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Shards of Infinity App Review

Shards of Infinity is a deck-building game that has a digital adaptation. You must gain enough mastery to have infinite power or deplete your opponent’s health to win. Shards of Infinity Rules Description: Shards of Infinity is a fairly typical deck-building game. But it has a few nice wrinkles that make it unique. You play as one of four factions, Wreathe, The Order, Homo Deus, and Undergrowth. Each faction is good at specific aspects of the game, like card draw, damage, healing or gaining mastery. Every card in the deck belongs to a faction and often playing more than one card from a faction on a turn improves its abilities. There are three resources in the game, health, mastery, and crystals. Health is just that. If you reach zero health you are knocked out of the game. Mastery is used for one of the ways to win. If you get to 30 mastery points and play your Infinity Shard card, you win. Also, some cards become more powerful based on your mastery points. Crystal are used to purchase new cards from th

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Mystic Vale App Review

Mystic Vale is now available as in digital format. Read on to see if the app is as good as the physical game and what it does better or worse. Mystic Vale App Description: I recently reviewed Mystic Vale and after trying out the app I wanted to review it. If you have not tried the physical version of the game you can read my review and overview here. It will help you get a basic understanding of the rules and gameplay. The app helps with some of the accounting and things you need to remember in the game. For starters, it tracks the number of Spoils you have flipped. It also makes sure you get that extra mana when you bust and calculate any bonuses you have from vale cards. Lastly it ensures you accurately count your VPs. The digital makes building your cards easy too. You simply drag advancement cards you want to buy that fit into a card’s slot. You can click on cards to zoom in and see them better. The AI has five different levels of difficulty and you can play with up to four players. If you prefer hu

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Hellboy the Board Game Review

Stats: No. of players: 1-4 Amount of time to play: 60-90 min Age requirements: 14+ Set-up time: 5 min Hellboy is a cooperative miniatures skirmish game. You play as the BRPD heroes and must complete scenarios to defeat the villains. Hellboy Rules Description: The first decision you must make when starting Hellboy is which Case File you want to play. This is the scenario and will include set up instructions for the heroes, minions, map tiles, and cards you need for the game. Once you know the available heroes you choose one and take their player board and any starting cards they have. Heroes have character-specific abilities some cost extra action cubes and others trigger during certain game phases. A Case File might have a few different cards. You’ll flip through them and advance the story when certain triggers have resolved. Mostly you’ll be fighting monsters and fining clues to help you defeat the final boss. Each round of the game is broken into five phases; Enemy phase, Agent phase, Rest phase, Doo

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Legends of Andor The King’s Secret App Review

Legends of Andor The King’s Secret App adds new content and another way to play this fun cooperative board game. Legends of Andor The King’s Secret Description: The Legends of Andor App adds twelve new legends. You start playing the tutorial and new rules and elements are added to each new scenario. It is an elegant way to introduce new rules and discover new things in the game. If you have not played Legends of Andor before you can read my overview and review here. The app is almost an exact replica of the analog board game with different scenarios. So if you are have experience with the analog version the digital version should be easy to pick up. If you are new to the game the digital implementation teaches you how to play as you go. The app can be played solo or cooperatively via pass-and-play. You can select between Normal or Challenging difficulty before you start each scenario. And even replay scenarios you have previously finished. Different scenarios use a different number of heroes. Qui

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Wingspan Board Game Review

Stats: No. of players: 1-5 Amount of time to play: 40-70 min Age requirements: 10+ Set-up time: 5 min Wingspan is a card-driven board game about collecting birds into your wildlife preserve. But to do that you’ll need food, eggs and birds. Wingspan Rules Description: Wingspan is an engine building game where you need to manage your resources to meet goals and score the most VPs over four rounds. You start the game with eight action cubes, two bonus cards, five bird cards and five food token (one of each type). The first thing you do is decide which birds and bonus card you want keep. For each bird card you keep, you must discard one of the starting food tokens you received. You must also discard one of the bonus cards. On your turn you can take one of four actions; place a bird, gain food, lay eggs, or draw bird cards. You have a player mat with three rows of terrain; forest, fields and water and five columns. In order to place a bird you must pay its food cost and put it into the left-most spot of its p

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The Captain is Dead Board Game Review

Stats: No. of players: 1-7 Amount of time to play: 90 min Age requirements: 12+ Set-up time: 5 min The Captain is Dead is a sci-fi themed cooperative board game. Aliens have attacked your ship, the captain has been killed, and now you need to fix the jump drive to avoid imminent death. The Captain is Dead Rules Description: You start The Captain is Dead by getting a role and some skill cards. Skill cards are used to do things on the ship, like fix things, fire torpedoes, or research upgrades. Your role determines the play order, gives you a special ability, a few starting skills and the number of actions you get on your turn. You win by fixing the jump drive. But you lose if your shields drop to 0%, too many aliens are on the ship or getting to the end of the alert deck. On your turn you can take an action to kill an alien in your space, move up to two spaces, give or take a skill card from another player on your space, or use the action of your current space. Some systems on the ship make these action

