Z-Man Games Announces Lowlands Board Game

Is it just me, or is Z-Man Games turning into the “small community, apart from others, struggling against the elements”-game company? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you. I just happened to notice the pattern with their new game they’ve announced called Lowlands, where players are working semi-together to run a town along the coast of the North Sea.
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Review Roundup

Woo! Saturday!
And I’m finally mostly over being sick. You never realize just how much you are thankful that you can breathe through your nose or take a couple breaths without coughing until that’s exactly the opposite of how you’re doing. Ah well. While I groove along to The Guess Who (because why not?), let’s get you some gaming reviews.

This week, we’ve got: 51st State Master Set, Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: The Monster Box of Monsters, Arkon, Pockety Odyssey, Noises at Night, Siege Storm, Rambo: the Board Game, Hardback, Voodoo, Palette Swap, Vast: The Crystal Caverns, Pryamids, Kingsburg (2nd Edition), Crossfire, Through the Desert (Euro Classics Edition), Nemesis, Bad Squiddo Games Onna-bugeisha, and Test of Honour: Ninjas of Iga Warband.

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New Season of Pandemic Survival Is On

I’m just getting over a cold. Another coworker and her kid just found out they have strep. It’s not a good time. Viruses and bacteria are spreading all over. What we need is a group of public health officials to come in and clean this place up. As you all know, that’s your job in Pandemic. But what group is the best at curtailing these health hazards? That’s what the Pandemic Survival Series is all about. The new season just got underway and you can join in. Your own bleach wipes are not required, but recommended.
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Review Roundup

Saturdaaaaaaaaaaaay!
Woo!
I mean, who really doesn’t love Saturdays, in general? Sure, there’s not always the best Saturdays, but overall, it’s probably the greatest day of the week. At least, in my opinion.
While we’re on the subject of opinions, it’s time to get into this week’s reviews.

Today we have: Import/Export, Dream Catchers, Gaia Project, Schrodinger’s Cats, Indulgence, Smile, and Shop ‘N Time.

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Z-Man Games Previews Tea & Trade Expansion For Fields of Arle

There are areas of the world that, despite being part of a larger country, are sort of their own, little world. Cut-off from many other people, these regions create their own traditions and ways of life. Such is the case with East Frisia. Nestled along the coast of Germany, these flax farmers sort of just did their own thing. You get to play one of these farmers in Fields of Arle, of which, the new Tea & Trade expansion is coming. It brings the option of a 3rd player, but that’s not all. What else is there? That’s what Z-Man is showing off in this preview.
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Z-Man Games Previews New Characters In Agents of Venice Expansion

It’s a long way from Italy to China. And both places are pretty big. Marco Polo certainly wasn’t alone that whole time. He met with all sorts of people along the way, each one having their own impact on the trip. In the upcoming Agents of Venice expansion for The Voyages of Marco Polo, there are new characters that you’ll encounter along your trip. Z-Man Games gives us a look at them in this preview.
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Pandemic: Rising Tide Now Available

The Netherlands are in a unique situation wherein most of the country is beneath sea level. This has been helpful, as the country, when under attack, can open up their system of dams and levees and flood regions. But what happens when those systems start failing and there’s no approaching army to defend from? It’s up to the country’s engineers to fix it before everyone’s left not-so-high and not-so-dry. That’s what’s happening on Pandemic: Rising Tide. You’ve read the rulebook. Now you can get a copy for yourself, as it’s available now.
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Z-Man Games Posts Rulebook for Pandemic: Rising Tide

Being an informed consumer is important. You don’t want to know what you’re getting when you buy something. That’s why I love when companies put their rulebooks up online. Pandemic: Rising Tide is a whole new twist on the Pandemic theme. You’re not trying to stop various diseases from spreading. You’re trying to make sure that the Netherlands don’t flood. Want to know how that’ll work? Go read all about it.
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Gaia Project Now Available

