People love Scythe from Stonemaier Games. They also love My Little Scythe. Soon, they'll have a whole new thing to love as My Little Scythe is getting itself an expansion. It's called Pie in the Sky and pre-orders will start up later this month.
From the website:
Pie in the Sky begins on the eve of the 3000th Harvest Tournament, where stories are retold of Pomme’s ancient animals venturing into distant lands to establish their own kingdoms. To accomplish this, Pomme’s founders worked together to build the legendary Airship Kai, imbuing it with the best knowledge from all nine animal species. Sharing the ship’s powers and speed, each kingdom established its foundations. But one year, the airship and its Fox and Owl passengers journeyed into the far frontiers and were never seen or heard from again … until now.
As animals gather for the milestone tournament, the fabled lost airship emerges from the horizon, carrying Seekers from the Fox and Owl kingdoms. As if this reunion isn’t reason enough for celebration, Pomme’s Seekers realize that Airship Kai still responds to each animal species. The stage is set for the greatest Harvest Tournament in 3000 years!
Some may say that ignorance is bliss. Heck, the name of this expansion is that. But being ignorant of the pre-release sale for the new Ignorance is Bliss expansion for Euphoria from Stonemaier Games means you'll not get your game as soon as it's available and you'll spend more money on it. So, maybe in this case, ignorance isn't bliss.
From the announcement:
We're excited to open a 4-day preorder period for the expansion to Euphoria, Ignorance Is Bliss! Details and rules for this robust expansion are on this page on our website and the Euphoria Facebook group.
Discounted products during this preorder period include the expansion itself, the new printing of the core game (which now includes Game Trayz custom trays in the box; this is available separately from the Geek Store), and an optional game board. Top Shelf Gamer is also offering a a special discount on their Euphoria realistic token bundle.
Stonemaier Games is now taking pre-orders for their upcoming card-driven engine-building game, Wingspan. Those that order during this week (up until the 8th) are guaranteed a set from their first print run, and at a special discounted price. So start off 2019 on a high note and spread your wings.
From the announcement:
If you pre-order from Stonemaier Games, we'll ship it to you by mid-January. This is followed by the worldwide retail release date on March 8, 2019. Please consider the following:
- Availability: Pre-orders are open to everyone, and if you order from us between January 2-8, we can guarantee that you'll get a copy from the first print run at a discount. After that, any remaining games will be sent to distributors to sell to retailers for the March retail release. We will continue to make more print runs as long as there is demand for them.
- Canada and Europe: We have already shipped pallets of Wingspan to fulfillment centers in Canada and Europe, so they're ready to ship with region-friendly shipping for orders placed through January 8. However, as a result, if you're in those regions, you cannot add other Stonemaier products to your order.
- Reviews: All Wingspan reviews and media are posted here, including the rules video from Watch It Played, an Automa tutorial from The Mill, and reviews from Tantrum House, Rahdo, Game Boy Geek, Meeple Street, GeekDad, and Slickerdrips.
- Stonemaier Champions: If you're not a Champion, now is a great time to look into the program (before you pre-order Wingspan). I appreciate your support for our content!
Stonemaier Games has announced a new board game they're working on. It's called Wingspan and... that's really all we have for information at the moment. Oh, it includes pastel egg tokens... that really look like the Reese's Pieces Eggs that you can get around Easter (at least here in the States).
From the website:
Wingspan is a new game from Stonemaier Games. The official announcement and pre-orders will be available on January 2, 2019.
Until then, please stay tuned here and in the Wingspan Facebook group as we unveil information about the game. If you enjoy Terraforming Mars and Gizmos, we think this game will take flight at your table.
It's not just Saturday... It's long-weekend Saturday. Short of full-on "Vacation Saturday," this is the best kind of Saturday. Just time to do aaaaall the things. What, exactly?... I've not relaly figured that out yet. But I'm sure it'll end up being something... or it'll be nothing, and that's just fine, too. But, before I get to maybe doing something or nothing, I need to get you your reviews I know you so desperately desire.
Today we have: Machina Arcana 2nd Edition, Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Carthago, Dungeon Draft, Ticket to Ride: First Journey, Agra, Ruthless, Blitz Bowl, Lost Cities: Rivals, Root, Clank! The Mummy's Curse, Thieves Den, and The Edge: Downfall.
Board Game Quest:
The Machina Arcana ~ From Beyond base game mechanics mirror the 1st Edition. There are still four phases that drive the gameplay: Explorer, Spawn, Horror, and Monster Phases (two are retitled from the 1st Edition but still primarily the same actions occur). Instead of going into full detail of the gameplay it would be best to highlight the changes for From Beyond and give the link for those who want a full reference to the official page for draft rules: Machina Arcana ~ From Beyond rules.
Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig (Between Two Castles going forward) is a collaboration between Stonemaier Games and Bezier Games that blends two of their games: Between Two Cities and Castles of Mad King Ludwig.
Between Two Castles is a semi-cooperative tile drafting, castle building game for 3-7 players (with a 2 player variant) that takes about an hour to play.
In Carthago: Merchants and Guilds players will attempt to become the most influential trader in the Phoenician city of Carthage. Players use multi-use cards to perform actions, trade goods, and spend money in the guilds to increase both their trading and prestige.
Two overarching philosophies drive role-playing designs. There are hard hitting, fast paced, stats reliant, dice rolling adventures with lots of action, fights and big results. Or the more narrative driven, cinematic churn in which imaginations and complex scenarios rely on stats only to support the players as they tell the story. While providing completely different tastes, both are enjoyable and have their place. Sometimes you want to steep yourselves in a commonly crafted tale and explore rich character development. Other times you just want to bash heads, bulk up and collect loot.
Enter Upper Deck’s Dungeon Draft. The design from Justin Gary, of Ascension fame, delivers a flash fire burn by streamlining both its theme – dungeon crawl – and its core mechanism – card drafting. The goal? Hire heroes and equip them to the max in order to complete quests and take down baddies…all for XP – aka victory points.
The design wants so badly for you to jump into action that it completely eschews back story and the tavern setting prologue, stalwart mainstays of the role-playing genre. Yet this is a card game, after all, so the omissions are refreshing. The former is often so much pointless fluff that insults a gamer’s intelligence. The latter is just simply trite.
Ticket to Ride: First Journey is a set collection/network building game for two to four players. Players are trying to connect cities on the board with their trains to claim destination tickets. The first player to complete six destination tickets wins.
Agra is a heavy euro in the purest and most literal sense of the word. It’s a sort-of worker placement game and is so big and expansive, it makes Jupiter’s Great Red Spot seem more like a pimple on a teenager’s face. Opening the box for the first time, I was genuinely impressed with the sheer amount of stuff in there; I nearly put my back out when I picked up the box, which, as regular readers will know, is a positive test result for a game. Physical injury is a basic requirement for any decent board game. What you’ll also know being the loyal and faithful subjects that you are, is that I also love heavy euros and buying Agra was only a matter of time. That and it was recommended to me by Paul Grogan and to say our tastes align is like saying that Steve likes a bit of Lovecraft.
