Posts Tagged ‘BOARD GAMES’

Our Wargaming Club Xmas Dinner 2016

Posted on December 5th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

ACG Xmas Dinnner 2016. Great to see all of the crew who could make it to the Clubs 1st ever festive season dinner last weekend. Hope you all enjoyed the great eats provided by the Hotel and the good company. We also kicked it off with a games meet befo…

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 15: Knightmare Live, Legends Untold and Mansions of Madness

Posted on November 27th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Welcome listeners of illusion to the podcast of confusion. We, Polyhedron Collider, challenge you to the ultimate adventure. The next episode of the podcast is complete, the entrance to the dungeon is open so enter, listener.

The Polyhedron Collider Crew party up and head into the dungeon adventure that is the world of board games, card games, roleplaying games and tabletop gaming.  Andy tells us about his experience of Knightmare Live, Steve and Andy explore the kickstarted world of Legends Untold before escaping the locals of Innsmouth in Mansions of Madness and Jon takes us through Dobble Star Wars.

We also delve into the mailbag and talk about our pet peeves in gaming, rulebooks and augmented reality and VR.

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Ether Wars Interview

Posted on November 25th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

Ether Wars Interview

Those with long memories may remember an interview we did a little while back regarding Ether Wars, a dice rolling area control game from Spain. You also may remember we also did a couple of interviews with Burning Games, also from Spain, regarding their card based RPG Faith.

Well Ether Wars didn’t do very well first time around but the developers have teamed up with their fellow countrymen to come bring back the sci-fi dice game to Kickstarter.

I had a little chat with the development team regarding how to do a Kickstarter the second time around.
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Space Hulk is back…again!

Posted on November 21st, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

Space Hulk is back...again!

Did you get rid of your old original Space Hulk? Did you fail to catch the limited edition version of Space Hulk back in 2014? Did you fail to catch the reprint of the other limited edition in 2015? Well never fear, because Space Hulk is coming back. Again.

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Ominoes Review

Posted on November 18th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

Ominoes dice strategy game review

Are you a Euro gamer? Are you a player who hates randomness, deplores direct conflict and wants your victory to be based solely on your strategy and how you best used the resources available to you?

If any of these things applies to you stop reading now, because Ominoes isn’t for you. Seriously, come back in a few weeks when Andy has written his Ava Roma review because that’s going to be your game, Ominoes is not.
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Bronze Age Warriors

Posted on November 7th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Not much work done on the Vimy Project this past week or so. We had a blast of winter-like weather in early October and the rest of the month was chilly, grey and wet and miserable. This first week of November we’ve had a bit more warmer weather and I’ve been trying to get out more – even got out for a little mountain bike ride on Friday (and will probably go for another today!). I did go a bit of assembling of Great War items last week (German mortars – useful for Vimy, and an A7V – not so useful for Vimy… but at least it’s still in the Great War era…). There were a few things I finished up this week – but they had little to do with the Great War…

This fall I started playing in a D&D5E Primeval Thulecampaign – the setting is Bronze Age Sword and Sorcery. I recalled that I had these few Wargames Foundry Trojan War heroes that I never got to finishing up when I was working on other Greek myth stuff. The Trojan War – historically speaking – would have been in the Bronze Age, so I painted these guys up with bronze weapons and armour.

I was looking around the Foundry website and got to thinking I might order a few more Bronze age warriors – a mix of European Bronze Age Warriors and Hittites and other Trojan War Heroes to add to this mix, but then I came to my senses and… well.. didn’t… for now.

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Trojan Heroes. I think that’s supposed to be King Priam in the center, flanked by his sons Paris (one the left – without the helmet) and Hector (on the right), and two other guards.

Detail of those shields. I’m not totally happy with them – they don’t look quite centered to me – it’s like I started the front end leaving a bit of space between the front of the hose and the edge of the shield, but by the time I got to the back of the horse I’d run out of space. And a couple of those front legs look gimpy… I’m not bothered with them so much as to repaint them or anything… but not totally happy…

The Achaeans (form left to right): Odysseus, Menelaus, Agamemnon, Achilles, and Ajax (or at least I think that’s who they were supposed to be…)

We haven’t been getting a lot of gaming in lately either, but we did sneak in a game of Forbidden Island last night. This was our second game so we played at the “normal” level and just barely made it off the island! I’m not sure how anyone could play at the “veteran” or “elite” levels! 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Great War stuff.. no really… 

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 13: AireCon, Mysterium, Two Rooms and a Boom

Posted on November 1st, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 13: AireCon, Mysterium, Two Rooms and a Boom

Just in time to miss Halloween, the boys return for the Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 13.  We recount our time at AireCon 2016 where we played a whole host of games and took part in our first media panel.

