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UK Games Expo 2018: Witless Wizards

Posted on June 21st, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

UK Games Expo 2018 - Witless Wizards

Old age comes to us all, I should know because as I fast approach my 40th year on this earth I’ve started to notice the unfortunate effects of ageing. While I am still in procession of a full head of hair, not one of which is going grey, my mind does appear on occasion to do stupid things and I am pretty sure my memory is not as good as it used to be. For me this effect appears to manifest itself in forgetting the name of an actor but if you’re a mighty wizard that has spent their life studying the arcane arts, this forgetfulness can be a spot of bother, especially when you can’t remember a particular spell during a magical battle with your peers.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 43 – The Great UK Game Expo Caper 2018

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

We have returned from three days at the biggest tabletop gaming convention in the UK.  The UK Games Expo was yet again another amazing and exciting event so we talk about all the board games, card games, tabletop roleplaying games and miniatures games …

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 42 – The UK Games Expo 2018 Preview

Posted on May 27th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

It’s that time of the year again; it’s time for our favourite tabletop gaming convention, the UK Games Expo.  From the 1st to the 3rd June we will be seeing all kinds of board games, card games, miniature games and roleplaying games as we descend on th…

Darwin’s Choice Kickstarter Review

Posted on May 16th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

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Darwin's Choice Kickstarter Review

My wildebeest-frog has adapted well to its environment, it doesn’t require much food, is happy on both land and sea and, being the only herbivore around, it currently has no competition for food. It may not be the flashiest of creatures but it’s a survivor and if I can just get the species to thrive for the rest of the game it should rack up some points.

But planet Earth is a fickle mother and environmental changes mean that the lush coastline that was its habitat is now a desert of ice. There’s no plants to eat and the other neighbouring environments are just as inhospitable, and because none of the cards in my hand offer any kind of frost resistance, the humble wildebeest-frog is now a footnote in a palaeontologist’s textbook.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 41 – Hard City, Darwin’s Choice and Stuffed Fables

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

Get the air horn ready, because it’s another episode of the Polyhedron Collider Cast. We start by comparing board game collection sizes with the Secret Cabal before we get excited by the new X-Wing games (well Steve does anyway). We then review Kicksta…

Hard City Kickstarter Review

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

There’s trouble brewing on the neon soaked streets of Hard City. Doctor Zero has unleashed a horde of ravenous mutants on the good people of the city and the only thing that stands between them and total chaos is the diligent officers of the Hard City …

Blight Chronicles: Agent Decker Kickstarter Review

Posted on May 2nd, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Blight Chronicles: Agent Decker Kickstarter Review

I have just said “wow” out loud. I’ve turned over a card in Blight Chronicles: Agent Decker during my third game and revealed a card that has just surprised me, surprised me because the effect it could have on my deck is both really clever and potentially very useful, but it’s another card to add to my deck which is already getting bloated and the myriad of decisions available to me have been laid open. I have just said “wow”, out loud, while playing a solo game.

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Vadoran Gardens First Impressions

Posted on April 27th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Vadoran Gardens First Impressions

It’s a shame that Vadoran Gardens may not get the Kickstarter spotlight it so rightly deserves. They say that great things come in small packages and the first of City of Games’ small box games is testament that to have a fun game you don’t need 500 miniatures and a box that can be used as a raft during flooding. For reasons that make perfect financial sense, Vadoran Gardens is an add on in the current City of Kings second print run Kickstarter, but I believe it deserves to shine on its own.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 40 – Vadoran Gardens, Rise to Nobility and Dungeons and Dragons

Posted on April 26th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

We are back with another helping of tabletop gaming chat, board game reviews and all kinds of nonsense about everything else.  In this week’s podcast episode we talk about cutesy pie card laying game Vadoran Gardens, novelty wine glasses, dice placemen…

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 39 – Lords of Hellas, The Grimm Forest and Pictomania

Posted on March 26th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Back from Airecon, the boys from Polyhedron Collider discuss the latest batch of tabletop games they have been playing.  They kick off the board game chat with Lords of Hellas from Awaken Realms, discuss The Grimm Forest from Druid City Games and have …

Airecon 2018 – On the Couch with Polyhedron Collider

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

At Airecon 2018, the Polyhedron Collider Cast were joined by representatives of No Pun Included, JTR Podcast, Board Game Opinions, Unlucky Frog Gaming, Creaking Shelves, The Broken Meeple, I Play Red and the Game Pit.  In front of a live audience we po…

Red7 App Review

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

I’m not entirely sure this blog post constitutes a review. I’ve had the iOS version of Red7 for quite some time and I have never really felt that I got on with the game.  Every few weeks I would start up the app ready to try the game and every time I would be ready to throw my phone out of the train window in frustration, and I’m not sure if it’s the app or the original Red7 rules that are the issue.

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Polyhedron Collider will be at Airecon and we need your help!

Posted on February 27th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Ever wondered what the best Euro Game is? Which publisher makes the best Meeples? Or what Jon’s favourite cheese is? On Saturday the 10th March 2018, the Polyhedron Collider team will be at Airecon in Harrogate, and at 4:30 pm in the King’s Suite we …

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 38 – The Tuesday of the Year

Posted on February 27th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Welcome to February, the Tuesday of the year (as Andy calls it) as the Polyhedron Collider team recount their adventures from the City of Games convention.  We talk about mega Kickstarter Nemesis, melting Jon’s brain with Viticulture and Alchemists, ge…

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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