Frome Game Salute Londonderry, NH – 2/1/2015: Andrew Hunzicker designed Capture – A Medieval Wargame in the 1980s, when he was in his early 20s. The story of the game is quite an extraordinary one, as the now 50 year old first time designer details in a video on the game’s Kickstarter page. Capture isn’t […]
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Whenever I schedule a game night, the first thing I think about it what games can we play in the allotted time. Do we want to play an all-night game like War of the Ring or play a bunch of shorter games with different experiences? I usually opt for the shorter games because I like to introduce and play many different games, rather than just one lengthy one. I also tend to go for at least a few games that the attendees know how to play. Then I can just go through a refresher of the rules, rather than a full blown rules explanation. It’s for this reason that I decided to put together the Top 10 Games That Play in 30 Minutes.
A few caveats on how I created the list. First, I didn’t take set up time into the under thirty minute requirement. I’m only looking at the start of game play till the end.… Read the rest
Welcome back to the newest edition of our Kickstarters of the Week. This week we have 3 new games for you to check out. First, we have a sci-fi game about researching new technologies and attacking your enemies. Then, we have a fun game with a crazy theme in Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge that I’ve been hearing really good things about. Finally, Tiny Epic Galaxies, the third in the line of “Tiny Epic” Games. Enjoy!
Exodus returns with an epic expansion. Research new technologies, expand your fleets, and bring your enemies to the Edge of Extinction.
Current Status: Funded!
Pledge Amount: $45
Ends: Thursday, February 5th
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Sip your cocktail, warm up your power skulls, and get ready to score some magical monkey points at the Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge!
Current Status: Funded!
Pledge Amount: $50
Ends: Thursday, February 5th
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From Army Painter News Text: To celebrate the release of new Survivor Paint Set we have made an all-you-need bundle for all Zombicide Painters over on The Army Painter webstore. Buy all 3 Zombicide Paint Sets and get a free Colour Primer: Skeleton Bone spray. All you need to paint the popular Zombicde boardgames […]
Yesterday we reviewed Hoyuk, a combination tile laying/set collection/area majority game from MAGE Company. If you haven’t tried it yet, Hoyuk is a really clever game that combines some mechanics we love into a fun game. For those that don’t spend all day browsing Kickstarter like we do, you might not have noticed that MAGE Company is currently in the middle of their kickstarter campaign for the Hoyuk expansion, Hoyuk: Anatolia.
As a treat for you, our awesome readers, we thought it’d be fun to give away a copy of Hoyuk. However we are going to make you work for it a little this time. Below is a link to a quiz with 6 questions about Hoyuk: Anatolio. All answers can be found on their Kickstarter page here. For every answer you get correct, we’ll give you 5 entries into the contest. And just because were so nice, we even included a way for you to get a couple of bonus entries (the box at the bottom).… Read the rest
Tile placement is a fairly common (and fairly popular) mechanic in modern board games. It’s a simple-to-grasp concept, and in the right game can offer a wealth of strategic choices to the player. Some of the most well-known games using this mechanic are titles such as: Carcassonne, Alhambra, Vikings, Walnut Grove, Keyflower and Suburbia. These games also happen to be some of my all-time personal favorites.
When I learned about the Kickstarter campaign for the release of a game called Hoyuk, which also uses tile placement as its main mechanic, I was instantly interested. I was also cautious about becoming a backer too quickly. As much as I enjoy tile placement games, I wondered if Hoyuk would bring anything else new and exciting to the table. I ultimately decided to take a chance and back the project. Was my money well spent? Read on, and I’ll let you know how the game plays, and some of my thoughts about it.… Read the rest
Warmachine: Cygnar: Major Markus “Siege” Brisbane – Warcaster $17.99 A professional soldier with more field experience than virtually any other warcaster in the Cygnaran Army, Major Markus Brisbane is famous among Cygnaran troops for his ability to lead from the front and infamous among his enemies for his ability to triumph. It has been […]
How would you define old school board gaming. When you think back on it, what games dominated your gaming table growing up? For me, I began with the usual games like Mousetrap, Monopoly and Chutes and Ladders. Eventually, I moved on to more “exciting” games like Hero Quest, Battle Masters and Torpedo Run!
