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Saturday of a long weekend, too. All. The. Bonus!

But that doesn't mean I'm going to shirk my duties. You want your review articles, and I'm here to give them to you.

So I present to you: Who Knew, Everdawn, Flick 'Em Up, Night of Man, Ra, Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization, Tyrants of the Underdark, VIII Corps: The Somme 1916, Wombat Rescue, Nefarious, Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society, Back to the Future: An Adventure Through Time, Dungeon Time, Bear Valley, and Millennium Blades.

Good times, Saturday. As you read this, I'm hanging out at a Gundam Model Build day at a shop on the South Side of town. After that will hopefully be some Guild Ball. I've already had my tacos lingua.

But as you're here for a review roundup, let's get you a review roundup.

Today we have: Stak Bots Red Expansion, Apotheca, Summit, Meteor, Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Steam Time, Trick of the Rails, and Birds of a Feather.

Renegade Game Studios and Knapsack Games are joining together. Renegade will now co-publish the games created by Knapsack Games. Currently, there's one, with a second coming out soon. The first is Knee Jerk: The Party Game and the other is Apotheca.
Knapsack Games is in their final couple days over on Kickstarter for their Apotheca board game. We took a look at Apotheca in a preview and those of us here in the office really love the game. So, while a lot of other games I simply tell you about, this is one in-particular that I can recommend from personal experience.
We're halfway there, ladies and gentlemen. Halfway to the weekend. If you haven't started making plans, now would be a good time. For those of you in the US, the 4th of July is Saturday. I'm sure cookouts will abound. And if you're at one, why not bring along a game or two to play? There's plenty of party games that would be most welcome at just about any gathering.
For me? I'm going to keep things low-key this weekend. I had two rather busy weekends in a row. So this weekend I'm going to stay at home and cook. What am I going to cook? ... I've not figured that out yet. Suggestions would be welcome (and any accompanying recipes also welcome).

But as for right now, it's time for some bite-sized stories.

This batch includes: Fury is funded with 24 day left, Some More Installments of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, New 32mm Resin bases (Tomb, Urban & Sci-fi Deck) from Dark Art Miniatures, Armorcast's 4th Annual Cinematic Effects Contest is Here, Apex TDBG Expansion Kickstarter is now EU Friendly, Club Fantasci Editorial: Kickstarter Press Releases and Free Promotion, Old Dominion Gameworks posts Post Captain Bonus Ship files, Vending Bot free for July at The Ion Age, and Bullets & Brains Tokens Now Available from Sally 4th.

I, as I mentioned in my post yesterday, am more-than-likely playing 2nd edition D&D when this will be posted to the site.
Some friends I know have a long-running campaign and the DM is writing me in as an occasionally-recurring NPC. Not sure what my character will be (at time of typing), but it should be a good time.

Anyway, that's as may be. Right now, it's time for some game reviews.

In this batch, we have reviews/previews of: Boss Monster 2, Dark City 30 Corner Apartment Building and Gargoyles, Golem Arcana, The Great War, Apotheca, Lord of the Rings board game, Hocus, Paradox, Kaleidoscope, Infinity, Penny Press, Argonauts, Argent: The Consortium, and Star Wars Armada.

In a world where potion making is a cutthroat business, a secret society of Apothecaries exists, lording their skills above all others. The group is known as Apotheca, and you’ve been invited to join. But first, you must compete against other potentials in a black market competition to prove yourself the best potionslinger out there. Welcome to Knapsack Games’ Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society, designed by Andrew Federspiel, backed up by a talented team of designers, artists, and writers.

Hey everybody! (Hey Louie!) CMON Expo 2015 is in full swing. Yesterday was fantastic and today is only going to build on that excitement. There's a lot planned for today, mostly (at least for me and Jared) the various panels. Be sure to check back throughout the day for reports from those panels. We've seen a sort of "Sneak peek of the sneak peeks" and you'll be excited, I'm sure.

But for the moment let's give you the review articles we've found over the course of the week.

In this batch we have reviews/previews of: Tau Ceti: Planetary Crisis, Indigo, Fidelitas,Yggdrasil, Forge War, Alchemists, Apotheca, Buy the Rights, Nations: The Dice Game, Reign: The Card Game, Machi Koro's Harbor Expansion, and Forbidden Stars.

I'm a big fan of abstract board games. It's like a visual puzzle on the board that you play competitively with others. Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society from Knapsack Games is one of those types of games. In it, players play as various apothecaries as they look to collect potion ingredients in order to make their various brews. The first person to complete 3 potions is the winner. Seems simple enough, but it's not.
Breacher18 takes their time to make sure that their reaction to Knee Jerk isn't... umm... knee jerk.


From the post:

Think fast - the first player to give their knee-jerk reaction wins the point!

No. of players: 4-8
Play Time: 10 mins
Age: 9+

Board to Death gives us their in-depth, thought out reaction to Knee Jerk in this video review.
Man, I twisted my knee the other day emptying out one of the containers we got into the warehouse. Still hurts today.

knee jerk


From the website:

Think fast – the first player to give their knee-jerk reaction wins the point! Players rapidly create endings to funny situations in this 4-8 player party game. Each situation lasts 10 seconds, and players get to play simultaneously (i.e. no downtime!).

One player plays as the host, rapidly choosing and announcing situations. The first player to create a valid ending to the situation wins the point. If more than one player answers, the host picks his favorite. The first player to gain three points is the winner!

Club Fantasci's David Lowry takes a look at Knee Jerk by Knapsack Games and gives you his (well thought-out and non-reactionary) thoughts on the situation.



From the website:

You know that situation, the one where you are and your acquaintance friend and your significant others get together finally for dinner after months of saying “yeah, we should do that!” But what do you do to break the ice? How do you get to know each other and get rid of the awkwardness. I hate that feeling. You certainly don’t want to just sit there about talk about work or all about yourself and you know at least one of you is very introverted and won’t just contribute to the conversation. That is when you break out Knee Jerk! The perfect solution to awkward situations so you can move on the a fun evening with people you want to get to know better.