Posts Tagged ‘BOARD GAMES’

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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River Horse Games

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

Some more ‘The Hunt for Red October’ and ‘The Labyrinth’ Board Game news from River Horse Games…

Monday 26/09/16
The Hunt for Red October game turn
Click the DEFCON counter above to see a quick preview of a turn!

The Hunt for Red October is coming to Indiegogo on the 3rd of October, check out this link to find out more! Today we are going to take a look at the second way of playing the game, the Hunt.

The Hunt

The hunt scenario lets players play through the 1990 masterpiece, one side as Marko Ramius and the other as the entirety of the soviet Navy. Is the Red Fleet enough to stop one silent submarine? Each turn the Red October will travel secretly across the board trying to reach either the American coast or a NATO ship if they can can convince them that they are trying to defect. Both sides are racing against the clock to achieve victory before the DEFCON counter reaches 1 and both players lose the biggest game of chicken in history.

Each game relies on timing, tactical positioning and excellent bluffing skills with Marko Ramius having the tactical edge with his many abilities and cards, use them all too early however and the Red Fleet will have no trouble finding your beleaguered sub, too late and… well, it will be too late.

Labyrinth pre-order ends

The Labyrinth pre-order period has ended, and thousands of copies are on container ships headed across the world, to arrive in November.

We would like to thank all of our lovely Goblins for all of their support. We will be picking one lucky pre-order to receive a Labyrinth 3-up model of their choice soon.

If you missed the pre-order period, then never fear! Labyrinth will be hitting all good game stores from November onwards, please contact your local to see if they can reserve you a copy!

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Let’s Play The Voyages of Marco Polo!

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

Adam and Stephanie are joined by Alex for a full game of The Voyages of Marco Polo


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

Bethnal Green’s own HATE wargames club (HATE of course standing for the Hackney Area Tabletop Enthusiasts) in alliance with Mantic games will be hosting their very own HATECONZOM on the 5th of November – Dreadball and Kings of War tournaments, Dungeon …

Heroes of Normandie: Tactical Card Game – The Rules

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

Howdy folks, a few days ago we gave you the heads up about Devil Pig Games releasing their kickstarter for the HoN:TCG.  Well I’m back to let you know that those jolly kind folks have put the rules up for general use! Yes that’s correct, regardless of if you are or are not a backer you … Continue reading Heroes of Normandie: Tactical Card Game – The Rules

First Playthrough of Mansions of Madness

Posted on September 20th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Steven, Lydia, and Eric Riha play through Mansions of Madness on Twitch! The team of investigators is barely holding it together by the end- and Lydia is barely keeping her eyes open… but take a look at how this fantastic game from Fantasy Flight Gam…

Fantasy Flight Games and Games Workshop Have Parted Ways

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

Fantasy Flight Games and Games Workshop Have Parted Ways

A lot of new games were announced by Fantasy Flight Games at Gen Con, so many in fact my credit card company is rubbing its hands with glee at the prospect of the number of games I will be buying over the coming months.  However there was one glaring omission, and one surprise announcement. For now let’s concentrate on the omission; no new board games based on Games Workshop licences were announced. No Warhammer. No 40k. No new Talisman expansions. Not even news about the continued releases for Warhammer 40,000 Conquest.
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September Challenge – Week One

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

It’s September and we’ve got a bit of a tradition going in our household. For the last three years we’ve tried to play a game every day in September. The first year it was any game – so we had a lot of recurring short games played just before bedtime. Last year we changed it to a DIFFERENT game every day for the month – 30 games in 30 days. This year we are doing the same.

30 Games in 30 Days – Week One

Day One – Thursday, 1 September 2016 – Monty Python Fluxx
I had hoped to start the month off with Broken Legions, but after getting it all set up we ended up not having enough time to play. Instead we played a quick game of Monty Python Fluxx. I think this is my favourite of the Fluxx games – the theme really fits the silly, chaotic nature of the game. Amanda hates it. Moslty because she hasn’t seen much Monty Python and just doesn’t get it.

Two of Amanda’s least favourite cards. Luckily she wasn’t around for the game.

