Posts Tagged ‘BOARD GAMES’

Martians: A Story of Civilization Review

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

Martians: A Story of Civilization Review

Mars seems to be the hot ticket right now. Whether people are terraforming it, journeying to it, colonising it or battering it and deep frying it, the Red Planet has got more attention than Sean Spicer talking about what he believes to be an accurate account of German history. There are currently rovers on Mars roaming around giving us more information than ever before and they’re all more reliable than the cars of the same name. Rover Metros were less reliable than a London Midland commuter train on a bad day and the Mars Rover took less time to get to its destination.

So being the space-nut that I am, sometime in 2016 I jumped on the backing bandwagon, boarded the mission to Mars and backed Martians: A Story of Civilization. And I note the awful Americanisation of our beloved mother tongue with that filthy “z” instead of the Queen’s “s”, but, like an excited hound with the keys to a JCB, I dive down yet another rabbit hole.
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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 23 part 1: Mars, Tsuro and Planetarium

Posted on April 23rd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Steve, Andy, his potty mouth, Jon and his creaky chair have come together for another batch of board gaming chat. In part one of a two parts special (I say special, its more that we waffled for too long and had to chop it down) we go through Andy’s Kickstarter habit, have a discussion on the pronunciation of the word Brass, Nandos and how best to censor Andy.

We also talk about some games, since that’s why we’re here. Andy takes us to Mars, in a Story of Civilisation, Steve ventures through time in TIME Stories Expedition Endurance, Jon is all at sea with Tsuro and we all learn some valuable science from Dr Lewis in Planetarium.

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Star Wars: Risk

Posted on April 22nd, 2017 under . Posted by

I have played Star Wars: Risk a number of times now with my Dad – it’s a great two-player game, and not like Risk at all. It’s based on the old “Star Wars: Queen’s Gambit” board game, but the theme is the attack on Death Star 2 from ROTJ. The designers…

Happy Birthday, Best Play

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

One year old. When humans reach their first birthday, most of them can neither walk or talk, and almost all of them struggle to last more than a few hours without accidentally plopping their pants.  Well here at Best Play we’re happy to announce that we just turned one, and we are proud to share […]

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Happy Birthday, Best Play

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

One year old. When humans reach their first birthday, most of them can neither walk or talk, and almost all of them struggle to last more than a few hours without accidentally plopping their pants.  Well here at Best Play we’re happy to announce that we just turned one, and we are proud to share […]

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T.I.M.E Stories: Expedition: Endurance Review

Posted on April 13th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

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T.I.M.E Stories: Expedition: Endurance Review

I have been a big fan of T.I.M.E Stories. At the time of its release the Myst style puzzles, accompanied by amazing artwork and interesting stories, made it one of my favourite cooperative game experiences. But this feeling has been eroded. The introduction of ‘escape room’ type games follow a similar concept and Mansions of Madness second edition and the Arkham Horror LCG have both made games that offer similar experiences in a much more re-playable format.

This meant that although I was eager to play the latest T.I.M.E Stories expansion ¬- Expedition: Endurance – as I played it the other games in this genre preyed in my mind. To remain king of the hill, T.I.M.E Stories would have to deliver an absolute blinder of a puzzle. Unfortunately, it failed.
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Legend of Hero: Randomized Game Board Mechanics [PART 3]

Posted on April 12th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

This post is part of an ongoing series. I’m documenting my journey through what I’m hoping is my first successful Game Design project start to […]

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Top 5 Star Trek Board Games

Posted on April 12th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Top 5 Star Trek Board GamesA while ago we gave some love to “a galaxy far, far away” with 10 Great Options for Star Wars Gaming. While this wasn’t an exclusive board game list for Star Wars, tabletop games did comprise the majority. Well the conflict between the Empire and the Rebellion isn’t the only “star” universe out there. So […]

If you can’t rule the world, Destroy it!

