Thu

27

Dec

2012

Critical Review - The Lacuna Expanse

I was recently contacted by JT Smith, CEO of TheGameCrafter.com, which is an amazing Print on Demand service for gamers of all kinds!  If you have never seen or heard of them, I implore you to check them out as soon as you can.  They provide a unique service at an affordable option to designers of independent games, and even have the option to sell your creations on their site.  In addition, they are a breeding ground for creativity and imagination!

 

One major bonus at TheGameCrafter.com is their online community.  From chat rooms to forums, there is never a lack of resources to assist, suggest, and collaborate with on your projects.  We've reviewed other games from them in the past, and this time, are happy to bring you a Critical Review of one of their newest games, designed actually by JT himself, the Lacuna Expanse.

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Sat

15

Dec

2012

Critical Review - DC Comic Deck Building Game

The DC Comics Deck Building Game is the second Cerberus Engine Deck Building Game we have had the opportunity to look at from Cryptozoic.  We recently took the Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Rin Deck Building Game for a spin and gave it a Crit!  Does that mean everything on the Cerberus Enginer is a Crit?  Check out our review to see where it stands!

 

Additionally, Crytpozoic was kind enough to provide us a copy of this game to play and develop an opinion on for this review and we'd like to thank them for that.  For now though, let's rev up the batmobile, put on capes and cowls, and see what the Cerberus Engine does for the DC Universe!

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Thu

13

Dec

2012

Critical Review - The Lord of the Rings Deck Building Game

Cryptozoic has been hard at work acquiring licenses for their "Cerberus" family of games, but have unfortunately had little to show for their efforts. True, they have released the Penny Arcade Deck Building Game, and it's sequel, but they were not part of the "Cerberus" family.  Rumors of a World or Warcraft Deck Building game are still flying around, and licenses with DC Comics, Lord of the Rings, and Capcom have all been signed.

 

At Gencon this year, the DC Comics Deck Building game was on full, bold, display!  While I was able to get a good, fun game in of it, it was still only one game, and left me wanting more.  I'm happy to say, that the DC Comics Deck Builder is out on shelves, and appears to be doing very well from initial internet traffic.  While I have a review planned for it, I'm excited to bring you our first review of a "Cerberus", The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck Building Game!

 

In the spirit of full disclosure, Cryptozoic did provide us a copy of this game to play test and review for you, the fans, but it has not, nor will that action ever, impact the rating provided to our reviewed games.  That said, let us see if one can simply walk into a deck building game... and win!

 

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Mon

10

Dec

2012

Critical Un-Boxing - LOTR and DC Deckbuilders!

It's been a while since we've been able to do an un-boxing, so why not do two!?  Today we received a special package from our great friends at Cryptozoic, the Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring Deck Building game and the DC Comics Deck Building game!

 

Both of these are in queue for us to do Critical Reviews on, so stay tuned!  Also, check out our Facebook page where we post photos of our games in process, so you can see the action as it unfolds when we play!

 

Thank you again to Cryptozoic!

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Sun

09

Dec

2012

Critical Review - Uchronia

Iello games recently won the Best Children's, Best Party, and Best Family game awards in the 2012 Golden Geek's for King of Tokyo, an extremely fun, colorful, and enjoyable game in all rights.  They are known for producing games that have good quality components, colorful and vibrant artwork, and fun gameplay.  It was with that knowledge that I was very excited to obtain a copy of Uchronia, designed by Carl Chudyk.

 

Along with Ed Carter, Carl designed another game called Glory to Rome, which found success on Kickstarter.  Many people have compared Uchronia to Glory to Rome, some even calling it "Glory to Rome light".  I do not own a copy, nor have played Glory to Rome, I feel it's best for me to present my opinions and findings on the game at hand, and let you, the viewers decide for yourself on similarities and differences.

 

At it's heart, Uchronia is resource management with the goal of achieving victory points before your opponents.  It's unique style and theme, coupled with strategic gameplay hopes to make it a success... but does it?

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Sun

09

Dec

2012

Critical Review - Fleet

Kickstarter is an interesting place filled with the entire spectrum of success, from complete failure to brillinant genius.  I've listened and read about people's experiences from the great to the wrost and everything in between.  Sometimes it has nothing to do with the game itself, and rather it's the business model that hurst things, like not shipping on time, or utilizing a publishing company with poor quality components.  

 

All that said though, when you find that one game that's both a creative and well designed game, that has top notch components, and provides a great experience, you just beam with happiness!  Grab your tackleboxes dear readers, because it's time to go fishing with one of those exact games, Fleet, from Gryphon Games!

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Thu

06

Dec

2012

Spell Tome 2!

Directly from the Arcane Wonders team:

 

Based on player demand, Arcane Wonders has created a second Core Spell Tome. 

 

Core Spell Tome 2 gives players lots of spells to arm themselves with, with 110 additional copies of spells from the core game. It focuses on the more powerful spells in the game, including higher level spells and legendary creatures.

 

It contains more than 70 spells not found in Core Spell Tome 1. If players buy both spell tomes, they will have a copy of every spell in the game, and more than enough to build whatever Mage strategy they desire!

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Mon

03

Dec

2012

Critical Plays - Solo Marvel Legendary (Fan's Choice!)

Yesterday I decided to do something fun; I know, look at me, with a flair for change!  I pinged the Twitterverse and all our fans following us there (@CritsHappen), and asked them to give me one hero and a Master Mind for Marvel Legendary.  The first three heroes we got back, and first mastermind is who we went with... and then, for fun, I thought I'd film it and share it with you all!

 

Thank you to the following fans for making the selections:

@Benny275

@Ancratyne

@LouisAzorWoFG

@ZodiakUniverse

 

And thank you to everyone for being a fan!

 

 

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Sun

02

Dec

2012

Critical Review - Hot Rod Creeps

Racing has long attempted to transfer itself to the table top gaming scene in a fun and engaging way for all it's fans.  There's been board games, card games, and dice games replicating Drag Racing, Formula 1 racing, and Nascar.  While there are several Hits and Misses in the genre, every once in a while, something completely different comes along and spins the entire thing on it's head.

 

With that, I give you Hot Rod Creeps, from Cryptozoic!  Hot Rod Creeps is a new customizeable racing game with a wild assortment of drivers at the wheel!  It's meant for 2-6 players and ages 15 and up, and as you can imagine by it's name, mayhem and hilarity are a big part of the game! Where does it fall though on the scale of Crits, Hits and Misses?  Rev up your engine, strap in to watch our video and cross the finish line to find out!

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