Review Roundup

It’s Saturday. Usually, that would mean gaming. But Friday meant gaming for me, as a friend came over after work and we played some Guild Ball, Bunny Kingdom, and Apotheca. Great way to spend a Friday. So, what am I up to Saturday? Well, I’m in the CMON Offices, helping pack orders for the holiday sale. Yeah, seems people loved those deep cuts. And since I feel partially responsible (as the one they tasked with actually changing the prices on all those things), I felt it only right to help pack everything up. But while I get orders together, I know you’re here for a heaping helping of reviews. Heaping helping because we didn’t have a Roundup last week, due to the holiday.

So, this week we’ve got: Near and Far, Queendomino, The Oregon Trail: Hunt for Food, Dog Might Games Traveler Dice Tower, Campy Creatures, Camel Up, A Game of Thrones Card Game, Colt Express, Truth Bombs, Ex Libris, Star Trek: 5-Year Mission, Slide Blast, Happy Salmon, DownForce, Smash Up iOS, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, Ink Monsters, The Quest for El Dorado, Reef Route, Crabs, Werewords, Fog of Love, Museum Heist, Crosstalk, Potato Pirates, Tulip bubble, The Chameleon, Ulm, Asset Drop Subscription Box, Tortuga 1667, Dwar7s Fall, The Expanse, Tokyo Highway, and Ulock!

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AEG Previews September Releases

Alderac Entertainment Group (or AEG, to their friends) has several new releases they’ll be bringing to store shelves this month. If you’re a fan of cats, or smashing things together, or pirates, you’ll be happy to see what’s coming. Yeah, it’s a bit of everything. But what else would you expect from them?
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AEG Posts July Releases

We’re a bit over a week into July. Hopefully the second half of your year is going off without too much of a hitch. Things seem to be going well for AEG. They’ve posted up their releases for this month. They include a horrifying new version of Love Letter, an advanced version of Guild Hall, and an event kit for the hit game Smash Up.
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What Were We Thinking? Expansion Now Available For Smash Up

You know, one of the things I love about Smash Up is just seeing what factions they come out with next. Just when you think they’ve covered everything, another quartet of absurd yet awesome groups are announced. The latest set, What Were We Thinking?, adds Teddybears, Grandmas, Rock Stars, and Explorers. It’s available now.
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Midweek Snippets

It’s the last day of November. We’re 11/12s of the way through the year. We just might make it after all.
Actually, I’m looking forward to this weekend. It should be a good time, as they generally are. I mean, weekend, right!?
But, before we get there, we’ve got some more days to get through. To help, we should power up on some bite-sized gaming stories.

Today we have: Nomad Games adds Wizards and Tricksters to Steam Early Access of Smash Up!, Introducing Boxwood Genius Dice, Digital Edition of Colt Express Now Available, New Releases Available to Order From Victoria Miniatures, WarSeer Forum Relaunches Tomorrow, New Chaos Templates From Pyrkol, Old World Leather Gaming Mats for RPG Metal Dice Rolling Up On Kickstarter, Fantasy Football teams available at Flatminis as 2D plastic miniatures, New Release: Kromlech Battle Rulers, New Statuesque Fine & Pulp Scale Female Heads – Bald on sale, Special Artizan Service Miniatures Presents: Contractor On Kickstarter, Yet More Victoria Miniatures Releases, New Release: Kromlech Wound Markers, and Ouroboros Tales 54mm Fantasy Miniatures Up On Kickstarter.

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Digital Version of Smash Up Available On Steam

I got the original set for Smash Up pretty soon after it came out. A friend had picked it up and we played at my LGS one evening. It was a hoot. Quick and easy to learn, with tons of replayability right out of the main box due to how you mix up two of the factions for your deck. Well, there’s been quite a few expansions that’ve come out since then, meaning if you wanted to carry it all around, it could be quite a hefty box you’re lugging with you. Well, now you can go digital and play online… and it’s free, too.
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AEG Releases Smash Up: Cease & Desist

There’s a new set of cards for Smash Up available. This one, I’m sure, gave the lawyers over at AEG fits. Not to say that other sets haven’t possibly done that, but this one they seemed to go out of their way to toe the line. But they own up to it. The name of the set’s Cease & Desist, after all.
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Digital Edition of Smash Up Coming Soon

A bit of editorializing: I loved Smash Up when I played it after it first came out. We got it at my local shop near St. Louis and played many games. It was a good time had by all. But after a couple of the expansions came out, it was a little hard to keep up and to carry around the big box of extra cards. Thankfully, Nomad Games is going to be solving that with the digital edition of Smash Up coming soon.
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Smash Up: It’s All Your Fault Coming Soon

The fellows over at AEG love having fun with the expansions for Smash Up. I mean, the whole point is to take popular memes and themes and… well… smash them together and see what happens. There’s been cats, princesses, and (of course) Cthulhu, among others. Well, this time around we’re getting Sharks, Dragons, Superheroes, and Mythic Greeks. And it’s all your fault.
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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Saturday night’s alright for fightin’… orcs, and zombies, and evil robots, and elves, and any other sort of nasty you can think of.

Saturday’s also the day for rounding up all the reviews we found over the past week and presenting them to you.

In this batch, we have reviews of: Robinson Crusoe (the board game, not the book), Abyss (the board game, not the movie), Pretty Pretty Smash Up Expansion, Warmachine: High Command – Engines of Destruction Expansion, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, The Ion Age – Habitation Outpost, and the Best D&D 5e Actual Play Podcasts.

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Pretty Pretty Smash Up is coming

AEG already has Cthulhu, pirates, and zombies in Smash Up. Now they’re getting a bit prettier with their next set.

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From the announcement:

Think only pirates, time travelers, vampires, and bears can smash bases? Well get ready to be taught a lesson… in the nicest way possible!

Pretty Pretty Smash Up brings the sweetest factions ever to the vicious fight for victory! Kitty Cats use their incredible cuteness to take control of enemy minions. Princesses ply their royalty, beauty and even their love to get their way. Fairies’ fickle tricks give you options like never before, while the herds of Mythic Horses work together for dominance. Get ready: your opponents will never know what hit them!
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AEG announces next expansion for Smash Up

AEG just recently released their first expansion to the Smash Up card game. Here’s the next one they’ve got coming out.

From the announcement:

We didn’t make it to June 1! Smash Up’s next expansion was already spoiled, so here it is to make it official. The next Smash Up expansion will be “The Obligatory Cthulhu Set.” The international gaming authority informed us that by law if a game goes more than 2 expansions you must include Cthulhu in some way. This set features crazy Cthulhu cultists, fishy Innsmouth locals, horrifying Elder Things, and good old Miskatonic University members (the Fightin’ Cephalopods). To be certain we got it right, this set also includes a new card type fittingly known as “Madness”, that each of these groups use to various effects. But remember that Madness brings you power but at a price.

We’ll have the official product page for it up next week with the first previews!