Posts Tagged ‘BOARD GAMES’

Emergence Event from Megacon Games in April

Posted on March 4th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Emergence Event $60.00   Emergence Event is an exciting new competitive space exploration game for 2-4 players. Each player controls a captain who commands their species’ capital ship. With a unique deck of captain cards, individual strengths, and special abilities, each captain offers players a very different game experience.   Players seek to explore and […]

Last Night on Earth – Star Trek Theme at Halfway Point

Posted on March 4th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Any miniature painting project of mine that reaches the mid-point stage always gets its own group shot. These set of Starfleet Survivors and Zombies painted using pieces from the Last Night on Earth board game are no different. So without further ado, …

Gaming with Kids #6 – Balancing Kids, Gaming, Significant Other, Job, Chores…You Get the Idea

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Gaming, as a hobby, is one of the most rewarding things I do.  It gives me a sense of adventure and accomplishment for pennies on the dollar of what REAL adventure and accomplishment cost, but from my experience, a hobby … Continue reading

Heroes Wanted Video Review

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Blood Rage Raids and Pillages Kickstarter

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Blood Rage Kickstarter Launch

Viking battle game Blood Rage, one of Polyhedron Collider’s games to look forward to in 2015, has hit Kickstarter. Not only did the game fund in minutes it looks like it’s going to be another Kickstarter smash hit.
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RESISTOR_ Review

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

RESISTOR_  Review resistor 2 player hacking card game

RESISTOR_ is a card game about hacking but is nothing like real hacking. Then again hacking as shown in the movies is nothing like real hacking. Real hacking is rather boring to watch, and rather bewildering to do. RESISTOR_ on the other hand is enormous fun, even if it does make your brain hurt some times.
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Let’s Play Pathfinder Adventure Card Game – Adventure 0 – Scenario 1: Island Hopping

Posted on March 1st, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Sentinels of the Multiverse Video Review and added to Game Rating System

Posted on March 1st, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Check out our video review of Sentinels of the Multiverse! It’s also been added to the Game Rating System. See how it’s rated for you!

Extra Extra! From Mayfair in Late March

Posted on February 26th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Extra Extra! A game by Andrew Bond For 2-5 players, 90-150 minutes, ages 12 and up Game type: Worker placement, bidding   INTRODUCTION Stop the presses! Stories are coming in from around the world, but you have a limited amount of money, a few reporters, and a race against all the other newspapers to get […]

Thunderbirds are Go!

Posted on February 25th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Thunderbirds are go

The Thunderbirds cooperative board game from Modiphius and Matt Leacock has hit Kickstarter and has made its funding goal in less than 1 day!
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Matt on Sheriff of Nottingham

Posted on February 24th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

In this no quite a play through and not quite a review Matt talks about the best part of Sheriff of Nottingham (lying, bribing, and stretching the truth) while having some fun.  Sheriff of Nottingham is a bluffing game for the whole family.     I look forward to posting a family play through in […]

In March From MR. B Games Realm of Heroes

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Realm of Heroes $34.99 SRP   From the depths of the kingdom, armies are on the move and castles have been fortified … war is in the air. The General and the Heir, the Fiend and the Vizier, the Barbarian and the Dark One – all prepare to take the land by force. Only the […]

From Mr.B Games This March Clockwork Kingdom

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Clockwork Kingdom $59.99   The king has unexpectedly died and has left the kingdom without a successor. With your army of loyal steam-powered automatons to do your bidding, you will compete for resources, power, and influence.   Choose wisely when deciding where to send your servants, whether to get supplies from the market, build useful […]

Family Day Long Weekend (of GAMING!)

Posted on February 17th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In the Province of Saskatchewan The third Monday of February is a statutory holiday called Family Day. This Family Day long weekend we had a Weekend of Gaming!! Originally I’d planned to have a Song of Shadows and Dust campaign – but that kind of fell through as only Paul(in Winnipeg) and Terry(in Edmonton) showed any interest and so I decided to call it off – it seemed a bit much to ask them to collectively drive almost 1300km just to play games with each other and possibly me and The Boy… AS it turned out this was really for the best as we ended up having a massive blizzard over the weekend and the roads and highways are just awful!
The complete and utter lack of interest/response from my regular gaming pals for this weekend put me into a bit of a gaming funk for a bit… and then I missed Freezerburnand spent  five days in hospital (not related)… after that I decided “screw it” I’ll have a weekend of just gaming with my family. And after another bit I decided to invite a few others to join in as well….