Ruthless, from Alley Cat Games is very much like a firework. Not the type of firework that goes off randomly at 11:36pm on a Thursday night in March, waking the dog up, and thus you. No, Ruthless is like a firework in that despite the fact you’ve played many other deck builders, this one will make you go “Ooohhh”, like you do when watching fireworks, despite having seen many fireworks go off before.
Drive Thru Review:
One Board Family:
Clank! The Mummy’s Curse is the second expansion for the base game and it introduces some fun additions that fit the Egyptian theme. In this expansion, players are given access to two different locations to explore. One is a pyramid board that has a unique feel due to the diagonal orientation of the board. On the other side you have the Sphinx which is slightly more difficult but has the same set of rules.
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at the brand new The Edge: Dawnfall board game and this thing is MASSIVE! It offers 3 modes of play: a competitive miniatures game, a fully cooperative multi-player campaign game and a solo campaign experience. Each game mode is an awesome and well executed experience and yet again adds to Awaken Realms stock of excellent games!
Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig is an interesting game in concept because it's competitive-cooperative. Players act as master builders, trying to create a grand castle. You will work with the players on either side of you to do so, creating a grand masterpiece as you play tiles, each representing a room of a castle. In the end, you will have built two castles. Your score is the lower score of the two castles, with the winner being the one with the highest score, overall.
From the website:
Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig is published by Stonemaier Games as part of a collaboration with Bezier Games.
The king demands a castle! You are a world-renowned master builder who has been asked by the Mad King Ludwig to help design his castles. Projects of such significance require the expertise of more than one person, so for each assignment you are paired with another master builder to execute your grandiose plans. Will your planning and partnership skills be enough to design the most impressive castles in the world?
Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a competitive tile-drafting game in which each tile is a room in a castle. You work together with the player on your left to design one castle, and with the player on your right on another castle. On each turn you select two tiles from your hand, reveal them, then work with your partners to place them.
At the end of the game, each castle is scored. Your personal final score is the lower of the scores of the two castles you helped design, and the player with the highest final score wins the game. To win, you have to share your attention and your devotion between two castles.
Woo! Saturday! Boxing Friday... kinda... Ok, that's maybe a bit of a stretch, but waddyagonnado? Seeing as it is Saturday, that means you want to see some reviews. Well, that's what I'm here to give you.
Today we have: Remnants, After the Virus, Missile Command, My Little Scythe, and Endogenesis (can you tell a lot of reviewers were out of town last week?).
The world as we know has been shattered. Bands of roving marauders litter the landscape as the scattered remains of civilization eke out a meager existence in harsh land. But enough about the current world events. Let’s take a closer look at Remnants.
It’s 2018 and there is no shortage of deck building games in the tabletop hobby. There also exists little scarcity of zombie-themed games. So new titles wading into the shambling masses of either category risk derivative styling unless they bring something new to the table. In regards to the former, can the design rise above the monotony of “play cards, pick a card, shuffle?” And with respect to the latter, will its mechanics capture the narrative struggle of heroic sacrifice and survival amidst inexorable hopelessness…yet still prove playable? It’s a tall order.
Board Game Quest:
In Missile Command, the latest entry into IDW’s series based on classic Atari games, each player controls six cities. From there they build and deploy missiles, nukes, or countermeasures, hoping to protect their own city while destroying their opponents. Players can negotiate temporary alliances and plot secret attacks before destruction rains down from above.
Missile Command is a deployment and negotiation game for 3 to 6 players that lasts about 30-40 mins. It plays best with 5-6 players.
Turns in My Little Scythe proceed around the table from the start with each player taking a single action. The only catch is that the action cannot be the exact same action as their previous turn. Turns go by fast as players utilize very compartmentalized moves, attacks, and builds.
Players in Endogenesis are cosmic beings who have traveled across an “infant realm” searching for “answers to questions still unknown”. When these beings encounter each other, it appears there is conflict and the stage for a magical battle game is set. The players are competing with one another for “prisms”, tokens which act as a victory point. A player who earns 3 of these wins the game. Along the way, players can focus on powering up abilities and dealing doom to other players as follows.
From the announcement:
We have a new game! Inspired by Scythe and with its origins as an award-winning print-and-play game, My Little Scythe is a competitive, family-friendly game for 1-6 players in which each player controls 2 animal miniatures embarking upon an adventure in the Kingdom of Pomme. It's designed by Hoby Chou with his daughter, Vienna (as well as the Automa team for the solo version), and illustrated by Katie Khau.
The MSRP is $50, and the limited first print run is available for direct pre-order through May 10 (August 17 release). If you first sign up as a Stonemaier Champion, you'll get free US shipping (discounted international), a pre-order discount, and we'll ship to you before the release date.
... I'm not good at painting minis...
But, y'know, it's just about getting the colored goop on the figure. I'm not going to be winning any Golden Demons or Crystal Brushes, but hey... they'll be painted.
But while the last color dries, I'm gonna post your reviews for you.
Today we have: War of Supremacy, Laruna: Age of Kingdoms, Harvest Dice, Ex Libris, Legacy of Dragonholt, Boom Blast Stix, A Column of Fire, Cytosis, Dream Catchers, Arkon, Fabled Fruit, Queendomino, and Clans of Caledonia.
Learn to Play:
Kickstarter Overview of War of Supremacy
I will be taking a look at this new Kickstarter tactical card game from Lost Treasure games called War of Supremacy. I will give you a basic rundown of the different cards and their role within the game. A look at how the game is setup and basics of player turns and combat. I will also give you my thoughts and opinions on the game, and would love to hear yours.
Kickstarter Overview for Laruna: Age of Kingdoms
In this video I will be taking a look at a brand new game on Kickstarter. All components are prototype versions and will be much better with the final production version. I will also give you my thoughts and opinions on the game, and would love to hear yours.
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Charterstone from StoneMaier Games. You are pretty much getting one special experience in this box. Its a legacy game and a fantastic one that offers 12 games within the campaign and then the ability to flip the board over and purchase the recharge pack to play the entire campaign again (if you choose to). You will be building out a small charter within this world and working to lock in the most VP's per game. You are constantly balancing either building, opening crates, going for advanced upgrade cards or just stocking up on resources. There are so many strategies to deploy in obtaining VP's. There are also really cool hidden "special" things you will be unlocking you will never expect. At this point, this is a favorite of mine and the final map will be framed on the wall! It does not get much better than this fantastic legacy experience for the entire family. Jamie and Stonemaier Games - well done - very well done! Team this is a 100% buy recommendation.
Board Game Quest:
Harvest Dice Review
As you might expect from a roll and write game, Harvest Dice is easy to learn. Each player starts with a blank harvest sheet and a pencil. Each round, the first player rolls the 9 veggie dice (3 dice per crop). Then, each player drafts one die and adds it to their plot. When adding a die, you must place the crop in a column that matches the number on a die. The trick is, a veggie must be placed orthogonally next to the same type of veggie (after the first).
Ex Libris Review
In Ex Libris, you are attempting to collect book cards and assemble them into rows that both stack above each other and are arranged in alphabetical order. At the start of the game, each player chooses a library tile. These tiles provide a unique assistant for each player as well as two workers.
Legacy of Dragonholt Review
Like other roleplaying games, a campaign of Legacy of Dragonholt (the only way to play) begins with character creation. Characters do not have attributes like Strength or Dexterity. They merely have a list of Skills, a Stamina score, tracked Experience, and an Equipment list.
