One of the more surprising facts about me is that I had a “Classical Education”. That doesn’t mean I sat around smoking a pipe and listened to Beethoven and Hayden all day, it means that I studied Latin and Ancient Greek. The latter was more to do with not having to study Geography to learn why we put sheep on hills than anything else, but it was interesting nonetheless. The benefits of said education did allow me to read works such as the Iliad, the Odyssey and Aeneid; pretty much all stories about a man in a loincloth travelling in a ship, beating up monsters and seducing women, with something about a wooden horse thrown in for good measure. Not a bad job if you can get it and it certainly worked for James T. Kirk, although thankfully wearing slightly more than just a loincloth.
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Legend of Hero: From Daydream to Rough Concept If I were to say to you, “the most influential video game of my life has been the […]
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We’ve played Pay Dirt a few times over the last few months. Pay Dirt is a worker placement game for up to five players and we’ve enjoyed it each time we’ve played. There are three items to bid on each turn – claims to mine, equipment to pro…
With the split between Game Workshop and Fantasy Flight Games coming into effect in a few days (you will no longer to buy Fantasy Flight’s licensed Game Workshop games from the 28th February) the question remains, what happens to all the games? It probably means we will never see those games designed by Fantasy Flight game again in their current form, which means no more Chaos in the Old World, Blood Bowl Team Manager or Forbidden Stars but there has always been hope that those game originally developed by GW will rise again.
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Jon, Steve and Andy are back and ready for some chat about board games. First off we look forward to Airecon and have a rather in depth discussion about Cavern Tavern from Final Frontier Games. We then look at a couple of Kickstarters, SUPERHOT from Board & Dice and Elemenz from BadCat Games. Finally we round off the show with questions from the mailbag, answering our thoughts on Kickstarter versus pre-order and comment on the best and worst Kickstarter games we have backed.
Cats are wankers. It’s a simple truth. Their cute, furry façade is little more than a thinly veiled cover for their treacherous, evil ways. Oh sure, they’re adorable and look great when asleep, but as The Oatmeal has thankfully identified, cats are clawed, plotting deathtraps that just eat, sleep, vomit and poop in strategic locations specifically chosen so that you’ll stand in it and trail the remains all over the house. The two felines in my life definitely fall into this category. Kipling is an evil, maniacal genius that will nuzzle you one minute and chew your nose the next. Banjo is much more personable, but has the rectal precision of a laser guided air-assault. Between them, they rule the roost and a good night’s sleep is very much at their behest.
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Back at the beginning of January when I posted my Game Plan 2017 I mentioned I had come up with a list of 50 games I wanted to make sure I was going to play SOMETIME this year. The kids have followed suit and made up lists of their own – though their lists are shorter – Finnegan had 25 on his list and, I think, The Girl has 37… which is okay, they can add to it later – or just play some of those game MULTIPLE times – I suspect it will be the latter – in fact I HOPE it is the latter! Luckily some of the games I want to play most are games that are on all three lists – which means we’ll get to play those at least 3 times this year. Amanda even said she’d pick one game a month – thought couldn’t be bothered to make a list in advance.
Quartermaster General is a 2-6 player World War 2 strategy game that uses a card-driven mechanic. Unlike most World War 2 games, it focuses on the logistics and importance of supply in warfare. There are no dice, and battles (if you initiat…
Boardgames – My painting table was recently grace by these two nifty little models. These are from the Mice & Mystics: Heart of Gloorm Expansion. I’ve never played the game but my client seems to really enjoy it so I might need to check it out.
The two models are both sorcerer/wizard types one being a lighting bug and the other a shaman type character. For these I’ve been asked to paint them to tabletop standard with a little extra glow on the lighting bug.
Browns, grays and tans are the order of the day for these matching or coming close to the box/card art pretty much dictates my color choice, so the only thing I needed to think about is the final execution.