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Imperial Assault – The Royal Guard Attack! — DeathWatch Studios

Posted on October 24th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Seeing these makes me want to watch Star Wars again! Another few Imperial Assault minis under my belt. This time I’ve been getting stuck into the ominous Royal Guard and Royal Guard Champion. Whilst they have a fairly simple scheme I still found these rater tricky. Trying to get that red just right is difficult, … Continue reading Imperial Assault – The Royal Guard Attack! — DeathWatch Studios

Two Games of 7 Wonders

Posted on October 23rd, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Yesterday, after our game of Twilight Imperium, Amanda, The Boy, and myself sat down to play a couple games of 7 Wonders (with Leaders).
(The Girl was over at Auntie Margies to do some knitting and then went over to my folks for a sleepover.)
At the end of the first game Amanda was getting her pout on as she felt she had done horribly – She’d done some science, but felt she hadn’t really done enough of any one thing to have won. Well… she didn’t win… by a point…

I’d had two leaders that dealt with blue cards (civic structures) – one gave me and exptra victory point for each blue card and another allowed me to place one with one less resource available (which, in the end, only helped me place two cards – the rest I got because they were free or I had a previous card that allowed me to place it without paying).

I thought The Boy was going to crush it with all the green (Science!) cards he grabbed.

In the end I won (by one point) and I was only able to do so because on the very last round of the 3rd age I placed a military card – in a game where NO ONE had gone for ANY military – which gained me 10 points (and lost them one each). I ended up with 67 points, Amanda 66 and The Boy somehow trailed behind at 48?!

In the second game I was excited because I got to play Wil. I ended up with a mish-mash of stuff that seemed like none were giving me a LOT of points. Amanda also felt she hadn’t done very well. When we totaled it up we hadn’t done quite as well as the previous game – we both scored 57 points – and The Boys scored 56!? Can you get a closer game? (I guess if it’d been a three way tie that would have been closer).

During the leader selection phase at the beginning of the game I’d passed on Plato and then kicked myself when Amanda passed me Justinian – as they both gain victory points for similar things (collecting sets of different cards). I ended up passing on Justinian and hoped The Boy didn’t end up with both. He did and I thought he was going to crush us as he collected up sets of stuff, but it didn’t do so well as collecting sets of sciencey things, as I was trying to do, or Military victories, as Amanda was going.

This was fun, and a bit different as the last few games I’ve played of seven wonders have been bigger 5-6-7 player games. I think I like the bigger games better, but this was still a lot of fun. 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

1st (Western Ontario) Battalion, CEF – like in about five minutes. I’d considered posting them along with this little game report, but then decided it’d be better posting them as separate things…

Twilight Imperium

Posted on October 22nd, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I finally got to try out Twilight Imperium (Third Edition). My friend John brought his copy over to set up and play through a few turns – just to teach the game Rob, Bob, The Boy and myself. We’ll have to set aside a whole day some time to get through …

Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower

Posted on October 22nd, 2016 under , . Posted by

A few weekends ago we tried out the new Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower.  Back in 1995, we played the original Warhammer Quest a number of times over the summer break.  We wondered if this new version would live up to the fond memories of that …

Carcassonne: The Review

Posted on October 18th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

OK, I know what you’re all thinking “but that games been around for ever?  Why are they reviewing it now?”.  Well it may astonish you to read that not everyone owns a copy of this game and that even more shockingly I didn’t until recently. So for those of you who don’t know what the … Continue reading Carcassonne: The Review

Best Play Recommends: Twilight Imperium

Posted on October 18th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

TL;DR What: unbelievably epic sci fi civilisational royal rumble Players: 3-6 How long: a colossal 6-10 hours Who: only the […]

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Beer Empire Kickstarter Review

Posted on October 13th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Beer Empire Kickstarter Review

It’s a well-established fact that here at Polyhedron Collider, we like our beer. In fact, “like” is an understatement, akin to suggesting that Donald Trump might have a few controversial skeletons in his closet. We enjoy our beer so much that Steve makes better beer than some of the more popular breweries – believe me, his wedding porter was like drinking a bar of Galaxy rinsed with burning malt. In fact, why he’s not making more right this second is a matter I will raise at the next Polyhedron Collider AGM under “A.O.B.” (Any Other Beer).
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Essen Speil 2016 Preview

Posted on October 12th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Essen Speil 2016 Preview

I’m sorry to say that none of the Polyhedron Collider crew will be attending Essen this year. Jon isn’t allowed out at weekends without supervision, Andy is off to Islay for a whisky distillery tour and Steve has to buy a washing machine, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about the new games and generally geeky goodness surrounding Europe’s largest tabletop gaming convention and arguably the largest board game convention in the world.