The skills a character may have is based on a selection of a Race and Class, both of which are mostly typical high fantasy selections based in the world of Terrinoth, Fantasy Flight Games’ generic fantasy world of choice. Once characters are created, players read the introduction in the first book and the game mostly introduces rules as needed.
Boom Blast Stix Review
The goal in Boom Blast Stix isn’t to be the winner, just not to be the loser. On a player’s turn, they place one of the triangle shaped sticks on top of the canister cap. If nothing happens, the next player takes their turn. If the pile explodes, that player is the loser.
Board to Death TV:
A Column of Fire Review
A Column of Fire is an adaptation of the third novel in Ken Follett’s “Kingsbridge” series following The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. (The novel is titled A Column of Fire in English, and Das Fundament der Ewigkeit (“The Foundation of Eternity”) in German.)
In the game, set in Europe during the time of Elizabeth I, Catholics and Protestants compete for power and influence in England, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. In this politically unstable environment, resourceful operatives and courageous secret agents plot to secure power for their rulers. The balance of power shifts back and forth amidst foiled assassinations, successful rebellions, and futile invasions — and not infrequently, those who sympathize with the weak are expelled from the country.
Cytosis: A Cell Building Game is a worker placement game that takes place inside a human cell. Players start out with a number of workers and on a player’s turn, they will place one of their workers in any available location within that cell. Some of the locations provide players with resources (e.g., mRNA, ATP); some with actions (e.g., convert resources, collect cards). Resources are used to build enzymes, hormones and/or receptors, which score Health Points. The player with the most Health Points at the end of the game wins!
Dream Catchers Review
Dream Catchers is a cooperative casual game for 2 to 4 players. Players are dream catchers who visits children in their sleep to collect sweet dreams and remove nightmares to help them sleep tight for the night.
Play power cards to catch a sweet dream for the sleeping child or remove a nightmare to prevent them from attacking the poor kid. Players may trade cards with each other to help in their task.
Arkon Kickstarter Review
I was going to start this review by saying that Arkon is a bit like Ronseal, and then I realised that not everyone in the world will be familiar with a wood staining product and its advertising slogan. For those who haven't got a nostalgic history of UK television commercials, Ronseal's slogan was "it does what is says on the tin" and I feel that by describing Arkon as a take-that card game with set collection and bidding, you more or less know most of what you need to about the game, but we have been tasked with reviewing this product and so we are honour bound to tell you more.
Fabled Fruit Review
Hopefully you’re very thirsty or really dig the latest health drink craze, because the goal in Fabled Fruit is to collect sets of fruit to mix into particular juices. Innovative designer Friedemann Friese combines worker placement and set collection, but that’s not the game’s central conceit. Rather he has worked those two familiar mechanics into his inventive Fable System – a sort of minimalist campaign-style twist and/or legacy element. Except you don’t permanently alter anything like most legacy games, so you can start over any time. And it’s not a campaign as in a contained story, but more an ongoing evolution of game play. That’s the design’s draw.
To concoct delicious juices players will visit location cards. There are fifty-nine different locales. Don’t worry…they’re not all out at once! Indeed you’ll play with but a handful each game. The locations deck is stacked in descending numerical order. Each spot (except #59) has four copies. Your very first game begins with all of the first six locations stacked together by number. These are places you may visit.
Queendomino is, like its predecessor, a tile-laying game that takes the familiar game of dominoes and adds a few twists. The goal in Queendomino is the same as in Kingdomino: Score the most points to win the game. (Since Queendomino shares a lot of commonalities with Kingdomino, for the sake of brevity here I’ve glossed over some of the common aspects in this review, both in terms of rules and basic strategy. If you’ve never played Kingdomino, please read my earlier review to get a sense of that game.)
Clans of Caledonia Review
In Clans of Caledonia, you lead a Scottish clan over the course of six rounds in an effort to cultivate and export agricultural goods. Each round, players will successively take a single action until all players have passed. On your turn, you have a litany of actions to choose from.
You can deploy a unit from your player board to the map by paying the cost of the unit and the cost printed on the map. The unit must be placed adjacent to one of your units already on the map and be on the appropriate type of terrain. Miners go on mountains, sheep go in fields, etc.
From the post:
Empires have risen and fallen in the aftermath of the Great War, and Europa stands on the precipice of a new era. The economy is robust, morale is high, and defenses are strong. There are reports from the countryside of strange soldiers with glowing eyes, but they seem distant and harmless.
Scythe: The Rise of Fenris, the conclusion to the Scythe expansion trilogy, enables two different options for any player count (1-5 if you have Scythe; 1-7 players if you have Invaders from Afar):
Campaign (8 games): The story of Scythe continues and concludes with an 8-episode campaign. While the campaign includes surprises, unlocks, and persistent elements, it is fully resettable and replayable.
Modular (11 modules): Instead of—or after—the campaign, the new modules in The Rise of Fenris can be used in various combinations to cater to player preferences. These modules are fully compatible with all Scythe expansions.
While the exact nature of the episodes and modules will remain a mystery (some of these components are in secret tuckboxes), the components in this expansion include a detailed episodic guidebook, 13 plastic miniatures, 62 wooden tokens, 2 custom dice, 5 tiles, and 100+ cardboard tokens.
Scythe: The Rise of Fenris will be available from retailers worldwide in Q3 2018.
And what do we do on Saturdays? (We wear pink!) That's Wednesdays. No, on Saturdays we look at some reviews. So let's get to it.
Today we have: That's a Question, Seikatsu, Through the Ages App, Between Two Cities: Capitals, Storm Hollow, Whistle Stop, Rhino Hero: Super Battle, SpyNet, King Frog, Paramedics: Clear, Trickster: Champions of Time, and Zero Down.
Play Board Games:
That's a Question Review
That’s a Question! is a party game in which you ask friends questions then vote on how they’ll answer.
Seikatsu is a tile-laying game in which you are trying to match types of birds to score instantly. And match the flowers on the tiles for end game scoring.
Through the Ages App Review
Through the Ages is a classic civ building strategy board game that is now available digitally.
Between Two Cities: Capitals Review
Capitals adds more ways to score and depth to Between Two Cities without adding too many new rules.
Storm Hollow Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Storm Hollow the adventure Storyboard game. There is a ton of content in this system and I am impressed with its smooth mechanics, simple game play, and high level of quality components. It really is a fantastic gaming system for the family and I highly recommend this if you are a RPG'er or have considered getting into something like this with the family. All fairy-tails and stories from this realm are a reality in Storm Hollow. You will go on awesome magical adventures both fun to tell, as the game master, or experience as a player. The introduction is quick for the game master and players will be ready to play and start quickly. It also features a co-op board game experience as well - so if you simply want to set the adventure story mode aside and play a board game like experience, you can do that as well.
Toucan Play That Game:
Whistle Stop Review
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Whistle Stop by Bezier Games.
Board Game Quest:
Rhino Hero: Super Battle Review
The goal in Rhino Hero: Super Battle is to get your hero to the highest level of the communal tower.
