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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Weeeeekeeeend! Hopefully you're having a good one, even if you're not at Origins or Lock & Load or the Board Game Challenge... like how I'm not at any of those. But it's ok! We can have a good time gaming, anyway.

As usual for our Saturdays here (except for that weird mix-up last week), we've got our Review Roundup.

In this installment we have reviews/previews of: Pathfinder Battles: Gargantuan Shemhazian Demon, Princes of the Apocalypse, Mage Wars Companion App, Transylvania: Curses and Traitors, Pew Pew, Patchwork, Lanterns, and Sultan's Library.

Graven Games:

Pathfinder Battles: Gargantuan Shemhazian Demon Review


A Gargantuan Shemhazian Demon is an enormous and terrifying creature from the Pathfinder Bestiary, mixing the most deadly aspects of a bear, a mantis, a wolf, and a reptilian humanoid. This premium figure is the finishing touch to the Pathfinder Battles: The Lost Coast miniatures set we recently reviewed, and is only available as a separate purchase to those random boosters.

Play Board Games:

Princes of the Apocalypse


Princes of the Apocalypse is a campaign for Dungeons and Dragons 5e. It is a re-working of the classic Temple of Elemental Evil adventure series.

Mage Wars Companion App


The Mage Wars Companion App helps you track the current game state as you play the game and build spell books based on the cards you own.


Transylvania: Curses and Traitors Review


It’s not like Transylvania has ever been a great place to live. It’s dark and scary and that whole Dracula thing keeps it off the tourist trail. Lately, though, it’s worse than normal. A curse has fallen over the city and more monsters than usual are terrorizing the populace. The government, in an attempt to save the city, has put out a call for fearless adventurers to come in and rid the city of this monster plague.

You, of course, are one of these fearless adventurers. You want to save the city! (And pocket the hefty reward while you’re at it. Hey, adventurers have bills, too.) Your goal is to either kill the monsters or find the information necessary to break the curse. Do that and you will be known as the greatest adventurer ever. One teensy problem: You may end up transformed into a monster yourself and then, well, you’re going to kill your fellow adventurers. Oops. Not exactly an idyllic vacation, but all in a days’ work for a brave hero like yourself.

Pew Pew Review

Pew Pew

Alien hordes are on the horizon, and you are the only thing that stands between them and your home planet. Everything you do and every choice you make will change the course of history. Will you stand up and be the hero your people need , or will the aliens prove too powerful and break through your planet’s last line of defense?

In Pew Pew! you are piloting one lone ship against the incoming onslaught of alien invaders. Your mission is to destroy them before they destroy you and everything you care about.

Patchwork Review


A lot of time, hard work, and talent goes into making beautiful quilts that are passed down from one generation to the next. Now you can make a much less impressive quilt of your own in a fraction of the time!

Board to Death TV:

Transylvania: Curses and Traitors Review

In the late 19th Century the land of Transylvania fell under a terrible curse allowing Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies to terrorize the citizens. The Governor issued a desperate plea for help. You play one of the best and bravest Adventurers in the world called to Transylvania to break the curse. Your goal is to find the Knowledge to break the curse over Transylvania but beware, the Knowledge you seek may just turn you into one of the terrible Monsters you have come to destroy.

Transylvania: Curses & Traitors is a heavily themed adventure and exploration game utilizing a modular board, variable player powers, hand management, and dice rolling.

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Lanterns Review


I have always been a sucker for “tile-laying” games. Either ones that are thematic, such as Carcassonne, Keyflower, or The Castles of Mad King Ludwig, or ones that lean towards the abstract side, such as Palmyra, Limes, or Voluspa. I have passed this addiction on to my wife and daughter. If I ask them to play a game in this genre, then I mostly get in response “When can we play!” For some reason, these tile-laying games bring out the cutthroat in both of them, but especially my wife. Darn if I know why.

The same enthusiasm was displayed when I described the game Lanterns: The Harvest Festival to both of them. Tiles with colorful floating lanterns, set collection, simple rules… I had them hooked after I said “colorful floating lanterns”. But is it another “keeper” for the collection?

Lanterns: The Harvest Festival is a game for 2-4 players that takes about 30 minutes to play. Lanterns scales well for all player counts.

Sultan's Library Preview


Growing up, the mystique of the Arabian Nights was ever-present in the media and pop culture I was consuming. Whether it was the Disney film Aladdin, the Arabian Nights expansion for Magic: The Gathering, or playing Prince of Persia, it was a story and mythos that I was intrigued by.

Sultan’s Library by Photon Games casts you as an explorer in this world, searching the land for books filled with knowledge to return to the Sultan. Does Sultan’s Library deliver you to an oasis of an enjoyable game, or does it leave you wandering lost in the desert? Read on to find out!

Sultan’s Library by Photon Games is a pick-up and deliver and hand management game for 2-4 players. The game plays in less than 30 minutes, and plays best with 3-4 players.