Thu

06

Nov

2014

Critical Plays - At the Emerald Tavern!

Friendly Local Game Stores are a staple of the board game industry, and without many of them, we'd never get to see or try our favorite games.  These are small businesses, run by entrepreneurs, who all share a love of the hobby we love so much!


In my area, Austin, Texas, we have several great stores, with awesome owners. Recently, I took my Go Pro Hero out to one, the Emerald Tavern Games and Cafe where some members of my gaming group sat down to play several fun games. Aside from some shaky camera work, which may or may not be due to the excellent fares the Tavern offers, we hope, from our group to yours, you enjoy this one.

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Mon

03

Nov

2014

A Critique of... Madame Ching

Bruno Cathala has been on a heck of a ride in 2014.  Between Abyss and Five Tribes coming out of Gen Con looking like gold, he has had a heck of a year... and now, comes part III, Madame Ching!


In Madame Ching, you and up to 3 other players, will take control of an ancient Junk vessel, pirating your way to victory by plundering islands, scoring gold coins and gems, in the hopes of impressing Madame Ching herself and scoring control of the covetous China Pearl!


Are you fearless enough to brave the waters to raid the city of Hong Kong? Can you amass a crew worth of the China Pearl?  Grab your swashbuckling gear because this is going to be one wild piracy trip!

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Fri

17

Oct

2014

Critical Plays - Bantering with Pair of Dice Paradise!

I love playing games, of all kinds, physical, digital, mental, you name it, I like it. It's even better when you can do these things with someone you like, and consider a friend.


Recently I was joined for an evening of Star Realms and Hearthstone by my friend Chaz Marler, also known online as "Adaygrit" from Pair of Dice Paradise.  As good friends do, we ended up bantering, and figured, why not record it?


So, without further ado, I give you the meanderings of two board game aficionados, who just really like sitting down for a good game every now and then! Enjoy!

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Sun

12

Oct

2014

Critical Strike - Robot Turtles

Children's games are a rare breed, in that they sometimes fall pretty flat for adults, becoming sometimes more tedious than actual fun or teaching opportunities.  I love my kids, as most parents do, and should, and the opportunity to play games with them is an awesome one, so when something like Robot Turtles comes around, it's not only a great find, but one you want to tell others about as well!


Robot Turtles claims to be able to teach kids, as young as 4, programming skills. Does it work?  YES!  Resoundingly, yes!  This is not only one of the most colorfully enjoyable games for a family to own, but it's simplicity in design and intent makes it one of the best for a family to teach with (or even a teacher to teach with, if so inclined)!  Grab your shells, fire up your lasers, and let's jump into the world of Robot Turtles!

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Thu

02

Oct

2014

Hobby World at Essen

Hobby World has been on a roll lately, and we've had the opportunity to preview several of their games recently.  To date, we have yet to play a game of theirs we didn't like, which makes for great times around a table!


With the pending Essen convention, Hobby World shared with us their plans for the show... and boy, does it look cool!

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Wed

01

Oct

2014

Critical Preview - Strife: Legacy of the Eternals

Vision 3 Games, the makers of Incredibrawl, are back on Kickstarter with, transparently, one of the best games I've played in a while during a Critical Preview; Strife: Legacy of the Eternals.  


Strife is a game about open information, where you and your opponent are battling over magical lands, but only the person who chooses wisely will prevail, using both their battle champion and legacy champion's abilities best!


In Strife, you and your opponent have access to the same type of cards, but it'll be up to you to both anticipate your opponent's choices, as well as plan for the future, as once you use a champion to battle, they will become your legacy champion, adding support to your next choice!


Portable but packed with excitement, Strife is a game I would highly recommend to check out on Kickstarter, today!

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Mon

15

Sep

2014

A Critique of... Viceroy

Hobby World is a publisher not many in the states may be familiar with, but honestly, it would do them justice to become familiar with.  They are one of the leading Russian publishers, hosting a catalog of many games, some you know well, others you may not have seen... yet.


In the last year, we have reviewed, and enjoyed two of their titles; World of Tanks: Rush the Deck Building Game and Hollywood.  Both have seen success on Kickstarter and through secondary publishers, like Asmodee with World of Tanks.


Today, we're going to look at a game, set inside the Berserk universe, about power, pyramids, influence, and control.  At the core, Viceroy combines colorful artwork, great visuals, and intense choices all together into one fun game for you and you friends to enjoy! Can you build the most powerful pyramid for you people to support you?

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Thu

04

Sep

2014

Next on stage... 

So apparently this happened today...


I don't blog much, in fact, I really rarely ever write anymore.  I used to, and I should do it more as it was a passion of mine a while back.  Heck, I once wrote an epic short story about this crew of Navy misfits who head into the dark depths of the ocean to... well, hang on, yeah, this is why I don't write much... begin digression... 

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Sun

31

Aug

2014

Critique - Abyss

Bruno Cathala had one heck of a Gen Con 2014! He had Days of Wonder release the eagerly awaited Five Tribes, and he and Charles Chevallier's new game, Abyss was released as well.


Charles and Bruno have collaborated one several classics, and once again, they look to have hit a home run, from under the sea this time, with Abyss!


In Abyss, you're going to be set collecting, to draft lords, to lock locations, all with the hope of being crowned the new king of the underworld!  Do you have what it takes?  Grab your pearls and let's jump into the Abyss!

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Sun

24

Aug

2014

Critique of Lords of Xidit

I love it when games surprise me.  Sometimes though, they surprise me in a bad way.  Thankfully, Lords of Xidit is not surprising in that way.  Rather, it will throw you for a complete loop, and make you smile the whole way around!

 

If you like Seasons (the game world Lords of Xidit) takes place in, or if you like games like Lords of Waterdeep (where you're collecting aid of units to help you achieve objectives), or, you just want to learn how badly I can slaughter a name spell this "wonky", Lords of Xidit has everything you're looking for.

 

Come with me as I go through what looks like, on the surface, a lot to take in, but once you get to the destination, you'll appreciate the journey all the more... let's jump into the world of Lords of Xidit!

 

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