TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup
Saturday, Saturday. Ba-laa, ba-la-la-laaaaa.
You know, that really does only work with Monday. So be it.
Today, however, is not a Monday. It’s a Saturday. And for that, we can all rejoice. Saturday means a Review Roundup! (ok, so you’re probably not looking forward to Saturday just because of the Review Roundup, but I can dream that it’s a major part of your life).
Today we have reviews of: Kromlech Basing Sands and Static Grasses, Pathfinder Battles: Gargantuan Red Dragon, The Assault Group WW2 Infantry, Halfling Feast, Takenoko Chibis Expansion, Fluxx Dice, Elysium, Sun Tzu, Animal Upon Animal, and Icarus.
Join us as we try out the new range of basing materials including sands and static grasses from Kromlech. Kromlech have previously specialised in miniatures, but have recently expanded into a range of modelling and basing tools/materials, check out our recent cutting mat review if you’ve not seen it.
Kromlech have kindly sent us a sample of their 7 new basing materials, each of which come in protective plastic container. All of these basing materials are priced at €3.99 (around $4.50) and contain enough material for many, many bases. The containers of sandy materials come with 150g of material, and the grasses come with 15g.
ROAR!! It’s time to take a look at the Gargantuan Red Dragon that is the premium figure from the Paizo/WizKids Pathfinder Battles: Dungeons Deep range of miniatures. We’ve already reviewed the small/medium/large miniatures that come in the standard boosters, if you’ve not already seen it check out our Pathfinder Battles: Dungeons Deep Booster Review. This is the 45th figure in the Dungeons Deep set and is a pre-painted plastic representation of a terrifying dragon for use in your tabletop RPG sessions. You should be able to pick your own one of these premium figures up for around $49.99.
Battle Brush Studios:
In his latest review, Sigur of Battle Brush Studios has a close look at The Assault Group’s 28mm WW2 infantry.
Who ate all the pies? Who ate all the pies? You fat Halfling you fat Halfling, you ate all the pies! Which in Halfling Feast is actually a good thing, because the aim of the game is to cram as much food down your face hole as possible.
Halfling Feast is a game about a hairy footed eating contest, you have to scoff the most dishes without getting full and avoiding your opponents’ sneaky tricks. It’s an unbelievably simple game to play and goes faster than a tray of hot cakes due to its limited ‘take one action per turn’ aspect of the game.
Board Game Quest:
Back in 2013 we reviewed a fantastic game called Takenoko. This cleverly designed tile laying game sucked us in with its simple mechanics and stunning visuals and components. We had few criticism of this gem and it has made its way to our gaming table countless times.
Recently, game designers Antoine Bauza (7 Wonders, Hanabi) and Corentin Lebrat (Open Sesame) jumped back into the bamboo garden and gave us a new expansion. Takenoko: Chibis gives our lonely panda some company, and also new areas to explore. Today we are going dive in to the Chibis expansion and see if it can improve upon an already great game.
Play Board Games:
Fluxx Dice adds even more chaos to your existing game of Fluxx. It can be easily added to any of the base games.
Fluxx Dice Rules Description:
You need to have a base game of Fluxx to use this expansion. It can work with any of them, but on its own it is useless. If you have not played Fluxx, read my review and overview here. The rest of this post will focus on the ways this expansion changes things up.
Elysium is a card-drafting game. Many of the cards you draft provide powers until you bank them for VPs. You score VPs by creating sets or runs of your banked cards.
Elysium Rules Description:
In Elysium you are a demigod trying to claim your place in Olympus. You write Legends to gain fame and score VPs.
The historical Sun Tzu once said, “All warfare is based on deception.” Today, he might say the same thing about card games. Bluffing and misdirection have always been critical in both warfare and card play. And so the game Sun Tzu is a good mesh of both the man’s military philosophies and good old traditional cards. After all, every great card game requires you to read your opponent’s mind as the ancient general would say is true of war. You need to know when to strike, know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, and know when to run. Wait a minute? I think I just established that Kenny Rogers is a direct descendant of Sun Tzu?
Animal upon Animal: Crest Climbers is a stacking dexterity game for two to four players. Players place their animals on the central Alpine display, ideally without making it fall. The first player to get rid of all his or her animals is the winner.
The rules for Crest Climbers are identical to the rules for the standard Animal upon Animal game. Each player takes one of each of the seven different animal pieces included in the game, and players set the long Alps piece in the center of the table.
Icarus is a bidding and bluffing game for three to seven players. Players compete to make outrageous (and also safe) bids while challenging their opponents’ bids. The player with the fewest negative points when the game ends wins.
To begin, players shuffle the seven different colored decks and place them where indicated on the board. (The decks are the same, featuring fifteen number cards from 0 to 7.) Players also place the feather tokens on the board and draw one card from each deck. Then one card from each deck is drawn face down and placed back in the box.