Posted on April 12th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In Plague Inc. you take the role of a deadly plague, your one goal, to wipe out humanity! How you choose to do so is […]

On The Road: Episode 8: Cold Wars 2017

Posted on April 11th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Episode 8: Live from Cold Wars 2017Huge podcast from the “Roadies”…. Mitch and Sean head to Lancaster PA for Cold Wars 2017. A very jammed packed episode since we had so much to talk about!We speak to the Flames of War crowd about Version 4 that came…

Machi Koro Review

Posted on April 6th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Introduction: The land of the rising sun, Japan has been producing some great little games as of late (deep sea adventure, shephy) and this one […]

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 22: FAITH RPG, Airecon and The City of Kings

Posted on April 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

On their return from Airecon, the boys have put together a bumper episode of tabletop gaming goodness. We start by discussing FAITH: The Sci-Fi RPG and its Garden In Hell starter set. We then go over the games we played and the people we met at Airecon, including our thoughts on Geeknson gaming tables and The City of Kings, the fantasy adventure game that is taking Kickstarter by storm.

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UK Board Game Cafes: What They are and Where to Find Them

Posted on March 31st, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Best Play was started by three fellas back in April 2016, synthesised during a chat over a pint, as is tradition in the UK. That chat took place in one of Brighton’s many hundreds of pubs, a city where we all lived and had originally met each other. Since then, two of us have moved to […]

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Podcast: King of Tokyo vs. Deep Forest

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

Who would have thought our experimental podcast would have made it 10 whole episodes? It seems like only yesterday we found some microphones down the back of the sofa and thought, “yeah, that’s worth a shot.” In reality, it was two and a half entire months. In this episode, Glenn teaches the gang what it’s like […]

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Podcast: Ticket to Ride vs Colt Express

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

Have you heard the legend of John Henry? He worked on railroads his entire life, and he was damned good at it too. 8 feet people claimed he could swing his railroad buildin’ hammer. That gift would be his downfall. He eventually hammered himself to death. On a brighter note, did you know it’s pretty […]

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Goodies in the Mail

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

Yesterday a few packages arrived for me in the mail…

First a truck brought by this parcel!

Almost two years ago I Kickstarted High Frontier Third Edition. A friend had highly recommended the game – having played a previous edition (2nd, I think ) – but when I sought out said edition they seemed to be selling for $200-300… or that’s what people were ASKING for them, I have no idea if anyone would ever PAY that much… So when a kickstarter came along for a new edition that, including shipping, would end up costing me less than $100, I jumped right on board.

It originally listed the estimated delivery as September 2015… I guessed they must have had everything completed and all their ducks in a row to print and distribute… Not so much, I guessed wrong. I started to wonder if it would EVER show up. But it has. And I’m super excited to try it out – I LOVE games by Phil Eklund (LOVE, not like, LOVE!). It is a beast – I’m sure the box and it’s contents was over 5Kg, and the rules look… well… very “in depth”…? We’re going to try and have a go at it this weekend.

They also included a copy of Ares Magazine, which Finnegan seemed rather interested in…

Later in the day the regular postie delivered THREE MORE (considerably smaller) packages:

This included orders from Perry Miniatures, Eureka Miniatures USA, and Black Hat Miniatures. From Perry I got some Musketeers to finish up a few units of Shot for The Pikeman’s Lament, three heavy cavalry (two to complete an element of Kn for DBA-x army and another to finish another unit for The Pikeman’s lament) and some ECW Casualties for morale failure markers. From Eureka I picked up some of Montrose’s Irish – a unit of Pike and a unit of Shot as well as a couple of preachers and James Graham (Marquis of Montrose) himself (on foot!). From Black Hat I got some Dwarvish Highlanders to finish up a few units for Dragon Rampant.

I’m still waiting on a few orders from my post birthday spree. I ordered some MORE English musketeers as well as some Scots Musketeers and Pike from Dixon Miniatures. I ordered some Winter of ’79 miniatures from Miniature Figures (to go with some Mike Bravo Miniatures State of Emergency figures, which I crowdfunded last year and have also now finally shipped – and will hopefully be here SOON!). I ordered an additional pack of Irish Pike and a mounted version of James Graham from Warlord Games while they had a free worldwide shipping deal on. And finally I’m expecting some Dragoons and armed civilians from Redoubt Enterprises.

