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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Sat

23

Aug

2014

Crit Lits - Gen Con 2014 Haul!

Gen Con 2014 was amazing!  With an even bigger vendor hall than last year, it was so easy to get lost among the massive pile of awesome surrounding everyone.  Add to that some wicked cool seminars, events, and demos to spend your tickets on, and it truly was the 4 best days in gaming!

 

So what did I come home with?  Well, I spent more money than I should have (but then again, don't we all at Gen con?) and I slept less than I should have, but in the end, it was all worth it.  In this Crit List I go through everything I brought home, why I liked it, and what my high level thoughts are on the games.

 

If you were one of the nice people to say hi, come to our Reviewer's event Friday, or just give me a random high five... well, thank you.  Meeting people in person and chatting about games and our hobby is the most fun I have and I can't thank you enough!  With that... let's game!

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Sat

09

Aug

2014

Critical Plays - Star Realms for the PC

Star Realms was a very successful Kickstarter, and rightly so.  Rob Daugherty, the designer, and owner of White Wizard, has history with Ascension, so deck building is right up his alley.  Spice it up with "Authority", or life essentially, and some amazing science fiction races and art, and you get a winner!

 

Now, Star Realms, has been released for Mac, PC, and Android, with iOS pending like a hurricane off the south eastern coast of the US in April... and it's pretty slick!  We took it for a spin on the PC and recorded a fun game against the AI for your enjoyment!

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