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Just One Review

Just One Review

4 min Article

This Just One review was made after playing the game about 10 times. We were sent a copy of this game by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Just One is a cooperative party game in which you are trying to guess mystery words based on one-word clues that your teammates give you.
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The Captain is Dead Board Game Review

The Captain is Dead Board Game Review

4 min Article

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.
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What Happened to The 7th Continent?

What Happened to The 7th Continent?

3 min Article

A couple of years ago the big news was The 7th Continent. I could scarcely look through my Instagram or Twitter feed without seeing people talking about the game. The hype was big. But two years on it seems the hype machine has moved on and people are all talking about the latest and greatest.
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Falling shapes are fun in Drop It

Falling shapes are fun in Drop It

5 min Article

We recently added a puppy to our family and are working on training her. One of the commands we’re trying to teach her is “Drop It”. Inevitably, she’ll grab something she’s not supposed and we’ll ask her to “drop it”. It’s hit or miss so far, but we’re working on it.
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ARBORETUM: The Relaxing Yet Ruthless Art of Planting Trees

ARBORETUM: The Relaxing Yet Ruthless Art of Planting Trees

3 min Article

Ah, the great outdoors. A nice walk among beautiful trees providing shade and protection from the sun, makes for a pleasant afternoon. And what could be more relaxing than a game of planting trees?
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Raids: Releasing Your Inner Viking

Raids: Releasing Your Inner Viking

6 min Article

I recently attended a gaming weekend, where, unlike the usual events I go to, I was able to actually sit and play a whole bunch of titles. I got a lot of gaming in over the three days, but the title we talked about the most and had the most fun with was Raids by Iello.
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MHGG Review: The Estates

MHGG Review: The Estates

66 min Podcast

  • 00:01:48 Rules Overview
  • 00:02:47 Initial Thoughts
  • 00:10:48 Components
  • 00:19:28 Rules and Rules Explanation
  • 00:27:47 Gameplay
  • 00:44:21 Final Thoughts
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Review: Raids

Review: Raids

11 min Article

Even Medieval Vikings couldn’t escape life’s rat race. I mean Scandinavia had but two seasons: Raiding Season and Living off Raiding’s Spoils Season.
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Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig Review

Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig Review

4 min Article

Avid readers of this blog and listeners of our podcast will be aware that I have a bit of a soft spot for all things Stonemaier.
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NMBR 9: A Tile Stacking Puzzle Game

NMBR 9: A Tile Stacking Puzzle Game

3 min Article

How well can you stack twenty oddly shaped tiles? Earn points for the tiles that are highest up the stack and see how well you can score.
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Review of Rise of Fenris (Campaign)

Review of Rise of Fenris (Campaign)

21 min Article

Rise of Fenris captures something that many campaign based games hope to achieve, but often fall short of. It not only provides an engaging story for players to follow, but also provides unique but intuitive game play.
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Passing Through Petra Review

Passing Through Petra Review

10 min Article

There are a lot of merchant-based games out there, but my guess is you haven’t seen one where the merchants are pinned between a three-dimensional wall of stone. Welcome to Petra—originally known as Raqmu—a historical city in southern Jordan (and not a character from Ender’s Game).
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Between Two Castles Of Mad King Ludwig Review

Between Two Castles Of Mad King Ludwig Review

3 min Article

Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig is published by Stonemaier Games as part of a collaboration with Bezier Games that combines Bezier’s Castles of Mad King Ludwig with Stonemaier’s Between Two Cities.
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Review: Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig

Review: Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig

6 min Article

Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig combines the mechanisms of Stonemaier Games’ Between Two Cities with the theme of Bezier Games’ Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Both games are popular in their own right, but Between Two Castles mashes them up for a new experience.
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Dinosaur Island - Pink Triceratops, Incorporated

Dinosaur Island - Pink Triceratops, Incorporated

16 min Article

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; prepare to have… a T-Rex? You have a T-Rex? You can have a T-Rex. Welcome to Dinosaur Island! This is a land of corporate competition, embryonic research, and a balance of whether or not there’s enough salt to taste on your guests.
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Blackout Hong Kong – review by Simmy Peerutin

Blackout Hong Kong – review by Simmy Peerutin

11 min Article

These days there is so much information about the games, both pre- and post release that text reviews are starting to feel a bit redundant. In the case of Blackout Hong Kong this probably applies to the latter but certainly not the former.
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Spice It Up with Tokyo Highway

Spice It Up with Tokyo Highway

9 min Article

Does your game group enjoy dexterity games that are not just about flicking discs or dropping polyomino shapes? Do you like a good theme overlaid on your abstract strategy game? Then Spice it up with Tokyo Highway.
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#337 – Decrypto

#337 – Decrypto

11 min Article

Base price: $20. 3 – 8 players. Play time: ~30 minutes. BGG Link Buy on Amazon (via What’s Eric Playing?) Logged plays: 3  Full disclosure: A review copy of Decrypto was provided by IELLO.
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When in Rome:- Forum Trajanum

When in Rome:- Forum Trajanum

5 min Article

Game: Forum Trajanum Designer: Stefan Feld Year: 2018 Forum Trajanum is a 2-4 player tile laying game of sorts in which you seek to make the best district in order to impress the emperor Trajan.
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Now Boarding Review

Now Boarding Review

6 min Article

Quick Look: Now Boarding Designer: Tim Fowers Artist: Ryan Goldsberry Publisher: Fowers Games Year Published: 2018 No. of Players: 2-5 Ages: 10+ Playing Time: 30-60 min Find more info on BoardGameGeek.
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Buzzworthiness – Century: Spice Road