Each turn, you choose a floor card from your hand that determines which and how many wall cards you will use (short or tall) to support the floor card. The walls are placed on the tower (either on the base level or on previously played floors) with the floor on top of them. If the floor shows a monkey, you have to hang a spider monkey from the floor card.
SpyNet is a very straightforward game, but with a card draw twist that adds some intrigue. Every player starts with a hand of one card. In the center of the table are the main deck and three piles of cards. On each turn, a player may “Recruit” by drawing cards or “Deploy” by playing cards.
King Frog Review
Colored lily pad tokens for three sections divided by wild lily pads are placed in a circle. The bulging eye player frog disks are placed on starting lily pads. Players also receive a hand of five mosquito cards numbered 1 through 5.
Each turn, players will simultaneously play a card from their hand. The lowest numbered mosquito card allows that player to move first, hopping their frog a number of spaces equal to the number they played. Spaces occupied by other frogs don’t count.
Paramedics: Clear! Review
The goal of Paramedics: Clear! is to not only save lives, but to save more than your fellow Paramedics. That’s right, this was surprisingly a competitive game.
Trickster: Champions of Time Review
Trickster: Champions of Time comes with 14 different character cards, each illustrated wonderfully by Beth Sobel. Each character has a card in each of the 8 colors in the game and 7 characters are chosen for each game.
Zero Down Review
Zero Down is a set collection/hand management card game for two to five players. Players try to collect sets of the same number or same color to score the fewest points. The player with the fewest points wins.
Helping others is great.
Gaming while helping others is the greatest.
That being said, Stonemaier Games is once again participating in a charity auction. In this instance, you can get an early-release version of Charterstone (including signed versions), as well as other cool goodies. But you'd better hurry, since the auction only runs until Sunday.
From the announcement:
Here's how it works:
This Geeklist features 10 separate auctions. Each auction is attributed to an amazing blog, podcast, or video channel and their charity of choice.
The auctions will begin on Wednesday, November 1 and will end on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 pm CST. Payments will be submitted to us through the BGG marketplace (PayPal) after the auctions close, and the games will be shipped within a few days.
--Bidding starts at $1. Bids must increase in increments of at least $1 USD. To discourage final-hour sniping, in the final hour of the auction, bids must increase in increments of at least $25.
--Each auction will have 1 winner. Thus there will be 10 winners.
--The content creator whose auction garners the most thumbs will also receive an early copy of Charterstone. So you can support your favorite media creator(s) without even bidding!
--200% of all winning bids (minus BGG processing fees) will go to the charities selected by these media creators. That is, we will match each winning bid (up to $500) for the charitable donation.
The winning bidder of each auction will receive:
--1 early, signed copy of Charterstone
--1 copy the Charterstone recharge pack
--1 set of custom Charterstone meeples from Meeplesource
--1 set of realistic resource tokens for Charterstone from Top Shelf Gamer
--Free shipping anywhere in the world from St. Louis
Saturday afternoon's alright for gaming.
Saturday morning's alright for gaming.
Pretty much all of Saturday (Saturday, Saturday) is good for gaming. I'm... not currently gaming. I'm baking (yes, again), getting ready for an early Halloween party later. So, while swapping out pans of cookies in the oven, I'm also getting you these reviews. Let's hope nothing burns.
Today we have: Unfair, Sagrada, Forager, Seikatsu, Scythe: The Wind Gambit, The Expanse, Outpost: Siberia, Burgle Bros. iOS, Lisboa, and Loot.
Toucan Play That Game:
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Unfair by CMON.
Sagrada is a dice drafting game in which players are attempting to create a beautiful stained glass window for the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. Over ten rounds, players will place dice into their windows and try to gain the most points by completing their window and accomplishing public and private objectives.
At the beginning of a round, a number (determined by the number of players) of dice are drawn from the bag, rolled, and placed into a draft pool. Beginning with the start player, play moves clockwise around the table. On their turn, a player may take both actions described below in any order. They may also opt to take only one action, or none and pass their turn.
Meeples & Miniatures:
Forager is designed and written by Adrian McWalter and Quinton Dalton. Those names maybe familiar, as they previously designed the Napoleonic rules Over the Hills, and Adrian has also written the Albion Triumphant and A Clash of Eagles expansions for Black Powder from Warlord Games.
Board Game Quest:
Seikatsu is a devilishly simple game. For a 2-3 player game, each player sits facing one of the colored sections of the board and draws two tiles from the bag. On a players turn, they must place one tile anywhere on the board. They will then score a point for that tile, plus any matching birds on tiles adjacent to the one they placed. They finish their turn by drawing a new tile. Then the next player takes their turn.
Scythe: The Wind Gambit Review
The expansion contains two separate modules that can be added either individually or together, depending on what changes you want to make to the game. These two modules are:
Airships – Seven airships are included in the expansion (one for each of the five factions in the base game as well as for the two factions from the expansion) – these vehicles add options for transporting workers/resources as well as impacting other aspects of the game, from encounters to combat.
Resolution Tiles – Eight resolution tiles are included with the expansion – these tiles alter how the game ends, allowing players to adjust how their game ends beyond the “first to six stars” from the base game.
The Expanse Review
In The Expanse, you take on the role of one of the factions vying for influence and control of the solar system. Each faction has their own unique powers that give them an advantage in some aspect of gameplay and scoring. Each faction starts with fleets deployed and a small amount of influence in the solar system areas. The player last in the initiative track takes control of the Rocinante, giving them an extra fleet and some special powers (discussed later.)
Outpost: Siberia Review
The gameplay in Outpost: Siberia has had some minor updates since its debut at Gen Con 2017, so we’ll start with the basics and then tell you the changes.
Each player in Outpost: Siberia gets a unique character to control and 12 events (some good, some bad) are shuffled into the Expedition deck (with the monsters). The rest of the cards form the player deck.
Burgle Bros. iOS Review
While the Burgle Bros interface may lake the polish we’ve been spoiled with lately, the game still plays smoothly. Some early bugs have been ironed out with a series of timely patches. It’s always a good sign to see developers regularly supporting their releases.
If you’ve never played Burgle Bros before, the game does include a guided tutorial that walks you through both the interface and how to play the game. For veteran Burgle Bros players, you can probably skip this and go right into the game play, as the interface isn’t that hard to figure out.
Lisboa is an incredibly deep game. There are a lot of mechanisms at work and, as such, readers who need the most specific explanation of rules would behoove themselves to download a PDF of the rules. Here’s the gameplay in brief for the crowd short on time.
Each turn, players will be playing a single card from a hand of five. These come from stacks of four card types. Three card types represent Nobles who will help the players complete tasks rebuilding the city and the economy. The other card type represents special municipal events that will aid players.
The rules for Loot are easy, but the choice presented each turn makes for the engagement. On a turn, each player will either play a card or draw a card.
I've... got nothing, really. I'm about to head over to a friend's place to game. So let's just dive into the reviews, shall we? We shall.
This week, we have: Wordstacker, Wordsy, Dragoon, Founders of Gloomhaven, Quest for the Antidote, Tokaido, Marvel Legendary: Noir, Quiver, Thunderbirds, Beasts of Balance, Stop Thief!, Zoo Ball, Automobiles: Racing Season, Between Two Cities: Capitals, Far Space Foundry, Good Cop Bad Cop, Unlock!, The Cohort, Star Scrapper: Cave In, Century: Spice Road, This War of Mine, Barenpark, Heldentaufe, Kingdomino, Pathfinder Adventures app, and Space Invaders Dice.
