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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Saturday night's alright for fightin'... orcs, and zombies, and evil robots, and elves, and any other sort of nasty you can think of.

Saturday's also the day for rounding up all the reviews we found over the past week and presenting them to you.

In this batch, we have reviews of: Robinson Crusoe (the board game, not the book), Abyss (the board game, not the movie), Pretty Pretty Smash Up Expansion, Warmachine: High Command – Engines of Destruction Expansion, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, The Ion Age – Habitation Outpost, and the Best D&D 5e Actual Play Podcasts.

Dog and Thimble:

Robinson Crusoe Review

Robinson Crusoe

You’ve shipwrecked on a mysterious island with three others. You’re a soldier, the other surviving members a cook, explorer, and a carpenter. The good news is you think you can manage to get some food from the beach where you washed ashore. The bad news? You think you saw a cannibal tribe at the edges of the forest watching you. Well… crap.

This is how the experience with Robinson Crusoe’s Cannibal Island scenario begins. One of six included scenarios that will truly test your ability to work as a team, manage your resources, and mitigate an onslaught of bad s--- that comes your way.

Board Game Quest:

Abyss Review


The throne is vacant. No not the Iron Throne (although that seems to happen often with that chair…). It’s the one that lies at the bottom of the ocean. The King of the Abyss has died, or maybe retired (were not 100% sure), and a successor must be found. Using your cunning, skill, and maybe a little bit of luck, you could be the next to claim the throne and become the king of the Abyss.

That’s the theme behind today’s review of Abyss, a eurogame designed by Bruno Cathala (5 Tribes, Shadows over Camelot) and Charles Chevallier (Sultaniya), and published by Asmodee Games. Is this game of undersea strategy just a pretty face or does it have what it takes to earn a spot on your gaming shelf? Let’s find out!

Abyss is a hand management and set collection game for 2-4 players that takes about 45-60 minutes to play. Abyss plays best with 3-4 players.

Play Board Games:

Pretty Pretty Smash Up Expansion Review

Smash Up

The Pretty Pretty expansion adds four cute and sweet new factions to Smash Up. But don’t worry they still help you capture bases for the win.

Warmachine: High Command – Engines of Destruction Expansion Review

High Command

Engines of Destruction is the second expansion for Warmachine: High Command – Faith & Fortune. It adds more options for building decks with the Faith & Fortune factions, including battle engines.

Gettin' Higgy With It:

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Review

We take a look at the co-operative board game, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, by Gary Grady, Suzanne Goldberg and Raymond Edwards. Distributed by Ystari Games. Sherlock Holmes is for 1-8 players, age 13+ and takes about 60-120 minutes per game.


The Ion Age – Habitation Outpost Review

Ion Age

The Ion Age makes many great 15mm Sci-Fi miniatures, but also some interesting resin scenery for your 15mm battles. Lets review their Habitation Outpost.

The Ion Age is a British brand that makes Sci-Fi miniatures and scenery with an space opera setting. In this post we’re reviewing a scenery pack named Habitation Outpost from their modular scenery range.

The Habitation Outpost pack consists of 11 grey resin elements that can be bought separately. If you buy the pack, you’re saving 20% of the price of the 11 elements.

Nerds on Earth:

The Best D&D 5e Actual Play Podcasts


Nerds on Earth takes a look at the best D&D 5e actual play podcasts: The Adventure Zone and Board With Life. Which is the best D&D 5e listening experience?