Through an odd turn of events, I'm in the office. So Monday and Tuesday I was home because I was sick. Now it's Saturday and I'm in the office because my internet is broken at home (overnight storm fried my modem). But all is well. Things are getting done.
Anyway, as for the roundup, we have: Hoard, ManaSurge, Africana, Vikings Gone Wild, Empires At Sea, Adorable to Horrible, Secret Hitler, Rhino Hero, Descent: Road to Legend, Isle of Skye, Tanks, Escape From the Aliens in Outerspace, Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia, and New Earth.
Don’t Wake Dragon! (a preview of Hoard)
Hoard is a set collection game for two to five players. Players move around the dragon’s hoard collecting sets of treasure before the dragon wakes up. The first player to five points is the winner.
Mind Your Mana (A Review of ManaSurge)
ManaSurge is a wizardy hand-management, trick-taking game for 2 to 6 players, from Daily Magic Games and Frank Sronce. In it, you’ll take turns flinging ever increasing spells at each other, trying to gain crystal shards and knock out your opponents. Get ready for some fight number sequences with lightning and tactical meanness and stuff!
Out of Africa: But What If I’m Having So Much Fun I Want to Stay? (A Review of Africana)
Africana is a set collection game that casts players in the role of European explorers racing to be the first to discover new places and artifacts on the continent of Africa. The explorer who completes the most expeditions and finds the most artifacts (which translate into victory points) is the winner of the game.
Board to Death TV:
Vikings Gone Wild Preview
Presenting the first deck-village building game!
Based on Vikings Gone Wild, the successful online real-time strategy game, we brought the license to tabletop shape through a deep strategy game, mixing deck building and resource management mechanics.
Board Game Quest:
Empires At Sea Review
In Empires at Sea, each player takes on the role of one of five different nations (Britain, France, USA, Spain and the Dutch) looking to expand their nautical empire. The game is played over 15 rounds, during which players will be capturing ports, trading for resources, playing captain cards and attacking other ships and ports. At the end of the game, players earn victory points for ports, resources and ships they control (or have captured). The player with the most points is the winner.
Adorable to Horrible Preview
In Adorable to Horrible, players act as cutesy animals called The Adorables (The Blue Unicorn, The Red Bunny, The Yellow Kitten and The Green Hedgehog), but transform to nasty animals by performing horrible acts as they work against the other players to push them towards The Nasty Void and subsequently attempt to keep themselves as close as possible to the Happy Place. This is all done through clever card-play in order to orient their characters on the game board in a manner that best suits their horrible acts.
Secret Hitler Preview
Secret Hitler is a social deduction game where players are secretly playing members of the two political parties in pre-World War II Germany. Each player will be a member of either the Liberal or Fascist party.
The Liberal team will try to enact 5 liberal policies or assassinate the Hitler player, while the Fascist Team will try to enact 6 fascist policies or elect Hitler as chancellor after the 3rd fascist policy is enacted. Game play continues until either team meets one of their victory conditions.
Drive Thru Review:
Rhino Hero Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:10); final thoughts and review (04:46)
Descent: Road to Legend Review
Shut Up & Sit Down:
Isle of Skye Review
Paul has been making the most of the sunny days of spring, including all those ever-growing evenings, with Isle of Skye, which he says is the most twee thing he’s played in a while.
He went outside, too. Was this wise? Has it affected his mind? Can he be trusted outdoors in North America? Is he even safe in this wild and untamed wilderness? Watch this video to answer that most burning of questions: Was Paul Dean killed by a fern?
Toucan Play That Game:
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Hoard by Cheeky Parrot Games.
Wargame News and Terrain:
Today we will check out the new Tanks, The World War Two Tank Skirmish Game - Panther vs Sherman Starter Set soon to be released from Gale Force Nine and Battlefront Miniatures of Flames of War fame! Check the full review of the box content and gameplay here.
Through Gamer Goggles:
Escape From the Aliens in Outerspace Full Demo
My friends and I play Escape From the Aliens in Outerspace at Adepticon. As you will see it is a blind movement bluffing game. While I have only played it once, I believe it can turn into a very intense game where you might just out think yourself.
Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia Unboxing
We took a look at Masmorra at Cool Mini or Not Expo with Guilherme and Thiago!
New Earth Preview
Breacher18 previews New Earth by Nicholas Higgins, published by Ergo Sum Games.