Toucan Play That Game:
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Wordstacker by Ingenium Games.
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Wordsy by Formal Ferret Games.
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Dragoon from Lay Waste Games. We also get a look at the new rogue and barbarian expansions made available through kickstarter!
What a great and fantastic looking game - unbelievable! Available in both Gold and plastic editions! So go for the gold and get 50 gold before anyone else for the win in this awesome tactical game.
Founders of Gloomhaven Preview
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Founders of Gloomhaven, the brand new game from Isaac Childres and I can't wait for people to get their hands on this one. It's a euro at heart but fuels the lore of Gloomhaven as you are founding the original city before what you experience in the campaign of Gloomhaven.
You get a lot here in this game! Worker placement, card management, resource management, strategy, great artwork, and fantastic mechanics! the kickstarter is going on right now! If you are a Gloomhaven fan - you are going to want this title in the Gloomhaven universe! (at least I think so - the theme is rich and lore is definitely there - this is a different game though - so please make note of that.)
Quest for the Antidote Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Quest For The Antidote, a new one from Upper Deck and a very fun family game indeed! In Quest For The Antidote you are questing around a very fun filled map to acuqire the components you need for your antidote. you only have 50 breaths to make it happen, so make every move and action count!
Play Board Games:
Tokaido is a game in which you gain VP for the experiences you take in on a journey. But you can only do so much and compete with your opponents for the same experiences.
Marvel Legendary: Noir Expansion Review
Marvel Noir is the latest expansion for Marvel Legendary the Deckbuilding Game. It features heroes and villains from the Noir Universe and mixes up gameplay a bit.
The Quiver is a card-carrying case you can use to make your card games or small board games portable. You can even use it for carrying other things you want to keep organized and protected.
Thunderbirds the board game was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the TV show. It is a cooperative game where players must rescue victims, stop disasters and thwart the Hood.
Beasts of Balance Review
Beasts of Balance is a cooperative stacking game that uses an app and encourages you to try creating new combinations of animals.
Drive Thru Review:
Stop Thief! Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:17); final thoughts and review (07:30)
Zoo Ball Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (00:55); final thoughts and review (04:16)
Automobiles: Racing Season Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:12); final thoughts and review (07:03)
Board Game Quest:
Between Two Cities: Capitals Expansion Review
The Capitals expansion adds 3 new elements that, according to Stonemaier Games, are designed to all work together, so you should either play with all of them or none. That being said, you could probably mix and match if you wanted to. In addition to the three game play changes, the expansion also comes with some new city tokens.
Far Space Foundry Review
The specific functional aspects of Far Space Foundry would take a bit too long to explain in this article. In brief, players are space merchants mining asteroids for two different types of ore. Mining occurs in the first half of the game and a rondel/mancala mechanism delivers that ore to a player’s freighters.
In the second half of the game, the ore is used to produce goods which can then be “charged”. Points are scored for maximizing the utility of a player’s ships and the number and kinds of products produced. Points are also deducted for empty space on ships or not upgrading ships.
Good Cop Bad Cop Review
Players are assigned the team of either being honest or crooked cops by being dealt three secret role cards to each player, with the majority of role cards in hand determining which team a player is on. Two players are also secretly assigned the role of the leader of each of the teams. The goal of the game is for the players to determine who the leader of the rival team is and eliminate them from the game.
Each game of Unlock! comes with a deck of cards and a smaller “tutorial deck”. The teaching deck is identical in all versions of the game.
Players begin the game with a single card deputizing the room they are in and a deck of cards (we sorted our deck by number before the game to make it easier to find cards). During the game, players will need to solve puzzles to gain access to new cards, leading them further down the rabbit hole.
The Cohort Review
The starting player and every player following has three phases to their turn. They first take two cards from the shuffled deck, look at both of them, and give one to a player of their choice and keep the other.
The second phase is optional and allows players to take a card from their hand and place it face-up on the table to start or add to a Cohort. Once a player has played the required number of unit cards to complete the Cohort, the set is placed face down and the player no longer suffers the effect of that unit type. They also choose a player to discard all the cards from their hand. In the last phase, the player discards down to the maximum hand size of 4 if necessary.
Star Scrapper: Cave In Review
I have come to the realisation that the hallmark of a great game is one when you look at your options, mull over your choices and then let out a cry of exasperation. It is that moment when you realise that to pull off that game winning moving you really should have started your plan in motion three turns ago, or that you are simply one action or one resource short of pulling off a complete blinder.
I say this because my time with Star Scrapper: Cave In has been embarrassingly short, to the point where I feel slightly dishonest in using the word review in the title, (not too I guilty mind you as an article titled first impressions never gets the traction it deserves) but I will say within my brief time with Star Scrapper Cave In there have been multiple cries of anguish, so surely it is a truly great game.
Century: Spice Road Review
I’ll just come out and say it. Century Spice Road from Plan B Games is a surprise for me. And a very pleasant one at that. Steve talked about it in one of our recent podcasts and he liked it. So much so that before he’d finished banging on about it, I’d one-clicked it during the recording and waited to see what all the fuss was about. Turns out that our resident Welshman may have had a point.
This War of Mine Review
Anyone alive in the 90s who owned an Amiga will almost certainly have remembered the Sensible Software game “Cannon Fodder”. If you don’t remember the game, look it up. I’ll wait.
I mention Cannon Fodder because it came with the tagline: “War has never been so much fun”. And it was right – Cannon Fodder was awesome and still stands as one of my favourite games of all time. Making those little men dance across the screen as you shot their twitching corpses was highly entertaining, if a little morbid.
Cannon Fodder, however, is a complete polar opposite to the subject of this review – with the tagline “In war, not everyone is a soldier”. Also beginning life as a video game, This War of Mine is a rather brutal and harrowing depiction of the early 90’s Siege of Sarajevo from the point of view of a group of civilians trying to eke out an existence in a city that’s seen more shells than Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It’s fair to say that absolutely nothing depicted in This War of Mine could be described as “fun”.
The correct term to describe Bärenpark is a polyominoes positioning game (or Tetris shapes as I prefer to call them). Each turn you will attempt to place one of the odd shaped pieces, made of either public amenities or one of the various bear enclosures, into your park. The name of the game is efficiency, as you race to fill your park as quickly as possible but also maximise its scoring.
Board to Death TV:
The day that you have been waiting for has come. At last, you can prove that you are worthy of being a member of the Hero‘s council. Show them your skills by collecting the golden monster teeth. But be aware – the lands of Taora are not as peaceful as they seem. Rumor has it, that in the dark and gloomy Netherworld, some friends become enemies…
Now get up and hurry! The Heldentaufe already started. Be the first who returns the teeth of glory.
As the name implies, Kingdomino is a twist on the classic tile-laying game, dominoes. This game takes it up a notch by adding pretty art, castles, a twist on the turn order rules, and different scoring. The goal remains the same, however: Score the most points.