Z-Man Games has released their follow-up to Terra Mystica in the form of Gaia Project. Instead of just building a world to your liking, you are now able to spread out among the stars and make entire systems, and more, and put them under your guiding control. By exploring, managing your resources, dealing with threats, and working with your economy, you can create the greatest empire that the galaxy has ever seen.
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Z-Man Games Posts New Agents of Venice Preview

Marco Polo heading out into the East is only half the story. It wouldn’t be quite a big deal if he never returned. But when he did, he brought all his accumulated findings back and helped increase communication and trade between the two regions of the world. In the Agents of Venice expansion for The Voyages of Marco Polo, Marco Polo has made his way back to the famed city and is now looking to work with various trading houses. But how will that work? Well, find out in this preview from Z-Man Games.
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Z-Man Games Previews Solo Mode For Gaia Project

Solo rules for games open up entirely new opportunities for play. Sometimes you want to game, but nobody’s around. Having a game that’ll still work with just one player means there’s always enough to play. In Gaia Project, Z-Man games has created a variant of the rules for solo play. So even if your entire gaming group can’t make it, you can get some gaming in. Check them out.
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Review Roundup

Ok, so I was being a little facetious, saying that we were expecting a Snowpocalypse here in Atlanta, with the little bit of snow that was coming down at the time… but… yeah… we had a bit of a Snowpocalypse. That was the view from my front door last night and it was still much the same this morning. Thankfully, since then, the sun’s come out and much of it is melting. But still… yeah, quite a thing. Good day to stay in and do some gaming. But what games? Well, you can find out what games are like with the Review Roundup!

This week we have: Villages of Velaria, Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – Box of Monsters Expansion, Axis & Allies: Anniversary Edition, Wizards Wanted, Braintopia, NMBR9, Ticket to Ride: Germany, Planetarium, Barbarians: The Invasion, Space Race, The Captain is Dead, and Heaven & Ale.

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Revised Edition of Kingsburg Now Available

Games can occasionally need a bit of an update. Mechanics can be smoothed out. Art assets can be redone. Components can get a change in material or quality. In the end, you’ve got an old game that has a new feel to it. For those that are fans of Kingsburg, you’ll be happy to see that there’s a revised edition now available. For those that aren’t fans of Kingsburg, well, here’s a chance for you to possibly become one.
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Majesty: For the Realm Now Available From Z-Man Games

The throne is empty. A new monarch must be set upon it. But whom should lead? Obviously, it should be the ruler of one of the realms that has shown that they are the most-prosperous and best leader. No bloodline nonsense. This is a merit-based system. Prove you’re the best ruler and you’ll be put in charge. That’s what you’ll be doing in Majesty: For the Realm, a new game that’s available now from Z-Man Games.
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Smile Now Available From Z-Man Games

Fireflies are almost guaranteed to bring a smile, especially to the critters in the forest who think that their big, light-up butts are just super-tasty. In Smile, a new card game from Z-Man Games, you’ll take your collection of fireflies out into the forest in order to gather the animals within. But be careful, there are those that only want your fireflies, but don’t actually want to go with you. Out-bid your opponents on the best creatures and come away with the most points. Smile is available now.
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Z-Man Games Talks With Original Designers of History of the World

The study of how history changes over time is called Historiography. Yes, history can and very often does change over time. As new evidence and sources come out, and more analysis is done on the subject, things we thought were one way can very much prove to be another. So, as Z-Man interviewed the original creators of History of the World, they talk about how things have changed with the game over time. It’s all rather meta, considering the subject of the game. Anyway, check it out.
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Z-Man Games Previews Factions from Gaia Project

The galaxy is a large place. But when there’s 14 different races looking to colonize it, it can seem really small really quickly. Each faction has things it specializes in and ways to play. So, when sitting down for a game of Gaia Project, how do you choose which one you want to play? Well, having a preview of them all would be good, and that’s just what we’ve got here from Z-Man Games.
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Through the Desert Now Available From Z-Man Games

Occasionally, older games need a bit of a revamp. There’s nothing wrong with that. Boards and other game pieces get a touch-up in quality. Rules get tightened and streamlined. Overall, you get a better gaming experience from an already-great game. Such is the case with Through the Desert, of which a new edition is now available from Z-Man Games.
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Bastion Now Available From Z-Man Games

