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Arkon Kickstarter Review

Posted on February 18th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Arkon Card Game Kickstarter Review

I was going to start this review by saying that Arkon is a bit like Ronseal, and then I realised that not everyone in the world will be familiar with a wood staining product and its advertising slogan. For those who haven’t got a nostalgic history of UK television commercials, Ronseal’s slogan was “it does what is says on the tin” and I feel that by describing Arkon as a take-that card game with set collection and bidding, you more or less know most of what you need to about the game, but we have been tasked with reviewing this product and so we are honour bound to tell you more.

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Awesome Games Coming in 2018: Part 3 Traditional Publishing

Posted on February 9th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Awesome Games Coming in 2018: Part 3 Traditional Publishing
We finally arrive at our third and final part of our 2018 preview, and this has been without a doubt the most difficult part of the list to put together. I have taken input from all three members of the Polyhedron Collider team and our highlights were featured in our most recent Podcast episode. It has become apparent however just how much of a hype generating machine Kickstarter has become. I’ve managed to put a list of over 20 games that Kickstarter is bringing to us this year, but I have struggled to find just 10 games arriving via more conventional publishing means.  Is this because publishers are being more guarded with their announcements or is this because of the meteoric rise of Kickstarter?

Don’t forget to check out Part1, where we looked at games coming to Kickstarter this year, and Part 2, where we looked at the games we Kickstarted in the past and are expecting to be delivered in 2018.

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Episode 37 – Fallout, Kitchen Rush and Ethnos

Posted on February 7th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

It’s the New Year, so Steve, Andy and Jon gaze into their crystal ball and look forward to the games that are coming out in 2018.  We’ll choose our top picks that are coming to Kickstarter, before looking at the games we have backed and are waiting imp…

Nemesis Preview

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been following the development of Nemesis quite closely over the last couple of years. I first spoke to the game’s designer Adam Kwapiński way back in 2015 at Essen, when he explained the concept of a game he was developing where players wake from…

Awesome Games Coming in 2018: Part 1 Kickstarter

Posted on January 24th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Awesome Games Coming in 2018: Part 1 Kickstarter

Every year we like to put up a little preview of the games coming out over the coming twelve months. In a way this article has become easier, as companies have made an effort to start promoting their games far in advance of their release. But it’s also become more difficult, as the rise of Kickstarter has meant that games that are announced hit Kickstarter and don’t hit our tables for a few years, don’t fund and so have to relaunch or even don’t turn up on Kickstarter at all (it’s been 2 years since we mentioned Chronicles Origin and we still have no idea if that game is even coming out).

This year we’re going to do things a little different, breaking the 2018 preview into three lists, the first (this one) will cover games that are coming to Kickstarter over the coming year (or even this week!) The second will address those games have already funded on Kickstarter (that we here at Polyhedron Collider have backed) and should be releasing over the next twelve months, and the last will be those games that publishers have announced.

Of course we can’t mention every game, but here’s a slice of gaming action that everyone here at Polyhedron Collider is excited to get to the table.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 36 – The Games We Are Looking Forward To In 2018

Posted on January 14th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It’s the New Year, so Steve, Andy and Jon gaze into their crystal ball and look forward to the games that are coming out in 2018.  We’ll choose our top picks that are coming to Kickstarter, before looking at the games we have backed and are waiting imp…

Pegasus Spiele announce 4 new Talisman games

Posted on January 11th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Did you know that Talisman will be 35 years old in 2018? No doubt there will be some jokers out there who say “yeah, and it shows”. Well did you also know that Pegasus Spiele have announced 4 new games set in the world of Talisman? Well you do now!R…

My Most Played Games of 2017

Posted on January 9th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It’s been an odd year for me and games.  If you read my blog post about writing reviews, you will know that I moved house right at the end of 2016 and so have had some real trouble getting games to the table. This means my list of most played games i…

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 35 – The Best Games We Played in 2017

Posted on December 28th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

It’s the end of the year, so the boys get together and discuss the best games they have played in 2017.  Things kick off with the ‘3 for 3’ awards, where the Polyhedron Collider crew discuss the games all three members have purchased in 2017. We then l…

The Polyhedron Collider Cast episode 33 – Kickstarter

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The Polyhedron Collider Cast episode 33 - Kickstarter

The boys discuss Kickstarter and the effect it’s had on tabletop games. We discuss the best board games we’ve backed, the ones that have been lacklustre and those we regret not backing.   Via questions from our listeners we also look at how Kickstarter has effected the gaming industry and muse over if the bubble will burst.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast episode 33 – Kickstarter

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The Polyhedron Collider Cast episode 33 - Kickstarter

The boys discuss Kickstarter and the effect it’s had on tabletop games. We discuss the best board games we’ve backed, the ones that have been lacklustre and those we regret not backing.   Via questions from our listeners we also look at how Kickstarter has effected the gaming industry and muse over if the bubble will burst.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 33: Gloom of Kilforth, Dice Forge and Star Trek RPG

Posted on November 19th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The Polyhedron Collider Crew return, with another slice of board gaming chat interspersed by rabbit holes and nonsense. 

Steve and Jon venture out to battle the Gloom of Kilforth, all three members of the team love Dice Forge so much they keep getting distracted and Andy tell us the tales of Captain Cocktail and his intrepid crew in the Star Trek Adventures RPG from Modiphius.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 33: Gloom of Kilforth, Dice Forge and Star Trek RPG

Posted on November 19th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The Polyhedron Collider Crew return, with another slice of board gaming chat interspersed by rabbit holes and nonsense. 

Steve and Jon venture out to battle the Gloom of Kilforth, all three members of the team love Dice Forge so much they keep getting distracted and Andy tell us the tales of Captain Cocktail and his intrepid crew in the Star Trek Adventures RPG from Modiphius.