Each player has king meeples (the number depends on the number of players), a castle, and a starting tile. The castle is placed on top of the starting tile at the beginning of the game and placed in front of yourself. This is the humble beginning of your kingdom.
Pathfinder Adventures App Review
Once upon a time, we reviewed the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, a legacy-style card game/RPG mashup that let you build your character in the form of a deck and some limited stats over a series of adventures. Now, Pathfinder Adventures is a digital version of PACG available on all platforms – including Steam – and part of Asmodee Digital’s prolific board game app library.
Space Invaders Dice Review
The game’s premise is just like the original: aliens are attacking the Earth and it’s up to you to blast them all to smithereens. Each player takes a score sheet that looks just like the video game, with space invaders neatly laid out in a 11×6 grid and each row of invaders worth different point values. At the top of the sheet are the hard-to-hit UFOs worth the most points.
From the announcement:
Now at the pinnacle of your career, you are sought after by two capital cities to build their city centers. Not only do you have to consider the natural features that were the reason for their founding, you also need to ensure the civic buildings are appropriately placed, and you must not forget to satisfy the citizens’ demands along the way.
Between Two Cities: Capitals expands the base game by adding several new challenges: landscapes, districts, and civic building tiles. This is not a stand-alone expansion; you’ll need the original Between Two Cities game to play it.
Between Two Cities: Capitals, will be released via retailers in early July with a $20 MSRP. A limited early release will happen at the UK Games Expo thanks to Board Game Extras.
*runs around with my arms over my head*
Ok, enough of that. Let's get down to business. You want to see review articles and I'm here to supply them (it is one of the most-popular posts of the week, after all).
Today we have: Sky Dynasty, Inis, Flash Point: Dangerous Waters, My Village, Death Pit Duels, Mombasa, Hold Your Breath, Tiny Epic Western, Colony, Z War One Damnation, Nightlancer, and Scythe.
Family Feud Among the Stars (A Preview of Sky Dynasty)
In Sky Dynasty players amass powerful fleets of starships to control Lumia’s key sectors that bestow varying benefits in an ultimate goal to garner influence throughout the system. It is a deck-building, area control card game with a unique simultaneous turn structure, often ensnaring the entire table in high-stakes, winner-take-all battles leading to glorious victory…or ignominious defeat.
Morrigan’s Blessing (A Review of Inis)
As the leader your clan, it’s your goal to prove yourself worthy of being called High King over a newly discovered island. You will achieve this feat by having clans in at least 6 territories, being the chieftain over 6 opposing clans, and/or being present in territories with a combined total of 6 or more sanctuaries.
From Sea to Shining Sea (A Review of Flash Point: Dangerous Waters)
Dangerous Waters retains all the core tenants of the original Flashpoint, so if you’re not familiar I recommend checking out our review of the base game. In summary: you’re firefighters, you’ve got to rescue people to win, and in the meantime fire is spreading and burning your house down.
Love Your Neighbor (a review of My Village)
My Village is a dice-drafting Euro game for two to four players. Players seek to build their personal villages to generate the most prestige. The player with the most prestige when a predetermined number of villagers die will be the winner.
Are You Not Entertained? (A Review of Death Pit Duels)
In Death Pit Duels, you and another player are gladiatorial promoters assembling a team of fantasy warriors to fight to the, well, death! Not that you care…as long as it leads to profit!
Players begin the game drafting their slaves champions through an “I divide, you decide” format. The fighter deck is comprised of ten cards each in four races: human, orc, goblin and cyclops. The first player draws five cards and creates two pairs, setting the fifth aside. The second player chooses which pair he wants and the first player gets the other. Then the second player draws four new cards, adding the previously undrafted warrior to it and repeats the process. When both managers have twelve fighters, the rest of the deck is set aside.
Board Game Quest:
Mombasa takes place over a period from the European Renaissance to the early Industrial age during which various companies were chartered to acquire trading opportunities and influence in Africa. Players accumulate shares in these companies, manage bookkeeping, obtain wealth, and collect diamond interests to gain points. However, it is worth noting that a statement in the rules makes it clear that Mombasa is not meant to be a “historical situation”.
Hold Your Breath Review
In Hold Your Breath, our unlucky pirates find themselves swimming towards land. Fortunately for them, they managed to get close, but an argument broke out about who could swim the deepest and make it back to the surface. They are not the smartest group of pirates. The game is separated into two phases, the Descent and Ascent. Players will need to play cards to allow the pirate to dive and return to the surface. But these are pirates we are talking about, so this won’t be a clean game. The cards can also be used to hinder your opponent’s chances of winning. The person who can dive the deepest and return to the surface before running out of time will win the game.
Drive Thru Review:
Tiny Epic Western Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (00:53); final thoughts and review (15:01)
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:20); final thoughts and review (11:51)
Toucan Play That Game:
Z War One Damnation Review
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Z-War One Damnation by Dice Sports.
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Nightlancer by Adversity Games.
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Scythe by Stonemaier Games.
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.
Of course, that means this weekend is full of running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get everything done before heading to Indy.
But, even with all the brouhaha, there's time to bring you the reviews that you so desperately desire.
This week we have: Book of Nox Deluxe, Fishy Tactics, Agamemnon, Infinity Morat Rodoks, Tyrants of the Underdark, Scythe, Dungeon Busters, Dead of Winter: The Long Night, Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquistion Game, Vampire Hunters, Via Nebula, Antarctica, Titan Race, Agricola: Revised Edition, and Vikings on Board.
Toucan Play That Game:
Book of Nox Deluxe Review
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Book of Nox Deluxe by Shed Games.
Fishy Tactics Review
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Fishy Tactics by Mushroom gaming Co.
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Agamemnon by Osprey Games.
Infinity Morat Rodoks Review
Another Brueckenkopf Review. This time we take a look at the Infinity Morat Rodoks.
Play Board Games:
Tyrants of the Underdark
Tyrants of the Underdark combines deck-building with area control as you play a drow house looking to subjugate the Underdark.
Dog and Thimble:
Scythe is the long-awaited and much-hyped 4X game from Stonemaier Games. The hefty box is packed with depth and a richly storied world. You will explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate. And you will also be immersed in a story told in few words, and a world that is both beautiful and haunting.
It’s all part of the brilliance of Scythe.
Drive Thru Review:
Dungeon Busters Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (00:58); final thoughts and review (08:18)
Dead of Winter: The Long Night Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:03); final thoughts and review (15:16)
Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquistion Game
Now, I like cake. I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t. Cake is one of life’s fantastic luxuries. It’s never a bad time for cake and it goes with pretty much any meal, snack or beverage. It’s like the friend everyone has who is always up for a beer no matter what day of the week it is. And like that friend, you’ll always end up consuming far too much, feel sick and regret it the next day as your gut grows steadily larger. But you’d do it all again in a heartbeat. Assuming it still beats after troughing a mountain of chocolate fudge.
Vampire Hunters Kickstarter Review
The hordes of the undead and creatures of the night definitely go in and out of popularity faster than global hyper colour t-shirts. It's seems like only yesterday that Vampires where the undead du jour, there was a brief spate of werewolf popularity, then non-threatening vampires and now zombies are bloody everywhere, shambling about the place trying to catch Pokémon.
