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 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.
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.
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)! 😀
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.
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.
I really want to go to Essen some year. I’ve done Gen Con many times now (something like 7-8) and think it’d be cool to go see some of the conventions over in Europe. Salute is one and Essen is the other. This year, Mayfair Games will be present and they’ll have some of their game designers with them. If you’d like to meet them and get an autograph, they’ve posted times for that at the show.
Welcome back to Saturday, everyone. With any luck, you’re having some fun gaming with friends, or will be having such fun soon. I mean… it’s Saturday. Gaming is just what you do!
But at the moment, what we are doing is looking at some review from the past week.
This batch we have reviews/previews of: Broom Service, Dragonwood, Res Publica: 2230, Murano, Viceroy, Dropzone Commander, Game of Thrones LCG 2nd Edition, Systema Gaming Base-0 Storage Silo, and Warlord Games’ plastic M3A1 Half-Track.
Welcome to another Saturday, beautiful readers. We’re in a bit of the “calm before the storm.” The last weekend before Gen Con. I did some grocery shopping specifically for the trip (granola bars and cough drops to have in my satchel as I run all around Indy). Next will be making a packing list to make sure I’ve got everything I need while there. What sort of prep do you guys have going on?
Well, take a small break from all that packing and painting and whatever else you’re doing to enjoy some reviews we found during the week.
In this week’s batch, we’ve got reviews/previews of: Systema Gaming Base-0 HQ Unit, Police Precinct, Random Encounter, Roadkill Rivals, Fleet Wharfside, Specter Ops, Karma, The Voting Game, DeadFellas, Black Fleet, Fief: France 1429, Imperial Assault, Flea Market, and Gold Ahoy.
During Gen Con 2013, Mayfair Games made history by breaking the world record for “the most people playing Settlers of Catan simultaneously.” Well, on the Friday of Gen Con this year (which is July 31st), Mayfair is looking to break that record again. The current is set at 922. Do you want to be in on it? You get some cool swag. Plus, the game is in support of charity.
Hello again TGN Readers and welcome once more to Saturday. With any luck, you’re gaming. I know I am. We’ve got one of our guys in my D&D game moving to Ohio this summer, so we’re trying to get in as many sessions as we can before he goes.
As per usual, we’ve collected together various review articles we’ve found during the week and present them to you here now.
In this week’s articles, we’ve got reviews/previews of: Roll for the Galaxy, Gruff, Alchemists, Chaosmos, Elysium, Arboretum, Battle Sheep, Ystari, Spike, Patchwork, XenoShyft, Salvation Road, Tide of Iron: Next Wave, Stones of Fate, and Dungeon Crawler Fantasy RPG Miniatures Sets 1 to 3.
Saturday night’s alright for fighting… your enemies on the tabletops around the world!
Hopefully you’re doing that, anyway.
I’ve got various whatnots I’m working on at home, one of which is spring cleaning. Joy of joys. But hey, it means next weekend I can have a game day here and not worry about people thinking that an actual bear lives in this place.
Anyway, until then, we’ve got our regular series of collecting up all the reviews we found over the past week and presenting them to you.
This week’s reviews/previews include: Cog ‘O’ Two Paint and Hobby Station, D&D Miniatures: Elemental Evil Booster, Fallen by Watchtower Games, Five Points: Gangs Of New York By Mayfair Games, Sandcastles Kickstarter, Lost Cities Card Game, Dungeon Dwellers, War of Kings, Super Fantasy Rumble, Black & White, Animal Upon Animal, Tide of Iron, Legion of Honor, and Star Wars Armada.
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.
Mayfair Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for the Cones of Dunshire, a game inspired by an episode of the popular television show, Parks & Rec (enjoy the show, haven’t seen that particular episode, though). A version of the game was a big hit at Gen Con this past year, so now you can bring it home to your own tabletop, if they make it to their goal. They’re still quite a long way away, but there’s almost 2 months on the clock yet.
… Ok, so the campaign’s not really for the game, but for merchandise associated with the game and the event from Gen Con.
That is, until the $500 level, where you supposedly do get a Deluxe Edition of The Cones of Dunshire.
From the campaign: Continue reading
Club Fantasci takes a look at the Star Trek incarnation of Settlers of Catan in this new review.
From the article:
Phil Hatfield does a guest review for Club Fantasci about Star Trek Catan and the Federation Maps Expansion by Mayfair Games.
Mayfair Games has a new board game available soon.
From the announcement:
Mayfair Games announces the June release date of “A House Divided” the American Civil War boardgame.
Mayfair Games posts information about their contest.
From their website:
For contest #9, let us know what games you’d most like to play during the upcoming holidays.
Though Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are behind us, we still have Valentine’s Day, Easter and April Fool’s to look forward to.
What games will you be playing during these holidays with your friends, family and loved ones?
Once again our grand prize is a doozy: a copy of Automobile Deluxe, with a retail value of $120!
10 other lucky winners will get another piece in their catanimals set with the adorable Catanimal: Wood.
So let us know what holiday gaming you’d like to enjoy in the months ahead and you could be a winner!