I hope you made it through Black Friday alright. I had Thanksgiving 2: Thank Harder here at the bear den. Made myself another turkey and side-dishes and enjoyed a relaxing day. Then I got out my stock pot and made about a gallon of turkey stock with the bones. I’ll be good for turkey soup for the next year, I’d say.
But that’s as may be, it’s time for some reviews. Let’s get into it.
Today we have articles on: Magic the Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers, Dirty Tactics Toolbox for Pathfinder, Battle Foam P.A.C.K Molle Accessories, Mafia de Cuba, Porta Nigra, Risk: Star Wars 2015 Edition, Flip City, Xia: Legends of the Drift System, and Doomtown Reloaded.
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Magic the Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers pits two or more wizards from the Magic universe against each other in a miniatures skirmish game.
Through Gamer Goggles:
In this Flip Through Matt takes a look at the Dirty Tactics Toolbox. It’s full of fowl play that rounds out several character ideas, some of which were quite surprising. Come watch and see if there is anything for your Pathfinder character.
Time for a look at the P.A.C.K. Molle Accessories from Battle Foam, a range of additional pouches and bags that allow you to customise your army bag to create the perfect storage and transport solution for your army. Each of these accessories is designed to attach to the outside of Battle Foam bags that use the molle system, which include the P.A.C.K 432 and P.A.C.K 720 which we previously reviewed.
Shut Up & Sit Down:
“The Resistance” are sacred words around these parts, as in “Werewolf”. These games of lying and double-dealing have defined Shut Up & Sit Down. The thought of a brand new new hidden role game entering the genre is almost unthinkable!
Until today. Mafia de Cuba doesn’t just look good. It feels good. It sounds good. It smells tolerable. Of course we had to check it out.
Porta Nigra! It’s a new eurogame, all about the famous Nigras that live within the mossy depths of the Porta dimension.
…Ok, so maybe we’re not entirely clear on what a “Porta Nigra” is. But by god, that won’t stop us from reviewing this hype-filled new release.
And let’s have a big round of applause for our Gold Club members for letting Paul and Quinns work together again! Unlike Romans, those plane tickets don’t grow on trees.
Risk: Star Wars is based on events from Return of the Jedi. If you’ve lived under a rock for thirty years and have never seen the movie, get thee to a RedBox right now because 1) you’re missing a great film and, 2) this game makes little sense if you haven’t seen the movie.
Risk simulates the three-pronged battle that marks the end of Return of the Jedi. On one front, the Rebels are on Endor, trying to take down the shield generator that’s protecting the Death Star so that their comrades up above can blow it to bits. On another front, Luke Skywalker is fighting to redeem his father, Darth Vader, while the Emperor and Vader are trying to turn Luke to the dark side. On the third battlefront, Rebel ships are fighting Imperial ships, waiting for those shields to come down so they can destroy the Death Star. It’s beautiful chaos.
Another review, another small box game to make my hands feel like giant hands. Flip City is a game that I’ve been intrigued about for a while. I do have a regular gaming group but for the most part I play short, competitive games with my husband. We like deck builders, we like games with city building themes, and we like an occasional push your luck element. The game also has a nifty little feature; each card can be upgraded or ‘flipped’, changing its attributes and allowing you to improve your own deck. On paper, this is right up our metaphorical alley.
Formerly known as Design Town, Flip City is a light push-your-luck deck building game for 1-4 players, from Chih Fan Chen and Tasty Minstrel Games. The goal of the game is to create the most awesome city by buying and upgrading buildings, stacking your deck and eventually hitting a victory point target.
Board Game Quest:
Today we are going to be looking at Xia: Legends of the Drift System, published by Far off Games. In this sci-fi game, players are starship captains setting out to make their mark in the universe. Xia promises a fully open world game where players can earn their fame as they so desire. Did first time designer Cody Miller succeed? Let’s find out!
Xia: Legends of the Drift System is an open world, adventure and exploration game for 3-5 players that takes about 90-120 minutes to play. In our experience, Xia plays best with 3 players.
Doomtown Reloaded is a remake of the Deadlands Doomtown, a collectible card game from many years ago. AEG have released this two to four player game as an expandable card game, which simply means you buy expansions in known packs of cards rather than random booster packs, similar to the LCG system.
Doomtown Reloaded is all about control, to win the game you need to gain more control points than your opponent has influence. This mostly means building locations and getting your dudes to hold them, or take them off your opponent and this all leads to a chess-like game of moving your dudes around the town of Gomorra and calling out the opposition into shootouts.