Remember going to restaurants? I do. And one of the most fun experiences was going to a hibachi restaurant and watching your food get cooked by talented chefs right in front of you. It's dinner and a show. But while we shouldn't go out to restaurants right now, we can still live vicariously through games, like Hibachi by Grail Games. The project is up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Hibachi is a dexterity game, but tactics, timing, and money management all play a part. Hibachi’s mixed mechanisms keep the game feeling fresh. With its dash of interaction, stirred up with the meaningful decisions that are made every turn. It’s time for the rebirth of this classic!
Hibachi benefits from a fun theme mixed with hilarious gameplay. Players must throw chips on the board, knocking other chips around with unexpected results, but they must also plan ahead, striving to build a strategy that will allow them to collect the ingredients they need! There’s truly nothing like it.
Hibachi is an energetic and tactile game, with a fast pace. Rules are explained easily, making it simple to learn and play. Its unique mix of dexterity and strategy-building makes Hibachi the perfect game for almost EVERYONE!
The campaign is up and over its funding goal with 11 days left to go.
Sure, you could use a boat of some kind like a kayak or whatnot to get from place to place along the coast. But if you can have horses inland, why can't you have some kind of animal help you out in the ocean? Maybe the whales could be of service. At least, they can be in Whale Riders, a new board game from Grail Games that's up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Welcome to Whale Riders - Grail Games' sixth collaboration with designer Reiner Knizia and artist Vincent Dutrait, and our 18th Kickstarter campaign. We hope you may come along for the ride...!
Here at Grail Games, we love what we do, we love great games and we love our fans. To thank our followers for helping us to make some fun board games over the last six years, we have lowered the pledge price for this game as low as it can go. We have subsidised shipping costs as much as we can. We don't want you to miss out on pledging for Whale Riders, because we aren't sure how many copies will make it to retail.
Whale Riders is a new design with a classic feel from famed game designer Reiner Knizia. In 45 minutes of play, 2-6 players will race to the end of the Ice Coast and back, buying and selling as many resources as possible, to make the money needed to acquire the richest prizes. Will you skip opportunities to gain the greatest treasures, or will you make your money slowly along the way?
Each player has two actions per turn, but a lot they will want to accomplish. Sail? Buy? Sell? Draw more order cards? All the while, your opponents might be sailing past and beating you to what's on offer down the coast! Once all the precious pearls have been purchased, the game will end and the player with the most pearls will win!
As you can see from the featured image, it's already funded with 11 days left to go.
If there was ever a game that seemed destined to come back again, it'd be Boomerang. And that's just what's happening up on Kickstarter now. Grail Games is running a campaign for a new edition of Boomerang: Australia, but this return comes with extras. There's two other Boomerang-games coming back with it.
From the campaign:
WELCOME! This Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds for the new and updated English edition of the Boomerang: Australia game, AND the first English editions of the all-new sister titles: Boomerang: Europe and Boomerang: USA!
As a special thank you, backers of all three Boomerangs will also receive the exclusive mini-expansion Boomerang: Around the World for free!
In Boomerang: Australia, the "true blue" card game, players travel round the great south land, trying to visit amazing places and do as much as possible. But will the cards you want to see come back to you?
Pass your cards and take note of where you have been and what you have seen!
Boomerang could be described as a card drafting game (like 7 Wonders or Sushi Go!), mixed with a roll-and-write game (like Yahtzee, or Qwixx).
Each turn, players select one card from their hand to play, and then pass the rest to the next player to choose from. Will you take what you really want, or a different card, so as to deprive another player of something cool?
At the end of each round, players mark different things off on their score sheets, corresponding to what they earned from the cards they selected.
There is no other game exactly like Boomerang!
Thanks to our fabulous Kickstarter backers, in 2018 Grail Games successfully funded the first edition of Boomerang. When our French partner Matagot asked to revisit the artwork and rules for their edition, designer Scott Almes, Grail and the Matagot team came up with something so special we decided to produce the new edition for the English market as well :)
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! We now have THREE Boomerang games planned for release!
The campaign is up and over its funding goal with 8 days left to go.