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We’ll be back after these messages

Posted on November 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

If you are a regular reader of polyhedroncollider.com or a regular listener to the Polyhedron Collider Cast you may have noticed a downturn in our output over the last few months. The good news is that we fully intend to continue with the podcast, albeit at a slower pace. The bad news, however, is that I am seriously considering either taking a hiatus from creating written reviews or maybe even stopping completely. Either way I think you deserve an explanation.

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We’ll be back after these messages

Posted on November 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

If you are a regular reader of polyhedroncollider.com or a regular listener to the Polyhedron Collider Cast you may have noticed a downturn in our output over the last few months. The good news is that we fully intend to continue with the podcast, albeit at a slower pace. The bad news, however, is that I am seriously considering either taking a hiatus from creating written reviews or maybe even stopping completely. Either way I think you deserve an explanation.

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InBetween Review

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

InBetween Review

I can firmly say that I am a massive fan of Stranger Things, the Netflix television series that mixed 80s movies, Dungeons & Dragons and a smidgeon of Cthulhu. What is there not to like? Which is why I was very excited about the new little game form Board&Dice, InBetween. For starters it’s Stranger Things the card game, and is certainly a lot better that that Eleven egg waffles nonsense that was recently announced.  Secondly the game was designed by Adam Kwapiński, and although he may not yet be a household name, I think he is always one to watch.

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InBetween Review

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

InBetween Review

I can firmly say that I am a massive fan of Stranger Things, the Netflix television series that mixed 80s movies, Dungeons & Dragons and a smidgeon of Cthulhu. What is there not to like? Which is why I was very excited about the new little game form Board&Dice, InBetween. For starters it’s Stranger Things the card game, and is certainly a lot better that that Eleven egg waffles nonsense that was recently announced.  Secondly the game was designed by Adam Kwapiński, and although he may not yet be a household name, I think he is always one to watch.

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Posted on October 23rd, 2017 under Posted by

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Monster Lands Kickstarter Review

Posted on October 18th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Monster Lands Kickstarter Review
Monster Lands is a bit of a tease.  Its cartoon artwork and cutesy graphic design are nothing but a honey trap, luring you in with the promise of a cute game for all the family but you will soon come to realise that Monster Lands is a meaty grown up game of resource placement and second guessing your opponent.  However, even that veneer is misleading because behind Monster Land’s euro game appearance is a game where the roll of a die can change everything.

In Monster Lands you must hire a group of mighty warriors to defeat fearsome monsters and conquer lands in the quest for glory and reputation.  I’m not going to try and explain every rule and mechanic for Monster Lands, because believe me when I say there is a lot going on in this board game.

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Monster Lands Kickstarter Review

Posted on October 18th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Monster Lands Kickstarter Review
Monster Lands is a bit of a tease.  Its cartoon artwork and cutesy graphic design are nothing but a honey trap, luring you in with the promise of a cute game for all the family but you will soon come to realise that Monster Lands is a meaty grown up game of resource placement and second guessing your opponent.  However, even that veneer is misleading because behind Monster Land’s euro game appearance is a game where the roll of a die can change everything.

In Monster Lands you must hire a group of mighty warriors to defeat fearsome monsters and conquer lands in the quest for glory and reputation.  I’m not going to try and explain every rule and mechanic for Monster Lands, because believe me when I say there is a lot going on in this board game.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 32: Clans of Caledonia, Monster Lands, Inbetween and our Essen

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 32: Clans of Caledonia, Monster Lands, Inbetween and our Essen
It’s time to get excited about Essen Spiel and so the boys try and keep it clean and family friendly.  Unfortunately, a request for Polyhedron Collider to review adult products leads to a discussion of said products and things evolve into childish giggling.
We do however get a chance to play ‘game of the year’ contender Clans of Caledonia, dice placement fantasy game Monster-Lands and talk about the Stranger Things inspired two-player card game Inbetween. We also then take our pick of the most interesting games to play and buy at Essen.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 32: Clans of Caledonia, Monster Lands, Inbetween and our Essen

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 32: Clans of Caledonia, Monster Lands, Inbetween and our Essen
It’s time to get excited about Essen Spiel and so the boys try and keep it clean and family friendly.  Unfortunately, a request for Polyhedron Collider to review adult products leads to a discussion of said products and things evolve into childish giggling.
We do however get a chance to play ‘game of the year’ contender Clans of Caledonia, dice placement fantasy game Monster-Lands and talk about the Stranger Things inspired two-player card game Inbetween. We also then take our pick of the most interesting games to play and buy at Essen.

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Review Roundup 2

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

There are a lot of board games out there and, unfortunately, not all of them are good.  While we here at Polyhedron Collider try and write well-balanced reviews based on multiple play-throughs and with different groups, there are those game were doing is so torturous we end up alienating our friends and family. So we present the second part of our Review Roundup series, a set of short punchy reviews for games we are never going to play again.

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Review Roundup 2

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

There are a lot of board games out there and, unfortunately, not all of them are good.  While we here at Polyhedron Collider try and write well-balanced reviews based on multiple play-throughs and with different groups, there are those game were doing is so torturous we end up alienating our friends and family. So we present the second part of our Review Roundup series, a set of short punchy reviews for games we are never going to play again.

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Wreck and Ruin Kickstarter Review

Posted on September 26th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Wreck and Ruin kickstarter review

Oh what a day! Oh what a lovely day, when a brand spanking new Kickstarter prototype arrives at my door. And it’s not for a micro card game, a fantasy dungeon crawler or some form of worker/dice placement, no it’s tearing around a post-apocalyptic wasteland in a diesel guzzling vehicle a la Mad Max. Oh what a lovely day indeed.

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