TGN Sunday Edition: Review Roundup

By Polar_Bear
In Board Games
May 31st, 2015

Hey everyone. Welcome to another Sunday Edition here on TGN.
Now, some of you might’ve noticed that we ran Sunday Snippets on Saturday and are doing the Review Roundup here on Sunday.
I’m… not entirely sure how that happened actually. I think all the necromantic energy from the Zombicide previews got to me and confused up my brain! All day yesterday felt like Sunday. It wasn’t until like 4-5pm that I was like, “Wait… it’s Saturday!” Anyway, we’ve got your reviews for you today.

This week we’ve got reviews/previews of: Pathfinder Battles: The Lost Coast Booster, Kromlech Orc Character Set, 12 Realms: Ancestors Legacy, K2, XenoShyft, Fief France 1429, Samurai Spirit, Deus, and Galactic Strike Force.

Graven Games:

Pathfinder Battles: The Lost Coast Booster Review

Pathfinder Battles The Lost Coast Booster Review

Lets open up some Pathfinder Battles, the Lost Coast booster boxes! We’re big fans of using miniatures in our tabletop RPG sessions, and have been collecting the pre-painted miniatures designed for D&D and Pathfinder for quite some time. The Lost Cost is the most recent set from Paizo/WizKids although a new set titled Dungeons Deep is on the way this June. Until then we’re going to be opening up these Lost Coast boosters, and taking a look at the heroes, monsters, and other creatures contained within.

Kromlech Orc Character Set Review

Kromlech Orc Character Set Review

Today we are checking out some Orc Character miniatures from Kromlech. We recently reviewed some of Kromlech’s Orc Squads so it will be interesting to see how their character models stand out.

Board Game Quest:

12 Realms: Ancestors Legacy Preview


There’s game that has been bouncing around the BGQ offices lately and it’s called 12 Realms. If you haven’t seen it yet, 12 Realms is a gorgeous looking, cooperative board game based on the old fables and fairy tales. Fantastic miniatures, great artwork, and a family friendly theme are front and center to suck you into the game.

Today, we are going to talk briefly about the Ancestors Legacy expansion, which you will be able to get as part of their upcoming Bedtime Stories Kickstarter campaign. So let’s dive into it and see what it’s like.

K2 Review


When I look at my bucket list, I realize I have many physically active things I want to do in the future. Traveling Europe, surfing, and walking the Appalachian Trail are just a few of them. But there is one thing you won’t find…reaching the summit of difficult mountain. It’s not that I wouldn’t enjoy the view. I just have little desire to ascend a peak with a low survival rate.

This isn’t the case for Adam Ka?u?a, who in addition to being a mountain climber designed the game we will be reviewing here. In K2, players will control two mountaineers who are trying to reach the summit of K2, the second largest mountain in the world. Players will have to manage their deck of movement and acclimatization cards to get both pawns as high up the mountain as they can in 18 turns. Is this game worth the climb or should you just stay at base camp? Let’s get to it.

K2 is a hand management game for 1-5 players to play in around an hour. In my experience, the game plays best with 3-5 players.

Board to Death TV:

XenoShyft Review

A strategic base defense deck builder by Cool Mini Or Not. In XenoShyft, players take on the role of the NorTec Military, charged with defending their base against the onslaught of the alien “Hive.”

XenoShyft combines classic deckbuilding and resource management with fast-paced combat and unique “base defense” elements—As the game progresses, each player will build up their deck of Troop, Equipment, and Item cards, which they will in turn use to defend the base against incoming enemies in deadly combat.It is up to the players to work together in order to outlast the horrors awaiting them by coordinating strategy, utilizing the strengths of their unique divisions (Med Bay, Weapons Research, Science Lab, and Armory), and organizing defense tactics to ensure no player is caught off-guard by surprise attacks. XenoShyft is a game of tactical decisions and survival horror—and survival is never guaranteed.

Fief France 1429 Review

Fief: France 1429 is a game of dynastic ambition in which players assume the roles of nobles in the 15th century kingdom of France. Each player strives to become the most powerful ruling force in the kingdom by gaining control of Fief and Bishopric territories. In turn, they acquire Royal and Ecclesiastical (church) titles which give their families influence to elect the next Pope and King. Players strengthen their positions by negotiating marriage alliances between their families, setting the stage for love, treachery and deception!


Samurai Spirit Review


So you want to be a Samurai? Then prove your worth. Because you are a Samurai and there’s an army coming to knock down the doors of your village and burn it to the ground.

Based loosely on the film Seven Samurai, Samurai Spirit is a cooperative game that pits you and your friends against a massive onslaught of opponents, and only you can stop them. Get ready to unleash the spirit animal that lies within you, because the odds are overwhelmingly against you, and only the fiercest will survive to save a remnant of their land.

Shut Up & Sit Down:

Deus Review

Who doesn’t enjoy a little bit of empire-building now and then? Paul certainly does, which is why he was excited to look at Deus this week, something he did entirely of his own choosing and under no sort of godly compulsion.

With a modular board, lots of little wooden pieces to arrange and a huge deck of cards representing everything from legions to laboratories, could this be a new favourite game of centurions and conquest?

Play Board Games:

Galactic Strike Force Review


Galactic Strike Force is a sci-fi themed cooperative board game. You must build your ship and fight off the enemy fleets and flagship to win.

You start Galactic Strike Force by selecting a Strike Force ship you want to pilot. Next you choose which enemy you want to face and pick the three sectors the game will take place in. Each sector gets three piles of five Station cards and you place opposition ships equal to two times the number of players.

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