Grand Gamer's Guild
There are a lot of animal species out there that aren't doing so great. The world is changing and many animals are having a hard time keeping up. It's up to us to help out where we can. That's where Endangered: New Species comes in. It's a new expansion that adds new animals to the Endangered game and gives players ways to help out and save the animals we love. The new expansion is up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Endangered is the original game system that New Species expands. It is a cooperative game where you must save a species that is on the edge of extinction. This means that all of the players are working together to try and defeat the challenges the game throws at you. Though you all have different roles with unique advantages, you will all either win the game together, or lose the game together. The game is not easy to win... but losing is a lesson! Come back stronger the next time with a different plan, better communication, and tighter teamwork!
The incredible enthusiastic response for the base game and the first three scenarios (Tigers, Sea Otters, and Giant Pandas) made it clear that fans wanted more. There is a whole world of threatened creatures out there for us to highlight and learn about. Endangered: New Species introduces a wide variety of new content to the Endangered system. Several new animal species and their unique challenges are included, such as the Polar Bear and the threat of melting icecaps, the Sea Turtle's harrowing journey, and the Jaguar & Tapir with their intertwined predator/prey relationship. A new Role, the Celebrity, gives players a new approach. The box is packed with new content for the thrilling game system that always keeps players on the edge of their seats!
This week we have: Pocket Ops, Envyra, Mysthea, Iquazu, Time Barons, Byzanz, Wonderland: Vast: Fearsome Foes Expansion, Pulsar 2849, and Zoo Ball.
One Board Family:
Pocket Ops Review
You are competing against a rival spymaster to send teams of agents into a secret base to steal the infamous Doomsday Device. Can you out wit and predict your opponents’ moves before they nab the device for themselves?
Pocket Ops is a 2-player game from Grand Gamers Guild and illustrated by Josh Cappel. It’s a game that takes just minutes to pick up because we’ve all played this game before. It’s called Tic-Tac- Toe. Before you say “for real?”, Pocket Ops takes the basic premise of this childhood game and creates something that is tactical and fun for any age player. The game introduces some fun mechanics that keeps players looking for the best move and trying to predict their opponents’ next deployment.
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Mysthea a brand new game \to just successfully kickstart from Tabula Games! They are still offering a late pledge so you may want to get in on this one as its a fantastic game with lots to offer, huge re-play-ability, awesome miniatures and very good high color artwork. they really pulled it all together in this title and its not one to miss for the collection.
In Iquazu, you take on the role of the Inox people who are trying to protect their valuable gems from the evil Rhujas. Where’s the best place to hide gems? In the rock wall behind the waterfall where any interlopers will need to contend with slippery rocks, dangerous water snakes, and a dragon named Silon. You want to be the best at hiding gems, presumably so the tribe doesn’t kick you out for being an inept gem-hider.
Time Barons Review
Time Barons is all about tableau building, card activation and managing affairs as best as possible while they crumble around you. You begin your chronological journey with one home site and ten followers. These represent trifling dupes you will attract and protect to secure victory, except when you exploit them for your own gain. You also start with five Level I cards and the rest of the deck is separated and stacked by their four Levels, broadly representing generic epochs. Your goal is to wipe out all opposing followers, or retain the most after exhausting three draw piles.
Byzanz is a hand management/set collection card game for three to six players. Players are merchants trading goods trying to amass the biggest profit. The player with the most points wins.
Board Game Quest:
Wonderland is played as a 4×4 grid of cards and each player has a hand of seven cards that will make up this grid. The red queen controls the column edge, while Alice controls the rows. The remaining 3×3 area is Wonderland, where players compete for control.
Vast: Fearsome Foes Expansion Review
The Fearsome Foes expansion presents players with three new characters which equates to six new combinations available to play due to the dual nature of each character. For example, the Unicorn character can be played as a new character using some of the Dragon components or it can be added as an NPC role. Each of the other two characters have a similar nature.
Pulsar 2849 Review
Space is one of my favorite themes for a board game. X-Wing Miniatures, Space Hulk, Armada…the list goes on.
The excitement of facing down your opponent be it in a starfighter or onboard a derelict vessel, making strategic plans and rolling dice to determine success of failure is just plain fun.
Pulsar 2849 (henceforth known as Pulsar) fits in this category as well….assuming your idea of a space themed game is not so much about combat but more focused on the cutthroat business of energy harnessing….
Yep. Pulsar is a VP collecting, non-combat space themed Euro.
Zoo Ball Review
Zoo Ball can be played with either 2 or 4 players. Regardless of the player count, learning the gameplay is extremely simple. Each player gathers a team of 4 animals (3 blockers and 1 scorer). The teams differ in color/art only.
Once setup on the game mat players will alternate turns flicking discs at their opponent’s goal. On a players turn, they can either flick their scorer, or all three of their blockers. Should a token go off the mat, it’s returned to the edge, unless it goes off on your opponent’s side, in which case it’s returned to your side.