Best Play was born in the first half of 2016, with a mission to help bring better board games to more people. We feel like thing have gone well so far, with our Gist series, our Recommends series and our Funny Old Games all landing pretty much how we wanted them to. At Christmas we took a […]
This weekend I attended FreezerBurn VII. FreezerBurn is a small one day invitational game day hosted by my friend John– ToonCon organizer guy. Most of those invited are ToonCon organizers and volunteers. I went to the very first FreezerBurn seven years ago and haven’t been able to make it since. (I had planned on going to FreezerBurn V – two years ago – but ended up in hospital and missed it…).
Time has rolled round yet again, the year has been reset and by the time you read this most people’s New Year’s resolutions will have been broken. Hopefully your New Year’s resolution wasn’t to buy less table top games, because there are loads of awesome board, card, miniature and roleplaying games set to be released in 2017.
Every year this list gets easier and easier to write as game publishers provide more and more information early and start promoting their games. In fact I’ve really struggled to keep this list down to X games.
It also means that games can be delayed. All the games listed here are slated to be released in 2017, but as we’ve seen in previous years there may be some delays.
Mechs vs Minions in under a minute. It’s a truly epic game of programming cartoon mechs dished out at a manageable pace. It’s for 2-4 players and is great for couples or a committed group of friends to play over several sessions. Pre-order the next print wave direct from Riot games here.
I just noticed the BGG widget on my blog doesn’t seem to be working anymore – rather than showing the lasted games played it’s currently showing a smattering of games played over the last few weeks…? Weird.Anyway… I finally got the kids to start so…
1960: The Making of the President is my dad and my go-to game for our twice-yearly father-son weekends. It combines a few things we like – politics, history, and interesting game mechanics – all in a fun strategy game. The game uses the 1960 Presidenti…
We kick off the New Year with by kicking some demon butt in Doom: The Board Game, we investigate the hype of Mechs vs. Minions and realise we know nothing about our nation’s past with Timeline: British History. We also discuss board game profit margins, the new Roborally and boardgamegeek.com.
Five years ago, my experience with board games was mostly limited to childhood memories of fraught Monopoly games and my older brother desperately trying to get me to play Risk. I was a pretty avid card player, mainly thanks to my fantastic grandmother (who still plays Bridge aged 92). My favourite trick was nonchalantly announcing […]
For those of you swimming around inside your father’s scrotal cavity in 1993, the DOOM series has been a benchmark for FPS titles (First Person Shooters for those of you not au fait with the wonderful world of the video smile machines), a standard which few games have surpassed. id Software are renowned for making solid game engines and DOOM was their breakthrough title. It’s spawned (pun intended) a legacy of sequels, updates and remakes around the canon – all usually involving an unnamed soldier (the DOOM Marine) running around a Martian base trying to repel the forces of Hell back from whence they came. Rather like closing time in a one-club town, there’s a lot of ugly mutants wandering around attacking the authority figures and wondering why they get a beating, before being sent back to the holes they came from.
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I hate to say it… but I think I might need ANOTHER bike!?
Friday, 6 January 2017
We didn’t get to playing any Sentinel Tactics or trying out any of the Dominion (Intrigue and Adventure) or The Grizzled: At Your Orders expansions I got – or Mice and Mystics… Hopefully we’ll get to those in the coming weeks – and many, many more games!
It’s that time of year yet again where we take stock of what has been before and look forward to what yet may come. I’ve already discussed some of my favourite games of the year on our latest podcast episode but that doesn’t stop me from sticking with tradition and writing up a list of my favourite games of the year.
As with every year it’s not possible to play every single game (unless your surname is Vasel) but I always have a damn good go to play as many games as I can. Unfortunately, there are always those that slip through the net. I haven’t had any chance to play Euro-darlings Cottage Garden and A Feast for Odin and my miniature game addiction laments that I haven’t had the opportunity to play The Others: 7 Sins, even though one of my gaming group went crazy with the Kickstarter it got stuck at sea for a very long time. The games I regret not playing the most however are Terraforming Mars and Cry Havoc both of which come highly praised.
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