Posts Tagged ‘resource management’

Exodus Fleet Review

Posted on June 7th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Futuristic space themes and science fiction in general, usually tell stories about possibilities. These stories are a reflection of our current selves and how we view the present and mankind’s purpose. TV shows such as Battlestar Galactica (in its orig…

Empires Review

Posted on March 28th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

To start this review of WizKids’ Empires, I could attempt to hook you in with some fun facts about the 18th century imperial landscape or some interesting history lesson about how the decisions of the great war machines of the 1700s affect the world we…

Barbarians: The Invasion Review

Posted on March 13th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

When I hear a name like Barbarians: The Invasion, clearly the first thing I’m going to think of is a solid eurogame. OK, maybe not, but that didn’t stop the designers at Tabula Games from using a horde of invading barbarians for the theme in their newe…

Gaia Project Review

Posted on January 16th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

The first reactions to a second edition or a game derived from a much beloved title usually fall on the polar opposites of the excitement spectrum. This reaction chart ranges on one end from “eyeroll meh” to “Ermahgerd! Shut up and take my money!” And …

Kepler-3042 Review

Posted on January 9th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

If there is a theme that’s perhaps as overused as the zombie apocalypse, it’s terraforming space. In the last few years alone there have been a number of games that focus on establishing a new world in the outer reaches of the universe. The…

Heaven and Ale Review

Posted on January 4th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

There’s a story that the phrase “one-trick pony” comes from a situation where a circus put on a display with a pony who knew only a single trick, that of playing dead. The phrase usually is one of condemnation, seeing as how it’s usually required that …

Shipwrights of the North Sea Review

Posted on December 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

There were these guys from Northern Europe during the early middle ages. They went around in boats raiding, pillaging, trading, and colonizing. All in all, pretty typical stuff for that era. Fast forward through history enough, and publishers get a new…

Wizards Wanted Review

Posted on December 4th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Wizards WantedIn software quality assurance testing, one of the most important concepts is to use the software in a way that doesn’t just test the most common scenarios, but also tests extreme scenarios. The software should work and present appropriate errors to guide the user even when they’re using it in a non-intended way. There should […]

Near and Far Review

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Near And FarArtist, designer and publisher Ryan Laukat’s success with blending the storytelling + resource management in Above and Below has the potential to be duplicated in a new sequel. Near and Far is a storytelling and resource management game in the same thematic world as his previous game. Players occupy the role of adventurers forming a […]

Alien Artifacts Review

Posted on November 14th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Alien ArtifactsI seem to enjoy the games released by Portal Games. Several of their games have taken up permanent residence in my collection. Year after year they release quality titles. 2017 is supposed to be the year of First Martians, a title they have admitted to being their biggest release yet. This reviewer, while appreciating the […]

Lisboa Review

Posted on October 10th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

LisboaSometimes the word “backdrop” is used to describe a game’s theme, especially with games that have only a minor connection to their theme. On other occasions, designers can take a theme and elevate it beyond the confines of the game. Vital Lacerda is a designer who knows this. When his new game was announced as […]

Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents Review

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Tesla vs EdisonMy home state of New Jersey was the site of one of the greatest feuds in history, and I am not talking about Hamilton and Burr. Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla set up competing electric companies practically down the road from each other, working to achieve supremacy in the burgeoning power and light industry. Based […]

Dwarven Smithy Preview

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

Dwarven SmithyNote: This preview uses pre-release components and rules. What you see here may be different from the final, published game.This post was a paid preview, you can find out more information here. In Dwarven Smithy, players take the role of blacksmithing dwarves trying to craft the most expensive and prestigious items. All, of course, in the pursuit of making […]

New Bedford Kickstarter Preview

Posted on November 12th, 2014 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

This post is not a review, but a preview for a game that is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. Final art, components, and rules are subject to change.Dice Hate Me Games was one of the first board game publishers to get their start on Kickstarter…