I'm taking a break from putting together some Guild Ball models in order to get you your weekly Review Roundup (you can expect the Guild Ball review in the near future from me). So let's get you right to it.
This week we have: Plastic Soldier Company's Panzer IV, Slaughterball, Feldmaster Magnetic Army Carry Case, Runebound Third Edition, Zombie Tower 3D, WWE Superstar Showdown, Kemet: Ta-Seti, Arboretum, Fool’s Gold, and Strife: Shadows and Steam.
Battle Brush Studios:
Plastic Soldier Company's Panzer IV Review
In his latest article Battle Brush Studios' Sigur reviews Plastic Soldier Company's 15mm Panzer IV platoon kit.
The in-depth review covers the historical background of the Panzer IV, takes a close look at the components included, hints about assembly and painting the models.
Play Board Games:
Slaughterball is a sci-fi miniatures sports game that feels like a mix of basketball and hockey or football with some extra violence thrown in for fun.
Feldmaster Magnetic Army Carry Case
The Feldmaster team have just launched their Feldmaster Indiegogo Campaign for a magnetic carry case for wargaming miniatures, we’ve been wishing something like this existed for a long time! The use of magnets in wargaming is becoming more and more common, whether its for magnetic movement trays or magnetised weapon options.
Runebound Third Edition Review
Runebound is a dice-rolling deck-building strategy game for two to four. Each player chooses one hero out of six to play for. You and your friends are in Terrinoth and you are wandering, completing quests, and enjoying yourselves. You encounter Margath the Dragonlord and the Corpse King who represent evil in the land of glory. You have to defeat them or happy days of Terrinoth will be over.
There are two scenarios you can follow: either battle undead or fight with a dragon. All players have the same goal: defeat the enemy but they aren’t working in a team – they are competing against each other. Every hero wants to be the one to slay the dragon.
All Along the Watchtower (A Preview of Zombie Tower 3D)
Love it or hate it, the Zombie theme is one of the most common in the board game world, and it seems like every month a new Zombie game is announced. But with so many titles, each new game has to bring something new to the table or risk simply getting lost in the shuffle.
Zombie Tower 3D has already been released in Japan, but a new kickstarter aims to bring a new English edition to the US Market. Does it stand out from the moaning crowd, or is it just another mindless walking corpse soon to be beheaded by a new champion?
If You Smeellllll What The Rock-Paper-Scissors Is Cooking (A review of WWE Superstar Showdown)
WWE Superstar Showdown is a grid-movement combat game from tie-in pros, Gale Force Nine. It’s recommended for 2-6 players and can supposedly take anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours to play. Buckle in, Sports Entertainment fans, we’re going in no holds barred.
Walk Like an Egyptian (A Review of Kemet: Ta-Seti)
Ta-Seti is an expansion to the uniquely grand Kemet. It focuses on discovering an even older city-state found beyond the border of mythological Egypt. It does not alter the core elements of Kemet. For a refresher – or understanding – of that title, you can check out our review here.
Shut Up & Sit Down:
Review and a Recipe: Arboretum and pasta with trees
The Opener returns! Everyone's favourite series featuring a straightforward game paired with a sexy recipe. Except we're not calling it The Opener any more, it's just "review and a recipe". Nice and simple! Just like the game. And the recipe. And Matt.
Don't be deceived by that svelte little box, though. Not unlike the trees it depicts, Arboretum is beautiful, tough, and all about hidden depths.
Board Game Quest:
Fool’s Gold Review
Fool’s Gold is a worker placement game that takes place in the mid 1800’s during the California gold rush. The object of the game is to amass the biggest fortune (points) by the end of the game. During the game, players will be using prospectors to search for gems and gold nuggets in the 5 different locations on the board. But much like in real life, the more the claims get mined, there will be fewer and fewer opportunities to strike it rich.
Strife: Shadows and Steam Preview
After I got the chance to preview Strife: Legacy of the Eternals from V3G games, I knew it would be a game that, if successful, could spawn a few sequels using a different genre. I guess the brain trust at V3G agreed with me and they have a kickstarter that has already reached funding for Strife: Shadows and Steam.
I really enjoyed the first game in this series of heavy strategy games for only two players. It is a game that just keeps getting better the more you play. Shadows and Steam takes the same core mechanics from the first game and adds a few new wrinkles to the rules all in a new steampunk universe with its own unique champions. Because this game can be played as both a standalone and expansion, I will be doing this preview a little differently. I will first explain the game in full for people who haven’t played the game before and then talk about what is new to the game. Let’s get to it.