Day Two – Friday, 2 September 2016 – Broken Legions

You can read about this game in a separate blog post:

Broken Legions

Day Three – Saturday, 3 September 2016 –Agricola
Our friend Brent came over to play Agricola with us. I really like the five-player game. Had way more fun at this than the last couple games. Amanda still crushed us all… but it was still super fun. I say SHE should take over the gardening in our yard, she’s clearly got the theory down.

Day Four – Sunday, September 2016 –  Race for the Galaxy 

(and others)

A Quick game of Race for the Galaxy before we sat down and watched The Martian – which I’d picked up at the library the day before.

This is a favourite of ours. Probably because you kind of just do your own thing and then count up your points when someone triggers the end game. There isn’t a lot of messing with each other.

Not my highest scoring game, but I still did pretty awesome! There were first goals for both Uplift and Alien and when I drew the genetics windfall start world, I thought I’d be going for Uplift stuff… but then I couldn’t stop picking up Alien stuff?!  In the end I took BOTH the Alien and Uplift first goals – but it was the Alien stuff I totally crushed it with… 

Earlier in the day I went over to my friend John’s and played a couple games. First, we played Railways of North America (above)…

…and then we got in a game of Power Grid.

They weren’t played with the family, so they don’t really count… but I played them. They were fun… Railways and Power Grid are on my list of games to play this month – so hopefully I’ll get to have another go at them with the family. 

Day Five – Monday, 5 September 2016 –Star Wars: The Force Awakens RPG

The Boy ran his very first role-playing game ever!

He actually picked up Star Wars: Edge of the Empire a few months back and was excited about running that for a bit, but then interest sort of trailed off and we got busy doing other things. But then when we were at the Sentry Box in Calgary he picked up the Force Awakens Beginner Game set and read through that over the last few weeks and then ran it for us. It went pretty good.

Day Six – Tuesday, 6 September 2016 – Retro Loonacy

Tuesday ended up being a bit of a gong show. We started our home0schooly activities and then decided to ride out to the Saskatoon Zoo for the (Not Going) Back to School picnic. Afterwards we stopped in at the Co-op Home Centre to pick up some stuff for some urgent home repairs, then we popped into the Dragon’s Den (our FLGS) where The Girl, inspired by her brother running Star Wars the day earlier, decided to pick up the Shadowrun Core Rulebook (a while back she picked up the Beginner Box – and is going to run that for us this Saturday! – but decided she is forsure going to run MORE of it and should just go ahead and get the Core Rulebook…). Then WE stopped in at a music store to get a new tuner for our violins (and accidentally bought one for a guitar/bass…. But that’s a whole other story) and then stopped in at the Grocery store for some food… THEN we had to ride home and MAKE supper in time for Amanda and the Girl to get out to their Karate class and then The Boy was going out to play D&D 5E at King Me Boardgamery (which is conveniently just a few blocks away)…

So How to get a game in there…?

Well I ended up playing a couple of two-player games of Retro Loonacy with The Boy before he ran off to play D&D

And then I played a few more games with Amanda and The Girl when they got home from Karate…. So… we didn’t all play together… but we did all play the same game on the same day….

Day Seven – Wednesday, 7 September 2016 –  Smash Up
I don’t love Smash Up like I used to. The kids still do. So we played it.

I played Mystical Ponies from Innsmouth. They worked out pretty good.

Day Eight – Thursday, 8 September 2016 –Ra

Finally we played Ra this afternoon. WE actually played this at the tail end of August and it turned out remarkably the same last The Girl and I were within points of each other (50+/-) and The Boy had half as many points as us (~20)?!

Surprisingly, no one bid on this second last auction of the game… I can’t figure out why…?!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Just finishing up some more Great War Canadians – should have pictures of them up tomorrow. 

No Honor Among Thieves Kickstarter Review

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


Whether you’re a rogue in Dungeons and Dragons, an avid reader of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn or spent so long playing Thief: The Dark Project that you instinctively move into the shadows when walking across town, the image of the fantasy thief is an enduring one. Many of these tales will talk of the honourable thief, or the thieves’ guild, living by a code and sticking together. Unfortunately, I’m here to tell you that there is no honour among thieves because the lure of gold makes an uneasy alliance.
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Rumble in the Dungeon Review

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

Each year I’m lucky to be able to holiday with my wife’s family at their house in France, This means that over the last 15 years I have a good handle on where the gaming stores are in the local area. The one that is the best I’ve found is Excalibur in Poitiers, so the wife and myself will … Continue reading Rumble in the Dungeon Review

Eclectic Gaming July

Posted on August 31st, 2016 under . Posted by

Better late than never!

