Mon

29

Dec

2014

Top games of 2014, according to... you!

Every year, reviewers all around the internet, gather to tell you their favorite games of the year.  What was the best game, the best worker placement, the best deck builder, the best game based on a video game based on a book, etc, etc, etc.


This year though, I thought it would be fun to hear what YOUR favorite games were, so I have devised an evil plan, to use the internet to devise said list!  Simply watch the below video, then head on over to your friendly, local, neighborhood youtube channel, and let us know your thoughts.


Leave us a comment on the video's youtube channel with the top 3 games you'd rank for this year, and we'll compile a list that lets everyone know what the Critical Community believes was the best!

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Mon

15

Dec

2014

Update on Critical Previews

As many of you may have noticed, I have not done a Critical Preview in quite some time.  As this year comes to a close, I've been working on some changes for our site and video plans and I wanted to discuss them with you here today.


Critical Previews were created in March of 2013 with our first preview for Shift.  The idea of the Critical Previews was two fold; Make more videos/content and focus on games that interested me.  At the outset, this was easily managed and while I look back at some of them with fondness, I can easily see the pathway that led us to where we are today; making the announcement that I will no longer be doing Critical Previews.

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Tue

09

Dec

2014

The 12 Days of Critsmas!

Celebrating with friends, family and loved ones is the highlight of my holiday season.  Today, thanks to some special friends, we are going to spread some joy!


If you are looking for holiday gift ideas, give the gift of game!  Adventure, excitement, passion, and peril awaits you with every lift of each box lid!


Happy holidays to everyone, wherever you may be and however you may be celebrating!  

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Mon

08

Dec

2014

A Critique of... Colt Express

One of the really fun things about board gaming is it can transport you, literally!  Given the right group of friends, you can embark on adventures that are exciting, perilous, and most often than not, wrought with danger.  Sometimes, you even get to shoot your friends.


Such is the case with Colt Express from from Asmodee and Ludonaute games!  In Colt Express you will be a nefarious bandit who has hopped a speeding train, looking to make off with as much loot as possible... but of course, being the "ol' West" means other bandits are nearby as well!


Do you have what it takes to unload your six guns, snatch all the loot, and ride off into the sunset as the richest bandit!?  Meet me down at the watering hole as we grab our six shooter and whiskey and see who is the nastiest bandit in these darn parts, in the world of Colt Express!

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Wed

03

Dec

2014

A Critique of... Gravity Maze

Think Fun is firing on all cylinders lately. I often look for kids games through Gamewright or Blue Orange, as both have been solid, but lately, I've been noticing more and more, well, fun, coming from Think Fun.  


We recently reviewed Robot Turtles from Think Fun, which is an excellent teaching aide and game for young gamers.  Today we take a lok at more of a puzzle than a game, but something equally as fun, and educational; Gravity Maze!


Gravity Maze is simple... get one marble from point A to point B, but as many things in lift, the journey is more important than the destination. You'll find your little gamers, and even your older gamers, scratching their heads at times, but enjoying the twists and turns around every corner. Snap in, set up, and let's get ready to roll inside the world of Gravity Maze!

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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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