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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 31: Wreck & Ruin, This War of Mine and reviewing board games

Posted on September 17th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

After a bit of a break the chaps from Polyhedron Collider return with a good old chat about board games.  We go full throttle for our review of Wreck & Ruin, race animals in The Champion of the Wild, get all depressed in This War of Mine and drown our sorrows on a Drinking Quest.

The boys then have a good lock chat about the current state of board game reviews and look at ethics, how we approach reviews and the best and worst receptions we have had to a review.
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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 31: Wreck & Ruin, This War of Mine and reviewing board games

Posted on September 17th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

After a bit of a break the chaps from Polyhedron Collider return with a good old chat about board games.  We go full throttle for our review of Wreck & Ruin, race animals in The Champion of the Wild, get all depressed in This War of Mine and drown our sorrows on a Drinking Quest.

The boys then have a good lock chat about the current state of board game reviews and look at ethics, how we approach reviews and the best and worst receptions we have had to a review.

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I received a mystery package in the mail…

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

 
 The other day I received a mysterious package, and well, if it weren’t for a couple of clues I would be pretty freaked out. For starters, I receive a shipping notification from Poland. Ohh I think, is it a Kickstarter? Well the shipping and tracking data gave no information, only that the package came from Poland.

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I received a mystery package in the mail…

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

 
 The other day I received a mysterious package, and well, if it weren’t for a couple of clues I would be pretty freaked out. For starters, I receive a shipping notification from Poland. Ohh I think, is it a Kickstarter? Well the shipping and tracking data gave no information, only that the package came from Poland.

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The Champion of the Wild Kickstarter Review

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Champion of the Wild Kickstarter Review
 
It’s a board game review cliché to say “if you like this kind of game, you’ll like this game”. It’s a tired and lazy get-out clause for a reviewer, they can thoroughly dislike a game and then issue this kind of statement completely admonishing any form of reviewer responsibility while remaining pretty, positive and ever so cuddly. It is a phrase I detest, but trying to write a review of The Champion of the Wild while avoiding this statement is turning into the literal equivalent of a daytime charge across the minefield.

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The Champion of the Wild Kickstarter Review

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Champion of the Wild Kickstarter Review
 
It’s a board game review cliché to say “if you like this kind of game, you’ll like this game”. It’s a tired and lazy get-out clause for a reviewer, they can thoroughly dislike a game and then issue this kind of statement completely admonishing any form of reviewer responsibility while remaining pretty, positive and ever so cuddly. It is a phrase I detest, but trying to write a review of The Champion of the Wild while avoiding this statement is turning into the literal equivalent of a daytime charge across the minefield.

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Mansions of Madness Second Edition Review

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

Mansions of Madness Second Edition Review

I know there are a few people out there who believe that cardboard and technology should be kept completely separate, that by adding an app via a tablet or computer to their board game domain that they have somehow sullied their table top collection. If you think this way then you are missing out on quite possibly the best cooperative game to come out in 2016 and the most thematic Cthulhu Mythos game that Fantasy Flight Games have ever made, because Mansions of Madness Second Edition may have some minor issues, but otherwise is a superb and deeply thematic adventure game that perfectly marries technology and table top.

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Mansions of Madness Second Edition Review

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

Mansions of Madness Second Edition Review

I know there are a few people out there who believe that cardboard and technology should be kept completely separate, that by adding an app via a tablet or computer to their board game domain that they have somehow sullied their table top collection. If you think this way then you are missing out on quite possibly the best cooperative game to come out in 2016 and the most thematic Cthulhu Mythos game that Fantasy Flight Games have ever made, because Mansions of Madness Second Edition may have some minor issues, but otherwise is a superb and deeply thematic adventure game that perfectly marries technology and table top.

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Runewars Miniatures Game Review

Posted on August 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Runewars Miniatures Game Review

 

When reviewing miniatures games, one must consider the holy trinity of table top miniatures; the lore (or the fluff), the miniatures and the rules. Because a miniatures game isn’t as straightforward as a board game, not only do the rules need to be solid but you also need to have miniatures you want to paint and a background that wants you to fight.  We mostly review board games here at Polyhedron Collider, where game mechanics and gameplay rule the roost, and plastic models and pages of backstory are merely stage dressing. But a miniatures game has to draw you in, it needs to make you want to play, want to paint and most of all, want to pay most of your salary on more tiny plastic men.
How you rate your miniatures game is going to depend on which of these factors influences you the most. I certainly have friends who have bought entire game systems for the miniatures alone and Warhammer 40,000 has traded on the fan speculation of which Primarch would beat each other in a fight for some 20 odd years.

