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Review Roundup

Hey kids. It's Saturday! If you're like me, you're at the LGS, hanging out and talking/playing games. I hope you're doing that, anyway. I mean, it's what Saturday's for!
It's also for reviews. So let's get to it.

This week we have: Heldentaufe, Monster Trap, Galaxy of Train: New Order, Lords of Hellas, Bestiary 6, New York Slice, Orphan Black, Sailing Towards Osiris, Perdition's Mouth: Abyssal Rift, Moons, Adrenaline, and Terraforming Mars.

Toucan Play That Game:

Heldentaufe Review

In this video you can find out my thoughts on Heldentaufe.

Monster Trap Preview

In this paid video you can find out about Monster Trap by New Comet Games.

Galaxy of Train: New Order Review

In this paid video you can find out about Galaxy of TRIAN: New Order by CreativeMaker.

theMCGuiRE review:

Lords of Hellas Review

theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Lords of Hellas a brand new game from Awaken Realms. This is a prototype version of the game but very special in many ways! Custom painted resin miniatures and a super limited special made box (watch the video for what "special" magic this box does).

The Kickstarter is coming to us end of May/early June and will feature new game play additions, extra miniatures, solo game play rules and much more. This is your chance to get your hands on the game super early before it comes out! So subscribe and have a chance to win my copy of the prototype version with special resin miniatures and epic custom box!

The quality on this one is off the charts and I cant wait to see what all they do with this game in the upcoming Kickstarter.

Nerds on Earth:

Bestiary 6 Review reviews Bestiary 6, the latest hardback book for the Pathfinder RPG.

Board Game Quest:

New York Slice Review

It’s not clear who the players’ roles are in New York Slice, but what is clear is that players will be dividing up and selecting slices of pizza from a random pie. Majority scoring occurs for the number of slices each player has acquired, with the number of points matching the number of slices available in the game. Chalkboard tiles grant special abilities for an additional variety of scoring opportunities.

Orphan Black Review

In Orphan Black, players are assigned a faction and three specific clone targets. They play influence cards to try to move clones to their faction without tipping off everyone to their loyalties. After all 9 clones have been resolved, players score bonus points for their targets and any correct accusations they made. The player with the most points wins.

Sailing Towards Osiris Preview

Sailing Towards Osiris is a game that simulates the building of monuments and tributes to win an election… sort of like in the United States, except in Egypt.

The Pharaoh has died and he has no heirs. Governors (the players) have four rounds to build the greatest tribute to Osiris in honor of the recently deceased Pharaoh, with the wining governor becoming the Pharaoh’s successor.

Perdition's Mouth: Abyssal Rift Review

In Perdition’s Mouth, player’s are delving into the depths of a cultist stronghold to embark on a series of missions. The game can be played as one-off sessions, or as a linked campaign.

During the game, each player choose a unique hero to command and must work together if they hope to make it out of the rift alive. The gameplay embraces the eurogamer style of play, eschewing dice rolling and hacking-and-slashing for a more unique rondel based action system. Players definitely need to employ solid teamwork and tactics if they hope to survive.


Moons Review

As a trick-taking card game Moons orbits the genre fairly closely, but also adds some twists to rocket up the fun. It is a plain trick-taking game with no trumps. That is, instead of capturing cards worth points, winning a trick allows you to take a moon token that is worth a point at the end of the game – more if part of a set.

Adrenaline Review

Adrenaline is an action game all about blasting your friends into tiny bits with the biggest, coolest guns.

On your turn, you can move, shoot, or pick up items (guns or ammo). After 2 actions you can reload your guns, then score any kills you made during your turn before play passes onward to the next player!

The weapons are where the heart of this game dwells. Each weapon (in addition to having a cool name and FPS-style design) has an effect that typically deals out damage based on your target’s proximity. Most guns have multiple possible effects, and some allow you to spend ammunition when you put the gun into play to increase its effectiveness. For example, one gun lets you choose to deal a lot of damage to one player, or spread out the damage to multiple players in the same space. There are guns that shoot through walls, guns that suck your target towards you, guns that let you run up, smash someone for damage, and then run away.

You’ll need ammo to power your guns, so you’ll pick up tiles that let you collect ammo cubes and someimtes item cards that grant additional powered abilities.

Terraforming Mars Review

Terraforming Mars is a resource-management engine-building game for one to five players. Players represent corporations who are working to make Mars inhabitable. The game ends when the three global parameter minimums–oxygen, temperature, and oceans–have been met. The player who contributes the most to the terraforming effort is the winner.