The enemy is here. The rampaging hordes of monsters have been ransacking the countryside, but now they’ve made it to the walls of the castle. Comparatively, they outnumber you about a billion to one. But all is not lost… hopefully. By banding together, the remaining survivors look to turn the tide of battle and send the monsters home. But will they succeed, or will the citadel be overrun? That’s what you’ll have to figure out in Bastion, the new cooperative tower defense game available from Z-Man Games.
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Z-Man Games Posts New Pandemic: Rising Tide Preview

Having your country below sea level can possibly cause some issues unless you’ve got a really good levee, lock, and dam system. Well, the Netherlands is below sea level. And they’ve got a pretty good system going for them. But what if those systems start to fail? It’ll take a lot more than just sticking your finger in a leak to save the country. So that’s what you’ll be doing in Pandemic: Rising Tide. In this preview, get a look at the different roles you can play in the game.
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It’s feeling a lot like Saturday 2: Sat Harder (editor’s note: rework that title before publishing) here. Yesterday I spent much of the day at home, hanging out and working on my friend’s Guild Ball minis. He moved recently and a bunch of his stuff got jumbled and busted up. Plus, there were some new kits he’d gotten in that he wasn’t sure when he would be able to assemble them. Putting figures together is arguably my favorite part of the whole hobby, so I’ve offered to fix his busted minis, assemble his new ones, and even move some of his other figures over to sculpted bases he’d gotten. There’s ~35 minis that are getting some kind of work on them, from assembly, to those bases, to fixes, to green-stuffing the slots. It’s been a fun project. Certainly kept me busy. Plus, next time I see them on the other side of the pitch, I don’t have to see a bunch of half-assembled and busted figures. 😛
But I’m currently taking a break (my hand’s cramping from using a pin vice all morning) to bring you those reviews I know you all so desperately desire.

This week we have: Storm Hollow, The Mysterious Forest, Pandemic Legacy Season 2, Vengeance, Gloom of Kilforth, Spoils of War, Santorini, Kerala, Mini Rails, Armageddon, By Order of the Queen, NMBR 9, Coded: Card-Time Strategy, Legend of the Five Rings, Woo-Hoo!, AquaSphere, and Cities of Splendor.

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Z-Man Games Posts Q&A with the Designer of Kingsburg

Games will occasionally get a revamping with a new edition. Such is happening with Kingsburg. But when that happens, what goes through the mind of the designer? How do they know what they should keep and what they should change? What is the thought process behind it all? In this preview from Z-Man Games, they talk with designer Andrea Chiarvesio about just such matters.
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Asmodee Launches Holiday Sale

So, it’s come to this…
We all knew they’d show up eventually. Well, they’re here. Asmodee looks to be leading the group, having launched their Holiday sale. And, being Asmodee, it’s not just them, but all their subsidiaries like Z-Man, Fantasy Flight, Days of Wonder, and others. And, you know, I’m a big fan of getting holiday shopping done ahead of time, especially ordering online. You order. It shows up. You’re done. Simple.
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Review Roundup

Hellooooo Saturday!
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.

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Z-Man Games Announces Agents of Venice Expansion For The Voyages of Marco Polo

The voyages of Marco Polo are legendary. There’s many conflicting tales of what he did, where he went, and what he brought back, simply because it was seen as such a big deal. It’s so mythical that there’s games based on him, such as The Voyages of Marco Polo. That one, in particular, is getting a new expansion called Agents of Venice. You can check out this preview from Z-Man Games about what you can expect.
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Z-Man Games Posts Through the Desert Rules

Z-Man Games is updating the classic Dr. Reneir Knizia game, Through the Desert. The game’s getting a bit of a facelift, but also a bit of a rules combing. So, many of you have played the older version, and I’m sure you’re wondering what’s changing. Z-Man is helping out with that, as they’ve posted up the updated rulebook on their website. So you can check it out and see what’s been updated.
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It’s the weekend! Wooooo! Partaaaaaaaaaay!
And by “Party,” I mean gaming!
Working on getting this Review Roundup and then gonna head out to the LGS to play some Guild Ball.

