Posts Tagged ‘board game’

Incantris 4-Player Battle Report

Posted on January 15th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Quiet a while ago, we got another game of Incantris. In this post, we outline that game and discuss how
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Incantris 4-Player Battle Report

Posted on January 15th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Quiet a while ago, we got another game of Incantris. In this post, we outline that game and discuss how
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Aliens versus Predator: The Hunt Begins (2nd Edition) – Worth Picking Up?

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

It’s no secret that sci-fi is kinda my thing. Lasers, aliens, space ships, it’s all good by me! So when efforts to combine two of […]

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Showcase: Blood Rage Miniatures (Monsters)

Posted on January 8th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

In this post, we take a look at the monster miniatures from the board game Blood Rage by CMON (as painted
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Showcase: Blood Rage Miniatures (Monsters)

Posted on January 8th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

In this post, we take a look at the monster miniatures from the board game Blood Rage by CMON (as painted
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Past – 2017

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

Damn, that was fast! Another year of lots of stuff happening, and also a few games played. In this post I will talk about what games I played (and didn’t play) and generally how my gaming year of 2017 went. In the next post I will talk about what I’m looking forward to or hope to play in 2018.Let’s have a look…

Board Games

There haven’t been anything like our Imperial Assault campaign in

Zoo Ball Review – Update

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

This post is a quick update to our original Review of Zoo Ball from October 18, 2017. The Contents of
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Zoo Ball Review – Update

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

This post is a quick update to our original Review of Zoo Ball from October 18, 2017. The Contents of
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Zoo Ball Review – Update

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

This post is a quick update to our original Review of Zoo Ball from October 18, 2017.The Contents of the Zoo Ball game by Osprey GamesIn the original review, I thought Zoo Ball was a good game but criticized it on the cost of the box and the wrinkles o…

New Angeles – First Impressions

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

The city falls.

Yesterday I went to my first JIGG (Japan International Gaming Guild) board game meetup since 2010 and it turned out there were still a couple of familiar faces hanging around, and a bunch of new ones of course. It was good being back and playing games! I started out playing a couple of games of Roll for the Galaxy, a game I own but have only played twice, and it reminded me of

New Angeles – First Impressions

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

The city falls.

Yesterday I went to my first JIGG (Japan International Gaming Guild) board game meetup since 2010 and it turned out there were still a couple of familiar faces hanging around, and a bunch of new ones of course. It was good being back and playing games! I started out playing a couple of games of Roll for the Galaxy, a game I own but have only played twice, and it reminded me of

Showcase: The Minis of Sword & Sorcery by Ares Games (Painted by Ullr’s Table)

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

In this post, we take a look at the miniatures in the board game Sword & Sorcery by Ares Games, as painted by Ullr’s Table. These minis are from the Kickstarter version of the game, but we will start by displaying some of the minis in the Retail Ve…

Showcase: The Minis of Sword & Sorcery by Ares Games (Painted by Ullr’s Table)

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

In this post, we take a look at the miniatures in the board game Sword & Sorcery by Ares Games, as painted by Ullr’s Table. These minis are from the Kickstarter version of the game, but we will start by displaying some of the minis in the Retail Ve…

Battle Report – ARISTEIA! – Ep 01 ‘Scorched Earth’

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

  It’s fight night and time to watch the most popular show in the Human Sphere! The Aristos are all set on #TeamOrange and #TeamGreen to face each other in a match of Scorched Earth…. Join this discussion on Facebook HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/272243899912857/ Check out the Rulebook free HERE: https://aristeiathegame.com/downloads Advertisements

Incantris – The Minis in the Box

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

We, at Must Contain Minis, absolutely love checking out miniatures from all sorts of games. In this post, we take a look at the miniatures in the Board Game Incantris.The Miniatures of Incantris, a board game by RAINN Studios.Incantris itself is a very…

Incantris – The Minis in the Box

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

We, at Must Contain Minis, absolutely love checking out miniatures from all sorts of games. In this post, we take a look at the miniatures in the Board Game Incantris.The Miniatures of Incantris, a board game by RAINN Studios.Incantris itself is a very…

Fireteam Zero – The Minis in the Box

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

In this post, we take a closer look at the minis in the base set of Fireteam Zero.The Cover of Fireteam Zero a Squad Tactics and Horror Board GameFireteam Zero is a fun squad based tactics board game of horror. I would best classify it as a Weird War D…

Fireteam Zero – The Minis in the Box

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

In this post, we take a closer look at the minis in the base set of Fireteam Zero.The Cover of Fireteam Zero a Squad Tactics and Horror Board GameFireteam Zero is a fun squad based tactics board game of horror. I would best classify it as a Weird War D…

Fireteam Zero – Village Recon Battle Report

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

Recently, I took Fireteam Zero to a board game night at a local community center. There, I got a group of four players (counting myself) to run through the second act of the Typhon’s Children Campaign.Fireteam Zero set up for some fun at a local board …

Fireteam Zero – Village Recon Battle Report

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

Recently, I took Fireteam Zero to a board game night at a local community center. There, I got a group of four players (counting myself) to run through the second act of the Typhon’s Children Campaign.Fireteam Zero set up for some fun at a local board …

Review: Zoo Ball

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

In today’s review, we look at a product that does not actually contain minis. Instead, we are looking at the board game Zoo Ball.

