TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup
Welcome to another Saturday. I’m working on putting together a Kanjira mini from Reaper Minis, documenting it for an upcoming issue of Ravage magazine. Other than that, since I often mention my culinary hobby as well, there’s Italian Beef in the crock pot. It’s an old family recipe (I used to live in Chicago). It’s going to start smelling heavenly in here in a couple hours.
Anyway, we’ve grouped together review articles from throughout the week and offer them to you now.
This time we’ve got reviews/previews of: Monikers, Main Event, Patchistory, Play Board Games’ Top 10 Deckbuilding Games, and Onward to Venus.
Shut Up & Sit Down:
Remember when we told you that Skull was the game that’ll make you and your friends shout the loudest? Monikers might be the funniest game we’ve ever reviewed. Weirder still, it might be more than 100 years old.
We’ve always suspected that old things were the best, but now we know. Time to cancel those forthcoming reviews of Armada and Dragon’s Gold. Next week, we’ll be reviewing whist, football and tuberculosis.
Board Game Quest:
I will admit something I never thought I would put down in written form. I was fan of World Wrestling Entertainment for a short time. It was in college and my roommate had been a fan for years. He would watch every Monday night and I happened to be there at the same time. I slowly went from avoiding the TV to avidly watching. I knew it was all scripted, but I still found enjoyment in watching the ridiculous things that happened.
When I first saw the premise for Main Event, those memories of folding chairs and broken tables flooded my brain. In Main Event, players will take control of one of five fighters looking to win the coveted champions belt. They will have to time their actions well to get the upper hand versus the other players to be the last person standing. Let’s get into the preview to see if it is a game you would like to support on Kickstarter.
I have stayed up WAY too late during many nights of my youth, playing such classics as Civilization and Alpha Centauri. I loved the idea of building up my civilization and seeing how I fared compared to the other civilizations. Once I got bitten by the Boardgame Bug™, I looked forward civ building in a board game format. The first game I bought was Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Boardgame (Eagle-Gryphon Games). Thankfully, I did not STOP pursuing civilization boardgames after playing that…”game.” My collection has expanded to include the REAL Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Boardgame, by Fantasy Flight Games, as well as Clash of Cultures and Nations.
Play Board Games:
I wrote my first list of the best deck building games almost three years ago. A lot of new deck builders have been released since then so I thought I should update my list. As usual I do not list games that I have not played, but if I have heard good things about them they might be listed in the Honorable Mentions section.
Onward to Venus is an interesting area control board game. You must race around the solar system building factories and mines on planets to score VPs.