TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

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Dec 27th, 2014
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As usual here on our Saturdays now, we’ve got our Review Roundup.

We’ve got some Go for Broke, La Isla, and Board Game Quest takes a look at Gravwell, as well as (see what I did there?) gives us their top 10 board games of 2014.

Play Board Games:

Play Board Games reviews Deadzone

Deadzone

Deadzone is a miniatures skirmish game set in an urban environment. It comes with all the terrain you need to create your own concrete jungle and the miniatures to fight in it.

La Isla

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La Isla is an imaginary island filled with extinct animals. You must capture the animals and study them to score points.

The Register:

Top Ten Board Games for Festive Family Fun

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There’s nothing cooler than board games at the moment, whether they are being referenced by the Marsh family in South Park, or popularised by one of the pop-up gaming bars in East London. Board games are now selling in droves. Often produced by independent companies, they can be intellectually rigorous and visually stunning.

If you want a deeper gaming experience than Call of Duty and would rather be called a gamer than a video gamer, here’s an overview of the top ten table top games I have played this year. Listed in order of difficulty, these often sophisticated social games, bring the act of rolling a die firmly into the 21st century.

Board Game Quest:

Gravewell: Escape From the 9th Dimension

Gravwell

I recently watched the new Sci-Fi movie Interstellar. Despite what my fellow reviewer Brian B says, it’s actually a really good movie. At the risk of minor spoilers, some of the main plot revolves around a spaceship crew dealing with the effects of a black hole and singularity. I won’t get into specifics, but a lot of sciencey terms are thrown around and I realized that a black hole would make for an intriguing theme for a board game.

Lucky for me I don’t have to invent one because designer Corey Young already did that with Gravwell: Escape From the 9th Dimension. Now published by Renegade Games, Gravwell tasks players with being the first to escape from a singularity that’s constantly trying to suck them back in. Does nothing escape a black hole? Let’s find out!

Gravewell is a card drafting and simultaneous action selection game for 2-4 players that takes about 20-30 minute to play. Gravwell plays best with 3-4 players.

Top 10 Board Games of 2014

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2014 is coming to a close and, as is our annual tradition here at Board Game Quest, we are going to take one last look back at the year. I swear it gets harder and harder each year to put together this Top 10 list. There are just so many quality games coming out each year that it’s so hard to narrow them down. I’m sure I had to leave out many of your favorite games from this year, it always seems to happen. .

Also continuing in on what we started last year, this list will be split into two halves. Since games from the October Essen Spiel always seem to take a long time to make it “across the pond”, it’s hard to rank every game that comes out when we don’t even have some yet! With that in mind, the first half of the list will be our Top 10 Games from 2014, which only includes games that I’ve actually played. The second half will be the games we’re most looking forward to getting to our tabletop. As games start to arrive on our shores in the spring of 2015, we should have ample time to play them before we have to make our decisions on our 2015 Board Game Awards. Until then, let’s get to the lists!

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