Here’s how it all went down…

Friday Evening – 13 February 2015

Cold Harvest

I ran a Call of Cthulhu adventure called Cold Harvest. I used a homebrew mash-up set of rules using elements of Fear and Faith, Flying Lead, and A Tale of Blades and Heroes. I wanted something simple so the focus would be on the “role-playing” and not the system of rules. I wanted the focus to be on the role-playing as the adventure is investigation heavy with very little action. Unfortunately I also wanted to run it as a one-shot, one evening adventure… and one of the three players had to spilt just after 10pm giving us only three hours to play it in… so I tired to rush it a bit… and left bits out (some on purpose, others because i forgot about them in the rush)… and then we didn’t even get to really finish it… so it was a bit of an anticlimactic fizzle to start off the weekend. Luckily things went up from there.

Saturday – 14 

February 2015

This is when the snow REALLY started to fall. It was also blowing and drifiting.

Small World

In the morning Rick and Other Tim came over to join Amanda, Myself, The Boy and The Girl in a six-player game of Small World! It was fun to try out a six-player game… but it also took a long time… and we had to cut it a bit short as Amanda and The Girl had to cut out to go to a hair appointment… ah well…

Glory To Rome

Once the girls were gone Other Tim busted out a game he brought along called Glory to Rome. I really enjoyed it – a lot of options and hard decisions to make every round – I still don’t really get the strategy at all, but I had a fun time trying (and I think I actually won in the end?). The boy was a little overwhelmed and didn’t have so great of a time…

Ingenious

After Glory to Rom Rick had to leave so Other Tim, The Boy and Myself busted out Ingenious.

Around the time we finished Amanda and The Girl staggered in having clawed their way through and over countless snowdrifts between our place and the hair salon downtown. At this point Other Tim had to be on his way and I headed out to start shoveling snow.

Sun Dogs on Saturday afternoon. For those that haven’t heard of them they are the lights to either side of the sun in the picture and is the sun’s light being refracted through ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. Generally only visible when it’s really freaking cold.

When I finally come in I found the kids actually playing a game of  O Zoo Le Mio – which was kind of exciting – it is extremely rare that they actually get out a game on their own and play it – this may be the first time they’ve done that – at least the first time they’ve done that and played the game using the ACTUAL RULES of the game…

After supper we tried out two new (to us) games…

Dungeonville

Dungeonville… I’d picked it up really cheap (like $5?) off ebay a number of years back from a distributor that was going out of business… art by John Kovalic… how bad could it be. Maybe I won’t go so far as calling it “bad’… but it’s a little simple for the likes of us and it wasn’t exactly the most fun we had we had all weekend….

Dead Man’s Treasure

Pirate Faces!

Finally we played another new to us game (also bought cheap off ebay from the very same distributor – also $5). It’s a Reiner Knizia game, so it’s quick and fun enough and clever with a bolt-on theme.

Sunday – 15 

February 2015

Onward to Venus

My friend Johnbrought over his new game Onward to Venus – which is a super fun game designed by Martin Wallace based on the Doctor Grordbort graphic novels from writer/artist Greg Broadmore. I got to play the British Empire, Amanda was France, John the Germans, The Girl played the Russians (because… ballerinas…), and The Boy played the USA.
Let’s just say that the sun does not set on the British Empire! Huzzah!
John also got me two of the graphic novels for my birthday – which was pretty awesome – THANKS!

R-eco

After John took off we tried out yet another cheap ebay game that we’re finally getting around to trying out. I’d picked it up largely because of the theme – recycling – that’s a good thing to teach kids, right? While it turned out to be a clever enough card game, the theme was pretty weak and you were theoretically different companies competing to get the city contract and if you ended your turn with too many cards in your hand you had to “illegally dump” them… Ah well…

In the evening Amanda and I wandered over to the Persephone Theatrefor their performance of Mary’s Wedding – which I thought was really well done.

Monday – 16 

February 2015

Parthenon: Rise of the Aegean

John stopped by again this afternoon to join us for a five-player game of Parthenon: Rise of the Aegean. We’ve played this a couple times over the last month. I really like it. You play an island in the Aegean and start with two villages that generate one of six different types of basic commodities. With those you trade with other islands (players) or neighboring or foreign lands to get different commodities to build other villages, or workshops, or agora structures on your island. The first to build all six villages, two workshops, six agora structures and two wonders wins. I don’t know if we’re getting better at it of if it just gets easier with more players – The first time we played (a three-player game – me and the kids) I don’t think anyone finished building everything. The second time we played (four-player – me and Amanda and the kids) both The Girl and I finished on the very last turn. This game The Girl (who is eight) beat us all by finishing all her buildings with two turns left to go!?

