Posts Tagged ‘BOARD GAMES’

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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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 […]