I know there are gamers out there who really love those intense, long-playing, scenario-driven, historical board games. If you’re one of them, you’ll want to check out the newest game from Frank Chadwick and Victory Point Games. It’s called Thunder in the East, and it’s the first in what will be a series of games that will cover WWII’s Russian front. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
Occasionally, you end up gaming on your own. Maybe plans just don’t line up. Or people have to cancel on you. Or you’re just really early to a gaming session. Whatever the reason, there’s plenty of times where a solo gaming option is best. Nemo’s War is one such game, where you take on the role of the eponymous Captain Nemo aboard the Nautilus. A reprint of the game, along with a new expansion pack, is up on Kickstarter now.
Well, one down and 51 to go. We’re a week into 2017 and it’s been a bit of an odd one, at least for me. No single day was “an average day,” really. Whether I was working from home or had to go to the repair shop, or just had the day off, I’m somewhat looking forward to just a “usual routine” next week.
Anyway, that’s as may be. Right now, it’s time to get you the reviews you so desperately desire.
Today we have: Lift It, Figopedia, Codenames Pictures, Dungeon Roll, A Fake Artist Goes to New York, High Treason!, Roll Player, Fief: France 1429, Age of War, Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk Expansion, and Colt Express iOS.
No, Planet Rush is not one where Geddy Lee is supreme overlord and everyone listens to Tom Sawyer and Subdivisions as planetary anthems… though that would be pretty cool. No, it’s a new game from Victory Point Games with rules by legendary game designer Reiner Knizia. It’s also up on Kickstarter now.
So, I have made it to Indianapolis for Gen Con.
And I’m sitting in my hotel room, sorting e-mails, replying to e-mails, and typing up these posts. I hope you all appreciate it. 😉 😛
Anyway, seeing as it is Wednesday (though it certainly doesn’t feel like it, at least to me), it’s time for some midweek snippets. I know I need to stock up on some bite-sized gaming stories before the hurricane of activity that’ll happen over the next several days.
On the platter today is: Sasquatch Game Studio announces Alternity science-fiction roleplaying game, Dized Board Game Companion App to be at Gen Con, Deadman Diaries a new gamebook from Cubus Games, Victory Point Games Previews Upcoming Kickstarter – Planet Rush by Reiner Knizia, Sharknado Board Game Coming To Kickstarter August 13th, Heavy Metal by Acheson Creations is Funded and with a new pledge level, Entries now being accepted for the 2016 Windhammer Prize, Tabletop Miniatures Solutions Running Undying Armies Indiegogo Campaign, War Co. Coming To Kickstarter August 15th, D13 and D15 debut from Impact! at Gen Con, Hitech Miniatures Releases NoeProspector Virgilius, TinMan 35% Off “Back In Business” Sale Happening Now, and New Marian Romans From Xyston Miniatures.
The Year of New Editions continues along. This time it’s from Victory Point Games. Though we kinda saw this one coming, as they’d ran a Kickstarter campaign for Dawn of the Zeds 3rd Edition. Always good to see a Kickstarter be successful and then show up for everyone. You can get get your copy now.
Not every project on Kickstarter is going to be a success the first time out. That’s ok. It’s not the end of the world. Just rework what you had and chances are good you’ll make it the second time around. That’s looking to be the case for Victory Point Games and their Darkest Night: Second Edition Kickstarter campaign. They’re back up on Kickstarter now and already really close to their funding goal.
Necromancers. They’re always going around, raising undead, causing all sorts of havoc. What is it with them, really? If only there were a group of heroes that would dare fight back against him (despite the fact that the Necromancer’s already overrun the land, taken over the castle, and only has the Monastery left to go)! Well, that’s where you come in. You’re just one such hero in Darkest Night, the second edition of which is up on Kickstarter now.
It’s time once again for Saturday.
I think that’s really all that needs to be said about it.
This Roundup we have: Camel Cup, Dead of Winter, Tash-Kalar, Ryu, Through The Ages, Mombasa, Raptor, Fury of Dracula, Monster My Neighbor, Grand Austria Hotel, Neue Heimat, Pi mal Pflaumen, Modern Art: The Card Game, Fog of Love, and Pew Pew.
