Saturday Review Roundup

Sure, I’m having myself a blast here at the CMON Expo, but that doesn’t mean I’m too busy to take a bit of time to get you your Review Roundup this week. That just wouldn’t be right. So let’s get to it.

Today we have: Team Play, Raid and Trade, Beast of Balka, Witch’s Brew, Blood Rage, Blood Rage – 5th Player Expansion, Blood Rage – Kickstarter Exclusives, The Siblings Trouble, Temp Worker Assassins, Android: Mainframe, Rubicon’s M8 Greyhound/M20, Across the Dead Earth miniatures and, THMiniatures Terrain.

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The Esoteric Order of Gamers reviews Dead of Winter

The Esoteric Order of Gamers posted up a review article for Plaid Hat Game’s Dead of Winter.
Actually, the weather’s not so bad here today.


From the article:

No. Please no. Not zombies again. NOT ZOMBIES AGGGGAAAAAIIIIINNNNNN!!!!!! Such is the cry you’ll hear, torn from the throats of gamers the world over every time they check Boardgamegeek and see another zombie game. NO MORE ZOMBIES! Truly, this is a genre which has been done to (living) death. Not only has it been raked over a million times, but most of the games follow the same tired old sequence—search for items, kit up, shoot zombies, find the chopper, get out alive. Surely Plaid Hat Games couldn’t have pasted these tired tropes on their latest release. Please tell me they haven’t made just another zombie game?

The Esoteric Order of Gamers Heads to the Battlefront

The Esoteric Order of Gamers took a trip to Battlefront’s offices, all infiltration-style, and gives us a report on what they found.



From the post:

Infiltrating the Battlefront Miniatures office, Universal Head sends back this report about the company behind Flames of War, Dust, and Gale Force Nine products.

Warhammer Fantasy RP 3rd Edition is Dead, Long Live Warhammer Fantasy RP

The Esoteric Order of Gamers takes a look back on the history of Warhammer Fantasy RP in this retrospective article.



From the post:

As Fantasy Flight Games closes the book on Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition, the EOG takes a brief look back at the history of ‘WFRP’ and provides you with a stack of handy WFRP3 reference material.

A shiny new site and a great gorram giveaway

The Esoteric Order of Gamers revamped their website and has a special give-away they’re running in celebration.



From the announcement:

It’s celebration time here at the Esoteric Order of Gamers: we’re 16 months old and the site has been completely redesigned with a new look and exciting new features. At last, you can finally join the Order by signing up to our brand new forums. And we’re giving away a copy of Firefly: The Game to mark the occasion!

The Esoteric Order of Gamers Reviews A Study In Emerald

The Esoteric Order of Gamers takes a look at A Study in Emerald from Treefrog Games in this review article.



From the review:

Sherlock Holmes, Neil Gaiman and H. P. Lovecraft walk into a bar. The bartender says “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.”

The game is afoot! The Esoteric Order of Gamers review A Study in Emerald by Martin Wallace.

On Board Games Interviews Universal Head

On Board Games chatted a bit with Universal Head
and figured you’d like to know about it.
It’s posted up by the Esoteric Order of Gamers.


From them to you:

Universal Head talks to On Board Games about the strangely compelling practice of creating rules summaries … and whether he’s seen any hobbits lately.

The Esoteric Order examines the Omega Protocol

The Esoteric Order of Gamers has posted an unboxing video on their website. This one they’re looking at Level 7 Omega Protocol from Privateer Press.


From the article:

What lurks in the box? Why does the new game from Privateer Press have such a long and unwieldy name? At least one of these questions will be answered …

Here at the EOG much alien-killing fun is being had with Level 7 [Omega Protocol], with its new twist on the old dungeoncrawl formula. A review is in the works and a foam core box insert has already been designed, and a miniature-painting tutorial is being contemplated … but in the meantime, feast your peepers on all the goodies you get as I joyfully unbox the game!

The Esoteric Order of Gamers Interviews Brett Murrell

The Esoteric Order of Gamers sat down with Brett Murrell and talked about his Duel of Ages II project and they figured you’d like to see what they said.


From the post:

The EOG has recently been taking tentative steps into the sprawling universe of Worldspanner’s Duel of Ages II, from an unboxing video to a review and, of course, the inevitable rules summary and reference. Now it’s time to sit down and have a chat with its creator, Brett Murrell.

The Esoteric Order of Gamers Reviews Firefly: The Game

The Esoteric Order of Gamers takes a look at the new Firefly board game from Gale Force 9 and gives you their thoughts on the subject.


From the review:

Come and listen to a story about a man named Joss
A poor screenwriter, networks hardly gave a toss,
Then one day he came up with space and West,
And all but the suits thought it was just the best.

Geeks that is, Browncoats, rabid fans.

Well the next thing you know ol’ Joss is a star,
Avengers is a hit (though S.H.I.E.L.D. is F.U.B.A.R.),
But the fans won’t forget their very favourite name
So Gale Force Nine came along and made a game.

Firefly: The Game, that is. Plastic bits, cardboard.