Oh and there’s the order I placed with Hasslefree back in January… which STILL hasn’t arrived. I have to admit I’m exceedingly disappointed by this. I’ve had such exceptional service from them in the past. But I’ve send five emails to three different addresses over the last couple weeks – an even sent a message through facebook -with no response…

Oh and I also found out this morning that the creators of the Jet Bike Construction Kit Kickstarter just shipped out rewards to Backer #100 (they’ve been casting and shipping them out in order of backer number since the campaign ended). I’m #108! So hopefully I’ll be seeing those pretty soon – sooner than then expected shipping date of June!
 

In other news… In addition to basing and priming all these new arrivals I’ve been desperately trying to finish up this Polar Lights Lost in Space Robot for a friend that I’ve been sitting on half-fisnished for FAR TOO LONG! He’s been waiting for this longer than I had to wait for my High Frontier Kickstarter… I painted The Mummy for him a while back… I still have two more to do… I am going to finish them before the end of the year!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Pics of the finished Robot!?

More ECW stuff?

A Game Report!?

Blood Bowl – Auckland Casual Carnage League

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Blood Bowl is available to be played in our casual league.1. Your Team(s) tracked via OBBLM.2. Play as many games as you wish over each month (max 2 games per team)3. NAF Official merchandise included with your $15 entry fee4. Final round tournament wi…

IMHOTEP Builder of Egypt Review

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Since the Egyptian times man has been playing board games. Today we are going to look at Imhotep by Kosmos, an Egyptian themed board game. Have […]

Legend of Hero: Board Game Design Project [PART 2]

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

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 21: James Hudson and The Grimm Forest

Posted on March 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Its time, yet again, for another dose of board gaming chat.  Jon is off biking, or some other strenuous activity that Andy and Steve find far too much like hard work, and so they substitute a brummy for a redkneck as they are joined by James Hudson from Druid City Games.  James tells us all about his new game, The Grimm Forest, and goes into detail about publishing, Kickstarter, distribution and Peppa Pig.

The Grimm Forest launches on Kickstarter on 21st March.

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4 Video Games That Should Be Board Games

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

If Superhot can be made into a board game, anything can. Superhot was a breath of fresh air when it emerged as the result of 7 day game development challenge in 2013. It looks like a shooter that’s been stripped of all artwork – it’s just angular red shapes and white walls. Gameplay, however, was totally […]

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Adrenaline Review

Posted on March 7th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

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Way back in Days of Yore, when Settlers of Catan ruled the great board game wildlands and Facebook was something aggressive librarians did to unruly students, I was engrossed in video games. In fact, I’ve been a fan of the digital smile machines since I was old enough to smash fingers into keyboards and code my first POKE-based programs on my trusty old Amstrad CPC-464. And yes, I realise I’m showing my age with that one. Once games evolved to the point where we could shoot each other over the internet, the idea of digital deathmatch has exploded, mostly due to two games: Quake and Unreal Tournament.
Yes, I know there were others, but let’s be honest, they were crap in comparison. I never got into Quake as much as UT for reasons best known to myself and I spent many an hour with the phrases “Head-Shot!”, “Double Kill!” and “Ultra-Kill!” ringing in my ears. And probably my neighbour’s ears too as the speakers were always turned up loud enough to wake Tutankhamun and his extended family.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 20: Our Favourite Games

Posted on March 5th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Its episode 20 and the Polyhedron Collider’s One-Year anniversary, so we thought we would take a break from our usual format and take time to discuss what are our very favourite games and, more importantly, why we like them.

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Andy guests on We’re Not Wizards

Posted on March 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

  Andy makes a visit to We’re Not Wizards as a guest on their podcast. Go give it a listen.

Online Board Game Websites

Posted on March 1st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Being a parent has significantly reduced the amount of gaming that I get to do. I play half as often with my game group and […]

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