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Runewars Miniatures Game Review

Posted on August 27th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Runewars Miniatures Game Review

 

When reviewing miniatures games, one must consider the holy trinity of table top miniatures; the lore (or the fluff), the miniatures and the rules. Because a miniatures game isn’t as straightforward as a board game, not only do the rules need to be solid but you also need to have miniatures you want to paint and a background that wants you to fight.  We mostly review board games here at Polyhedron Collider, where game mechanics and gameplay rule the roost, and plastic models and pages of backstory are merely stage dressing. But a miniatures game has to draw you in, it needs to make you want to play, want to paint and most of all, want to pay most of your salary on more tiny plastic men.
How you rate your miniatures game is going to depend on which of these factors influences you the most. I certainly have friends who have bought entire game systems for the miniatures alone and Warhammer 40,000 has traded on the fan speculation of which Primarch would beat each other in a fight for some 20 odd years.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 30: Anachrony, Tzolk’in and Labyrinth

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

After summer holiday season the Polyhedron Collider schedule has taken a hit, so here we are two weeks late with a bumper podcast full of chat about board games, Gen Con, involute gear forms, and eating olives.  We take in depth looks at Anachrony, Tzolk’in and Labyrinth and provide a roundup of some of the games we have been sent to review that where rather bad.

We also answer questions from the mail bag about blinging out our games, use of theme and which are our most significant games.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 30: Anachrony, Tzolk’in and Labyrinth

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

After summer holiday season the Polyhedron Collider schedule has taken a hit, so here we are two weeks late with a bumper podcast full of chat about board games, Gen Con, involute gear forms, and eating olives.  We take in depth looks at Anachrony, Tzolk’in and Labyrinth and provide a roundup of some of the games we have been sent to review that where rather bad.

We also answer questions from the mail bag about blinging out our games, use of theme and which are our most significant games.

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How to Go On a Successful Crowdfunding Quest – by Todd Medema

Posted on August 17th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

How to Go On a Successful Crowdfunding Quest - by Todd Medema
Todd Medema from Expedition: The Roleplaying Card Game here. Polyhedron Collider was generous enough to review our first game’s Kickstarter launch, which doubled its goal. We wanted to return the favour by sharing some of the tips and techniques we learned from our campaign to make your next launch more successful!

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How to Go On a Successful Crowdfunding Quest – by Todd Medema

Posted on August 17th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

How to Go On a Successful Crowdfunding Quest - by Todd Medema
Todd Medema from Expedition: The Roleplaying Card Game here. Polyhedron Collider was generous enough to review our first game’s Kickstarter launch, which doubled its goal. We wanted to return the favour by sharing some of the tips and techniques we learned from our campaign to make your next launch more successful!

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Review Roundup

Posted on August 10th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Over the years we have been sent a number of review copies of games that have slipped through the net. It’s an embarrassment, it’s unprofessional, its ramshackle, but there is a reason these games have remained unreviewed, they have struggled to even get to the table. Some of them are boring, some are uninspiring and some are just plain bad but it’s our duty as honest reviewers to tell you why we just don’t like this set of games.

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Review Roundup

Posted on August 10th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Over the years we have been sent a number of review copies of games that have slipped through the net. It’s an embarrassment, it’s unprofessional, its ramshackle, but there is a reason these games have remained unreviewed, they have struggled to even get to the table. Some of them are boring, some are uninspiring and some are just plain bad but it’s our duty as honest reviewers to tell you why we just don’t like this set of games.

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Star Scrapper: Cave In Review

Posted on July 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I have come to the realisation that the hallmark of a great game is one when you look at your options, mull over your choices and then let out a cry of exasperation. It is that moment when you realise that to pull off that game winning moving you really should have started your plan in motion three turns ago, or that you are simply one action or one resource short of pulling off a complete blinder.
I say this because my time with Star Scrapper: Cave In has been embarrassingly short, to the point where I feel slightly dishonest in using the word review in the title, (not too I guilty mind you as an article titled first impressions never gets the traction it deserves) but I will say within my brief time with Star Scrapper Cave In there have been multiple cries of anguish, so surely it is a truly great game.

