TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

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Dec 20th, 2014
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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.

Play Board Games
-Firefly Blue Sun Expansion Review
-City Hall Review

Board To Death
-Dead Apocalypse Video Review
-Dice Crawl Video Review
-Blurble Video Review

Board Game Quest:
-I Say, Holmes! Review
-Blurble Review

Your Turn Go:
-Imperial Assault Unboxing

Sahm Reviews:
-Rivet Wars

Tale of Painters:
-Smaug Unboxing Video
-Blood Angels Tactical Squad Review

Geek of Spades:
-Counterblast Video Review

Brueckenkopf:
-Maki-Games terrain Review
-Micro Art Icestorm mat Review

Engineer Jeff:
-Malifaux Terrain by Plastcraft Games

Play Board Games:

Firefly Blue Sun Expansion Review

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Blue Sun adds a new board to explore, some new contacts and deals, more places to buy stuff and (most importantly) makes the Reavers matter.

City Hall Board Game Review

City Hall

In City Hall you are competing with the other players to win a mayoral election. You must exert your influence in the city offices to win the constituents’ vote.

Board to Death:

Dead Apocalypse Video Review

Dead Apocalypse is one of the first fully cooperative deckbuilding games of strategic survival, set during a present day zombie apocalypse. Staying alive is your only goal in this game, and you must work with your allies to search for human survivors, abandoned locations, and lifesaving equipment to fend off the zombie horde. Teamwork is the key to victory, for if you can’t trust your fellow players none of you will reach the CDC… alive!

Dice Crawl Video Review

Dice Crawl is a quick, fun dungeon-crawling tile game for 1 to 4 players. Players take on the roles of mercenary captains racing to get their team of adventurers to the center of the dungeon, while other captains try to do the same thing.

Blurble Video Review

Blurble is the new, exciting, and hilarious card game that is great for just about any crowd. With 300 different hand-drawn images, you’ll have hours of entertainment every time you play, and the game will never be played the same way twice. Play with a friend while you’re waiting for the bus or invite a group over for a game night. It’s small size and varying options for length of game play make it perfect for any occasion.

Board Game Quest:

I Say, Holmes! Review

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When I first started to read books there was one series I loved, Encyclopedia Brown. The books were a collection of short mysteries that were intended for the reader to solve due to some logical or factual inconstancy. This started my love of mystery novels and television shows, which of course lead me to reading Sir Arthur Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes collection. Even though I love the deduction element of these types of stories, I didn’t have any game with that theme or mechanic until I got a copy of Victory Point Games’ second edition of I Say, Holmes!. I Say, Holmes! is a card game where players take on the role of Consulting Detectives, playing cards to progress Holmes’ and Watson’s story. Will this game become the gaming equivalent of “The Hound of the Baskervilles”? Read on to find out!

I Say, Holmes! is a card game for 3-8 players that plays in under forty-five minutes. In my experience, the game plays best with five or more people.

Blurble Review

Blurble

Party games often get a bad rap from enthusiasts in the board gaming hobby. They can be repetitive, luck based, or boring. There isn’t strategy to speak of. But the limitations of party games are also their greatest strengths. Anyone can pick up the rules to a good party game in about 5 minutes and enjoy themselves. No 45 page rulebook to dig through. No two-hour learning game just to get a feel for the basic mechanics. A good party game should be good for Grandmas and youngsters alike. Blurble is a word-association party game that aims to be just that game.

Blurble states it is for 2 to 12 players, but there is really no limit and plays in about 30 minutes.

Your Turn Go:

Imperial Assault Unboxing

Imperial Assault

Imperial Assault from Fantasy Flight Games came out today! Here’s Stu delivering all the Star Warsy goodness in cardboard and plastic form.

Sahm Reviews:

Rivet Wars Review

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Rivet Wars was first introduced to the gaming world via Kickstarter last year. They set out to raise $25,000 and ended up funding for nearly $600,000! It was obvious from the start that they had a hit on their hands.

If you don’t count our attempt at chess, we’ve never played a miniature-based game. Rivet Wars allows you to control an army of steampunk-styled soldiers and commanders in a fast game of King of the Hill. Rather than a boring pawn or a body-less knight, you command highly detailed characters of varying sizes.

Tale of Painters:

Smaug Unboxing Video

Garfy from Tale of Painters got his hands on one of the 200 Smaug models and takes a look at this monstrous resin kit. He shares his thoughts in a fancy unboxing video, but he’s got high resolution pictures of all the details as well.

Blood Angels Tactical Squad

Blood Angels Tactical Squad

Stahly from hobby blog Tale of Painters got his hands on the new Blood Angels Tactical Squad kit from Games Workshop. He takes a close look at all the options (including high res sprue pictures of both sides) and also checks out the new 32 mm round bases.

Geek of Spades:

Counterblast Video Review

Spencer’s finally back and this time he’s ranting and raving about Counterblast!

Brueckenkopf:

Maki Games Terrain Review

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Buildings in spaaaaaace! We take a closer look at the modular plastic terrain by Maki Games!

Micro Art Icestorm mat Review

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The team of Brueckenkopf Online takes a look at the Operation: Icestorm gaming mat by Micro Art Studio. This one goes out to all Infinity fans out there!

Engineer Jeff:

Malifaux Terrain by PlastCraft Games

Engineer Jeff does a review/assembly video for the new Malifaux terrain by PlastCraft Games

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