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…).
Posts Tagged ‘BOARD GAMES’
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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Every year, after looking back at the previous year, I tend to look forward and try to come up with some sort of plan. It’s good to have a plan. Though my plans tend to be more like the Pirates Code (“they’re more like ’guidelines’”).
I’m considering possibly themed months… maybe all the Railways of World games on month, all the Martin Wallace games another month, all the Phil Eklund games, all the GMT games, etc… I was thinking October could be Arkham Horror month… It might help keeping rules straight if playing a series of games with similar rules/mechanics…?
I thought of suggesting the same to Amanda… but then we’d have FOUR games to play each week… that might get a bit daunting…. and, honestly, she probably couldn’t be bothered. She’ll play any game we put on the table and invite her to play, but she would never seek out new games to play or sit down to read rules. Maybe I could ask her to pick out just 12 – so we play one game she wants to play each month.
Year End Wrap Up – Wow 2016 was one of my busiest painting years yet. Sadly very few of those models painted were my own. I did make some progress on several fronts but no where near the amount I anticipated. Of course I didn’t stop adding things…
It’s the end of the year, so between filling their bellies with roast turkey and figgy pudding and the inevitable hangover that follows New Year and Hogmanay the boys gather to look back at the best board, card and tabletop games of 2016.
Every year I try to write an article that summarizes the passing year and share what I am most excited about for the upcoming one. Let’s be honest here, 2016 was a crazy year! A year ago did anyone think that we would end up with Trump for president? Or have the Cubs win the World Series? Would I after a 16 month hiatus resume paining again? Despite the turbulent year, it was yet another great year for the gaming community and 2017 looks to continue that trend. Over the last few years the gaming industry has a seen a boom as far as leveraging multiple platforms, broadening its appeal by expanding the span of topics in which we could play, and the explosion of card based games; all of these factors really point to the fact that we are in the “golden age of gaming”.
In 2016 the value of the video games market alone is $99 Billion dollars worldwide with it expected to grow to about $130 Billion by 2019. This boom can be attributed to the growth of app based games. Who didn’t almost run someone over while playing Pokémon Go this year? The popularity of board games has also dramatically risen over the last few years and as more interesting titles hit the shelves this will continue to grow. Card based games such as Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Pokémon are attracting many young players to gaming and we can see the effect when 30-50 tweens jam into our local gaming stores and prevent us from getting a table. Historical based gamers have also seen a boom, this year Bolt Action came out with a second version, Battlefront’s Team-Yankee grew and has attracted many new players to the hobby. Of course the games tied to movies did well, Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars X-Wing had many new releases that were tied to the very popular Force Awakens movie.
Can you escape from Colditz? do you have what it takes to get past the guards? Osprey Games have released the 75th Anniversary Edition of Escape From Colditz! Designed by Pat Reid, a British officer who escaped from the Colditz prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, and Brian Degas, writer of the iconic TV series based … Continue reading Run as stealthily as you can. →
Five Tribes is a multiplayer, Mancala-like worker-placement game (designed by Bruno Cathala) that we have played on more than a few occasions. It was the 2014 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game winner and has received high praise from…
You would think with a name like Tudor I would have a greater interest in history. Apart from a half-baked attempt at finding out if I am a descendant of the most famous family in UK history I really do not know much about my country’s past. As a point of reference, History is the only class in school I got told off in, and I was a proper nerdy swot. So the game Timeline presents an interesting challenge for me.
Ynfernael Hulk from Shadow of Nerekhall which is an expansion for Descent 2nd Edition the boardgame. The sculpt is not great but I somehow like that beast. Fast project for myself. Can be also use in Song of Blade and Heroes and Dragon Rampant
Ynernael Hulk z dodatku Cienie Nerekhall do drugiej edycji gry planszowej Descent wydanej przez FFG. Jak wszystkie figurki do tej gry muszę przyznać, że model jest ładny ale wykonanie odlewu tragiczne. Bardzo dużo czasu zajęło mi ukrycie niedoskonałości rzeźby. Przyjemnie się malowało i wydaje się że nawet nieźle wyszło w porównaniu do innych pomalowanych kolosów, których zdjęcia można znaleźć w internecie.
We held our Club intro for Blood bowl release over the weekend. Great interest and even though it was late notice we got some good numbers. Don’t worry for those that missed out, we’ll be holding events very early next year.Thanks again to Vagabond Gam…
Mice and Mystics – I have to be totally honest I know little to nothing about mice and mystics. When I started painting these I assumed they were for a Mouseguard RPG.
One of my newer clients is big into board games and has several that she…
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…
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.
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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