Sun

20

Jul

2014

Crit List - Top 3 Pocket Games to Carry

There are a LOT of great games, which are big, bulky, and provide an amazing experience when you have the time to sit down and play them.  However, if you're like me, you're on the go a lot, and may not have time, nor the capability, to travel around with Twilight Imperium in the trunk everywhere you go!

 

Today, we're going to look at the top 3 games I'm carrying with me everywhere I go.  I take my trusty back pack with me to all my conventions, and these three gems have provided a ton of fun in a small size and they could do the same for you.  Now most of you know, I think Roll For It is the best pocket game on the market, and I've talked at great length about it, so it's not on the top 3, as it's an "automatic" in my opinion when making out a list of what to carry with you... however... these three I'm sharing today are some you should consider, and hopefully will enjoy!

 

 

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Sun

13

Jul

2014

Gen Con Bound!

If youa re going to Gen Con 2014 and want to experience something amazing, and I do mean AMAZING, then check out our event, in coordination with Spooning Meeples and many, MANY other of your favorite reviewers!

 

We'll be playing Aye Dark Overlord and you, yes YOU, will be able to attend, meet us in person, and participate in the game... and shenanigans!

 

Whether you are a fan of us, or anyone else listed here, we hope to see you in August at the best 4 days in gaming on Friday the 15th at 6 PM local time at the Westin Chamber for fun, free stuff, and an awesome event!  Note, space is limited so sign up in the events section of the Gen Con website today! 

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Sun

13

Jul

2014

Critical Strike - Doomtown Reloaded

With the success of Netrunner from Fantasy Flight Games, you knew it would only be a matter of time before some other beloved, older, games were "rebooted" (pardon the pun there) by more companies. Doomtown is the latest game of this kind, and it is storming onto the scene like a stampede of wild stallions from Alderac Entertainment Group.

 

Not since Netrunner's hype has an engine caught on fire like Doomtown: Reloaded's has.  It's well placed too, the game is a unique blend of science and western in a world unlike no other.  There's creepy circus people, hardened criminals, simple cattlemen, and of course, the law.  No, not THAT law, but rather, Law Dogs actually.

 

While Doomtown may not appeal to everyone, there's no denying this is a solidly build game, with exciting moments for those willing to invest time into the world it sets forth.  Grab yer guns pardner, and let's jump into the world of Doomtown: Reloaded!

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Mon

09

Jun

2014

Critical Preview - Scrapyard Empire

If you know me, Steampunk is something I love, and feel hasn't been done justice by the board gaming community, in general.  There are many good Steampunk Games, with one of my favorites still being City of Gears by Chris Leder, but it's hard to find a good one in the sea of "Great games" that are out there... 

 

With that, I'm happy to share with you one that definitely is up to snuff, or as an ol' fly boy might say, "One that lifts the ol' dirigible!"  Scrapyard Empire from Galliant Games is a set collection racing card game where you are competing to create amazing inventions before your opponents do, from what else, mere scrap!  Grab your petrol, turn the crank, and fire up the jet propulsion systems, it's time to take off with Scrapyard Empire!

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Mon

02

Jun

2014

A Critique of Descent Shadow of Nerekhall

Descent Journeys in the Dark, 2nd Edition is easily one of the best games on the market for anyone looking for a dungeon delving, role playing type experience out of their board games.  It's complete, concise and exacting in it's adventures and is one of the few games I can easily see almost anyone who likes the genre, devoting all their time to.

 

Since it's "reinvention" in 2nd edition, there have been a few expansions for Descent, but none have done what Shadow of Nerekhall does.  With a giant compendium of user created material online, making an expansion worth the $59.95 USD retail can be a challenge, but I'm happy to say, once again, Fantasy Flight and their team of Descent Designers have risen to the challenge!

 

Come with us as we explore the dark once more, and delve deeper into the world of Descent, while adventuring in the Shadow of Nerekhall!

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Mon

26

May

2014

Critical Preview - Hollywood

Last year, we shared a review on World of Tanks, from Hobby World.  It was an exciting and unique deck building game that we still are enjoying getting to the table. Today, Hobby World is enjoying success with a new type of card game, Hollywood!

 

Hollywood will put you in the shoes of a Hollywood exec, with the goal of hiring the right director, cast and crew to make the best, and of course, the most profitable, movie, or movies, of the year!  You will use drafting and set collection mechanics along with bidding during two different stages, to ensure you acquire the best cards possible to make the best movies!

 

Let's settle into the director's chair, warm up the cushions of the casting couch, and go make the most profitable and popular movie of the year, on our way to winning, in Hollywood!

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Mon

12

May

2014

MAGE Company Interview

12 Realms was a successful Kickstarter by MAGE Company last year, in early 2013. It was a co-op fantasy board game that put you into a colorful, vibrant, and exciting world, joined by some good looking minis!

 

Today, 12 Realms is growing, with the launch of Ancestor's Legacy on Kickstarter, an expansion with quite a lot of excitement built in!  With the launch of this, and their recent success on Hoyuk, and many others, we had the chance to sit down with MAGE company for some interview questions.  

 

We hope you enjoy, and do definitely check out their programs on Kickstarter today!

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Mon

05

May

2014

Critical Preview - Evolution

I used to have a boss who would use the phrase, "Evolve or die!" all the time. He lived by it, or rather, he evolved by it.  It is an interesting concept to delve into... are we as humans evolving right now?  Do we have what it takes to secure our species existence by evolving the right traits?

 

Thankfully, along comes North Star Games to let us test this theory, in a much more relaxed environment, your gaming table, with Evolution!  Evolution is a new strategy game from North Star Games, who, by all rights, may be a surprise publisher for this, given their other lines of games.  Fear not though dear reader, as this game packs a punch, with horns, camo, climbing and sorts of tricks!

 

Evolution is a n easy to learn, hard to master, ever changing game that will keep you on your toes to adjust every turn.  Do you defend against predators around every corner, or evolve into one yourself?  Do you balance your land and fill it with multiple species or do you build one dominant race that rules them all?  The choices are yours... in Evolution!

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Mon

28

Apr

2014

The Crit List - Teaching

I get a lot of emails and social media posts asking me about teaching our kids about games.  For those who may not know, Mrs. Tox and I have a 20 year old daughter, an 8 year old son and a 6 year old son, and all of them play games on some type of level.  It's something I'm really blessed with, but looking back on it, it wasn't just dumb luck they liked gaming.

 

I took a long look at some of the things we did with our kids, introducing them to board gaming, and especially NinjaZach as he's our most active gamer.  As such, we have another Crit List for you containing the top 3 things to know when teaching your kids or younger gamers about designer board games.

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Tue

15

Apr

2014

A Critique of... Rivet Wars

This month's Critique is going to provide a powerful punch in pint sized form; Rivet Wars the Eastern Front!  Cool Mini or Not, the makers of Rivet Wars, are probably most notably known for their hit kickstarter game, Zombiecide!  This, like Zombiecide, is a minis based game on tiles, but that is where the similarities end and the war games begin!

 

Rivet Wars takes the "greatest hits" of wargaming and wraps it up into one pint sized package that delivers in a lot of great ways!  Whether you are looking for a way to introduce family members to war games, looking for a way to get friends onto the battlefields, or you are looking for a "not so usual" way to skirmish with pals, Rivet Wars has a bit of something for everyone!

 

Don't forget to cast your vote and make your voice heard on if you think Rivet Wars is a Crit, Hit or Miss by voting in our poll below the video!  Suit up soldier, or rather, "plug up", and move out! Hup, two, three...

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