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Ok, so it’s not actually Saturday night yet, but it will be soon (well, for me. Some of you are already well into Saturday night. Bloody time zones). Anyway, I know what you want. You want some reviews. So let’s get to it.
Today we have: Package, Zombicide Black Plague, GAMEMAT EU’s Battle Mats, Sprue Grey: Wargame Hobby Magazine – The Golden D6 Tutorial Issue, D-Day at Omaha Beach, The Walking Dead: All Out War, Beer Empire, The Undercity, Haspelknecht, Pursuit of Happiness, Dracula’s Feast, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small iOS, Agricola: Family Edition, Dwarf War, and Get Rich Quick.
Toucan Play That Game:
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Package!? by Half Wing Games.
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Zombicide Black Plague from Coolminiornot Games ( CMON ). CMON is doing a great job with their titles and they just keep getting better and better with good game design and fun game play. This version of Zombicide features more of a fantasy theme ( which I really like). the characters are all very cool and I cant wait to get more of the expansions. Absolutely love the solo gameplay on this one!
The Painting Frog:
The Painting Frog blog has published a new review, this time featuring GAMEMAT EU’s battle mats.
Wargame News and Terrain:
Looking to expand your wargame knowledge, learn of the best painters and most talented wargame bloggers? Search no further as Sprue Grey has just released their new The Golden D6 – hobby magazine issue filled with an amazing collection of hobby articles! Check the review of this latest issue on Wargame News and Terrain
The Board Game Show:
Join Scott Bogen and Kev Sharp of The Big Board for this previously unreleased Warfare segment from the archives! With Kev asking the questions, Scott discusses and reviews in detail John Butterfield’s solitaire D-Day at Omaha Beach game published by Decision Games. Let’s begin now, shall we?
Atomic Warlords blogs does a unboxing and a quick first look at Mantic’s new game, Walking Dead All Out War miniatures game.
The kinship of beer and board games is a close one here at Collider Towers, to the point of the occasional ale-cardboard interface incidents, so when Board and Dice contacted us to ask us to playtest Beer Empire, we leapt at the chance faster than Twitter followers band together to ostracise neo-conservative policy. To add more fun to the proceedings, this playtest was conducted through the medium of the Internet over a session of Tabletopia. Once Jon and I got over the novelty of ski-ramp building from the multitude of components and lack of complex physics engine, we settled in for an evening of craft ale brewing, complete with hipster beards, pipes and man-buns.
The Undercity’s gameplay revolves around players working together to defeat the villains and achieve the scenario’s objective. Playing through a campaign will take many game sessions, allowing players to level-up their heroes and increase their abilities along the way.
You begin the game with a player board depicting your farm and the coal that’s yours for the taking. Your goal is to have the most victory points after 3 years which is accomplished mainly through the mining of coal, but as with any self respecting euro game, there are other ways to supplement your victory point total. Every year is broken up into seasons, the first three of which are action rounds and winter acting as the scoring and upkeep round.
The Pursuit of Happiness is a worker placement game that has you taking jobs, getting involved in projects/hobbies, engaging (and disengaging) in relationships, having a family, and participating in crass consumerism, all in an effort to create the happiest, best life for yourself before you drop dead.
At the start of the game, first determine which roles are included. Dracula is required, but the rest can be random – one role per player, plus one extra. The prototype includes 9 roles, so with the full player count you use every single one. Once the roles are decided (either by group choice or simply random shuffle), randomly deal the corresponding role cards secretly, one to each player.
Board Game Quest:
Today, we are going to be looking at an offshoot from this fantastic worker placement game, called Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small (from hereto referred to as Agricola: ACBAS for brevity’s sake). While it doesn’t have the depth that Agricola does, Agricola: ACBAS still offers a great gaming experience for two players. It’s a bit lighter on the rules, yet still offers plenty to do. So let’s dive in and see if Agricola: ACBAS successfully made the transition to our tablets.
The life of a farmer in the pre-Industrial age is a struggle for sustenance and growth of family. Agricola: Family Edition replicates a farming family’s attempt to provide enough food for themselves, as well as increase their output of animals or wheat. The players compete with each other by placing workers to gather resources, corral animals, and build structures to increase their output as a whole.
Dwarf War is a light tactial game. It plays out over a 3D terrain of caverns, each with different layouts that produce resources in various amounts. In most scenarios you are trying to control a particular tower or take over your opponent’s base to win the game. It has a bit of resource management and a lot of tactical maneuvering.
In Get Rich Quick, players are trying to be the first to acquire 25 fortune points. Each round, players must choose three cards from their identical hand of 7 cards in the hopes of earning money and fortune points. Eventually, they can work their way over to the mall to buy upgrades in the form of special abilities that make their action card plays even stronger. Be the player with the most fortune points at the end of the game you win!