Today we’ve got: Tiny Epic Quest, Sagrada, Azul, InBetween, BONK, Stop Thief!, Agility, Cast the Ritual, Fog of Love, H.I.D.E., First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express, and Go Nuts for Donuts.

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Carcassonne Big Box Now Available

Carcassonne is one of those ubiquitous games that pretty much everyone has played at some point. Many of you have a copy on your gaming shelf right now. But do you have all the expansions? Or maybe you don’t have a copy, but want one, and the idea of those expansions is a bit daunting to have to track down. And what about storing it all? Well, Z-Man Games is here to help. Their Carcassonne Big Box is now available.
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Pandemic Legacy Season 2 Now Available

Cold and Flu season is coming up. But on the gaming table, it’s already here. Pandemic Legacy Season 2 is now available. And with how people reacted to Season 1, I can only imagine what sort of reaction this new set will garner. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s at least one group out there that hasn’t already picked it up and did a marathon game session, akin to binge-watching a new season of a show when it comes out on Netflix.
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Z-Man Games Announces Mini-Expansion For A Feast For Odin

Vikings are pretty much one of the world’s best-known souvenir-hunters. They’d head out, find a nice spot, then grab a couple trinkets to remember the trip by (if you consider “everything of value that wasn’t bolted down, and even then, that’s not a guarantee” to be “a couple trinkets to remember the trip by”). Soon, you’ll have new places for your vikings to explore in A Feast for Odin, as Z-Man Games has announced the first mini-expansion for the game.
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Z-Man Games Announces Fields of Arle: Tea & Trade Expansion

Tea. It’s possibly the most popular drink in the world (even though I don’t really like it. But who cares about what I like in beverages?). It’s especially popular in East Frisia, a small, German Village on the North Sea. And it’s a major new good you’ll be able to get in Tea & Trade, the new expansion coming for Fields of Arle from Z-Man Games.
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Z-Man Games Posts Majesty Preview

The king is dead. The hunt is on for the next person that will be seated on the throne. The nobles vying for the spot can’t just run in and sit down. They’ll need the people’s support. There’s more than one way to get the people’s favor. And looking at such options is what you get in this preview for Majesty from Z-Man Games.
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Spynet and Junggle Now Available From Z-Man Games

Z-Man Games has a pair of new releases available for you today. In one, you’re leading a team of spies versus opposing spy teams, looking to complete your objectives while preventing your opponents from finishing theirs. In the other, you’ve actually got a collection of five games in one, all involving animals you’d find in the deepest, darkest jungles. You can pick up your copies of Spynet and Junggle now.
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Review Roundup

It’s not just Saturday. It’s a 3-day weekend Saturday! The best kind of Saturday! (well, except for 4-day weekend Saturdays, or week-off Saturdays, but let’s not get pedantic here) I’m just kinda chillin’ today. Why go and run yourself ragged? Instead, I’ll just hang out and pass along some reviews for you to check out. Though I did almost relax my way through posting time. Whoops. 😉

Today we have: Escape Room: The Game, Schotten Totten, The Climbers, Techno Bowl, Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents, ROBiTs, Caverna: Cave vs. Cave, Cosmic Encounters: Cosmic Eons, Table Tantrums, Hipster Teenage Wasteland, Burn the Heretic, Drinking Quest: Journey into Draught, Wild Fun West, London, and NMBR9.

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Z-Man Games Posts New Pandemic Legacy Season 2 Preview

The thing that sets Legacy-style games apart from others is that the game will literally change each time you play. What you do in one session will have an effect on the next. Card packs will be opened. Other cards will be removed. The game board will be altered. People went crazy over this aspect of Pandemic Legacy Season 1. But what can we expect to see in the upcoming Pandemic Legacy Season 2? Well, Z-Man games gives you a bit of insight in this preview.
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