TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup
As we tend to do after Friday, we are now deposited here on Saturday. That means all day getting the chance to do some gaming. It also means we have our Review Roundup.
So without further ado…
This week we have stories on: Rory’s Story Cubes: Batman, King’s Pouch, Space Movers 2201, Warehouse 51, Neon City Rumble, Viceroy, Machina Arcana, 7 Wonders: Duel, Age of Tyrants Junkers and Viridians, The Minecraft Card Game, Battle Foam P.A.C.K 720 Molle Army Bag, Thunder Alley, Halo: Fleet Battles, and Starfighter.
Rory’s Story Cubes: Batman is a cooperative storytelling game. All nine dice are rolled and players take turns narrating the unique story that the group creates. The only rule is that all nine images shown on the dice must appear as elements in your story. The box includes some suggested ideas on how to accomplish this, but these are only suggestions, not rules. You are free to play however you want.
As a player in the world of King’s Pouch, you are the leader of a castle city hoping to become the ultimate leader of the land (i.e. have the most prestige points at the end of the game). There are three avenues you can pursue in order to achieve this goal: military strength, religious piety, and political favor. Each strategy will require the construction of specialized buildings, but the real backbone of your empire will the be the citizens that you manage to attract.
Space Movers 2201 is a cooperative, sci-fi adventure game set in the distant future (I forget which year). As crewmembers aboard the Liberty led by its dashing captain, Eli, you’ll jump from system to system delivering questionable cargo while trying to achieve various objectives – all while evading the oppressively watchful eye of the Universal Oversight.
Board to Death TV:
N30N City RUMBLE (NCR) is a two-player “beat ’em up” card game that simulates 5-on-5 tag team combat between mutant martial artists in a radically dystopian 90s setting!
Each turn, you’ll trade for cards at a pawn shop, tag your fighters on and off the tarmac, and then engage the opponent using martial arts, super-moves, and a wide variety of items, all of which are inspired by classic arcade games. Knock out all of your opponent’s fighters until only yours remain to win the game!
Viceroy is a board game of bidding and resource management set in the fantasy universe of the famous Russian CCG Berserk. As the players struggle for control over the world of Laar, they recruit a variety of allies and enact various laws. These cards allow players to develop their state’s military and magical might, increase their authority, and get precious gems they need to continue expanding their nation.
Board Game Quest:
As I previously mentioned in my review of Rise of Cthulhu, I love the Cthulhu Mythos. So, when I was offered the chance to review Machina Arcana, a co-op board game that mixes steampunk & my favorite Lovecraftian nightmares, I jumped at the chance.
Now, that being said, I have to be honest and admit that I don’t know much about steampunk but I did go into this review with an open mind mainly because I understand that the Mythos cross and compliment many genres and themes. So how well does Machina Arcana pair these two genres into a horror game you should to add to your collection? Read on!
Machina Arcana is a cooperative game for 1-4 players runs between 40 and 120 minutes per player (depending on the mode). Machina Arcana plays best with 1-4 players.
Shut Up & Sit Down:
Classical cock-blocking simulator 7 Wonders was one of the first boxes we ever recommended on SU&SD. We couldn’t believe it. How could a game could be so clever, so beautiful, and support 2 to 7 players with no downtime?
Today, Paul and Quinns have reunited to review 7 Wonders: Duel. A brand-new 2 player game of the same old ancient conflicts.
Have the boys still got what it takes? Or will history… forget them?
For the Upcoming Kickstarter Age of Tyrants the Overlord John Robertson has sent me two pre-production miniatures for the Viridian and Junker forces. Incidentally also the armies I want to start.
The tanks are manufactured by Prodos Games and come in 6mm scale resin casts. I received flawless castings with the only quibble being the two resin addons for the Viridian tank (sat dish and light). John is already looking into options for this. Personally I have put in the sat dish as a communication symbol but will leave out the light for now.
The Board Game Show:
I’ve been playing Minecraft on the Xbox 360 — and now the Xbox One — for several years now, and that’s saying something, because I’m not an 8-year-old. Neither is my friend, Chris, who is 50 years old, and with whom I’ve spent countless hours online exploring, building, exploding and falling to our deaths in Mojang’s less-than-visually-stunning virtual sandbox environment.
As a fan of Minecraft and a board game geek (see what I did there?), I just had to try Mojang’s Minecraft Card Game. Note that the name of the game includes a question mark. The actual name of the game is Minecraft Card Game?, just to make writing and reading about it confusing. But I get it. I think. The name is perhaps the anticipated reply when your tell your friends on game night that you’ll be playing a Minecraft card game. Your friends inevitably will clarify and say, “Minecraft Card Game?”
Yes, Minecraft Card Game? (Man I hate that question mark, so hereafter I leave it out.)
Welcome to our review of the P.A.C.K 720 Molle Army Bag from Battle Foam, a company well known for their products aimed at safely storing and transporting wargaming miniatures. Battle Foam kindly sent us the case in this review so we could try it out for ourselves, and tell us that this bag has been designed for airport travel and meets all FAA regulations for carryon luggage. This is great news for anyone needing to travel to tournaments or take other trips with their armies.
An interesting feature of the P.A.C.K. 720 is the molle system, which allows you to attach further pockets and pouches to this bag, customizing it to fit your specific storage and transportation needs. The P.A.C.K 720 including the standard load out of foam is priced at £135.60 (or $174.99).
Gettin’ Higgy With It:
We take a look at the racing board game, Thunder Alley, by Jeff & Carla Horger. Distributed by GMT Games. Thunder Alley is for 2-7 players, age 10+ and takes about 90 minutes per game.
Play Board Games:
Halo: Fleet Battles –The Fall of Reach has everything you need to start playing this capital ship combat miniatures game.
Starfighter is a 2-player game in which you send wave after wave of fighters at your enemy to take out their fighters and their capital ship.
- 7 Wonders Duel
- Age of Tyrants
- Battle Foam
- Board Game Quest
- Board to Death TV
- Booyah Games
- Gettin' Higgy With It
- GMT Games
- Graven Games
- Halo: Fleet Battles
- Hobby World
- King's Pouch
- KnA Games
- Machina Arcana
- Minecraft Card Game
- Neon City Rumble
- Play Board Games
- Review Roundup
- Rory's Story Cubes
- Shut Up & Sit Down
- Space Movers
- Spartan Games
- The Board Game Show
- Thunder Alley
- Warehouse 51