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.
Dive! Dive! Dive!
You know, it doesn’t take a video console in order to play some games by yourself. It doesn’t take a poker deck of cards, either. There are lots of good single-player board games out there. Nemo’s War is one of them, and Victory Point Games is looking to revamp and update its look with a second edition that’s up on Kickstarter now.
Hello there, all you gaming friends out there in gamer-land! Seems for the moment that it’s actually going to be a bit winter-like here in Atlanta. At least for a couple days. No, it’s not like the winters I remember in Chicago, but if we had a winter like that down here, this place would never dig out of that. The whole state would shut down until June. It would be a nightmare.
However, a blizzard’s-worth of reviews here today is just fine. (Because transitions!)
Today we’ve got articles on: X-Wing Miniatures Game, Star Wars Armada, Imperial Assault, Conflict of Heroes – The Eastern Front Solo Expansion, Queen’s Necklace, Terrakami Games Sci-Fi Containers, Crusader A15 by Rubicon Models, Bountytown, Between Two Cities, Bad Beets, Ultimate Warriorz, Jamaica, The Gallerist, Mombasa, Ninja Camp, Shakespeare, Cthulhu Realms, Eternal Dynasty, Outer Earth, Fool’s Gold, and Dark Age Z.
Just let that sink in.
Anyway, being Saturday, we’ve got our Review Roundup.
Today we’ve got articles on: Frontier Stations, Breaker Blocks, City Hall, Above and Below, WWE Superstar Showdown, Raid & Trade, Firefly Kalidasa Expansion, Betrayal at Calth, and a Flammpanzerwagen for Bolt Action.
Welcome once again to Saturday. It’s been quite a morning over here. Rather busy for a Saturday. Biggest thing I’ve been working on is my decision to magnetize my Betrayal at Calth set (yes, this means it’s not 100% assembled yet. The games I’ve been playing of it have been using stand-in figs for much of it. It happens). The only problem comes from maneuvering small, fiddly pieces that, very literally, will move on their own. As such, I have glue all over my fingers. Thankfully, though, on at least one occasion, that’s helped me when my drill bit slipped and instead of giving me a scrape, it just gouged the glue that’d built up there. So, an asset hidden in a liability.
But that’s a story for when I post the review later today. At the moment, we’ve got other reviews/previews to deal with.
In this batch we have: Late French Napoleonic Infantry from Perry Miniatures and Warlord Games, Dark Moon, Clockwork Kingdom, Queen of the Hill, Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man, Conquest at Kismet, Barony, Star Wars Armada Wave 2 Ships, Tides of Time, Pentoggle, Mars Attacks Miniatures Game, Risk: Star Wars Edition, Space Cadets: Away Missions, Bomb Squad, Escape the Nightmare, and T.I.M.E Stories.
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.
With this post, we’ll have absolutely everything caught up since before Gen Con. We’ve had some Snippets. We’ve had some Terrain Corners. We’ve had a Podcast Roundup. Now it’s just time to go through the reviews.
So without further ado, here’s your Saturday Review Roundup.
In this batch we have reviews/previews of: Sentinel Tactics Uprising Expansion, Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron, Batman Fluxx, Codenames, Carcassonne, Arctic Scavengers: Recon, Elysium, Kahuna, King’s Ransom Deluxe, Machi Koro, Machi Koro Harbor Expansion, Systema Gaming Base-0 Habitat Units 1 and 2, and Die Waffenkammer’s T-34/76.
The order of days has progressed as it always does and we once more find ourselves deposited in Saturday. It’s certainly my favorite day of the week. As this gets posted, I’m working on putting minis together. That activity is my favorite part of the entire gaming hobby. As such, I’m having a really good day. Hopefully you are, too.
But to the business at hand: reviews of games.
Today’s batch includes reviews/previews of: Splendor App, Ticket to Ride: Alvin and Dexter, Rhino Hero, Word on the Street, Awkward Family Photos, Traders of Osaka, Blood Rage, and Dawn of the Zeds 3rd edition.
Farmingdale. It’s a quiet town. Full of quiet people. Nothing too exciting happens there.
That is… it was… until the zombies came.