Board Game Quest:
Via Nebula Review
During the course of the game, the players’ main goal is to construct their 5 buildings. To do so, the must not only harvest resources from the game board, but also create paths to bring them to their building sites. When a player constructs a building, they will earn both victory points and also gain an immediate power they can use.
Once a player has built their fifth building, the game ends and the player with the most victory points is the winner.
Antarctica is an area control game for two to four players that takes place in Antarctica, approximately when our planet’s natural resources run low (i.e. the near future). The object of the game, like 93% of all Euros, is to collect the most victory points (VPs) by the end of the game.
A Little Reminder About Titans (A Review of Titan Race)
Titan Race pits up to 6 players against each other in an aggressive and dangerous race to the finish line. The first player to complete three laps and cross that finish line claims victory!
Farming Is Hard (a review of Agricola: Revised Edition)
Agricola is worker placement resource management game for one to four players. Players are farmers who are building a sustainable farm out of meager resources. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
“Now Boarding. Please Stow All Swords and Helmets in the Hold.” (A Review of Vikings on Board)
Vikings on board combines elements of worker placement, area control, and action selection to create a game in which the object is to earn points by controlling valuable ships when they set sail, and placing bets on which clan will control a ship when it sails.
So, what comes in this version? You get the extended board and 36 wooden stars. There's also 6 structure mats as well as 36 structure cards. After that, you also get the 11 special worker cards and 2 special worker meeples per player (along with 2 generic). Those that pre-order also get 9 special promo cards (these will also be available through the BGG store).
The pre-order window is short. Just from now until the 19th. So you'd better hurry.
On this platter we have: New Double Grip Force Guns From Puppets War, Steamforged Games Posts Guild Ball Season 2 Errata Preview Video, New English Guides for Pablo El Marques Static Grass, The Army Painter and CoolMiniOrNot in cooperation with Studio McVey are proud to announce The Others exclusive paint set, Stonemaier Games Token Trilogy & Metal Coins Pre-Order is Live, Bone Origins - Polyhedral Dice Up On Kickstarter, Khurasan releases 6mm Exterminators, Soulspryte Studios announces launch of Bloodstone Frontier Kickstarter, and Portrait of a Young Tiefling - 1/10th Scale Resin Bust Available From Dark Sword Miniatures.
New Double Grip Force Guns From Puppets War
Set contains 5 resin force guns with arms. Arms have 3x1mm magnet type holes allows to easly attach mount and dismount part to Striker armour if magnets will be used. Parts are designed to fit 28mm "heroic" tabletop wargames scale, supplied unassembled and unpainted. Designed by and sculpted by Puppetswar Art Team
Steamforged Games Posts Guild Ball Season 2 Errata Preview Video
I bet you Sports Fans thought we had forgotten about you after all this Dark Souls business eh?
NOPE! Tomorrow is the official launch of Season 2! So it's time for an Errata video. So Mat Hart and Jamie Perkins are here to give you guys the rundown on what changes you can expect to see in your shiny new Season 2 Rulebook!
New English Guides for Pablo El Marques Static Grass
In February I released to the market a new range of flocking matterials with a size designed to skirmish wargames (2 gr bags). Last week I have translated the 'colour chart'. At the moment I have 136 references in my catalog.
The Army Painter and CoolMiniOrNot in cooperation with Studio McVey are proud to announce The Others exclusive paint set
Painting miniatures for The Others Presents some unique Challenges, so having colours that have been specially designed for the job is a must.
I Picked colours that not only work well for a particular Sin, but also mixed well with each other for shading and highlight colours for different Sins. I also added paints that would be useful in general - such as Glistening Blood, and Red Tone Ink. Gloss Varnish is a great addition for giving shine to slavering maws and sharp talons. - Mike McVey, Art Director The Others Studio McVey
Stonemaier Games Token Trilogy & Metal Coins Pre-Order is Live
We’re excited to offer 22 new types of premium, resource tokens to enhance your favorite games. All tokens come pre-painted. Most of the tokens are resin, and a few of them are made of metal (tool, cleaver, magnifying glass, and the axes). The token quantities are calibrated to match the most popular games that use these token types.
Bone Origins - Polyhedral Dice Up On Kickstarter
Bone Origins dice are a unique kind of dice that, instead of using conventional pips and numbers, have their own intuitive language of bone shaped markings.
Although unique, the markings have been carefully designed to make the dice super easy to use and read when playing tabletop games.
Khurasan releases 6mm Exterminators
Hot on the heels of the space demons, we have the 6mm versions of our popular Federal Army "exterminators!"
There are three sets to start -- riflemen, weapons and command, and the big Caiman IFV.
The vehicles especially are pretty easy to make in 6mm so if this stuff is well received we are certain to make more of our existing stuff in 6mm.
Soulspryte Studios announces launch of Bloodstone Frontier Kickstarter
Bloodstone Frontier, the first game from Soulspryte Studios, will be launching on Kickstarter on April 27th 2016.
Bloodstone Frontier is a tabletop skirmish game using high-quality resin figures, which is set in a pioneer-punk universe where the card-based gameplay mechanics remove the requirement for tape measures and dice. All you need to play are two gangs of 3 to 5 Characters, a deck of playing cards and an opponent!
Teaser trailer, gameplay diagrams and overview, and pledge details will all be available on Kickstarter, but for now you can whet your appetites with model previews (including 3D rotational renders) and beautiful environment art on our website and Facebook page.
Portrait of a Young Tiefling - 1/10th Scale Resin Bust Available From Dark Sword Miniatures
This is the first bust piece Dark Sword is testing demand on. The initial run on this piece is very limited and will be available only via our Online Store as we test out the waters. It is based off of Tony DiTerlizzi's wonderful painting entitled "Portrait of a Young Tiefling". It is a 1/10th scale resin bust which you can see detailed pictures of down below. We have assembled model pictures, pictures of the parts, and even scale pictures next to rulers. And finally, we have a size comparison picture next to the gaming scale miniature based on the same piece of artwork to really drive home the respective size differences. 1/10th scale is the most common size of bust we found in researching what size to make this. I also wanted to call to your attention the fact that we have included a free resin plinth/stand for those folks that wanted something right out of the box to work with. More advanced bust modelers will of course mount this bust on a custom plinth or stand of their own design and choosing. If this is the type of product you would like to see more of, please let us know on our Facebook page or simply by emailing us.
So, what is this Moor Visitors Expansion, anyway? Well, Uwe Rosenberg had been asked to create some cards for the Viticulture Essentials Edition. Originally, it was going to be 3 or 4 cards or so. It turned into 64 cards. That set has been whittled down a bit, to make sure all of the cards fit best with the game and are now their own expansion. The art for the cards is done by Beth Sobel.
As I mentioned above, Stonemaier is not taking pre-orders themselves. They are having people make pre-orders from their LGS as well as certain online sellers.
What I feel like doing at the moment, though, is taking a small break from making small breaks (these are the jokes, people!) and share with you the reviews I've come across in the past week.
Today's articles feature: Black Hat, Ships, Above and Below, Traders of Osaka, The Bloody Inn, Hangtown, Rum & Bones, The World of Smog, Avarium Academy, The Builders: Antiquity, T.I.M.E. Stories, Bang! The Dice Game, Mysterium, Fury of Dracula, Pandemic Legacy, Between Two Cities, El Grandulon for Freebooters Fate, Opel Blitz by Rubicon Models, Star Wars Armada Wave 2, DreadBall Xtreme, and Pathfinder Battles: Red Dragon Evolution Set.
