TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup
Welcome once again to another TGN Saturday Edition where we round up all the reviews we’ve found over the week and put them into our Review Roundup (and around and around… and it comes out here).
This week we’ve got reviews of: Builders of Blankenburg, Robotech RPG Tactics, Brew Crafters, Diner, Kahuna, Lanterns, and 7 Wonders: Babel.
The Meeple Mechanic:
Play Board Games:
Robotech RPG Tactics is a miniatures skirmish game that may be played in a variety of ways. There are a plethora of different scenarios and special rules you can use or you can play in campaign mode.
Brew Crafters: The Travel Card Game, is a game for 2-4 players that involves becoming a brewery owner and trying to gain the most reputation in the wide world of beer brewing. If you enjoy card games and beer, then this is one you need to take a look at!
Everybody has their favorite hole-in-the wall diner that’s always bustling. Plates are clanging, the waitstaff is rushing around, the same characters always sit at the counter, and the greasy guy in the kitchen is yelling, “Order up!” and pounding the little bell on the counter. Diner is a fast-playing, simultaneous action card game that attempts to replicate the frenzied feeling of a busy diner with you in the role of harried waitstaff. Does it succeed or leave you hungry for something better? Read on.
Board to Death TV:
Originally published in 1997 as Arabana-Ikibiti by the designer’s own publisher Bambus Spieleverlag, then reprinted by Funagain in the U.S., Kosmos’ Kahuna – part of its Kosmos two-player series – is the best known implementation of this design.
It’s a two-player game, played on a board depicting twelve islands. Players use cards to place bridges between these islands or remove opponent’s bridges. If you get the majority of bridges around an island, you place one of your marker stones on it and also remove any of your opponent’s bridges to that island – which might cause them to lose a bridge majority on an adjacent island and lose a marker stone there.
The harvest is in, and the artisans are hard at work preparing for the upcoming festival. Decorate the palace lake with floating lanterns and compete to become the most honored artisan when the festival begins.
In Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, players have a hand of tiles depicting various color arrangements of floating lanterns, as well as an inventory of individual lantern cards of specific colors. When you place a tile, all players (you and your opponents) receive a lantern card corresponding to the colour on the side of the tile facing them. Place carefully to earn cards and other bonuses for yourself, while also looking to deny your opponents. Players gain honour by dedicating sets of lantern cards — three pairs, for example, or all seven colours — and the player with the most honour at the end of the game wins.
Board Game Quest:
If you are reading this website then chances are you’ve heard of a little game called 7 Wonders. Designed by Antoine Bauza and published by Asmodee Games, this card game has won more awards than I can count.
Since 7 Wonders rocketed onto the scene in 2010, there have been 4 expansions for the game to date. Cities, Leaders, the Wonder Pack, and now Babel. Today, we are going to be looking at Babel, the newest expansion to this great game and also the one that changes up the gameplay the most. So let’s climb the tower of Babel and see what the view looks like from the top.