on the tabletop. Don't actually go out and get into fights, people)
When this posts, I'll be hanging out with Shaughn, our warehouse manager/resident tattoo artist, getting myself my 2nd tattoo. Should be good times.

Anyway, while I have some ink permanently injected into my skin, you can check out some game reviews.

This week our review/preview products include: Seven Card Samurai, 7 Wonders: Duel, King Chocolate, Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance, Twilight Struggle Collector's Edition, Nippon, The Best Treehouse Ever, T.I.M.E. Stories, Bermuda Crisis: Discovery Dawning, Sheriff of Nottingham, Cthulhu Wars, Soldiers of God, Space Crusade, Concordia, Abyss, and Dark Stories.

Well, this is quite a thing to start off the morning. How many here have played any of the various Catan games? *watches damn-near everyone put their hand up* Yeah, that's what I figured. Catan has quite a long and storied history. Well, that history is getting a new chapter, as Asmodee North America has acquired the license to the English language publishing and sales of Catan from Mayfair Games.
Happy New Year (to those that celebrate it at this point in time)! :D
I hope your new year is full of all the gaming you want. My the dice roll in your favor.

But as we look forward to the future, we must look back and reflect on the past... namely, we need to look at some reviews for games. So let's get right to it.

Today's review article topics include: Isle of Skye, Diamonds, KLASK, T.I.M.E Stories: The Marcy Case, Codenames, Le Havre: The Inland Port iOS, and Dark Stories.

Hello there, Saturday! Nice to see you could stop by. Do come in, have a seat, and make yourself at home.

I hope your Saturday is going nicely. I've got baking to do. Cookies, brownies, and maybe some other stuff. We'll see.

But that's me. As for you, it's time to get you some review articles to chew on.

Today's articles feature: Fischkrieg Space Mat Starfield, the Pandemic App, They Come Unseen, Age of Tyrants, Thunderbirds, Jaipur, Hengist, Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Pharaoh’s Gulo Gulo, Expedition: Famous Explorers, Dragon Farkle, Ghostbusters: The Board Game, Codenames, Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, Subterfuge (iOS version), Rome: Rise to Power, Warhammer Quest the Adventure Card Game, and Automobiles.

 

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