Buzzworthiness – Century: Spice Road

9 min Article

I’ve been doing my reviews pretty much the same way since the beginning of this blog.  Let’s try something different today.  This is what I’m calling a Teardown.
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Tokyo Highway Review – Minamalistic Fun

Tokyo Highway Review – Minamalistic Fun

5 min Article

Tokyo Highway is a tabletop game produced by the Japanese developer Itten and published by Asmodee. Tokyo Highway, now in its second edition, started life as a two player game with an expansion taking the player count to four.
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Circus Puppy Review

Circus Puppy Review

4 min Article

From the Publisher: It’s the most popular circus in Animal City–Circus Puppy is going to perform! They’ve got all sorts of dogs, like French Bulldogs, Corgis, Huskies, and Shiba Inus.
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Teotihuacan: City of the Gods Review

Teotihuacan: City of the Gods Review

8 min Article

The buzz or lack thereof, from the Essen Spiel fair this year was the lack of a real standout title that everyone agreed was the must-have game of the show. With over a thousand new games released it’s certainly hard for anything to rise above the fray.
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Tokyo Spaghetti Bowl

Tokyo Spaghetti Bowl

4 min Article

You begin as a toddler stacking alphabet blocks. Thirty-something years later, you snap awake with a gray popsicle stick in hand, a sprawling mess of pillars and roads and cars standing before you, as attractive as it is fragile.
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The Evolution of Fury of Dracula: From 1st Edition to 4th Edition

The Evolution of Fury of Dracula: From 1st Edition to 4th Edition

7 min Article

In 1987, Games Workshop released a tabletop game that resumed the narrative of Bram Stoker’s Dracula a full eight years after the events contained within the novel.
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MacGyver: The Escape Room Game Review

MacGyver: The Escape Room Game Review

3 min Article

This MacGyver: The Escape Room Game review was made after playing through the five missions in the box. We were sent a copy of this game by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Dice Hospital Review

Dice Hospital Review

4 min Article

It is said that one must work at a relationship. That you only get out what you put in, which mathematically makes no sense as if you’re making no profit, why bother? I imagine that’s missing the point somewhat, but I am not exactly the sympathetic, caring type.
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Riverboat

Riverboat

10 min Video

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Jonathan Franklin – Review of Orbis

Jonathan Franklin – Review of Orbis

6 min Article

Orbis is a light-medium engine building game with a spatial aspect and pinch-points that distinguish it from Splendor and Century: Spice Road, while fitting neatly into that genre. It is largely attractive with strong tile art, colorful cubes, and a nice final 2d pyramid for each player.
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Now Boarding

Now Boarding

2 min Video

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Gizmos - The Purity Engine

Gizmos - The Purity Engine

8 min Article

Gizmos is so clever that it makes me kind of mad. There is a simplicity about the design that makes it feel so obvious; like, engine building as a singular mechanic barely disguised as a game. I have this same reaction with songs sometimes, where a song structure capitalizes on a particular feeling and the tune is really just a platform for repeated delivery of one incredible hook, Gizmos is satisfying and perfectly crafted pop perfection.

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The Game Shelf Reviews:- The Quacks of Quedlinburg

The Game Shelf Reviews:- The Quacks of Quedlinburg

5 min Article

Publisher: Schmidt Spiele Designer: Wolfgang Warsch Year: 2018 As far as designers go, 2019 felt like the year of Wolfgang Warsch.
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Lorenzo il Magnifico Review – Start Your Engines

Lorenzo il Magnifico Review – Start Your Engines

13 min Article

Lorenzo il Magnifico takes place during the time of the Renaissance in Florence, Italy.
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Word Slam Review

Word Slam Review

5 min Article

Quick Look: Word Slam Designer: Inka and Markus Brand Artist: N/A Publisher: Kosmos Year Published: 2016 No.
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THE GRIZZLED is back with a Special Armistice Edition

THE GRIZZLED is back with a Special Armistice Edition

4 min Article

When CMON Games’ The Grizzled landed in 2015, I was gobsmacked. This timeless artifact of game design landed out of nowhere, offering a very subtle yet effective glimpse into the psychological trauma of a combat group in the first World War.
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Review: Orbis

Review: Orbis

12 min Article

Do you have a secret (or not so secret) god complex? Do you often wish that people worshipped you? Are you certain you could do a better job of designing the universe than anyone else? If so, Orbis is the game for you.
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Passing Through Petra: Making Deals in the Desert

Passing Through Petra: Making Deals in the Desert

5 min Article

Petra was originally known as Raqmu to its inhabitants. An archaeological city which sits on the slope of the Jabal Al-Madbah. Believed to have been established 11,000 years ago, it served as a major trading hub for nomadic Arabs who came from far and wide to buy and sell goods at the local markets.
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Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

8 min Article

Design by Phil Walker-Harding Published by Lookout Games 2 – 4 Players, 30 – 45 minutes Review by Greg J. Schloesser
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Review: War Chest

Review: War Chest

5 min Article

While you don’t need to give me this much backstory to get me to play a game with tons of colorful poker chips, I love the game-within-a-game backstory that War Chest comes with. The premise goes like this: War Chest is a replica of a game given to future monarchs.
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WDYPTW: Review of Just One

WDYPTW: Review of Just One

3 min Article

Just One, that’s all we have to say any more around here, let’s play Just One game. Say that and the dry erase markers are uncapped and we are ready for some word game fun.
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Santorini Review

Santorini Review

5 min Article

Santorini is as picturesque as the island it is named for, with its brilliant white cuboid buildings and wonderfully aquamarine domes, it is a seemingly simple, yet refreshing abstract strategy game that will satisfy many a gamer should they chose to visit.
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