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Choose Your Own Adventure Board Game Review

Stats: No. of players: 1+ Amount of time to play: 45-60 min per chapter Age requirements: 10+ Set-up time: minimal Choose Your Own Adventure is a cooperative board game that is true to its source. You decide which path to choose and hope to find items and information to help you win. Choose Your Own Adventure Rules Description: Choose Your Own Adventure Board Game is almost exactly like reading one of these classic books. The game is divided into chapters and as you read each page you have a choice (or two) to make. In House of Danger, you are a psychic detective and must figure out what is going on in this creepy estate. You have had visions of it in your dreams and begin the adventure after receiving a weird phone call from the property. You begin the game by looking at the book cover for two minutes. It might contain clues that will be useful later in your adventure. Then pick a player to read the first page of your current chapter. The group should discuss and agree on the choice at the bottom of th

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Scythe Digital Edition Review

Scythe is a fun, but fairly complex board game. The digital edition eases the learning curve, helps with the many things to track, and makes the game more accessible. Scythe Digital Edition Description: In Scythe you need to gather resources to perform actions that build your engine or help you reach one of a dozen objectives. The game ends once one player has met six objectives. Then you gain points for their coins, areas they control, and the objectives they have reached. Each scoring category is also multiplied by up to three based on your popularity. On your turn you may take one action. Each action is split into two parts. The top is free or costs one coin, but the second action costs resources gathered from the board. If you have the resources to pay for the second action you may take it too. Many common board game mechanics are present in Scythe, including: worker placement, area control, resource management, and combat. These are blended into a complex system that uses four different resources (

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Sword and Sorcery Board Game Review

Stats: No. of players: 1-4 Amount of time to play: 60-180 min (depending on the scenario) Age requirements: 14+ Set-up time: 5-10 min Sword and Sorcery is a cooperative, story-driven, dungeon crawl. You and your friends must work together to defeat evil and save the kingdom. Sword and Sorcery Rules Description: Sword and Sorcery plays similarly to Galaxy Defenders, but it has a different feel. It is made by the same company and uses many of the same mechanics. But it is not just a rethemed version of the exact same system. You start Sword and Sorcery dead, but in the first scenario you are brought back to life to save the kingdom. The base game has five heroes you can choose to play. Each is unique with their own strengths and weaknesses. You can choose to play a more lawful or chaotic version of each hero too. As you gain points your hero levels up. This increases the number of actions they can take, hit points, powers and talents. All of this is tracked on your Soul Gem dial. Each turn is divided into

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Battle Report – Fallout: Wasteland Warfare – Ep 03 – The Water Treatment Plant

Continuing on with the adventures of Nora and her Settlement I now dip into the AI rules for Fallout: Wasteland Warfare. The rulebook allows for both co-operative and solo play of the game with one faction running on the game rules themselves!

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Widower’s Wood Adventure Board Game Review

Stats: No. of players: 1-4 Amount of time to play: 60-120 min (depending on the scenario) Age requirements: 14+ Set-up time: 5-10 min Widower’s Wood is a cooperative, adventure game set in the wilds of the Iron Kingdom. You and up to four friends must work together to investigate and defeat an evil that is growing in the woods. Widower’s Wood Rules Description: Widower’s Wood is a follow-up game to The Undercity. In fact the games are compatible and you can use heroes from either game in the scenarios for both games. The general rules and flow of Widower’s Wood is similar to its predecessor. If you are unfamiliar with The Undercity and how it plays, you can read my overview and review here. The rest of this post is going to focus on what is new in Widower’s Wood. There are new terrain tiles. Characters cannot move into or through Obstacle tiles. Tree tiles gains cover versus ranged attacks and cannot be shot through. And Water tiles are considered rough terrain but amphibious characters gain cover in th

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Fighting Fantasy Legends App Review

Fighting Fantasy Legends is a digital version of the classic adventure books. It has a few new wrinkles but keeps the traditional mix of choose your own adventure book and roleplaying game. Fighting Fantasy Legends Description: You begin Fighting Fantasy Legends by picking your character. Next you are looking at a top-down view of a map. You can click around to take different paths in the world in search of adventure. There are a handful of towns and towers you must explore to defeat the evils that threaten the land. Along the way you’ll fight many creatures and animals using your skill dice. There are traps and situations that require luck to survive and for those encounters you roll your luck dice. Defeating monsters and evading these traps gains you experience to level up your dice. When you level up a die it gains an additional side that shows a successful result (up to three). Entering towns and towers you may choose which way to go and whether to investigate certain areas. There are also some area

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