Make your own City of Remnants foamcore box insert guide posted by Esoteric Order of Gamers

The Esoteric Order of Gamers has created a guide for making box inserts to help keep your City of Remnants games neat and organized.


From the article:

Gangs getting out of control? City blocks in chaos? Never fear, the Esoteric Order of Gamers is here, with a set of comprehensive plans so you can make your own foamcore box insert for the excellent City of Remnants by Plaid Hat Games. Keeping everything in its place – the Yugai would definitely approve!

Esoteric Order of Gamers reviews Pandemic

The Esoteric Order of Gamers takes a look at the popular board game, Pandemic, and gives you their thoughts on the situation.
Now turn your head and cough.


From the review:

Let’s go back before the zombies, back to the source of the infection, and back to when cooperative games were a pretty new idea—back to Pandemic. The EOG looks at the new edition through the reflective visor of a hazmat suit.

Esoteric Order of Gamers posts interview with Jim Bailey of Grindhouse Games

The Esoteric Order of Gamers recently sat down with Jim Bailey from Grindhouse Games and chatted about Incursion.

From the interview:

Incursion is back! Grindhouse Games have resurrected this fantastic game of weird war combat between power-armoured Allied soldiers and twisted Nazi experiments in a bunker under Gibraltar, and are bringing you a second edition via Kickstarter. The campaign has already reached its $75K funding goal and is charging towards stretch goal rewards.

Some years ago I created the rules summary sheet that came in the box of first edition Incursion, and got to know Jim Bailey of Grindhouse Games, a guy who brings a much-needed hot chilli blast of rock‘n’roll enthusiasm to the boardgaming world. It’s long overdue that Incursion was brought to a wider public of gamers who love action-packed, immersive combat games with stunning miniatures. We asked Jim a few questions about the new edition and the development of his creation.

The Esoteric Order of Gamers posts Foamcore box dividers guide

The Esoteric Order of Gamers posted up a guide article to help you make foamcore inserts for your box games.

From the post:

At last, you can download detailed plans to build your own foamcore box inserts, counter and card trays for popular boardgames. Our first release is our challenging but spectacularly useful set of plans for Merchant of Venus by Fantasy Flight Games.

Esoteric Order of Gamers launches new YouTube channel

Esoteric Order of Gamers launched a new YouTube channel for upcoming reviews and posts.

From the announcement:

The EOG (Esoteric Order of Gamers) has launched a YouTube channel. Check out our debut video, the first part in a series detailing how to paint your Mansions of Madness: Call of the Wild miniatures.

The Esoteric Order of Gamers interviews the designer of Scalawag

The Esoteric Order of Gamers recently sat down with the creator of the game Scalawag. They figured you’d like to see what they talked about, so they posted it up online.

From the interview:

Scalawag! is a new card game for 3-8 players of combat on the high seas, with illustrations by Jeffrey Thompson and graphic design by Peter Gifford (Universal Head). The EOG interviews designer Steve Nix of Troubadour Games as the game launches on Kickstarter

The Esoteric Order of Gamers Interviews Martin Wallace

The Esoteric Order of Gamers recently sat down and talked with Martin Wallace. They’re sharing what they had to say, so go check it out.

From the interview:

The EOG interviews well-known boardgame designer Martin Wallace about his new boardgame, ‘A Study in Emerald’, based on the Neil Gaiman short story of the same name and currently funding on Kickstarter. Sherlock Holmes meets Cthulhu – what more could you ask for?!

Universal Head launches new site: The Esoteric Order of Gamers

The Esoteric Order of Gamers is a new gaming website. Go take a look.

From the announcement:

Some gamers may know that I’ve uploaded some 200 rules summary and reference sheets to Boardgamegeek over the last 8 years which have proved very popular, and those sheets were gathered together at my blog,

Now, I’ve finally created a stand-alone site to host not only all my sheets, but articles, reviews, and lots of stuff to help gamers enhance and enjoy the kind of thematic games I love.

The Esoteric Order of Gamers is a place for the few who, in a world of ephemeral, digitally-driven entertainment, still revel in the feeling of tearing the shrinkwrap off a new game; of breathing in the sweet smell of fresh ink; of the weight of quality gaming components as they sit heavily in the hand. Those people who are strangely impelled to improve their gaming experience by dint of hard graft coupled with the sensitive touch of a master craftsman, and who continually seek to beautify these precious objects. In short, those dedicated to high standards in their tabletop gaming!

In the months to come I’ll be adding instruction sheets for build-your-own foamcore box inserts; articles and photographs to help paint your game figures; more reviews and blog posts of interest; and of course always expanding and perfecting the huge collection of premium summary sheets that help you get into and enjoy your gaming faster. Players can comment on each game and make suggestions or corrections for the sheets, and of course engage in discussions about the articles.

The EOG is all about high quality, useful content for the kind of gamer who really loves immersive, thematic games. And there are many more plans on the horizon …

But for now, allow me to extend an invitation and a profound welcome: join us at the Esoteric Order of Gamers!

Regards, Universal Head