Star Wars rebellion

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

This weekend was primarily dedicated to board games. One of which, the previously presented and hilarious Zombicide. The other Star Wars Rebellion. It is also an asymmetrical game. One player takes control over the Imperial Forces. Constructing Death Stars, super star destroyers and interrogating prisoners, the imperial player races against a turn timer to identify […]

How to Teach Board Games and Influence People

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

Hello. So the idea is to move your eyes to this bit of text and start referencing the order and […]

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Dead of Winter Review

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

dead of winter a crossroads game review

Picture the scene; it’s the middle of both a post-apocalyptic zombie invasion and the worst winter in recorded history, you’re running low on everything from food to medicine and you come across a horse. A horse would be very useful for getting around town quickly, it’s a majestic beast and for one to have survived this far into a zombie outbreak means it’s a fighter, but it also represents a significant quantity of fresh protein and there’s plenty of starving mouths to feed back at the colony.  So what do you do?
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Best Play Recommends: Jaipur

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

TL;DR What: A beautifully designed two player card game about trading in an Indian market Players: Two. Yup, that’s it. Two or nothing. […]

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Undercity: Black River Irregulars: Heroes Expansion

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

Undercity: Black River Irregulars: Heroes Expansion $34.99   The Undercity Black River Irregulars Heroes Expansion contains four new hero characters for players to use with their The Undercity Iron Kingdoms Adventure Board Game, as well as a new stand-alone scenario.   Expand the scope of your adventuring party with four new heroes ready to tackle […]

What I Did For My Summer Vacation

Posted on August 20th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

I’m not dead.
I’ve been on vacation. 

Which, at times, fort of felt like the same thing… 

You can read all about our adventures on my bike blog, here:

Part I – Edmonton and Jasper

Part II – Canmore

Part III – Calgary and Drumheller

But here are a few extra pics…

In Edmonton I did get to hook up with Boband his family and got to play some Dragon Rampant!

We used all his beautifully painted BattleLoreFigures.

Next to me was The Boy and his monstrous minions.

I got to play some sort of Dwarves. We were essentially on two teams of three and romped around the table trying to pick up gems… or beat up enemies and take their gems away…

My Highland Dwarf Ponyriders… despite their supposed impetuaosity, I don’t think they moved more than once in the whole game!

My “Spearmen” (they look more like pointy caber tossers) going toe-to-toe with The Boy’s Ogres (or something like that…?)

There were three different colours of gems and we didn’t know the value of them until the very end. I had only three red gems at the end, but they all turned out to be super valuable so I ended up winning! Huzzah! Fun games + good company = great evening!

I also met up with my friend CVT in Edmonton – with whom I have played many games. We didn’t get to  tossing dice or pushing little men about a table – but it was still good to meet up with him again. Next time we’ll bust out the toys!

We did get to stop in at a Board Game Café in Edmonton as well… but didn’t have time to play any games… The Girl did buy herself a new game – Bananagrams!

We did play Bananagrams a few times over the vacation – in Jasper and Canmore.

We also played a few games of Race for the Galaxy in Canmore

One game I totally rocked it with the Alien stuff – I think I had 91 victory points at the end!!!

When we hit Calgary we made a few trips to the the Sentry Box! I think this was the kids most anticipated destination of our journey – Oh, they totally had a great time doing all the other stuff we ended up doing. But if we could have picked ONE THING to do before we left, I bet the kids would have both said “let’s go to that game store!!”

I had meant to take a bunch of pics of the store – with the kids running around like maniacs – eyes buggin out to their heads – but once I got there I got too wrapped up in searching through their treasures.

This is really just part of the store… This is the mezzanine area where games are played, the picture above looks down at the board game area and part of the GW stuff. Below this mezzanine area is a huge area for Role-playing games and collectable card games of all sorts. Beyond that board game area is an HUGE area filled with science fiction and fantasy novels – that’s bigger than most book stores I’ve been in lately. ABOVE the novle area (up those stairs barely vidible at the top is another entire section devoted solely to HISTORICAL subjects – board games, miniatures, books… (I spent most of my time up there…).

