The stock market. I remember that I did a report on it back in grade school... and had no idea what I was talking about. I know, "buy low. Sell high" and all that, but if only there were a game to help me with it... Oh, Hey, Stockpile, as well as its expansion, Illicit Investments. There's even an Epic Edition. And it's all up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
The campaign's around 5x funded with 15 days left to go before the end of trading.
But while I wait for the batch of cookies to cool down enough so I can put them into a tin for transport, let's get you some gaming reviews.
Today we have: Myths at War, Creature College, Deadzone Second Edition, Legends of the American Frontier, Perfect Crime, HOPE, Steam Time, Guilds of London, Stockpile, Slaughterball, Knuckling Knights, Ice Cool, Maze Racers, Odd World, and Bring Your Own Book.
Toucan Play That Game:
Myths at War Review
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Myths at War by GDM Games.
Creature College Review
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Creature College by Happy Otter Games.
Play Board Games:
Deadzone Second Edition Review
Deadzone is a miniatures skirmish that just released its second edition. Read on to see the rules changes and whether they are good or bad.
The Board Game Show:
Legends of the American Frontier Review
Anyone who backed Legends of the American Frontier on Kickstarter waited a long time for their game to arrive, which in a way is apropos. Receiving a game in the Wild West from across the country or from the other side of the world was like barkin’ at a knot. Perhaps the anticipation was worth the wait? Let’s find out.
At its core, Legends (that’s how the cool kids refer to it) is about creating your personal story in the Wild West before — presumably — dying of dysentery, typhoid, diphtheria, or at the hands of a dentist or doctor administering drugs laced with alcohol or opium. Follow the link to read the full review!
Perfect Crime Kickstarter Review
In Perfect Crime one player takes on the role of the bank and must fend off the remaining players who are bank robbers attempting to break into the bank, open the vault and get out with as much swag as possible.
HOPE Kickstarter Review
What do you say when an excitable, well dressed French chap grabs your attention and invites you to take a look at a new board game with a novel twist? You say “yes” of course. Such was the situation I was in at the recent UK Games Expo when introduced to the upcoming Kickstarter game: HOPE.
On first inspection, it’s a very vibrant, hex-based board game with a lot of swirls, blobs and most notably, a space-theme. Colour me interested. The premise is reminiscent of Mass Effect - In the future, there is a force (the Regression) moving through the universe obliterating galaxies as it goes and it’s up to you to stop it. HOPE is a cooperative game where you all work to deposit Pioneers on planets in each galaxy to stop the Regression from taking them. There’s a race going on – colonise enough galaxies with sufficient Pioneers in time and you win, take too long and the Regression beats you.
Board to Death TV:
Steam Time Review
It’s the year 1899, and strange phenomena are being observed in places like Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt. Time goes crazy, and newly discovered crystals have exhibited strange properties that allow for the creation of fantastic apparatuses.
In a race to exploit these discoveries, the rapidly industrializing nations have used them to construct gigantic steam-driven airships to travel through time and space. In Steam Time, the race is on for long-lost knowledge, vanished cultures, and hidden treasures. Travel to past ages, search for crystals, and use your crystals wisely to stay ahead of your competitors.
Creature College Review
To win the coveted Creature College Cup, you must collect more victory points than your opponents. Victory points (VPs) can be won by collecting creatures, completing missions, building your research lab, and smacking down your enemies! Creature College is played in three university terms: Spring, Autumn and Winter. Each term consists of three bidding rounds and one battle round. At the end of twelve rounds the game ends and the player with the most VPs wins.
Drive Thru Review:
Guilds of London Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (00:57); final thoughts and review (12:13)
Intro (00:00); game overview (00:52); final thoughts and review (10:18)
Board Game Quest:
In Slaughterball, each player (from here on referred to as “coach” to avoid confusion) controls a team of futuristic players in a grueling match of combat and scoring. During the game, coaches can activate up to 3 different players on their turn, who can take 2 actions each. The coach’s main goal will be to score points, which can be accomplished by either throwing the ball into the goal or knocking down and hurting other players. Once six periods have been completed, the game ends and the team with the most points is the winner.
Knuckling Knights Review
Throughout the countryside, people are talking about the greatest knights’ tournament of all time going on at King Benjamin’s castle. Today, the knight’s task is to find the secret door hidden in the castle. Players will roll the die to determine if they will add knights to the rumble or find the elusive door. When the door is pulled, the knights will cascade onto the board hoping to avoid the pitfalls on the castle lawn. If knights manage to survive the scrum, they will go back to fight another day. The player with the most knights left at the end of the round will earn a gold coin, with two needed to win the game.
