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Triplock Review

I've mentioned in passing my feelings for Triplock from Chip Theory games a handful of times on the podcast already, so some of you reading this will be doing so with that dangerous glimmer in you eyes that suggests you know what is about to happen.  For others, allow me to summarise my thoughts as: It’s shit.As much as I am tempted to leave nothing more than that two-word review, it simply isn't enough to tell you that Triplock is shit and that it is by far and away the worst game I have ever had the misfortune to play.  After all, you’ve either come here to read an informed and detailed critique of the game or to watch a good kicking.With no further ado, may I present my review of Triplock: An Exercise in Futility and Frustration.Read more »

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Fort Bartovski (1862) and Eldritch Horror.

Today two games. The first big, two days game with 12 players and the second the board, fantasy.Dzisiaj dwie gry. Pierwsza duża, dwudniowa z udziałem 12 graczy i druga, planszówka fantasy.1. Fort Bartovski, 1862.That was our AB1 gaming group game. This time organised by me. It was ACW game with fictitious fort Bartovski (the name was taken from our previous games with ironclads), this time attacked from the land. It was 6 players on each side, everyone commanding a division. We used Black Powder rules for the game. Despite the scenario was fully prepared by me,  would like to thank Bill for his help with rules and unit statistics. The game was played on three 12'x6' tables.Była to gra naszej grupy AB1, tym razem organizowana przeze mnie. Była to gra z okresu wojny secesyjnej z fikcyjnym fortem Bartovski (nazwa wzięta z naszych wcześniejszych gier z ironkladami), tym razem jednak atakowany od lądu. W grze wzięło udział 6 graczy, każdy dowodzący dywizją. Do gry użyliśmy zasad Black Powder. Pomimo faktu, że

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Tangura Kickstarter Review

One of my biggest problems in life is my inability to relax. I have one of those minds that needs to be constantly doing something, constantly active. Which is why sitting on a tropical beach is not something that generally appeals to me, it also might be why I’m having a little trouble relating to Tungaru, the latest big board game from Alley Cat Games and designers Louis and Stefan Malz. Because although Tangaru has all the euro game stalwarts of resources, trading and action selection, it's all very gentle.Read more »

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Warhammer Underworlds: Beastgrave

The Warhammer Underworlds series starts into its third season with Beastgrave. After the initial Shadespire and second edition Nightvault, the conflict moves into the bestial realm of Ghur, and gets lost in the Beastgrave. A huge mountain, laced with caverns and tunnels, which are filled with treasure and secrets, luring the warbands into its depth. […]

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Sagrada Review

I have something bordering on a fetish for pattern matching dice drafting games, and Sagrada from Floodgate Games is a really excellent example of a game that scratches that itch.You and up to three fellow players (expandable to a total of 6 players) will compete to make the most beautiful stained glass window from the very finest colours and shades of glass. When we say glass, we’re not talking about a scene involving a winnebago in the middle of the desert, we mean dice with the shades represented by the various numbers on the die faces.Read more »

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 66 - Molkky, Gaia Project and 40k TV

A weekend of celebrating Andy’s 40th has led to a couple of casualties, as the skeleton crew of Andy and Steve man the show.  We talk about the latest crazy technology from CMON, the Warhammer TV show in the works, as well as Molkky and Gaia Project.We then take care of the burgeoning mail back, answering questions on the value of a board game, the evolution of the hadron collider and games to play outside.Read more »

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Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North First Thoughts Review

Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North is a stand-alone, spin-off game set in the “Imperial Settlers Universe”, and although it still hits all the major beats you’d expect from an Imperial Settlers game it has a different...rhythm.  It’s like a new, collaborative song from a well known band, you instantly know its them but its different enough to make you second guess what you are hearing.  Kind of like when Ed Sheeran did a song with Justin Beeber.  Except Empires of the North isn’t utter bollocks, in fact, it’s rather good.Read more »

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Dwarf Kickstarter Review

There’s a point whilst analysing a game’s design when you realise you’ve seen through the surface information and begun to understand what the game’s designer was trying to do. You’ve opened a window into the designers mind, and can rationalise every design decision and look back at the path that led them to this point. It doesn’t make a game any better but gives you an understanding of why.Dwarf is such a game. A two to three player worker placement game about dwarves (or is it dwarfs I can never remember), doing what dwarfs/dwarves do; mining, smelting, forging and defending against dragons. Dwarfs are renowned for their greed so the winner is the player who has the most resources in two of the three categories; steel, gold and forged items.Read more »

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Dice Hospital Community Care Kickstarter Review

When I joined Polyhedron Collider I caused one major upset.  For a long time the highest accolade that could bestowed upon a game was the coveted “Three For Thee” award, where each of the three members of Polyhedron Collider, with their varied tastes on the hobby, had all purchased the same game.Dice Hospital was a Three For Three game.But, now there are four of us.  Making that award slightly less prestigious yet simultaneously making the new, “Four For Four” award something akin to a platinum trophy.Dice Hospital is a Platinum Game.  So when the opportunity presented itself to play the new Expansion, Community Care, Caezar nearly lost an arm in our collective rush to get it.Read more »

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Kickstarter Highlights 25th June

As always, we at Collider Towers have our collective fingers pressed to the pulse of Kickstarter Board Games.  We are on the very bleeding edge of what is hot and that is why we can tell you about amazing current Kickstarters but also campaigns that begin in the very near future that we think you'll want to keep your eye on.This week we look to defend the body from infection in Trouble in Templetown, explore new ways to win with the expansion for the rather excellent Endeavor.  There's polyomino cats in Isle of Cats and a reprint for the very first game entered into the BGG database.Read more »

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Sensor Ghosts Kickstarter Review

Congratulations!  You escaped the computer that was stuck in “Kill All Humans” mode.  You managed to build an escape shuttle and now you’re headed back to Earth.  Time to put your feet up (especially easy in zero-gravity, you don’t need a footstool or anything), sure there’s an asteroid field between you and home but the autopilot can deal wi...I beg your pardon, did you just say “malfunctioning sensors”.Ah crap!Read more »

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Sensor Ghosts Kickstarter Preview

Congratulations!  You escaped the computer that was stuck in “Kill All Humans” mode.  You managed to build an escape shuttle and now you’re headed back to Earth.  Time to put your feet up (especially easy in zero-gravity, you don’t need a footstool or anything), sure there’s an asteroid field between you and home but the autopilot can deal wi...I beg your pardon, did you just say “malfunctioning sensors”.Ah crap!Read more »

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