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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Thu

07

Aug

2014

Crit List - Gen Con 2014 Top 10 Games

In about a week, the entire board game world is going to go insane... it's Gen Con!  Gen Con, the best 4 days in gaming, is the busiest, wildest, most fun time of the year for American, and many travelling, board gamers.  It's the larget convention in the US, and provides outlets for anything you're into board game, video game, and role playing game wise.

 

This year, there are a lot of new board games coming out, and many I'm excited about.  In this new Crit List, I'm going to go through the games I'm most excited about, personally.  Are these games on your list?  If not, what is on your list?  As always, we're looking for great discussion here... and at the con, so if you see me wandering around, or stop by the Arcane Wonders booth, say hi, it's always great to meet fans from all around the world!

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Mon

28

Jul

2014

King of New York Exclusive!

King of Tokyo is unarguably one of the most successful board games in our hobby, over the last 5 years.  Besides from having the partnership with Richard Garfield as the designer, IELLO has produced a game that is great for all ages, exciting at any time, and just plain fun!

 

With the success of one title comes the "next step" though, and for our fearless city crushing monsters, once Tokyo and Tokyo Bay have been destroyed, well, what better place to relax, and crush more mountainous skyscrapers in, than the bustling city of New York!  

 

IELLO is purposefully keeping things very quiet on this, but, they were kind enough to let a few of their favorite reviewers have exclusive cards to preview for the pending pandemonium that will happen at Gen Con.  As such, we were chosen... and as such, I give thee... 

 

 

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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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