With over 700 games being shown off at the event there’s a lot to take in, so here is a handful that have caught our eye. So if you’re heading to Essen this weekend go check these games out and let the publishers know that Polyhedron Collider sent you.

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King of All Londinium

Posted on October 9th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I got in a game of Firefly: The Board Game on Saturday with The Boy and a few friends. I like this game but it takes SOOOO LOOOOONG to play. Maybe if we played it more (or with less people) it would go quicker…. Since I actually had the War Room…

Best Play Recommends: Spartacus

Posted on October 8th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

TLDR; What: An intense game of “blood and treachery” not for the feint hearted Players: 2-4 (5 with expansion) Time: 60+ minutes, so […]

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Battle of the Bands Review

Posted on October 6th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Battle of the Bands Review

I used to be in a band, in fact during my formative years I’ve been in a number of bands and all but one of them were pretty rubbish. I may be a competent bass player but Wherewithal did a lot better once I left. So when I talk about Battle of the Bands, a new card game that’s on Kickstarter now, I feel like I’ve been there. I’ve had the chops, I’ve practised till my ears ring, I’ve spent too much money on a new guitar and I’ve stared out over an audience of bored looking punters.
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Smallworld Review

Posted on October 4th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

  If you like lots of different fantasy race’s, and you like pairing them with different special powers, and you also like trying to fit said races into a overcrowed world….Then Smallworld from Days of Wonder is the game for you!!   The idea for this game is simple, five different races are available too you at … Continue reading Smallworld Review

GuardCon 2016 Tourney report

Posted on October 3rd, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

GuardCon weekend was a superb gathering of gamers this year. Really great to see such numbers again and huge encouragement for future events up here in Auckland. Thank you to all of you who came and made it such a ball of a convention. Also great job a…

The Pioneers Program Kickstarter Review

Posted on October 1st, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Pioneers Program kickstarter review

As a board game community we are obviously very pessimistic about the future as we are constantly playing games about the end of the world. Whether it’s zombies, nuclear attack or the mysteriously named ‘the event’ (please remain indoors) we all seem to be convinced that civilisation as we know it is about to end and we’re all going to be scratching for survival in a nightmare future.  The Pioneers Program from GCT Studios treads this familiar scorched ground as you attempt to build a settlement and attract notable personalities to your cause.

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Rum & Bones Review: First Impressions

Posted on September 28th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Learning Curve has been suspended for the week whilst I cover something a little different.  I have been lucky enough to come into possession of Cool Mini or Not’s undead pirate-fest Rum & Bones! In a few weeks I’ll have had a chance to play the game a couple of times but until then we’ll … Continue reading Rum & Bones Review: First Impressions

Eclipse Review

Posted on September 27th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Eclipse Review

One of the best things I did at university, besides drinking heavily and fraternising with my fellow students, was the decision to study Astrophysics. Yes, for a small part of my life I could look at the heavens on a clear night and actually know which point of light was which. Notwithstanding the fact that such nights in a coastal town in eastern Scotland were cold enough to freeze the hairy spheres from a number of particularly whimsical brass monkeys, these were good times and the culmination of a youth spent watching a lot of Star Trek, wondering what it will be like if we, as a slightly more evolved collection of the aforementioned monkeys, were ever to get to the stars.

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What Next…?

Posted on September 26th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well…We’ve had a busy week or so.When I last posted We’d just finished our second week of our 30 Games in 30 Days September Challenge, I’d play-tested my game for ToonCon, and was getting ready to do some serious terrain building. In the last 10 days…

True Messiah Kickstarter Review

Posted on September 26th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Brides & Bribes Kickstarter Review
It’s the future and those crazy scientists have been at it again. This time they’ve made a device called the Belief Engine, that has made spiritual belief become manifest. God-like personalities have risen to power, fuelled on the prayer of their followers while the world around them has become a wasteland. Of course it’s not long before these god-beings become too big for their britches and everything kicks off. That of course is where we start our journey into the nightmarish world of True Messiah; a 2 to 4 player game of resource management, deck building and swarming your enemies with hordes of faithful followers.

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