Today we have: Scythe, Medici, Evolution: Climate, Kraftwagen, Bear Valley, Oh My Goods, Here, Kitty, Kitty, The Grizzled, Bureaunauts, Cigar Box Battle Mats, Viticulture, Euphoria, Old School Tactical, Star Bastards, and Ember.
Drive Thru Review:
Medici Micro Review
Evolution: Climate Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:17); final thoughts and review (11:38)
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:08); final thoughts and review (14:56)
Bears to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right (a review of Bear Valley)
Bear Valley is a push-your-luck exploration game for two to six players. Players are trying to reach the destination camp. The first player there wins.
Bricks and Timber and Grain Oh My (A Review of Oh My Goods!)
Your goal in Oh My Goods! is to create the most valuable production chains possible. You will do this by constructing buildings that produce goods which can be sold to fund the construction of further production buildings and so on and so on. That’s the idea anyway. Knowing what needs to be done is different than actually doing it, so let’s get into the nitty gritty.
Herding Cats (A Review of Here, Kitty, Kitty)
For some undisclosed, insane reason you’re actually trying to collect the most feline critters in Here, Kitty, Kitty! Why you would want to do this is beyond me. Then again, you’re not just any old stereotypical cat lady taking in every random stray. No, you want to try to collect as many from the same litter as possible. Because, breeding? You know the old idiom, “Keep no more cats than can catch mice?” Fur-get about it!
Board Game Quest:
The Grizzled Review
In The Grizzled, players attempt to complete missions while avoiding threats and hard knocks that can impact the team’s ability to complete the mission. On their turn, players will play cards from their hands to no man’s land, ideally without adding a third matching threat (symbol) to the board. Players can withdraw from the mission at any time, but the number of cards that players have in their hand at the end of the round will affect the amount of threats added to the deck.
In Bureaunauts, players are racing to try to complete as many of their career goals as possible. Each player is a peg in the galactic corporate ladder and they must shrewdly use their photons (the game’s currency) to file paperwork, explore the galaxy and fight the denizens that inhabit it. As players climb the ladder, they will be promoted and gain influence with the department heads of the corporation, who will eventually determine who the new galactic CEO is… and also the winner of the game.
Meeples & Miniatures:
Cigar Box Battle Mats Review
Cigar Box Battles is a company based in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States, and is run by Cory Ring and Chris Ward. They started the company in 2014, with a goal of letting wargamers game on tables that were beautiful to look at, but also easy to store and transport (no poster tubes!) This would this enable gamers to easily change the terrain over which they fought, rather than being stuck with a single gaming table. In addition, they wanted gamers to be able to place hills and other undulating terrain under the mat, thus making the final table look more realistic – this meant that the mats had to be produced in a material which was both flexible and heavy enough to drape pleasingly over whatever gamers placed underneath it.
Board games come in all shapes and sizes and in various types, usually involving hunting something, trading something or running away from something. The subject of oenology isn’t one that immediately springs to mind when listing subjects for games, but Stonemaier beg to differ. Viticulture is just that – a worker placement board game covering the many and varied aspects of vintnery and sommelliery.
Controlling the masses under the oppressive heel of authority isn’t as easy as you may think – a notion captured rather well by Euphoria from Stonemaier Games. In this dystopian worker placement game, you play the role of a middle manager – a term I’ve been described as in the past which I took considerable objection to – who’s taken upon themselves to take control of the city of Euphoria. Doing so requires the players to influence the four areas of the board to their advantage whilst denying their opponents the same luxury, represented by stars. Place all 10 of your stars and you win the game.
The Board Game Show:
Old School Tactical Review
When I think of “old school” wargames, I conjure up fond memories of playing Panzer Leader on a tiny table in a friend’s home when we were in junior high school. At the time this experience was entirely new to me, and the idea of moving beyond the toys in our Guns of Navarone playsets to an “adult” game of WWII warfare with hexes and units felt almost taboo, and therefore irresistible. Bleeding through the combat on the map board was a realism that couldn’t be denied. It was if the futures of real men inside the cardboarOld School Tactical featuredd pieces hung in the balance while two undisciplined 13-year-olds determined their fates... Follow the link for the full review!
Toucan Play That Game:
Star Bastards Review
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Star Bastards.
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Ember by District 31.