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Vast: Fearsome Foes Expansion Review

Posted on April 25th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Gamers who were around when Vast: The Crystal Caverns hit the gaming scene will remember the hubbub. It was a dramatically new game with five different sides that sold an experience unlike anything else. That is still true, but the question still remai…

Exorcism at the House of Monkton Falls Preview

Posted on April 13th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Note: This preview uses pre-release components and rules. What you see here may be different from the final, published game.This post was a paid preview, you can find out more information here. Horror presents some near-perfect fodder for board game id…

Tak Review

Posted on April 10th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Tak has a unique origin. Patrick Rothfuss, an author of fantasy novels, created the concept and title of the game for his novel The Wise Man’s Fear, the follow up to The Name of the Wind. These novels center around a powerful hero, Kvothe, who has ente…

Tammany Review

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

The politics in old New York were not pretty. Bribery, gerrymandering, and the coercion of votes by unions and ethnic groups was the name of the game. All in all, it’s pretty ripe for board game material. For those who are uninterested in the negotiati…

Manhattan Review

Posted on March 29th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Game awards are an interesting subject. At the end of the day, they’re one group’s opinion, but they also color the conversation about what games should be granted accolades. Prestigious awards such as the Spiel des Jahres (literally game of the year) …

Rajas of the Ganges Review

Posted on March 20th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Some designers strike a chord with gamers because they routinely craft games with certain mechanisms. Devoted fans come to expect these types of games. Furthermore, designers will borrow heavily from other designers just to stir the pot a bit and devel…

Daemon Trilogy: Subrosa Review

Posted on March 12th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Generally, game concepts are worthless. Pitch an idea to a publisher, maybe they’ll be interested, but more than likely, it’s not the idea alone that will gain traction. Rather it’s the publisher’s vision of being able to see the completed product and …

Master of Orion: Conquest Review

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

[Insert witty anecdote about Master of Orion the computer game from 1993] [Insert comment about how there are a couple new games along with a new version of the computer game.] [Insert pun about “blasting” its way to tabletop.] Master of Orion: Conques…

What Makes A Good Auction Game?

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

Here at the Board Game Quest bunker/headquarters/nail salon, we’re hard at work endlessly discussing games. We take them apart. We beat them ‘til they bleed. And we even dissect the entrails to find what makes good games breathe. With this article seri…

V-Commandos: Secret Weapons Expansion Review

Posted on February 28th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

It’s probably a good bet that none of the SAS or Navy Seals ever asked for more missions to go on. However, expanding a mission based game like V-Commandos seems like a pretty sound trajectory. With a game design that features multiple modular componen…

Top 10 Egyptian Themed Board Games

Posted on February 23rd, 2018 under , . Posted by

If readers have never been to Egypt, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience. The visible meld of ancient monuments, medieval farming and city structure, combined with modernity intruding onto a conservative culture beckons ages of anthropol…

Legacy of Dragonholt Review

Posted on February 20th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Roleplaying game products have an incredibly diverse range, just as complex and varied as board games. While the themes often focus on fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and alternate reality, the subtext and mechanisms of action resolution create a different me…

Hunt for the Ring Review

Posted on February 13th, 2018 under , . Posted by

If readers aren’t familiar with the concept of “hide-and-seek” games, they’ve been around for a while. Scotland Yard was a precursor for many games in this genre, where one player takes on the role of the mysterious bad guy while the other players, as …

Stellium Review

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

Commonly here at Board Game Quest, reviews are doled out to the writer with the most street cred for a given theme or mechanism. Here in the Astronomical Creation and Modification Game Review Office, there’s a sense of pride in taking any game about th…

Vast: The Crystal Caverns Review

Posted on January 30th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

One aspect to gaming which new gamers are not initially focused on is the relative ease of which certain games can be played. The ability to get a game “to the table”, as it were, is a critical judgement factor in deciding whether a game is worth inves…

Pyramids Review

Posted on January 29th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

There can never be enough games about Ancient Egypt. The mystery, grandeur, and wealth of the civilization make it ample fodder for almost any game. It’s a drop-in theme for designers planning a game about building structures. Iello’s treading back to …

Battle for Rokugan Review

Posted on January 23rd, 2018 under , . Posted by

Game reviewers are tasked with capturing the complete view of a game, especially with regards to the enjoyment and engagement it delivers. If a game isn’t interesting, or it has some fatal flaw, readers need to know about it. Beyond that, cultural inse…

Tahsin Shamma’s Top 10 Board Games

Posted on January 19th, 2018 under , . Posted by

This article is all Andrew’s fault. At Board Game Quest, we do our best to be pillars of the board gaming community. However, people need to know what those pillars are made of. Check out the games below that I think are the best of the best. If you’re…

Gaia Project Review

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

The first reactions to a second edition or a game derived from a much beloved title usually fall on the polar opposites of the excitement spectrum. This reaction chart ranges on one end from “eyeroll meh” to “Ermahgerd! Shut up and take my money!” And …

878: Vikings Review

Posted on January 10th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Readers looking for a quick voice response to the question “When did the Vikings invade England?” should NOT try to dial the number 878-845-4647 (878-VIKINGS). There’s just a busy signal. Probably the lines are clogged with many others desperately tryi…

Board Game Bento Thoughts

Posted on January 5th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Writers for Board Game Quest are occasionally asked to evaluate a product that we might not be the main consumers for. In the case of a board game subscription service, receiving a monthly drop of board games is something we’re familiar with as a matte…

Heaven and Ale Review

Posted on January 4th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

There’s a story that the phrase “one-trick pony” comes from a situation where a circus put on a display with a pony who knew only a single trick, that of playing dead. The phrase usually is one of condemnation, seeing as how it’s usually required that …

Circle the Wagons Review

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

Size matters not as a wizened puppet character once said. This reviewer is a firm believer in the concept that a small game can be a great game. When a publisher sets out to craft a small game, it’s usually with the intention of maximizing portability …

Shipwrights of the North Sea Review

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

There were these guys from Northern Europe during the early middle ages. They went around in boats raiding, pillaging, trading, and colonizing. All in all, pretty typical stuff for that era. Fast forward through history enough, and publishers get a new…

Turning a Page on 2017

Posted on December 22nd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

It seems to be an unwritten rule of calendar based civilizations that once your roll of years increases its count, there’s a required moment of reflection over what has transpired. As our thermometers drop and heating bills rise, my birthday also comes…