Drive Thru Review:
Black Hat Review
Black Hat Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:05); final thoughts and review (10:01)
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:14); final thoughts and review (15:11)
Above and Below Review
Above and Below Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (00:56); final thoughts and review (10:45)
Traders of Osaka Review
Traders of Osaka Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:05); final thoughts and review (10:01)
The Bloody Inn Review
The Bloody Inn Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:14); final thoughts and review (10:54)
Board to Death TV:
In the game of Hangtown, players become Gold Rush era Pioneers who are competing for riches, resources, property, and prestige. …They must also be prepared to deal with outlaws, shootouts, and hangings at the infamous Hangman’s Tree!
The game features a thoughtful variety of streamlined mechanics, which are notably innovative, yet traditional and familiar in feel—such as fresh spins on tableau building, worker placement, simultaneous action selection, variable turn order, and resource and hand management.
Rum & Bones Review
Avast ye pirates! Gather your crews and set sail for adventure on the high seas in Rum & Bones!
Based on online MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) style games, Rum & Bones has 2-6 players taking control of legendary pirate heroes, each with unique powers and abilities, as their crews fight over Davy Jones’ legendary treasure!
The World of Smog Review
Set in the fantastic steampunk The World of Smog created by Panache Animation, On Her Majesty’s Service is a stylish board game for two to four competing players. You’ll need to navigate the rotating tiles that make up the game board, trading Ethers and Artefacts in order to fulfill the quest set by Queen Victoria, all the while dealing with the Agents of the Shadow Master.
Avarium Academy Review
In the Japanese high school-themed battle board game Avarium Academy, each player assumes the role of one of Avarium Academy’s eight unique Idols and tries to win the game by:
Completing their Idol’s win condition,
Having the most merit points at the end of the game, or
Expelling all other Idols from the school to be the last one standing!
Avarium Academy has a quick set-up of just five minutes while games generally take 20-30 minutes. With its unique Idols, huge variety of interactive students, and powerful and tricky schemes, Avarium Academy is a fast-paced battle board game that promises a familiar yet different experience with each game!
Workin’ 9 to 5 BC (A Review of The Builders: Antiquity)
The Builders: Antiquity tasks players with organizing laborers with special skill sets (resources) to erect structures from the days when civilization was considered “classic.” The general mechanics and basic game play are identical to its predecessor, Middle Ages. You can reference our review of that title anytime. This follow-up design adds a few new elements: tools, loans, prisoners and universities. Alas, still no trade unions. If we’re lucky, maybe those will be included in The Builders: Industrial Revolution?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go (A Review of T.I.M.E. Stories)
T.I.M.E. Stories is a game that emerges from the rapidly expanding branch of gaming that focuses on story exploration over competition or strict mechanical structure. Comparable to games like Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, these novels-turned-boardgame have all the details written out ahead of time, and it’s up to the players to explore, discover clues, and resolve the plot before time runs out. T.I.M.E. Stories proves unique in this genre thanks to its merging of story-based elements with traditional tabletop tropes such as rolling dice, having actions and resources to collect and spend, and playing out on a board.
There’s a Snake in my Boots! (A review of Bang! The Dice Game)
Bang! The Dice Game is, as it’s name would suggest, a re-imagining of the much loved card game, Bang! It’s a bluffing and player elimination game for groups of 3-8 players, set in the old American West. You’re going to be deceiving your opponents and making sure you end up the last gunslinger on their feet. Forget friendship, forget family, forget marital bonds. In Bang! The Dice Game, the only player you can trust is yourself (unless you forget which role you have and accidentally sabotage yourself).
Dog & Thimble:
Most players at the table for a game of Mysterium are psychics, trying to divine clues provided by one other player, who happens to be a ghost. This ghost was murdered and it’s up to the psychics to figure out by whom and how. It won’t be that easy, however.
Board Game King:
Fury of Dracula Review
The most infamous vampire of all times terrorizes the living again in this third edition of Fury of Dracula! This is a board game of deduction and gothic horror based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel. One player is the legendary Dracula who stealthily moves and spreads the vampirism through the Victorian-era Europe surrounded by stormy seas and fogs. Will you be able to stop or he will drink all of your blood?
Pandemic Legacy Review
Pandemic Legacy was published by Z-Man Games (release date: October 8, 2015). The game was designed by Rob Daviau and Matt Leacock. The illustrations were done by Chris Quilliams.
Pandemic Legacy belongs to the Pandemic game family.
There is a blue edition and a red edition.
The game came out as “Season 1”. Whether there will be any other seasons is still unclear.
Board Game Quest:
Between Two Cities Review
In spring of 2015, we previewed a tile drafting game called Between Two Cities from Stonemaier Games. Their Kickstarter campaign successfully funded with over 5,000 backers pledging for a copy.
Months later, the game has finally made its way to our doorsteps (on time I might add) and we were able to give it a go. Designed by Matthew O’Malley (Princess Bride: Battle of Wits) and Ben Rosset (Brewcrafters, Mars Needs Mechanics), Between Two Cities has players drafting tiles for two different cities that will be built concurrently with their neighbors. Does it work? Let’s jump into this tile placement game and find out.
Between Two Cities is a tile drafting and placement game for 1-7 players that takes about 20 minutes to play. Between Two Cities plays well with any amount of players.
El Grandulon for Freebooters Fate Review
Freebooters Fate is big - and it is getting bigger. With El Grandulon the game reaches a new size and presents the first ogre miniature for the Pirate Skirmish.
Opel Blitz by Rubicon Models Review
chaosbunker unboxes one of the latest Rubicon Models, the Opel Blitz 3-ton 4x2 Cargo Truck.
Star Wars Armada Wave 2 Unboxing
It’s here! It’s finally here! After months of delays, the second wave of releases for Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars Armada has arrived. I got my shipment yesterday, and decided to snap a few pictures while I was unboxing everything. They are all posted up on the Man Battlestations blog, along with my impressions.
Play Board Games:
DreadBall Xtreme Review
DreadBall is a sports miniatures board game. The Xtreme version ramps things up with more teams, new sponsors and more casualties.
Pathfinder Battles: Red Dragon Evolution Set Review
The fearsome Red Dragon, what an iconic RPG enemy! Join us for a look at the Pathfinder Battles: Red Dragon Evolution set, containing 3 RPG fantasy miniatures that will strike fear into the hearts of your adventurers. This set from Paizo Publishing and WizKids Games is available for $19.99 direct from Paizo.
It's pretty simple, just go to the BGG page and bid on one of the ten game sets. Bids must be in increments of $1. The auctions will run until 2pm CST on Monday the 7th of December. To make sure there's not as much last-minute sniping (well, make sure as much as possible, anyway), bids in the last hour must be in $25 increments.
The campaign has made it through ... *counts* ... 25 stretch goals. They've also added a wooden tokens add-on to the campaign (useful for those that want more than just cardboard punch-out tokens).
Just one week left. If you want in on the action, now's the time to make your move.