Meeples & Miniatures:
Ice Cool Review
Ice Cool is the new dexterity board game from designer Brian Gomez and published by Brain Games. In a nutshell, it’s a flicking game with penguins.
The General in His Labyrinth (a review of Maze Racers)
Maze Racers is a maze building dexterity game for two (or more) players. Players simultaneously design mazes and then race through the opponent’s maze. The first player to complete the maze is the winner.
Pluto Strikes Back! (A Review of Odd World)
Odd World is a quick-playing, set collection card game with a very simple, yet compellingly clever push-your-luck mechanism. More importantly it justly returns Pluto to its honored cosmic status.
The goal in this dwarf game (see how insulting that sounds, IAU…?!?!) is to collect sets of planets – including but not limited to Pluto. The catch is that only sets comprising an odd number are worth points. Any set of even numbers is worthless. Each card back illustrates two of the nine possible planets in our solar system. And one of those two will be represented on its front face, as well. So you have a 50/50 idea of what planet is on a given card.
Of Pages, Prompts, and Parties (a review of Bring Your Own Book)
Bring Your Own Book is a party game for three to eight players. Players find phrases in books that respond to the card prompts, and players are given cards for good answers. The first player to reach a certain number of cards wins.
Each player brings to the game a book–any book. On each turn, a new player draws the top card from the stack and reads the prompt. Players then search their books for a good answer to the prompt. The first player to find an answer shouts, “Got it!” and turns over the timer. The remaining players have until the timer runs out to find an answer. Players read their answers to the prompt, and then players vote on which answer was the best. (Ties are broken by the player who drew the card.) The player who gave the best answer receives the card with the prompt on it, and it is the next player’s turn.
This time around we have articles on: Food Fighters, Sol: Last Days of a Star, Monarch, Zombie Tower 3D, Sector Prime, Cosmic Run, Good Cop Bad Cop Undercover, Stockpile, Aether Captains, Let Them Eat Shrimp, Rolling America, Poison Bottles, Expedition, Raid and Trade, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Mexica, Fantasy Football, The Ravens of Thri Sahashri, King’s Forge, and Steam Time.
Board To Death TV:
Food Fighters Review
Food fighters is a fun and light two-player battle game – each player controls a team of foods trying to win a food fight against the opposing team. First player to knock out three matching foods from the other team wins!
You and your opponent each control a faction of fighting foods. On your turn, you can move a Foodfighter, or roll dice to attack an opponent (that your Foodfighter is thinking about and that is in reach), or roll for Beans (cash). After that you can spend your Beans to buy awesome gear from the store or Power cards that are unique to your team. Then it’s the other guy’s turn. Keep going until you’ve knocked out three of a kind on your opponent’s team, and you’ve won!
Sol: Last Days of a Star Review
Sol: Last Days of a Star is a board game for two to five players where each player represents a different planetary effort to transmit as much energy from the Sun back to their Ark as they can to escape the solar system before the Sun explodes!
In Monarch you play as an heir to the throne. Your mother, the Queen, has lived out her years and will soon pass on the crown. The time has come for you and your siblings to demonstrate your intelligence, compassion, bravery, and strength as leaders. Out perform your siblings to demonstrate your ingenuity and strength. Choose strategies that will bring prosperity to the land and glory to your court. Defend the realm from threats and famine. Only the player with the most majestic court will be named heir.
Zombie Tower 3D Review
In Zombie Tower 3D, you will play as a one of the characters trapped inside a building crawling with zombies. Working with your teammates, you must try to evacuate the building before it collapses. But beware! Zombies will appear out of nowhere every so often, craving for your flesh. There are also other desperate survivors in the building, waiting to be rescued. You must search the building for various tools to fight off the zombies, save survivors, and evacuate from the building!
Sector Prime Review
Sector Prime is a fast paced 4X board game using a balanced dice rolling mechanic that avoids a runaway winner and also keeps the game exciting and balanced right to the end. The unique design of the tiles provides a completely new game board each time, requiring players to adapt the strategies each time they play!
Cosmic Run Review
Cosmic Run is a quick, push-your-luck, space race for 1-4 players. On a turn, a player rolls dice and must commit at least 1 of them to one of the various exploration tracks or to an alien card. Some of the tracks require multiple identical dice, with the most valuable tracks costing many identical dice. However, once a player commits a die, it cannot be moved. So players have to decide between a conservative approach (making sure and steady progress along less valuable tracks) or an aggressive approach (pushing one’s luck to try to move up the highly valued tracks).
Good Cop Bad Cop Undercover Preview
In the second expansion to Good Cop Bad Cop, you are leaving your badge and uniform at home as you go undercover as a common criminal to get to the bottom of who’s honest and who’s crooked around here. Good luck!