A big thank you goes out to Osprey Games for sending me this product for review.

Zoo Ball Board Game Review
Zoo Ball Review

Zoo Ball by Osprey Games

Zoo Ball is a nice, simple and fun dexterity game where players control a team of three “blockers” and one “scorer” and try to score goals before their opponent. When someone scores, the game resets and everyone starts over again.

This is a game for two or four players. Please note the “or.” There is no variant for three players.

In the two player version, you use the circles on the board as the goals. The big circle is used as the goal for people that may need some advantage (such as kids), while the smaller circle are for those more confident in their skills.

when you set up, you always place your scoring disc (the one with the orange sticker) in the middle of your circle. You may place the “blockers” wherever you wish on your side of the field.

Zoo Ball the Board Game
Above is how I set up my pieces for a two player game. The rabbit is my scorer while the other three are my blockers. 

On each turn, players may flick either all three of their white disks, as pictured below, or they may flick their scorer. Once the pieces are flicked, the turn flips to the opponent.

You may flick all three of your blockers in a turn. 

…or you could flick just your scorer. Only the scorer may actually score a goal.

With two players, this game plays fast and fun. With four players, it plays just as fast, but much more chaotic. Below is the starting setup for four players.

Zoo Ball with Four Players
Above is the set up for four players. You may set up your pieces however you wish in the semi-circle. The triangle is your goal that you are protecting. To score, you need to get your scoring piece into the goal directly across from you. In the picture above, red is trying to score on blue and black is trying to score on white. 

Personally, I had more fun with the four player game than the two player game, but that might be because of the company that I had over. It was a great group of people and it had been a while since we saw each other.

As you can see below, the game gets hectic with more players. All those pieces are on the board after just the first turn.

A four player game in progress after the first pieces are flicked.

Overall, this is a good game. That said, I do have two criticisms of the game. The first of which is price. The game retails for $40 Canadian, $30 American or £21.99 for my friends in the UK. When I received the box, I thought it was a pretty light game for that price point.

Upon opening the box, I found a folded up gaming mat, some playing pieces, a number of stickers and a very small rule book. Below are some pictures of the contents of the box.

Upon opening the box, I found a folded up gaming mat. 

When you first receive the game, you have to put the stickers on yourself. I have already done that with my copy.

Under the rulebook is a sticker sheet. They give you more stickers than playing pieces so you can choose which animals you want on each team. Presentation wise, it shows nicely.

My other criticism of the game is its playing mat. For some reason this mat holds creases. In the rules, it tells you not to iron this mat – so you may end up wondering how to make this mat flat.

Before playing for the first time, I flattened the creases with some heavy books. That worked to some extent. I also heard that you can fold the mat in the opposite directions of the creases to reduce the issues with the folds.

In subsequent games, I just took the mat “as is” out of the box. The picture below and the ones above are all without taking steps to straighten out the mat. Now, to justify the effect of the creases, I went into further games that the creases are there to simulate rough terrain.

While the mat takes creases, it also works. The pieces slide across it nicely.

The play mat can be susceptible to taking on creases and folds. This can either be something annoying to some players, or a more challenging way to play for others. In the pictures above, I did not take any special measures to take out the creases. 
If the creases bother you, you can try to flatten them with books (which works to some extent) or by folding the creases in the opposite direction (untested by Must Contain Minis). 

Despite my criticisms, Zoo Ball is a good game. It is fast, simple and fun. The cartoony artwork has its appeal and the pieces slide across the mat nicely.

While the price might bother some people, I am sure there are others to whom this won’t be an issue.

There are two groups to whom I would recommend this product. The first is to family with kids. I could envision this game being a lot of fun to play with children. The second is to the people that just want something quick and simple that sets up and plays within minutes.

If you are interested in learning more about Zoo Ball, I embedded some YouTube Videos by Osprey on how to play the game.

Video for Two Players

Video for Four Players

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Disclosure: Osprey Games provided Must Contain Minis with a copy of Zoo Ball for Review.

Review: Zoo Ball

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

In today’s review, we look at a product that does not actually contain minis. Instead, we are looking at the board game Zoo Ball.