Today we are going to look at Cross Hares: Testing Ground. Published by 1A Games, Cross Hares was both designed and illustrated by Jesse Labbé. Billing itself as a “classic trail based strategy game with a modern day twist”, Labbé seeks to bring the games of our past into the future. Did he succeed? Let’s find out!
Cross Hares: Testing Ground is a trail based, roll and move game for 2-4 players that takes about an hour to play. Cross Hares: Testing Ground plays best with 4 players.
In Cross Hares, each player takes on the role of a powerful rabbit who is trying to make its way down the path and defeat the factory at the end.… Read the rest
So, you’ve been sucked in. You’ve checked out our list of the Top Ten Gateway Games and you’ve played most of them with your friends. But now it is time to head out for deeper waters. You want something with a little more strategy and a bit more depth. Rulebooks over two pages no longer scare you. So, what games are the best “Next Step” games?
We’ve put together the Top Ten Next Step Games. Most of these games would be considered medium-weight. There is still quite a variance in depth here, but the premise is that we would never start a person completely new to the hobby with one of these titles. However, a novice gamer might enjoy the added depth, complexity, or theme that these games provide. We’ve tried to limit the list to in-print or otherwise easy to acquire games. No use telling you how great a game is if you can’t get your hand on it!… Read the rest
With our first week of Kickstarters of the Week, we’ve got three new games for you! The first is a spin-off of the popular Sentinels of the Multiverse card game. Next we have an expansion to the popular cooperative game 12 Realms. And finally is King’s Kilt, a 20 minute game of back-stabbing from Eagle/Gryphon games. Enjoy!
Sentinel Conflict is a super-powered party game for 3-8 players in which you control the greatest “what if?” fights in the Multiverse!
Current Status: 68% Funded
Pledge Amount: $20 + Shipping
Ends: Thursday, Jan 8th
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The epic journey continues as 12 Realms return with Ghost Town. Get ready to face bounty hunters and gravediggers in the Wild West!
Current Status: Funded!
Pledge Amount: $10
Ends: Saturday, Jan 10th
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So what makes a good party game? Your answer will probably depend on who you ask as everyone has their own preferences and requirements. This past year, Love Letter won the Golden Geek Award for best party game. While Love Letter is a great micro game, there is no way I’d consider this 4 player game a party game (unless your parties are really bad).
For me, a party game needs to be really easy to learn, highly interactive, and be able to accommodate a large group of players. In general, if it can’t meet all of those requirements, then it’s probably not a party game. But that’s just my take. Today, we are going to set our eyes up on Concept, which was nominated for the 2014 Spiel Des Jahres award. Published by Asmodee Games, Concept has been labeled as “Charades: The Board Game”. Should that description make you run away screaming?… Read the rest
2015 is just about here, and with a new year comes new changes. In the past, we’ve highlighted a new Kickstarter campaign every week. Starting this week, we will be changing up the format a little. Instead of going in-depth into one campaign each week, we instead will be highlighting a few different Kickstarters each week that we feel are worth your attention. We are doing this for a couple of reasons. One is that sometimes there just aren’t enough weeks in the month to cover all the campaigns we feel are worth talking about. On the other side of the coin, some weeks there just aren’t any campaigns that we are excited about. It happens. So now, we’ll give you a few options and you can be the judge each week which are worth your gaming dollars.
With that in mind, let’s check out this week’s Kickstarters of the Week:
Lead the desperate Earth Militia or the merciless Aliens in card-driven, board and counter focused, tactical battles.… Read the rest
2014 is coming to a close and, as is our annual tradition here at Board Game Quest, we are going to take one last look back at the year. I swear it gets harder and harder each year to put together this Top 10 list. There are just so many quality games coming out each year, that it’s so hard to narrow them down. I’m sure I had to leave out many of your favorite games from this year, it always seems to happen. .