Zombies! Zombies everywhere! And not a brain to drink. Or so the residents hope… wait, that still sounds funny. Anyway, the Zeds are on their way and you must defend the city of Farmingdale in Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition, from Victory Point Games. They’ve launched themselves a Kickstarter campaign that you can check out now.
As usual, here’s the reviews we found during the week.
There’s quite a few of them. We’ve got a pair of reviews for Blurble, a look at Dice Crawl from SoulJar Games, an Imperial Assault unboxing, a look at Rivet Wars, a review of the Malifaux terrain by PlastCraft, and more! Check it out.
Club Fantasci’s Maurice Fitzgerald takes a look at Imperial Stars II by Victory Point Games in this new review article.
From the article:
Imperial Stars II is a fun two-player sci-fi wargame with a lite 4X flavor recently released by Victory Point Games that plays in around 60 minutes. The game centers around empire expansion and big fleet space battles with minimal bookkeeping that is both easy to learn and play while still offering good strategic depth and high re-playability, minus the big time commitment. It’s a simple, straight forward wargame that fits into the space combat niche nicely.
Club Fantasci’s Maurice Fitzgerald takes a look at the latest From the Abyss expansion, Darkest Night, from Victory Point Games, in this new review article.
From the post:
The latest expansion, From the Abyss, can be played by itself with the main game or in concert with the others and I strongly recommend you play the expansions together to get the most enjoyment and challenge from your experience.
Board Game Quest takes a look at Mound Builders in this new review article.
From the website:
The band Three Dog Night wrote and performed a song called One is the Loneliest Number. There has never been a more wrong song in the world. I thought of this when I was asked to review a solitary game. You mean, I don’t have to coordinate schedules and then I might play a game that I don’t want for the sake of someone else. I can instead play a game of my choice, where, and when I want. I might be alone when playing Mound Builders but I’m not lonely.
With this in mind, we look at the historical civilization game, Mound Builders, by Victory Point Games. The player takes on the role of expanding and defending a pre-Columbian Indian “mound builder” empire. You’re also trying to survive against the Spanish and outlast their invasion and small-pox. Can this solitaire civilization game keep your interest or will you give up and clamor back to your friends for company? Read on!
Mound Builders is a historical civilization game for 1 player that plays in about 40 minutes. Mound Builders is a solitaire game.
Club Fantasci’s Maurice Fitzgerald takes a look at Victory Point Games’ Villainous Vikings in this review.
From the post:
Villainous Vikings is Victory Point Games latest entry to their ever-growing games catalog, just released at the end of July. With the great success of History Channel’s show Vikings, I think the timing for release is perfect for board gamers who have gained an interest in all things Nordic.
Everyone loves Vikings and game designers Jeremy Stoltzfus and Graham Weaver have done well in their freshman outing; blending history, mythology and easy to learn gameplay into an adventurous romp through the famed era of the Vikings. The game is filled with appropriate flavor and theme, allowing you to test your mettle against up to four players in about an hour of play. Villainous Vikings has surprising depth and strong re-playability putting this one in the must buy category, it is what I’d consider a high-end filler for when you want a decent length game without the epic time of some others.
Club Fantasci lets us know the answer to a very important question: who stole the cookie!
I did it all for the cookie.
From the post:
Have you ever been able to eat just one cookie? Of course not. Now your cookies are missing you need to find out who stole them before they get eaten by someone else!
Board Game Quest takes a look at the 3-player Trieste card game in this review article.
From the review:
When it comes to board gaming, 3 players can sometimes be the ugly duckling of gaming. With a couple of exceptions, games involving direct conflict are usually a disaster with only 3 players. Invariably, one player ends up being the target of the other two, making for a miserable experience for the player on the receiving end. Usually, when you have only three players, you are better off just reaching for a non-confrontational euro game.
Well the new card game Trieste, from Victory Point Games, seeks to solve that aforementioned problem. Trieste is a card game for exactly three players where each player takes one of three unique roles as they vie for control of this coastal city. Does Trieste really solve the 3 player problem with conflict games? Let’s find out!
Trieste is a quick playing, unique role card game that plays in about 20 minutes. You can only play Trieste with 3 players.