Sun

29

Jul

2012

Critical Review - Descent Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition

If you are a fan of dungeon delving games, then you more likely than not have heard of, played, or own Descent.  Fantasy Flight Games took something that, in my opinion, was pretty darn near perfect in Hero Quest, and made it even better.  But now, there is a 2nd Edition of Descent, that has some crying foul and some praising the re-spin...

 

Some people are calling this a "streamlined" version, or an "Easier" version.  Some are calling it a "dumbed down version" even.  But what is it really?

 

I bought the game recently at one of my local stores, because yeah, I'm that kind of guy, and after playing several quests, along with some of the main campaign, I'm here to tell you all about it!  More, after the video break...  however, be forewarned... this one is rather lengthy, as I wanted to include a lot of details which I thought would be important to cover.

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Sun

22

Jul

2012

Critical Review - Catan Junior

If you are familiar at all with the Settlers of Catan from Mayfair games (and let's be honest, who isn't anymore?), then you may have heard about Catan Junior.  Catan Junior is a "lighter" version of Settlers of Catan, with a focus on enjoyment for younger players!  How young?  Well, as young as 6 and up in this case.  But, does it deliver a good experience for them, and one that won't leave parents pining for more?

 

First, if you are looking for a deeply strategic game, this is not it, nor, is that this game's goal.  This game is designed with enough strategy to make you think, but not so much it takes several minutes each turn.  Rather, this is something that can be played with 2 to 4 players in roughly 30 minutes or less.  Even in 4 player games, we have found that 30 minutes is about the average, with some going as long as 45, but rarely.

 

Let's look at the video review and then we'll add more text after the jump:

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Mon

16

Jul

2012

Critical Plays - Blood Bowl Team Manager

Blood Bowl is one of the most fun andd popular minature games you can play.  However, one would not think that a highly successful minis game can easily be turned into an equally fun and exciting card game?  That said, last year, Fantasy Flight Games attempted this, and in our opinion, pulled it off quite well!

 

Blood Bowl Team Manager The Card Game, puts you in control of your own team roster from one of several races in the warhammer universe.  There are humans, dwarves, orcs, trolls, skaven and more! You get to decide where your players impact the game, who tackles who, and who will become the season champion with the most fans!

 

Last year we did a Critical Review of the game and gave it an 8.5 (Crit) at the time.  Through the request of a fan, we're back to provide you a Critical Play through of the game, highlighting the first round of the game between the Dwarves and the Skaven.  Enjoy!

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Mon

09

Jul

2012

Critical Interviews - Pixel Lincoln Creator, Jason Tagmire

A few weeks ago I began researching Kickstarter and Indiegogo games.  I was very intrguiged by the multitude of successfully funded campaigns on both sites, and the myriad of games coming out of these sites.

 

Recently, upon doing some deep digging into BoardGameGeek.com and "Crowdfunding" in general, I came across Pixel Lincoln.  This game has an amazing story!  It's a card game, turned video game, turned card game, and filled with everything that wreaks awesomeness!

 

But what about the man behind it all?  Sure, there is, as always, a team of people who help create masterpieces like these, but in this case, I'd like to introduce you to the man behind the magic. 

 

Through the power of social media and a friendly site named Twitter, where twits tweet, I made the acquaintance of one, Jason Tagmire, creator of Pixel Lincoln.  He graciously accepted my offer to both pledge to his cause and be the subject of an interview for this site... what follows are presidential files sealed since Lincoln's day, unearthed for your viewing pleasure... 

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Mon

09

Jul

2012

Who wants to win a game?

As you may have seen, I recently reviewed Among the Stars, which is a successfully funded Indiegogo.com project from Artipia Games.  If not, you can check it out here.  

 

In fact, I highly suggest you do!  Why?  I'm glad you asked!

 

While we are also running our "Prove Tox wrong" contest with Infernal Contraption, I'm pleased to announce a second contest!

 

Vangelis Bagiartakis and Artipia Games have graciously provided us the opportunity to help one lucky Crits Happen fan win a copy of the Among the Stars for themselves!  

 

How?  I'm so glad you asked... again!

