TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup
I hope Saturday is treating you well and is currently, or soon will be, full of gaming goodness.
I’ve got a little hobby project I’m working on for an upcoming review article. Obviously, details on that will be made specific soon when the piece goes up on the site.
Anyway, it’s time again for another Review Roundup, where we take all the gaming and hobby reviews we found throughout the week and present them to you here.
In this batch, we’ve got reviews/previews of: Warlord Games’ Wrecked House terrain piece, Citadel Crusade Figure Case, Forbidden Desert, Commands & Colors: Napoleonics – The Spanish Army Expansion, Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Adventure Kit, Dreams of Dystopia, Gamboni, Barnyard Legions, Dogs of War, Cthulhu Wars, and DC Dice Masters.
Battle Brush Studios:
Battle Brush Studios’ latest review is a closer examination of one of Warlord Games/Italeri’s suspiciously familiar looking joint releases, along with some thoughts on this range as a whole.
Army transport cases come many shapes and sizes, and today we’re reviewing the new offering from Games Workshop. These are designed for their Warhammer Fantasy, 40k, and Lord of the Rings ranges, but also equally suitable for 28mm miniatures from other games too. The new cases come in 3 sizes depending on your need and feature a rather original design of foam tray. In this review we are focusing on the Citadel Crusade Figure Case, the largest of the 3 sizes available.
Gettin’: Higgy With It:
We take a look at the co-operative board game, Forbidden Desert, by Matt Leacock. Distributed by GameWright. Forbidden Desert is for 2-5 players, age 10+ and takes about 45 minutes per game.
Play Board Games:
The Spanish Army is the first expansion for Commands and Colors Napoleonics. It obviously adds the Spanish army as well as new terrain, a couple new French units and 18 new scenarios.
The Unleashed Adventure Kit is a starter set with everything you need to begin adventuring in the wilds of the Iron Kingdom.
Board to Death TV:
In Dreams of Dystopia, set in a distant, postapocalyptic and dystopian future, players assume the roles of mighty “Masters” commanding various “Minions” to compete against each other – choosing between the Divine or Demonic aspect or even trying to tread the perilous path of Twilight – as they do so.
GAMBONI is a board game for 3 to 5 players. The game map is a representation of New York City in the 1980’s where five families controlled organized crime. To co-ordinate business and to settle disputes, the “COMMISSION” was formed. Each family is represented by their boss aka “CAPO”. The boss of the most powerful family is elected or otherwise installed as “Chairman of the Commission”. Up to 5 players compete to become “Boss of all Bosses” or “Capo dei Capi”.
The Barnyard Legions March to War From the frigid north to the arid Sahara, the Barnyard Legions march forth to claim their place in history. In Barnyard Legions you, the general, have been given a mission to keep the other Legions from ever completing their goal of lining up a proper battle line or two. Will you command the Sheep Legionnaires under the rule of Julius Sheepsar? Or will the hoof of Auroch the Red Boviking crush the Celtucky Chickens?
Shut Up & Sit Down:
This was meant to be a video review. Alas, my PC overheated. Repair parts are already enroute (thank you, indomitable Gold Club members!) but the show must go on, so I need you guys to imagine everything that follows with the glitz of a fancy video.
Picture the light playing over linen-finished game boxes. My powerful arms cradling components as if they were a baby animal. The caramel baritone of my voice.
You see, it’s important for your board game collection that you take Dogs of War as seriously as possible. It turns out this is a fantastic game. It’s also a terrible, friendship-sundering thing that made me more angry than a game’s made me in months.
Board Game Quest:
Today, we are going to dive into Cthulhu Wars, a game that was supposed to be designer Sandy Petersen’s last hurrah (he wrote the original Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu RPG), and instead helped him launch a new game company (Petersen Games). Cthulhu Wars was originally funded on Kickstarter and ended up raising over 1.4 million. With miniatures reaching as high as 7”, one can only hope that the game play holds up to the excellent looking components. Is Cthulhu Wars all style and no substance? Only one way to find out!
Cthulhu Wars is an action point and area control miniatures game for 2-4 players that takes about 60-90 minutes to play. Cthulhu Wars plays best with 3-4 players.
Dog and Thimble:
Dice Masters is an unequivocal hit. Designed by Eric Lang (Arcadia Quest, Chaos in the Old World), Dice Masters is a “dice builder” similar to a deck builder. But with dice, see? You draw dice from your bag like drawing cards from a deck, roll ‘em, then either field characters into battle or earn energy to buy better dice from the marketplace.
It is a smart, efficient, and altogether cool game that enables geeks like me to live out their comic book fantasies. Lex Luthor and Superman teaming up to take on Batman? The Flash and Green Arrow meeting for a TV-inspired showdown? Sure, why not? Any combination of DC heroes and villains can be created with some simple team-building rules that have few restrictions.
- Barnyard Legions
- Battle Brush Studios
- Board Game Quest
- Board to Death TV
- Commands and Colors
- Cthulhu Wars
- Dice Masters
- Dog and Thimble
- Dogs of War
- Dreams of Dystopia
- Forbidden Desert
- Games Afoot
- Games Workshop
- Gettin' Higgy With It
- GMT Games
- Graven Games
- Play Board Games
- Privateer Press
- Shut Up & Sit Down
- Warlord Games