Also continuing in on what we started last ear, this list will be split into two halves. Since games from the October Essen Spiel always seem to take a long time to make it “across the pond”, it’s hard to rank every game that comes out when we don’t even have some yet! With that in mind, the first half of the list will be our Top 10 Games from 2014, which only includes games that I’ve actually played.… Read the rest
I recently watched the new SciFi movie Interstellar. Despite what my fellow reviewer Brian B says, it’s actually a really good movie. At the risk of minor spoilers, some of the main plot revolves around a spaceship crew dealing with the effects of a black hole and singularity. I won’t get into specifics, but a lot of sciencey terms are thrown around and I realized that a black hole would make for an intriguing theme for a board game.
Lucky for me I don’t have to invent one because designer Corey Young already did that with Gravwell: Escape From the 9th Dimension. Now published by Renegade Games, Gravwell tasks players with being the first to escape from a singularity that’s constantly trying to suck them back in. Does nothing escape a black hole? Lets find out!
Gravewell is a card drafting and simultaneous action selection game for 2-4 players that takes about 20-30 minute to play.… Read the rest
As I mentioned earlier I wanted to start the Season of the Ring with a bang, so what could be better than a big boxed, extravagant board game like The Battle of Five Armies?! Ares Games were kind enough to send me a review copy of the game and here are my thoughts on it…
The game was released earlier this year by the guys at Ares Games who made War of the Ring and Age of Conan among others.
You know what I hate? Little wooden cubes in game. OK, I don’t really hate them, but they could probably hold their own against the plastic pawn as the most generic game component ever.
I get it. They’re functional and can represent just about anything in a game. Usually, you’ll find them standing in for various resources in your favorite trading game set in the Mediterranean. But using these wooden cubes is kind of like driving a ’97 Chevy Caprice. Yea, it’ll get you where you need to go, but you’re not going to enjoy the ride.
In this installment of Level Up My Game, we’re going to look at an option for boosting the components in a popular, and somewhat deadly, cooperative board game. (I told you we wouldn’t be doing another storage solution this time. You’re welcome.)
I’ve long been a fan of The Manhattan Project. Ever since my first play of this great worker placement game, I’ve always been up for a game of it. I think that The Manhattan Project has also only gotten better with each expansion, which not ev…
In 2007, designer Matt Leacock brought us a little game you may have heard of called Pandemic. If you haven’t played this absolutely phenomenal cooperative game, then you owe it to yourself to give this one a try. Since its release, Pandemic has…
As my buddy Jeff always says, you can make any game better with a SciFi theme. Whether that’s true or not, is a matter for the philosophers. Regardless, it doesn’t change the fact that when I come across a great looking scifi game, I have t…
It’s the golden age on the high seas, when tall wooden sailing ships roamed the earth plying their trade. You, a commander of a flotilla of ships on behalf of your nation, must try and earn your fortunes in the blue waters of the Caribbean. But be c…
One more board game commission completed. Fortune and Glory is another game from Flying Frog productions. The miniatures are a soft plastic which means that the cleaning them up for painting was quite easy, but the level of details (the crispness of details) was a little lacking. Some of the miniatures did need to
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or at least that’s what the song says. That’s right, the holidays are right around the corner and you are probably wondering what to get that special gamer in your life. We never fear, we are …
Dungeon Dwellers (Boxed Card Game) $45.00 Dungeon Dwellers is a fantasy adventure card game that requires strategy, cooperation, and cunning. Each player will take on the role of an adventurer seeking gold. Along the way, adventurers will gain treasure, magic items, abilities, and level increases by defeating monsters within the dungeon. The winner will […]
It is the renaissance. Fine art is in demand and wealthy nobles are looking to spend their family’s coin. You, a rich merchant, is of course only too happy to take advantage of these fine folks. You will use your resources to acquire mines, trans…
So, we get a lot of requests to review Kickstarters. Honestly, probably enough to make a whole separate channel for them. Most of them do not have miniatures, and therefore we never show them (because, that’s kinda our thing… sometimes I wonder…