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'tis the season for witches. Groups of them hover around bubbling cauldrons, mixing their various concoctions. And that's just what's being added to The Quacks of Quedlinburg. The Herb Witches, the game's new expansion, is available now. Along with adding new recipes and ingredients, you can even add a 5th player to the action. Are there too many cooks in the kitchen? Nah. There's always room for one more.

Dude! Dude. Duuuuuude! Dude? Dude. *nods sagely* Dude.
It's a word that basically can mean pretty much anything you want it to mean. And, in North Star Games' latest game, Dude, you do just that. Players draw cards with different ways to say dude and you must try and match up with someone else meaning the same thing as you all say dude in different ways. More Dude brings in things like saying dude like a robot or a surfer and such. Both are available exclusively from Target and
We're a scant couple weeks away from Gen Con. With thousands of gamers all descending upon the ICC, it's a great place to debut a new game. And that's what North Star Games is doing with Most Wanted. It's a family-friendly poker game with a touch of the wild west thrown in. A few will be released at the show. But for those that can't make it, you can pre-order on the company's website and get it in October.
North Star Games has announced an update to their sales policies for their games. First off, they've implemented a new Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy (commonly known as a MAPP). They're also starting to issue Channel Restriction Notices to certain resellers, mostly aimed at resellers.
We've made it to Saturday! Woo! *runs around the place with my arms up in the air* Woo!
*takes a moment from my running around to type up the review articles you so desperately desire*

Today we have: Wibbell++, Play Tray UK, Pocket Mars, Master of the Galaxy, Unearth, Evolution: Climate Expansion, Crabs!, Yamatai, Solarius Mission, Skyward, Lorenzo il Magnifico, Exit: The Game, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game, Brutal Kingdom, Burning Rome, and Lords of Waterdeep.

Blame Canada (Day), but it seems that the post got eaten by the system. It happens occasionally, but it's alright. We can rebuild it. We can make it stronger, faster, better... Or mostly the same but with this new intro.

Anyway, this week we have: Werewords, Caverna: Cave vs Cave, Not Alone, Evolution: The Beginning, Black Hat, Big Bang 13.7, Kingdomino, Match Madness, Lady Richmond, Century: Spice Road, Homes: 2 Player Card Game, Coldwater Crown, Quadropolis, and This War Of Mine.

There's all sorts of things that go "bump" in the night. Vampires and werewolves, oh my! Well, now you can add these creatures to your games of In Her Majesty's Name, as there's a new Gothic supplement available to order. Take on all manner of beasts... or become one yourself.
The "busy day" at Gen Con is in full swing. I'm running around like crazy trying to get photos of things. What you're reading now is past me telling you about current me. But past me knows that current you also wants to read about some game reviews. So let's get to it.

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.

Natural Selection. Survival of the Fittest. Evolution. Whatever you decide to call it, it's the process by which organisms change in order to be better-suited for the environment they are in. It's happening all around us all the time, though generally at a pace far too slow for us to really notice. But you can play out such changes in Evolution: Climate, a new board game based on the award-winning Evolution card game.
Wits and Wagers is quite possibly a game you've got sitting on your shelf. They have sold over a million copies, after all. Looking to my left, I see the Party Edition over in our game library. Well, now North Star Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for the Epic Geek Edition, which is being billed as a whole new experience.
North Star Games is going full-on with their game, Evolution. For those that enjoy the game, you'll be glad to know that North Star has decided to continue to support it for at least the next decade. Dominic Crapuchettes has said that they'll be putting $10 million and 10 years of product development into the game to make it unlike anything else in the marketplace. If you've not tried Evolution yet, you'll have a chance at Gen Con. They'll also have the first expansion there.
North Star Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for their new edition of Evolution, their game where you must create the perfect creature to a rather harsh environment. Food is hard to come by and predators lurk everywhere. Can you create the ultimate organism to survive? Not just are they bring you the new edition, but they have their new Flight expansion as part of the campaign as well. They've made it over their funding goal already and they just did an overhaul of their stretch goals.
The Kickstarter will be running for another 23 days.

From the campaign:
As you read this, I'm out playing D&D with my friends. I'm taking my new bard out for a spin. Hopefully, "we'll hide behind the pile of dead bards!" isn't uttered halfway through the adventure... hopefully...

But anyway, on to the review round-up!

This installment has: a look at the Evolution board game, a review of the Heroes of Metro City deck-building game, a look back at D&D's Oriental Adventures, a preview of Nearspace, a review of Cross Hares: Testing Ground, and a preview of The Kingswood.

North Star Games has their Evolution card game now available.


From the announcement:

Big news for us: our game Evolution is now on sale online and in stores! It's been a loooooong time coming. We hope you enjoy it.

North Star Games has started taking pre-orders for their Evolution card game. Get in on the pre-order and you can still get some of the Kickstarter bonuses.



From the announcement:

Outwit your opponents in this light strategy game. Create and adapt your own species in a dynamic ecosystem of limited resources and hungry predators. Faced with carnivores and starvation, you’ll have to evolve to stay alive. Perfect for gamers and families alike, bring out Evolution to turn your game night into an exciting fight for survival.

Evolution is due to ship in early October and you will be notified when your game ships. You will receive the Stretch Goal Pack together with the game.

North Star Games is in their final week for their Evolution card game on Kickstarter. They're 900%+ funded, so be sure to check out the extras.

first player token


From the campaign:

Hi Folks. Hope you all had a great weekend. Only one week left! It looks like we're on track to unlock the Upgraded Start Player Token, and with your help we can get to those Upgraded Player Boards too.

North Star Games thought hearts and spades shouldn't have all the fun and so has created Clubs.
I wonder when diamonds gets their own game.

From the preview:

Clubs combines trick-taking fun with a hint of risk. It’s simple enough for kids, strategic enough for adults. The deck of 60 unique cards opens a new world of play for card game lovers. The goal is simple: get rid of all your cards as fast as possible. At the same time, you’ll want to take tricks with clubs in them, because they are the only cards that score points. But watch out! The last player to get rid of their cards scores nothing, even if they have a huge pile of clubs. Pick up Clubs...and win!

North Star Games has announced a new card game entitled Clubs, because why should the other suits get all the love?

From the announcement:

North Star Games, known for its popular party games Wits & Wagers and Say Anything, will debut its first card game, Clubs™, at the International Toy Fair next week in New York City.

Clubs is an addicting "trick-taking" game. The simple game-play makes Clubs fun for any casual card player, while new strategies and a unique 60-card deck will engage even the most passionate players.