A point is scored when a scorer disc makes it fully inside the goal. First to 3 points wins in a 2p game, first to score wins in a 4p game.
But my drinking habits aside, I know you're here for your weekly dose of reviews. So let's get to it.
Today we have: Exit the Game, Ascended Kings, Stroop, Component Collector & Dice Tray, DeepWars, Beasts of Balance, Jaipur iOS, Clank! Sunken Treasures Expansion, Isle of Monsters, Qwinto, Downforce, Century: Spice Road, Fistful of Lead - Reloaded, Watson & Holmes, and Zooloretto.
Toucan Play That Game:
Exit the Game Spoiler-Free Review
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Exit the Game by Thames and Kosmos.
Ascended Kings Preview
In this paid video you can find out about Ascended Kings by Incarnate Games.
Stroop Card Game Review
theMCGuiRE review take a look at Stroop, and new game from Grand Gamer's Guild. In this game you are basically fighting the clock (other players) to outsmart your own mind as every card plays a trick it needs to handle. So get ready and strap in because in this fun and fast party game, you are going to have a blast with 2-4 players!!
Dog Might Games Component Collector and Dice Tray Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Dogmight's brand new component collector and one of their very nice and custom dice trays. These guys are making some very cool gaming components and I have been impressed with the artistic style on their products.
Today we’re going to take a look at Antimatter Games DeepWars, a 28mm miniature war game of underwater combat set in an alternate Earth in the 17th Century. I’d like to give a shout out to Eric over at Antimatter Games for sending us their game for us to take a look at.
Board Game Quest:
Beasts of Balance Review
In Beasts of Balance, players are trying to earn the most points by stacking creatures and other shapes onto a digitally connected platform (called a plinth in the game). As players stack items onto the plinth, the integrated app will reveal how the new shape interacts with the digital world. The goal of the game is to earn the most points, which is done by creating and caring for the animals you place.
Jaipur iOS Review
Merchants trading camels, spices, fabrics, and treasures is the subject of Jaipur. Players will aim to trade in sets of cards to gain points, hoping to use their trading ability with the market to force their opponent to take lesser value sets. Most victory points wins, and two out of three games wins a match.
Clank! Sunken Treasure Expansion Review
The main aspect that Sunken Treasures adds to Clank! is the danger of water. Each room or Crystal Cave can now be “flooded”, giving the space an extra bit of danger. Each turn that characters remain completely in water (moving only in flooded rooms/caves), they take one damage from suffocation. This is avoided by starting a turn or at some point moving to a non-flooded room.
In addition to the new board (double sided), the new cards, monsters, and market items interact with this concept. SCUBA gear (Sorcery Created Underwater Breathing Apparatus) dispels the perils of underwater travel making a stop at the market even more of a priority. SCUBA also aids in the speed of movement between particular flooded rooms.
Isle of Monsters Review
Players act as monster wranglers aiming to collect the right group of monsters to scare “the crowd” and their neighbors. Each monster is aligned with a type (earth, fire, water) and monsters can scare either from being the strongest or by having a type that scares another type (i.e. water scares fire). Each time a monster scares, it collects a certain amount of points. The player with the most points at the end wins.
In Qwinto, each player will attempt to complete as many numbers as possible on their score sheet to score points. There are three different colored rows and a die in each of those three colors. Depending on what die (or dice) is rolled limits the row that you can write the result into, but your results have to ascend from left to right and you can’t use a duplicate number in a row or column.
The game ends when a player has completed two rows or a player has rolled four failures and then the player with the most points wins.
Drive Thru Review:
Intro (00:00); game overview (02:24); final thoughts and review (08:38)
Century: Spice Road Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:07); final thoughts and review (05:15)
Meeples & Miniatures:
Fistful of Lead - Reloaded Review
Fistful of Lead: Reloaded is a set of wargaming rules for ‘Gunfights in the Wild West’, published by Wiley Games. It was funded by a kickstarter project which was launched in November 2015, which had 132 backers and raised just over $8,000.
Watson & Holmes Review
Watson & Holmes is a competitive mystery game. Included are 13 scenarios, each providing a different story, set of locations, and solution.
The game is begun by reading the scenario introduction and the two or three questions that need answering. From there, players race to investigate characters, locations, and items to find the answers to those questions.
In Zooloretto you are a zoo administrator working to grow and manage a wildlife park as efficiently as possible by collecting sets of animals without taking in ones that you have no room for.
The core “add or take” mechanism is the same principle used in the earlier published Coloretto. Indeed, today so many card game versions are produced from popular board games. Yet Schacht seemingly did the reverse (before the cool kids were doing it). His card game actually predates this board implementation, which adds additional moving parts.
To administer their parks, players collect sets of animals, kiosks and extra money as they come in by truck. On a turn, you must take one of three possible actions.