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Civilization Review

Before Sid Meier’s there was Francis Tresham. Best known for his creation of the 18xx genre of train games, Francis Tresham is also responsible for developing the civilization building tech-tree mechanism with his 1980 classic Civilization. This is truly the root that sprouted the modern version of the genre. Removing the dice-rolling mechanisms, Tresham was […]

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The Primary Review

There is a bizarre expectation when it comes to games themed on politics that to play and to really enjoy them, you need to have some understanding of politics, or, in my case for The Primary, the American electoral system.  This, quite frankly is rubbish as I know as much about politics as I do about terraforming, farming or about killing orcs, and so I was able to enjoy The Primary a lot.The Primary creates the feeling of politicking, the bravado, the strategizing, and of course the back stabbing.  The game hinges on things like “the long term plan” and “out-maneurouring”.  It asks you to focus on the “final result” and not each turn, especially those “strategic losses”.  It’s a game where you are very aware that you are playing the players rather than simply playing a game.Read more »

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Hanamikoji Review

Hanamikoji will grab you by the short ones as soon as it hits the table.  From the moment that first card is drawn, you’ll be engaged, engrossed and you’ll love almost every agonising minute of this short, two-player game.  What Hanamikoji does—and does really, really well—is that it realises that a great game is not one that poses a multitude of choices, but forces important choices.  Read more »

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CO₂: Second Chance Review

In our CO₂: Second Chance review, we take a look at a game from Vital Lacerda and Stronghold Games about controlling the planet's pollution levels. The post CO₂: Second Chance Review appeared first on Co-op Board Games.

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Tiny Epic Zombies Review

In our Tiny Epic Zombies review, we take a look at a horror game in which humans are trying to kill zombies and complete objectives. The post Tiny Epic Zombies Review appeared first on Co-op Board Games.

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Civilization: A New Dawn Review

I wonder if the ideas bucket for making new media is a bit on the empty side. With films being remade instead of original ideas used, one has to wonder if Hollywood’s brains have just given up. It seems that the same is true for our cardboard world; video to board game conversions seem to be quite popular at the moment. We’ve seen the likes of Dark Souls, DOOM and Fallout amongst others, like the film remakes they’ve all fared quite differently. Personally, I thought Dark Souls was a pile of bobbins with a side of bacon, but DOOM was more fun than a barrel of particularly whimsical monkeys. Read more »

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Spirit Island: Jagged Earth Kickstarter Preview

In our Spirit Island: Jagged Earth preview, we look at what comes in this big-box expansion for Spirit Island and how it changes the game. The post Spirit Island: Jagged Earth Kickstarter Preview appeared first on Co-op Board Games.

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