 

Simple... to enter the contest you need to share the link to the Blog Review on Facebook and/or Twitter and include the below information in the post.  We will be randomly drawing one lucky winner on July 16th, so you have until Midnight, Central Standard Time, July 15th to post and be entered!  

 

  • For Facebook, please include "@Crits Happen" AND "@Artipia Games" in the post comments so we are tagged in it and can track your posts!
  • For Twitter, be sure to include the hashtag #CritsATS so we can do the same there!

 

The full address of the Blog Review to share is: http://www.critshappen.net/2012/07/08/critical-review-among-the-stars/ 

 

Good luck and thank you to Vangelis and Artipia for this exciting opportunity!

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Sun

08

Jul

2012

Critical Review - Among the Stars

I took a leap of faith this weekend and decided to personally jump into my first game project on something like an Indiegogo.com or Kickstarter.com site.  I had done some reading about a game called Briefcase, and through the research, came across a game called Among the Stars.  Allow me now, to introduce you to it!

 

Designed by Vangelis Bagiartakis and released by Artipia Games, this gem has already achieved it's primary goal of $8000 on it's Indiegogo.com site, located here.  It is a 2-4 player card drafting game, that can be played in about 30 minutes and is suitable for ages 12 and up.

 

As a backer of the game, I was able to obtain a copy of the Print and Play version of it.  I used that to play several games with my local gamers and have developed the below opinions.  Due to the print and play nature being very "beta" I am not going to be showing pictures in the video, or below in detail, but rather I've used images from their sites and BoardGameGeek.com for reference on the style and atistic nature of the game.  First, I'll share my video, and then below, is more of the review in written format.

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Sun

08

Jul

2012

Critical Review - The Infernal Contraption

The Infernal Contraption is a confounding conundrum. Published by Privateer Press, you take on the role of a Goblin Bodger building, well, a contraption.  This menacing machine of mayhem will be turned on at the end of each of your turns to wreak chaos, havok, and pain on your opposing Bodgers, with the hope that you are the last Goblin standing.  Your hair may be on fire, but standing none the less.

 

Privateer Press is predominantly known for it's minatures games, so seeing a card game with their name on it intruiged me.  Mostly due to having played many of their miniatures games and enjoying them immensly.  

 

So does this one provide as much fun and enjoyment as other chaos inflicting games out there?  Check out our video below to see for yourself.

 

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Thu

05

Jul

2012

Critical Walk Through - Summoner Wars iOS Application

Plaid Hat Games has had a dillema on their hands.  They've had one of the most anticipated applications in ages sitting in limbo.  Announced for June of this yer, Summoner Wars has been widely anticipated as an iOS game, and as the month drew to a close, several grumpy fans started becoming vocal.  As you can imagine, submission to the iOS Apple Store doesn't mean the next day it is online and available.

 

Thankfully, it went live yesterday, and being a holiday, I'm sure a lot of people off work enjoyed the challenges of downloading it (yes, there were and are some issues with that still, but it appears to be the Apple Store not the App itself) and of course, playing it.

 

So how does it stack up?  Well, I take you through the tutorial below, so you can check out the interface, mechanics, and how things feel.  I hope this is helpful in making your decision if the app is for you or not.  Don't forget to like us on our facebook page, follow us on twitter and subscribe to our youtube channel for up to date video release info!

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Sun

01

Jul

2012

Critical Reviews - Sky Traders

Steampunk is a very popular sub culture in the gaming world and among nerds, geeks, and all types in between.  However, despite it's popularity, there aren't as many games, let alone good games, that one would think they'd find when perusing the shelves of their local game shop. Enter Sky Traders, Fantasy Flight Games' latest release, where trading goods, influencing others, and downright attacking other airships is completely encouraged!

 

Fantasy Flight bills this as a game of commerce and inrtigue set in the age of skyships.  There are a ton of components, goods to buy, crew to hire (and fire), sludge to cart off, and the illegal "drink" known as Grog to hijack and make windfall profits from!

 

But does the game pull it all off in a way that makes you want to keep command of the skies?  Check out our video and read more below to find out!

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