Critical Plays - Gravwell

Every once in a while a game comes along that is so simple, and so straight forward, you scratch your head and think, "why didn't I think of this?".  Then you realize you're laughing so hard from the resulting actions players take in the game to care and you just enjoy the ride for what it is!


Gravwell, from Cryptozoic entertainment, does just that.  It's a simple game to learn and to teach, but it will take you on a wild, fun filled, treacherous ride!  And a ride you soon won't forget!  We say it a lot in this video, but we'll say it one more time, this is the gem of Gen Con 2013.  It's beautiful, it's simple, it's fun, and it's original.  So why should we say anything else... let's play some Gravwell!

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  • #1

    Corey Young (Friday, 23 August 2013 19:33)

    That was simply outstanding. My wife and I just watched it together, laughing at the familiar moments.

    I'll be using this as my go-to play example. Outstanding job. I'm very grateful.

  • #2

    Patrick Hillier (Friday, 23 August 2013 20:16)

    Great review. I agree it is a fun game - picked up at Gen Con too. I find the more players the better the game.

  • #3

    critshappen (Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:43)

    Thanks for the kind words Corey! With all due respect, credit goes to you for making such a great game and being persistent in bringing it to market! :)

  • #4

    Matt Hyra (Monday, 26 August 2013 15:02)

    Great video!

    PS: There is no pull back into the Singularity, because you're on the OTHER side of the Black Hole. You've been spit out into the 9th Dimension and you're now adrift, expect for the elements you find to power your ship.

    PPS: In the 2-player game setup, the rules mention that you only use one Derelict ship on #36. I guess you guys have come up with a more friendly variant, as you can't get "stuck" with 4 ships in play.

  • #5

    critshappen (Monday, 26 August 2013 15:38)

    Thanks Matt! We totally missed the 1 Derelict rule, thanks for pointing that out. We haven't run into too many issues with two in a 2 p game, but we'll check it out. Thanks for watching and commenting!

  • #6

    TimboIV (Monday, 26 August 2013 20:10)

    At first glance it looks boring and not much to the board. I actually saw pictures of the game board and didn't give it a second thought. After your Critical play though....Wow it looks like a ton of fun to play! What a gem it is!! I can't wait to get this game when it is released. And a nice price point as well. Again thanks for the play through I would of totally missed this awesome gem!

  • #7

    critshappen (Monday, 26 August 2013 20:49)

    Glad it helped raise awareness for you TimboIV. It was honestly something that going into Gen Con, I didn't have on my radar, but was SO happy I demo'ed it! Thanks for watching!

  • #8

    Keith Autio (Monday, 26 August 2013 22:18)

    I think your wife let you win on that one...could she have not pulled the emergency stop to stop herself from moving one square short of the win? Thereby forcing you to use your emergency stop, or move backwards...

  • #9

    Scott Gaeta (Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:38)

    Thanks for the awesome review!

  • #10

    critshappen (Tuesday, 27 August 2013 21:43)

    I wont tell her if you won't tell her Keith :)

  • #11

    Ryan M Rich (Monday, 02 September 2013 01:12)

    One of the Cryptozoic booth guys tested our game with us and spat Gravwell at me, said he wasn't working the next day. I showed up at their booth the next day and he demoed it for me off the clock! love it!

  • #12

    critshappen (Monday, 02 September 2013 23:39)

    I have yet to meet anyone who didn't like it after one play... it's awesome!

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