TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

By Polar_Bear
In Board Games
Apr 11th, 2015

It’s Saturday! Hope you’re getting in some gaming. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m currently getting my arm repeatedly jabbed and ink permanently applied to it. It’s fun!… Really!…
Actually, it’s not so bad, honestly.
And I’m sort of a wimp when it comes to needles. So if I can do it, you can, too (if you want).

But anyway, as usual, we’ve got our regular feature of collecting all the review articles we found all week and have them here for you now.

Included this week are reviews/previews of: Eggs and Empires, Meteor, Summoners Wars Aliiances Master Set, Dreamforge Valkir Assault Troopers, D&D Miniatures Ancient Silver Dragon, New Mars Attacks Terrain Sprues, March of the Ants, Bill Shakespeare Is Dead, Lords and Ladies, Find my Monsters, and Ion.

The Meeple Mechanic:

Eggs and Empires Review

Eggs and Empires

We’re going to go ahead and set up this review properly and thoroughly thoroughly lay out the disclaimer that Eggs and Empires is decidedly a filler game. As far as filler games go, Eggs and Empires is as light of a filler game as they come. All caveats considered, Eggs and Empires is pretty fun. You really wouldn’t think so from my explanation of the rules, etc., but there’s a risk analysis going on the whole game while players decide whether to use a low card with a better ability or a high card with less ability from their hand. That is common in trick-taking games, but the added element of choosing to take a lower card for benefit in the future creates an interesting dynamic that is worth noting. So yeah. The game is fun.

Play Board Games:

Meteor Card Game Review


Meteor is a fast-paced, real-time, co-operative card game. You must manage your hand to blow up meteors and save earth, but hurry you only have 5 minutes!

Summoners Wars Aliiances Master Set Review


Summoner Wars Alliances Master Set brings eight new factions to the series. You can play this on its own, or add it to the previously released factions, which exponentially adds to your deck construction options.


Dreamforge Valkir Assault Troopers Review


In our latest review on Brueckenkopf Online we take a look at the new Valkir Assault Troopers by Dreamforge Games.

Graven Games:

Dungeons & Dragons Ancient Silver Dragon Review

Silver Dragon

We’re back with another Dungeons and Dragons miniature review, this time with the Ancient Silver Dragon premium figure. This gargantuan sized pre-painted dragon is the 45th miniature in the second set from the D&D Icons of the Realms range from WizKids. If you’ve not seen it, check out our Elemental Evil review for full details on that set. As the 45th Elemental Evil miniature, the Ancient Silver Dragon is not available in the booster boxes (it’s way too big!) and so only available to buy separately for around £25 or $35 depending on the retailer.


New Mars Attacks Terrain Product Overview

The TerrainTutor shows off the latest Mars Attacks terrain sets from Mantic Games as he prepares them for Salute! The new sets included a convenience store, apartment block, ruined village and ruined town.

Board To Death TV:

March of the Ants Board Game Review

In March of the Ants, you create the shared Meadow board by sending your ants to explore it, revealing and strategically placing two dozen unique tiles like Fern, Pebble, and Nest of Centipedes.

Board Game Quest:

Bill Shakespeare is Dead Preview


Being happily married to an English teacher, Shakespeare is as constant as the Northern star in our house. You could say that all the world is a tabletop, and we are merely players.

Like many plays that interpret the Bard, Bill Shakespeare is Dead by Brikenbrak Games, presents familiar mechanics with new twists and variations. Is this game destined to be, or not to be? Read on to find out.

Bill Shakespeare is Dead by Brikenbrak Games is a card game for adults that has no time limit and requires at least 5 adult players.

Lords and Ladies Review


Not all intrigue is about spies and espionage between countries. Some can also take the form of jockeying for position within a strict and unforgiving social hierarchy. Who you and your children married, your wealth, and your status were vital to surviving the social minefield that was Edwardian-era England. Think Downton Abbey, Titanic, and Howards End when trying to picture this era of history.

Lords & Ladies gives you the opportunity to take control of a family in this time, trying to make matches of your children with suitors of status, hiring servants to do your bidding, and spreading gossip about your rivals. Does Lords & Ladies successfully navigate the tides of high society, or end up a failed house, bereft of status and wealth? Read on to find out!

Lords & Ladies is a card game for 2-5 players that plays in about 60 minutes. Lords & Ladies plays best with 3-5 players.

Find My Monsters Preview

Find My Monsters

Gaming with my daughter is by far my favorite type of gaming to do. She’s eight years old and has become a staple at game night. These days there is little she doesn’t like to play, Sheriff of Nottingham, Smash Up, and 7 Wonders are among her favorites.

But like any gamer, she had to start somewhere. Understanding game mechanics takes some time. Today we are taking a look at Find My Monsters, a quick playing card game for “children, families, and big kids”, now in funding on Kickstarter. Find My Monsters is a good entry for smaller kids as both an educational tool and an introduction into gaming.

Ion Preview


As a chemistry major and science educator, I am a fan of anything that promotes scientific knowledge to a broader audience. As a gamer, I enjoy games that have card drafting as a primary mechanic, allowing me to determine optimal paths to victory with the tools I am given. These two concepts are bonded together (see what I did there?) in Ion: A Compound Building Game, where players assemble compounds to meet goals and score points. Will Ion react explosively when exposed to your gaming group, or will it sink to the bottom of your gaming shelf, inert as a balloon full of xenon? Read on to find out?

Ion: A Compound Building Game by Genius Games is a card drafting and set collection card game for 2-6 players that plays in 30 minutes or less. Compound plays best with 3-5 players.

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