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Lorenzo il Magnifico Review

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

Lorenzo il MagnificoThe Italian Renaissance in the 15th century was a time of revival and renewal in terms of trade, art, culture, and expansions of power. This was partially achieved through a recovery of Greek classics found in the middle east, and the expansion of trade routes therein. This accelerated meeting of different minds helped create a […]

Salem Review

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

SalemOver 300 years ago, in the small village of Salem, Massachusetts, 20 people were executed for the crime of witchcraft. Having visited Salem recently, this reviewer can attest to the town’s capitalization on the history. On more than one street visitors will find references to witch history, magic souvenirs, and other Wiccan or occult merchandise. […]

Potion Explosion iOS Review

Posted on June 16th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Potion Explosion iOSThese are strange times to be alive for sure. This review covers a digital game conversion of a tabletop game that borrows its core mechanism from other digital match-3 puzzle games. Asmodee Digital hopes gamers who aren’t confused will love the new iOS app for Potion Explosion. Game Overview: Bumbling students of potions class mixing […]

Gnomi Review

Posted on June 14th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

GnomiA Renaissance era scholar named Paracelsus first introduced the concept of gnomes. He described them as earth elementals standing about a foot tall, and able to move through solid earth at will. For the gnome lover in the family, there’s a new game from Poppy Jasper Games called Gnomi. Gnomi is a hand management card […]

Bio-Logic Preview

Posted on June 12th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Bio-LogicNote: This preview uses pre-release components and rules. What you see here may be different from the final, published game. Anyone who has studied biology, anatomy, and/or medicine can tell you that biological systems are a perfect subject matter for good board games. They are complex systems at work, upkeep that needs to happen, and combat […]

RONE: Races of New Earth Review

Posted on June 6th, 2017 under , . Posted by

RONEOne of the difficulties of playing Magic: The Gathering for many years is that players can eventually grow tired of the collectible nature of the hobby. The physical demands of managing a large collection of cards needs considerable time. Those same players who are looking for more compartmentalized games often seek out designs with a […]

Level Up My Game:

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , . Posted by

MelodiceBack in my roleplaying days, one of the things that I always sought for game sessions was immersion. I really wanted to feel like I was part of the scene and the experience was as cinematic as possible. One of the easiest ways to do this was to have a running game soundtrack. Here’s where […]

Coal Baron: The Great Card Game Review

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

Coal Baron Card GameGoing back many moons, the marketing and usability efforts when creating a card game version of a board game are a well trodden subject. Even this reviewer, with a recent review of a popular board-to-card game (Castles of Burgundy Card Game) has been annoyed with the trend, especially with games that simply convert a board […]

Green Deal Review

Posted on May 24th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Green DealApparently, the “Green Deal” is a real thing. When searching on the Internet for videos, readers should take notice of the many Green Deal videos posted by UK residents. Is there room for a game with the same name and something of the same subject matter? Karma Games and designer Juma Al-JouJou have presented just […]

Manhattan Project: Energy Empire Review

Posted on May 16th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Manhattan Project: Energy EmpireIn board gaming circles, with wave after wave of new games entering the market, ten years can seem like ages ago. In 2004, Power Grid gave board gamers a strong economic game with the theme of creating energy networks across various countries. In that year, auctions as a game mechanism were prevalent and engaging. These […]

Tesla vs Edison: Duel Preview

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

Tesla vs Edison: DuelNote: This preview uses pre-release components and rules. What you see here may be different from the final, published game. Two player versions of complex Euro games are gaining momentum fast. It’s hard to browse through the BoardGameGeek forums for any challenging game without someone asking about the two-player experience (and solo gamers, we need […]

Onirim iOS Review

Posted on May 12th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Onirim iOSCasual gamers at airport terminals, waiting in line at the DMV, sitting in doctor’s offices, and even those on the toilet should take note. Onirim was a moderately successful card game which has been ported to iOS. It’s the kind of game that demands just enough attention and can pass minutes quickly. This reviewer is […]

3 to 4 Headed Monster Review

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

3-4 Headed MonsterThe Kaiju genre of movies has spawned a few notable games in the board gaming landscape. Most notably King of Tokyo (review) and Terror in Meeple City (review). Huge monsters destroying the monuments to civilization create a dramatic tone of vengeance and apocalypse. Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG) has taken a stab at creating a tiny […]

New York Slice Review

Posted on May 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

New York SliceNew York has the best pizza in the world (Editors Note: Tahsin clearly misspelled Chicago here). With that out-of-the-way as a universally accepted fact, gamers are left wondering “When will someone make a pizza game that artfully envelops players in the challenges and drama of selecting pieces of delicious pie? I’M WAITING HERE!” Bezier Games […]

Clans of Caledonia Preview

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

Clans of CaledoniaNote: This preview uses pre-release components and rules. What you see here may be different from the final, published game. These days a universally accepted truth is that dwarves are Scottish. And, as memory serves, they’ve only been featured prominently in one hardcore Eurogame. This preview explores one game that couldn’t afford the dwarf license* (*not […]

Quartz Review

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

QuartzBreak out the Scottish accents and the mining puns. Practice twisting the corner edges of mustaches (or imagined mustaches) and fill some tankards with inebriating beverages (or root beer). And don’t forget to brush up on bag groping skills. They’re needed top play Quartz, a new game from Passport Games Studios. Quartz is a push-your-luck, […]

Why Games Work: Belfort

Posted on April 21st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

BelfortSome games are deceptive. The box will lie to your face. Belfort is one of those games, but, oh, how I love the lies! Don’t be fooled by the excellent, comic art on the cover here, there’s a good amount of meat inside. But what makes Belfort stand out from many other games in a […]

Lotus Review

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

LotusInteresting uses of area control pop up when you least expect them. Sometimes, games need no reason to justify their gameplay as long as they’re interesting. Both of these statements explain the existence of a new game designed by Jordan and Mandy Goddard from Renegade Game Studios. Debuting at Gen Con 2016, Lotus sold out […]

V-Commandos Review

Posted on April 4th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

V-CommandosSuperhero movies are ubiquitous today. You can’t go six to eight months without seeing one or watching a trailer for the next. If you travel back in time to the late 1950s through the 1960s and 70s, the World War II commando replaces the superhero. Wouldn’t it be great if someone made a board game […]

They Who Were 8 Review

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

They Who Were 8One of the earliest forms of Greek literature is a poem by Hesiod called the Theogony. It’s a story of the genealogy and origins of the ancient Greek pantheon of gods. It is these tales which form the basis of much of the drama and intrigue of the mystical traditions and origins of Western drama. […]

The Oracle of Delphi Review

Posted on March 24th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Oracle of DelphiStefan Feld is known for complex games involving a subset of randomness through dice rolls. Usually his designs encompass some trading of resources to complete objectives along with upgrades to improve actions. There’s usually some kind of economic backdrop that aids in fading the theme to the background. A new title from Tasty Minstrel Games […]