Amanda took the kids out to go sledding for a bit afterwards while I did some cleaning and sorted out how to play the next game…

Techno Witches

Amanda getting a little rowdy – wanting to demonstrate how her witch pulled off that tight turn around the tower… Fun game – witches, on upright vacuums, racing around the tabletop…

Delta V

After supper we tried out one more new game – Delta V – where we played mining companies exploring for and mining minerals in the Delta V asteroid field. It’s sort of Memory match with rockets and aliens…

I don’t know about Amanda and The Girl, but The Boy scored 3 or 4 contracts for a total of 20 points, I completed two… for a total of -1 points… Clearly I should not be heading up any mining operations in deep space!!

Oh and over the weekend we played a few games of Hearts and Kaiser – which I’ve been teaching the kids with my new fancy schmansy deck of Cthulhu cards!

Phew!

Now to get back to some miniature gaming! 

I will still be having an 11th Annual Wargaming Birthday Bash on my actual birthday (Wednesday the 25th) and it WILL be a miniature war game!! If all goes according to plan I’ll be running a great big game of Galleys and Galleons! (or if things don’t go according to plan, it may well be some other game using the Song of Blades and Heroes engine – possible Flying Lead or Fear and Faith..?)

Bullfrogs from Thunderworks this March

Posted on February 16th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Bullfrogs $29.95   “Just as water retains no constant shape, in warfare there are no constant conditions.” – Sun Tzu Weapons clash, water splashes and the booming battle cries of armored bullfrogs ring out across the moonlit swamp. Amphibian armies leap from lily pad to lily pad in their desperate struggle to win control of […]

Pictomania

Posted on February 16th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Pictomania $49.95 Do you know what a zebra looks like? Can you draw it? No, well, then this game is perfect for you! Any zebra drawing you do will be fine as long as the other players don’t think your zebra is…a car! In Pictomania, it really doesn’t matter if you can draw well. Each […]

Penny Press Mach 15th from Asmadi Games

Posted on February 14th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Penny Press   Set during the tumultuous ‘yellow journalism’ years at the end of the 19th century, Penny Press has players taking on the roles of newspaper barons as they strive to become the dominant paper in old New York City. On each turn, you’ll be able to take one action with your reporters (placing […]

Civilization Through the Ages – Custom Counters

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Privateer Press announce The Undercity

Posted on February 6th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Privateer Press announce The Undercity

Templecon appears to be the place where Privateer Press announce their big news for the year and the big one for us board gamers is the announcement of The Undercity, a fully cooperative dungeon crawling adventure game set in the Iron Kingdoms world of Warmachine.
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The Next Great American Game Review

Posted on February 5th, 2015 under , . Posted by

The Next Great American Game Review

“This is the next great American Game” It’s a phrase you hear a lot through this documentary which is coincidentally the name of the film. The Next Great American Game follows the journey of Randall Hoyt, a designer and artist who thinks he has in his possession the next board game to take America by storm. Randall is also bipolar and the documentary not only follows Randall’s journey into the world of hobby gaming, it also follows his ups and downs as he deals with his condition.
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Fidelitas February 20th

Posted on February 5th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Fidelitas $20.00   In Fidelitas, players take on the role of faithful citizens in a medieval city who are exerting influence in order to gain the credibility needed to lead the charge against the corrupt crown.   Players play character cards to various locations that make up the city in order to meet conditions of […]

Halls of Terra Expansion for Relic

Posted on February 5th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Halls of Terra Expansion for Relic

If you’re a member of the armed forces of the Imperium of Man, there’s a simple rule, don’t let those filthy Xenos or heretic scum anywhere near holy Terra. Unfortunately if you’re a player of Fantasy Flight’s Relic, you obviously haven’t been doing your job as the latest expansion heads to Earth.
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Coming soon to Kickstarter Capture

Posted on February 1st, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

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 […]

Coconuts Duo from Mayday Games in February

Posted on February 1st, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Coconuts Duo $25.95   In this game, you use your monkey launcher and your skill to fling coconuts into cups, claim them, and place them on your board. By stacking a pyramid of six cups you win the game and can claim the title of the monkey king, but beware of the new powerful magic cards […]

Forge War Coming in February

Posted on January 29th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Forge War $70.00   The wild lands are growing restless. The king has called upon all able-bodied men to push back the creeping edges of the map. As the leader of a fledgling adventurer’s guild, you are tasked with gathering resources, forging weapons and slaying epic monsters of the wilderness to earn riches and prestige […]