In Good Cop Bad Cop, your identity is determined by 3 cards in front of you. You’re either Honest or Crooked and you need to find the leader of the opposing team so you can take a gun and take ’em out.
This expansion adds a unique ability for each player (their undercover assignment), 12 additional Equipment cards, and a Cover, which lets you protect one of your Integrity cards from investigation.
Stockpile is an economic board game that combines the traditional stockholding strategy of buy low, sell high with several additional mechanisms to create a fast-paced, engaging and interactive experience.
Aether Captains Review
Aether Captains is a steampunk themed, scenario-based, asymmetric board game for 1-5 players.
One player commands the mighty naval zeppelins of the Grand Compact: Dauntless and Dominion. As Commander, you have been tasked by the Emperor to defend the Grand Compact and Arkady from the merciless sky pirates. With your staunch crew of steam welders, engineers, navigators and gunners, you fly with honor to confront the pirates threatening Arkady.
Let Them Eat Shrimp Review
Let Them Eat Shrimp! has two ways to play. The beginner’s game is suitable for younger players, while the advanced version adds more strategy and depth, as well as more danger; in this version of the game, players might be knocked out early if they can’t spawn quickly enough or if their eggs are devoured by the roaming sharks. The game also includes multiple game board components, which can be mixed and match for variety and various skill levels.
I’ve Been Everywhere, Man (a review of Rolling America)
Rolling America is a pen-and-paper puzzle game for one or more players. Each round players will roll six dice, two at a time, and each player must assign those dice to states in their US map or take an X. The player with the fewest Xes at the end of the game wins.
Poison Bottles Review
It has a cool design and well-balanced mechanics and also it is highly strategic game for your brains and also you will have a lot of ways to achieve victory. Poison bottles has successfully raised 3,253$ with 178 backers and there are 5 options for backers.
The most interesting thing about the Expedition Game is that it uses the app on android or iOS devices and cards. So, app deals with math and you just enjoy the game! It is amazing because the majority of RPG games have a lot of difficulties with all the attack factors, defense and so on.
Raid and Trade Review
When the apocalypse arrives us gamers are going to be very prepared. Whether it's fighting zombies or curing diseases we'll have played enough games set in the post-apocalyptic wasteland that we'll know exactly what to do and Raid and Trade is another game that can train you up for the worst.
Set in the remains of a once great city, you will venture forth from a central base, raiding dwellings, gathering junk and crafting items in a hope to gain entry into the Golden City. It's kind of like a board game version of Fallout 4 but without the 50s Americana.
Board Game Quest:
Dead Men Tell No Tales
Today we are going to be looking at Dead Men Tell No Tales, a cooperative board game published by Minion Games. In Dead Men Tell No Tales, players take on the roles of a rough and tumble pirate crew trying to loot a sinking, burning ship. Does Dead Men Tell No Tales provide enough entertainment to keep its head above water in this crowded genre? Time to find out.
Dead Men Tell No Tales is a cooperative board game for 2-5 players that plays in about 60 minutes. Dead Men Tell No Tales plays best with 3-4 players.
Shut Up & Sit Down:
Quinns and Matt want you to come on holiday with them! Come along to the ancient city of Tenochtitlan. Don't worry, it'll be demolished again once we're done with it.
Mexica was a bit of a surprise for us. We hadn't heard anything about it, but this city's as simple, beautiful and solid as the stone temples that dominate it. Ooh, and the Aztec clubbing scene is killer. Tell 'em Crash Bandicoot sent you.
Clutching at Bannisters: A Heartfelt Review of Fantasy Football
It's 6:45 on a Friday night, I’ve just got off a flight from Cologne to London and I'm attempting to tether the internet from my phone to my really old, really rubbish and currently really unresponsive laptop. This would be annoying enough if I wasn't also attempting to manoeuvre through some horrendous London traffic in a beaten-up old jallopy. I know even using your phone (no less a phone AND a laptop) whilst driving is reckless and stupid but there's an excuse for my idiocy: it's the evening of my NFL Fantasy Draft.
Toucan Play That Game:
The Ravens of Thri Sahashri Review
In this video you can find out my final thoughts on The Ravens of Thri Sahashri by Osprey Games.
Play Board Games:
King’s Forge Review
King’s Forge is a where you are rival blacksmiths competing to earn the king’s favor. But at its heart it is a dice game that combines luck and strategy.
Steam Time Review
In Steam Time you work for the organization T.I.M.E. and are trying to earn their esteem in order to win the game. See if you can best your friends in this worker placement board game.