Tue

03

Mar

2015

A (short) Critique of... Batman & The Hobbit Love Letter

As most of the Critical Community knows, I'm a big fan of Batman. Big.  BIG.  Knowing that, it's been with both excitement and trepidation that I waited patiently for the Batman Love Letter from AEG.


Batman and Love is not always a pretty story, but, I trust my friends at Cryptozoic (who own these two licenses) and AEG, to partner to make magic, and magic they have.  Not just with Batman but also with the Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies editions of Love Letter.


Let's dive into the bags and see the cards, and new abilities, included in these sets!

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Sat

28

Feb

2015

Critical Kicks - Pixels, Dreams, and Trains

Our first episode of Critical Kicks was wildly popular, so we're back for more!  Get your "kicking" boots on and get ready to check out a game I've recently received, a game that's currently in motion, and a game that's about to launch!


If you like card games, this episode is for you, as we feature Pixel Glory, Project Dreamscape, and Trainmaker!  All three are excellent card based games, that provide different and fun approaches to table top fun.  Grab your 8-bit heroes, your wildest dreams and you destination stations as we jump into three fun, interesting, and unique worlds with this episode of Critical Kicks!

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Sun

22

Feb

2015

Critical Components - Insert Here

Everyone knows I like to "pimp out" my games whenever I can.  There's a lot out there on the market today too, and, a lot of creativity in the world of board gaming and kickstarter.  Whether you are looking for something massive to hold your Arkham Horror items, or just to store Jaipur better, you have multitudes of options.


Today, I want to take a look at Robert Searing's "Insert Here" foam core inserts.  I was gifted a King of Tokyo and Rampage insert from Robert and after putting them through the paces, thought they were perfect for a look at some Critical Components!

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Mon

09

Feb

2015

Critical Kicks - 6 Pack!

Today I'm introducing a new series of videos called Critical Kicks, focused on games that are crowdfunded that I backed and have received.  My goal is to bring awareness to games that have been successfully funded and are either available in wider distribution or through the publishers sites, that are excellent and come from well managed programs.


Be it Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other platforms, there is a lot of tremendous creativity happening in the world of board games and I hope this series helps share new games with you, the Critical Community!

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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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