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Star Scrapper: Cave In Review

Posted on July 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I have come to the realisation that the hallmark of a great game is one when you look at your options, mull over your choices and then let out a cry of exasperation. It is that moment when you realise that to pull off that game winning moving you really should have started your plan in motion three turns ago, or that you are simply one action or one resource short of pulling off a complete blinder.
I say this because my time with Star Scrapper: Cave In has been embarrassingly short, to the point where I feel slightly dishonest in using the word review in the title, (not too I guilty mind you as an article titled first impressions never gets the traction it deserves) but I will say within my brief time with Star Scrapper Cave In there have been multiple cries of anguish, so surely it is a truly great game.

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Bärenpark Review

Posted on July 29th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I will be perfectly honest, at first I passed on Bärenpark, a tile laying game where you build a zoo specifically for bears. I will admit that the theme didn’t grab me and the mechanics looked a little too simplistic for my tastes and, worst of all, the cover artwork did nothing to inspire me. But I am happy to say that Bärenpark has proven me wrong because not only is it a fun and light game it’s also got a surprising depth of strategy.

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Bärenpark Review

Posted on July 29th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I will be perfectly honest, at first I passed on Bärenpark, a tile laying game where you build a zoo specifically for bears. I will admit that the theme didn’t grab me and the mechanics looked a little too simplistic for my tastes and, worst of all, the cover artwork did nothing to inspire me. But I am happy to say that Bärenpark has proven me wrong because not only is it a fun and light game it’s also got a surprising depth of strategy.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 29 – Runewars Miniatures Game, This War of Mine and Cave In

Posted on July 25th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 29 - Runewars Miniatures Game, This War of Mine and Cave In

It is time yet again for a slice of tabletop gaming chat as the boys explore the latest miniatures game from Fantasy Flight Games Runewars, get all depressed by This War of Mine and explore the latest Kickstarters with our thoughts on Burning Rome and Star Scrappers Cave In.

We also discuss the latest news about Talisman and organising a Dungeons and Dragons session.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 29 – Runewars Miniatures Game, This War of Mine and Cave In

Posted on July 25th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 29 - Runewars Miniatures Game, This War of Mine and Cave In

It is time yet again for a slice of tabletop gaming chat as the boys explore the latest miniatures game from Fantasy Flight Games Runewars, get all depressed by This War of Mine and explore the latest Kickstarters with our thoughts on Burning Rome and Star Scrappers Cave In.

We also discuss the latest news about Talisman and organising a Dungeons and Dragons session.

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Burning Rome Kickstarter Review

Posted on July 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Burning Rome Kickstarter Review

I grew up a stone’s throw from the city of Chester, famous for being an ancient Roman city and having some of them oldest city walls in the country. As such the sight of a man dressed as a Roman legionnaire touting entrance to the Deva museum (Deva being the Roman name for Chester) was a common sight. And because this was such a perfect opportunity for a school trip, I should be no stranger to Roman history, but all that I can remember is that the Romans used to eat dormice.

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Burning Rome Kickstarter Review

Posted on July 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Burning Rome Kickstarter Review

I grew up a stone’s throw from the city of Chester, famous for being an ancient Roman city and having some of them oldest city walls in the country. As such the sight of a man dressed as a Roman legionnaire touting entrance to the Deva museum (Deva being the Roman name for Chester) was a common sight. And because this was such a perfect opportunity for a school trip, I should be no stranger to Roman history, but all that I can remember is that the Romans used to eat dormice.

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Brutal Kingdom Review

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

Brutal Kingdom Review

Reviewing games is largely a discussion of opinion. I can give you some objective facts about a game, but in the end the tone and final thoughts of such a written piece are going to rely on my experience of the game and nothing more. While it is true that some games can actually be bad, most games just have some features that mean they don’t rise to the top of the quite staggering list of games available today.

And then there are games like Brutal Kingdom, a game I don’t like, but that I’m beginning to think it’s not because it’s a bad game, but because it is simply not a game for me.

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