A big thank you goes out to Osprey Games for sending me this product for review.

Zoo Ball Board Game Review
Zoo Ball Review

Zoo Ball by Osprey Games

Zoo Ball is a nice, simple and fun dexterity game where players control a team of three “blockers” and one “scorer” and try to score goals before their opponent. When someone scores, the game resets and everyone starts over again.

This is a game for two or four players. Please note the “or.” There is no variant for three players.

In the two player version, you use the circles on the board as the goals. The big circle is used as the goal for people that may need some advantage (such as kids), while the smaller circle are for those more confident in their skills.

when you set up, you always place your scoring disc (the one with the orange sticker) in the middle of your circle. You may place the “blockers” wherever you wish on your side of the field.

Zoo Ball the Board Game
Above is how I set up my pieces for a two player game. The rabbit is my scorer while the other three are my blockers. 

On each turn, players may flick either all three of their white disks, as pictured below, or they may flick their scorer. Once the pieces are flicked, the turn flips to the opponent.

You may flick all three of your blockers in a turn. 

…or you could flick just your scorer. Only the scorer may actually score a goal.

With two players, this game plays fast and fun. With four players, it plays just as fast, but much more chaotic. Below is the starting setup for four players.

Zoo Ball with Four Players
Above is the set up for four players. You may set up your pieces however you wish in the semi-circle. The triangle is your goal that you are protecting. To score, you need to get your scoring piece into the goal directly across from you. In the picture above, red is trying to score on blue and black is trying to score on white. 

Personally, I had more fun with the four player game than the two player game, but that might be because of the company that I had over. It was a great group of people and it had been a while since we saw each other.

As you can see below, the game gets hectic with more players. All those pieces are on the board after just the first turn.

A four player game in progress after the first pieces are flicked.

Overall, this is a good game. That said, I do have two criticisms of the game. The first of which is price. The game retails for $40 Canadian, $30 American or £21.99 for my friends in the UK. When I received the box, I thought it was a pretty light game for that price point.

Upon opening the box, I found a folded up gaming mat, some playing pieces, a number of stickers and a very small rule book. Below are some pictures of the contents of the box.

Upon opening the box, I found a folded up gaming mat. 

When you first receive the game, you have to put the stickers on yourself. I have already done that with my copy.

Under the rulebook is a sticker sheet. They give you more stickers than playing pieces so you can choose which animals you want on each team. Presentation wise, it shows nicely.

My other criticism of the game is its playing mat. For some reason this mat holds creases. In the rules, it tells you not to iron this mat – so you may end up wondering how to make this mat flat.

Before playing for the first time, I flattened the creases with some heavy books. That worked to some extent. I also heard that you can fold the mat in the opposite directions of the creases to reduce the issues with the folds.

In subsequent games, I just took the mat “as is” out of the box. The picture below and the ones above are all without taking steps to straighten out the mat. Now, to justify the effect of the creases, I went into further games that the creases are there to simulate rough terrain.

While the mat takes creases, it also works. The pieces slide across it nicely.

The play mat can be susceptible to taking on creases and folds. This can either be something annoying to some players, or a more challenging way to play for others. In the pictures above, I did not take any special measures to take out the creases. 
If the creases bother you, you can try to flatten them with books (which works to some extent) or by folding the creases in the opposite direction (untested by Must Contain Minis). 

Despite my criticisms, Zoo Ball is a good game. It is fast, simple and fun. The cartoony artwork has its appeal and the pieces slide across the mat nicely.

While the price might bother some people, I am sure there are others to whom this won’t be an issue.

There are two groups to whom I would recommend this product. The first is to family with kids. I could envision this game being a lot of fun to play with children. The second is to the people that just want something quick and simple that sets up and plays within minutes.

If you are interested in learning more about Zoo Ball, I embedded some YouTube Videos by Osprey on how to play the game.

Video for Two Players

Video for Four Players

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Disclosure: Osprey Games provided Must Contain Minis with a copy of Zoo Ball for Review.

What in the Mortal Realms is Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire?!

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

No doubt you guys have been hearing all the hubbub and kerfuffle about this Warhammer Underworld: Shadespire thing. Games Workshop are throwing a colossal marketing […]

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Fireteam Zero: Monster Pack A – Minis in the Box

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

When I get a game, it is usually the miniatures that excite me the most. Fireteam Zero has some pretty cool minis. In the past, I wrote an Unboxing Article about the game as well as a Battle Report and First Impressions Post about the main game. In the…

Fireteam Zero: Monster Pack A – Minis in the Box

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

When I get a game, it is usually the miniatures that excite me the most. Fireteam Zero has some pretty cool minis. In the past, I wrote an Unboxing Article about the game as well as a Battle Report and First Impressions Post about the main game. In the…