Fri

26

Oct

2012

Critical Review - Lords of Waterdeep

Dungeons and Dragons is one of the most beloved game franchises of all times!  Most people had their first gaming experience through the old TSR faithful, and many more are experiencing it today, in more than just the traditional role playing atmosphere.

 

Earlier this year, Wizards of the Coast came out with Lords of Waterdeep, which is based in the Dungeons and Dragon's universe, inside the city of Waterdeep, and is a euro-style game with worker placement at it's core.  It plays with 2-5 players, in about 60 minutes, and is suggested for players 12 years old and up.

 

Is it a good game though, or are we looking at something that Wizards simply said, "let's slap the DND name on it, they'll love it!"?  We'll delve into the game, components, and thoughts in our video and written review, so come with us, as we enter the great and mysterious city of Waterdeep my Lords!

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Sun

21

Oct

2012

Critical Review - Sentinels of the Multiverse

Sentinels of the Multiverse is a cooperative comic book card game from Greater Than Games.  It has seen an initial release, two expansions, Rook City and Infernal Relics, and an Enhanced Second Edition printing.  It is a game the puts you in the role of playing a specific super hero, and through the use of pre-constructed decks, you and your friends in your super group, have to take down a mighty boss villain, while withstanding the devastating environments that host these epic battles!

 

It’s a great time to be a Super Hero fan, between all the great movies, collectibles, and now of course, the games!  This year alone, both DC and Marvel have deck builders hitting the tables, and Sentinels offers a divergence from the mainstream, to those who like to don capes and conceal their identities through masks.  Does the unique universe, or multiverse, hold up though?  Can it entertain as well as provide great gameplay?  We’ll find out in our review!

 

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Sun

21

Oct

2012

A Critical Announcement!

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Sat

20

Oct

2012

Critical Interview - Jason Brenner on Marvel Legendary

I had the opportunity to sit down and play a game of Marvel Legendary with the Entertainment Brand Manager for all things awesome at Upper Deck Entertainment, Jason Brenner at Gen Con this year.  Jason is VERY passionate about gaming!  I came away from that experience, both happy to have learned this great new game, but also at having met someone who "gets it"!

 

Jason was very open with me about Upper Deck's challenges in gaming, where they were, where they went, where they are now, and what's in store!  Since then we've kept in touch, he's helped provide us the prototype of Marvel Legendary so we could get a Review and Play up online, and now, he's even agreed to an interview!

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Mon

15

Oct

2012

Epic Mage Wars Critical Contest Winner!

Well, we finaly drew the name of one lucky winner for our Epic Mage Wars Critical Contest!  Was it you?  Check out the video to find out!  

 

Thank you so much to Bryan Pope and the entire team at Arcane Wonders for helping us bring  this to you, the fans!  And, of course, thank you for entering!  We hope to bring you more contests like this, so as we grow, be on the lookout!

 

In the meantime, check out the video below to see who won! Congratulations to our winner, we'll be in touch soon to capture your information and get you the awesome prizes including the Mage Wars Core Set and the Epic Spell Tome!

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Mon

15

Oct

2012

Critical Review - Marvel Legendary

Marvel Legendary is the new (coming in November) deck building game from Upper Deck Entertainment, based on the Marvel Comics universe.  Now, as many people may know, this has been a long road for Upper Deck.  From getting the license to make a Marvel Trading card game, to the rumored Marvel Miniatures game, to recently releasing the Super Hero Squad card game, and now, at the precipice of Legendary's release.

 

It hasn't been easy either.  The first version, using pictures from the X-men, Wolverine, and other movies, was online for months, never materializing.  Ironically, they have much better and more images from, well honestly, much better movies than Wolverine, to use now.  

 

That all said, Legendary, using custom commissioned artwork, is almost here, and after having the chance to play it at Gen Con, meet Jason Brenner, the lead designer, and having the chance to play a prototype version, I'm happy to say, I've played over 30 times and have the opportunity to bring you a full review!

 

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Thu

11

Oct

2012

Critical Plays - Marvel Legendary

I walked away from Gen Con 2012 impressed by several games.  More importantly, I was impressed by Jason Brenner, the gentleman at UDE behind Marvel Legendary!  Legendary is UDE's take on Deck Building using the Marvel Comics universe.  Truth be told, UDE has not been the most consistent in terms of utilizing Marvel's license in ways to make fans happy, let alone, have handled other games the way the fans would prefer.  I was severly impressed by Jason's transparency when talking with him about this.

 

We chatted for several minutes before my demo of Legendary, and what I heard was someone who is passionate about gaming, passionate about bringing an entertaining and captivating experience through the game, and one who understood the lay of the land. 

 

All that said, does Marvel Legendary hold up in an environment where Cryptozoic is coming out with the DC Deck Building game?  Time will tell... until later, when we bring you a Critical Review, we have the below video for you to enjoy, which is our Critical Play of Marvel Legendary.  Grab your Hammer, your Shield, your Arc Reactor, and get Angry... it's Clobberin' Time!

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Sat

06

Oct

2012

Critical Contests - Epic Mage Wars Giveaway!

As a special surprise, both for hitting 150 likes on Facebook and for just being super cool fans, I'm pleased to announce that the Arcane Wonders Team has provided us the chance to give one lucky fan of Crits Happen an amazing prize package all centered around their hit new game, Mage Wars!

 

NOTE: THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED AND A WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED!

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Sat

06

Oct

2012

Critical Review - Love Letter

AEG has been a very busy company lately.  They just celebrated their 10,000th card for LOT5R, they’ve been working on the success of Nightfall, their deck builder about werewolves and vampires, bringing it to the iOS systems, and of course, they recently released Smash Up! at Gen Con.  They have a wide portfolio of games, including Tomb, Infinite city, and of course, some small deck-builder you may have heard of called Thunderstone.

 

We recently reviewed Smash Up while at Gen Con, with our good friend Rodney Smith from Watch it Played, and today, I’m happy to bring you a very light game, based on the Tempest world AEG has created, called Love Letter.  Love Letter is a very light game, how light?  Well it’s only 16 cards!  That’s how light!  It’s playable by 2-4 players and is extremely quick, in about 15-20 minutes.

 

We have a print and play copy to share with you today, so it’s by no means the final product, but let me give you some background.  Love Letter is one of four titles built around the city state of Tempest.  The others are Courtier, Dominare, and Mercante.  Each has their own flavor they bring to the genre, but in essence, Tempest is a city state filled with intrigue, trade markets, political influence, and deception… and in the case of our game today, love.

 

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Mon

01

Oct

2012

Critical Review - Mage Wars

Some people look at a game, and purely based on first glance, chalk it up to a “clone” of something else.  Let’s face it, it happens a lot.  We have so many games on the market place, good and bad, that there is usually some other game you can point to when playing something and say, “It’s like when you are playing this…”  Sometimes fair, sometimes unfair, but the comparisons happen.

 

Its with that reminder, I’m happy to provide a critical review of Mage Wars, the customizeable strategy game of dueling mages, from the Arcane Wonders team.  This team, lead by a father and son team of Bryan and Benjamin Pope, have spent the better part of the last 5 years, yes 5 years, developing this game.  Some people may think that is insane, a 5 year development cycle, but I can tell you from first hand experience, both in playing the game and in meeting the team in person, that this is a labor of love and not something that just “dragged” on.

 

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