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Review Roundup

Hey everyone. I'm sure a lot of you are reading this after getting back from Salute. If that's the case... *envy-waves in your direction* I wish I'd been there. Maybe someday. But for those of us in the States, Australia, and elsewhere that can only live vicariously through your photos and videos, we wish we were there. In the meantime, let's get some reviews.

This week we have: Lotus, The Exiled: Siege, Ancient Terrible Things, Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails, and Hanamikoji, Yamatai.

The Board Game Quest:

Lotus Review

Players will play petal cards to complete and collect flowers as points. Yes, it really is that straightforward.

The cards, cardboard tokens and small wooden insects are good quality. The insecteeples are especially cute. The art on the petal cards themselves is gorgeous, and when a flower forms on the table, it’s easily photo-worthy.

The Exiled: Siege Review

In The Exiled: Siege, one player takes on the role of the attacker trying to bring his invading force of fantasy-themed armies to bear on the defenders of the castle. When there are more than two players, the extra players share the role of defender.

Each game, the attackers and defenders will spend time building up their fortifications (or army camp for the attacker) and armies, and then conduct a series of attack rounds. The goal for the attacker is to damage the defenders walls (and then city), while the defender just needs to hold out until time expires.


Ancient Terrible Things Review

In this high-stakes pulp action-adventure you are an explorer seeking, facing and overcoming Ancient Terrible Things. Players take on an Intrepid character, all varying slightly in starting swag, to venture down a Dark jungle river, passing through Ominous encounters at Fateful locations to confirm the Ancient secrets (points) of the Fantastical scribblings from the Lone survivor of a previously Doomed expedition. If you fail, you will unleash Terrible things (negative points). And may go Unspeakably mad…

Even I can’t come up with this many colorful adjectives on my own!

Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails Review

Hopefully you’re not surprised to hear that Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails retains the core elements of the basic TTR game: one action per turn; choosing between drawing cards, playing sets of trains, or getting new tickets; and scoring points by connecting two cities across the map based on your tickets. Of course, with two new maps come just a few new twists to the formula.

Hanamikoji Review

Hanamikoji is a two-player hand-management/area-majority game for two players. Players are restaurant owners trying to attract the favor of the geisha masters. The player who wins the favor of four geisha (or geisha with a total charm of 11) at the end of a round wins.

Toucan Play That Game:

Yamatai Review

In this video you can find out my thoughts on Yamatai by Days of Wonder.