The kids checking out The Girls treasures after the first trip to the Sentry Box. She spent pretty much all her money there the first day. She mostly picked up stuff for Shadowrun (including some old Greanadier Models miniatures from the Fasa era), which she seems fascinated with at the moment, but I think there was also a few miniatures destined for a Frostgrave or other fantasy skirmish warband. Oh and a character deck for Red Dragon Inn and a miniature for Super Dungeon Explore

The Boy and I kind of just tried to “Take it all in” and then spent some time between visits thinking about what we really wanted the most (because there was no way we could bring home all the treasures we found there!)

When The Boy finally bought his stuff he mostly picked up some D&D graphic novels (Dragonlance Classics? I think…?) and a new Star Wars RPG game – the Force Awakens beginner box. 

My haul from the Sentry Box.

With the exception of the GW figures and Arkham Horror dice, most of this had been sitting on their shelves since the last time I was there…. Probably been on their shelves since longer than the kids have been alive… I wasn’t interested in new stuff – new stuff I can get at my friendly local game store –  Dragon’s Den Games – it’s the old weird stuff they’ve had forever tucked away in the back corners that i was looking for… Unfortunately some of the stuff listed in their online catalogue – was tucked so far away that no one there knew where it was… so I had to settle for this lot. 

We spent a day at Heritage Park in Calgary and one of the houses had a small display of Toy Soldiers.

Curse those dark rooms where I cant’ take clear photos!.

I also stopped by Things Military in Calgary and picked up a replica Canadian Great War uniform… for…  reasons…   more about that later!

A number of my oldest gaming pals live in Calgary – Woody, J.C., Cory – I’d hoped to meet up with them all at play some games. But somehow it just mostly didn’t work out…

I did get to go to Cory’s the last day there for a fabulous meal of roasted veggies and veggie sausages and finally got to meet his partner Martha!

And we did get to play one game – ROLL for the Galaxy

And that was about it.

We did visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller – but I was all vacationed out and just wasn’t into it – all I could think about was hopefully being able to use The Men Who Would Be Kings (coming out SOON!) for VSF adventures of hunting dinosaurs on Venus?!

And now I’m back and need to get working on the Vimy Project and my game for ToonCon(Regina Trench!) coming up in just FIVE WEEKS – more about that soon – registration is open and there are only four slots (of which one has already been filled!).

Fury Of Dracula Review

Posted on August 19th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Fury Of Dracula Board game Review

It’s probably pretty obvious to you that, as the writer of board game reviews, I consider myself to be a bit of a geek. Others consider me to be quite a lot of a geek, although that’s the polite ones. I won’t mention what the others call me; Polyhedron Collider would probably ask me to stop writing. The point is, as a geek I have pale skin, don’t like daylight and take particular offense to being stabbed through the heart with a wooden stake. It seems that I share a few things in common with Vampires, which came in handy recently as I played through The Fury of Dracula from Fantasy Flight Games.
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Descent – Ettin

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

Ettins from Descent 2nd Edition. The sculpt is not great but I somehow like them. Fast project for myself. Can be also use in Song of Blade and Heroes and Dragon Rampant

Ettiny pochodzą z drugiej edycji gry planszowej Descent wydanej przez FFG. Modele malowało się przyjemnie aczkolwiek odlew jest tragiczny a detali praktycznie brak lub są zakryte nadlewkami.

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 8

Posted on August 14th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

After a refreshing break in the wilds of Scotland the Polyhedron Collider crew get back together to discuss the board games they have been playing. We talk about Scythe yet again (well it is popular) and we take an in depth look at Fluxx, Multiuniversum, Vampire Hunters and Eldritch Horror.

We also give a shout out to the Brawling Brothers for supporting our show, and an argument about a brewery start some impromptu Sean Bean impressions.

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Best Play Recommends: Chickapig

Posted on August 10th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

TL;DR What: a four-way sliding Chess remix with a defecating cow Players: two or four people, but best with four […]

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Gencon 2016 quick thoughts

Posted on August 8th, 2016 under . Posted by

Gencon 2016 was so much better than last year. There are a bunch on contributing factors like us getting a room at The Westin, the closest possible hotel, some better planning, and Stephanie having better migraine medications, but there was one big reason. There was a big ‘ol colorful, smile-inducing pile of awesome games. Last year […]