Mon

24

Mar

2014

Critical Plays - Rampage

Continuing on with our series of Critical Plays, we have a town full of unsuspecting meeples ready to be devoured, destroyed, thrown around like, well, like meeples, an in general have chaos thrust upon them by some wooden Kaiju!  I'm talking of course, about Rampage!

 

Rampage is possibly one of the most fun games Antoine Bauza has designed, as it's simple to teach, easy to enjoy for all ages, and something adults can laugh at and have fun with, or, sit down with their family for a great evening!  Each player receives a wooden monster, starts on a corner of a board, and literally "goes to town" moving, destroying, and devouring everything in its path!

 

Come with us as Kraken Dan and I are joined by Rebekah and Eric from Wonko's Toys and Games as we enter this wooden devastation zone together for a 4 player game of Rampage!

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Sun

16

Mar

2014

Critical Preview - Tuscany

Legacy style game play is something I love! I think it adds a great element of growth for all players to enjoy with a game and it something most everyone can get behind in some form or fashion.  If you're unfamiliar with this style, it essentially sees you play a game, then, pending who wins, unlocking new mechanics or modules to add to the rules, changing the experience, and more importantly, making it your own!

 

Viticulture was Stonemaier Games' hit success of a worker placement game, which saw players take on the role of a vineyard owner, trying to fulfill wine orders through the production of different types of wine.  Now, what was an already solid worker placement game, gets the Legacy style make over, as Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture is on Kickstarter!

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Fri

14

Mar

2014

Critical Preview - Lineage

Most prototypes we get are pretty rough, and that's to be expected.  The rules are sometimes challenging, the pieces are sometimes simple, but we always find a way to muscle through things.  Then, every once in a while, someone brings us something that is extremely well planned, and just downright beautiful.
 
Lineage, the Martial Arts Strategy Game is just that.  If someone told me the game copy I had was a prototype, I'd pretty much not believe them, this version is that good.  
 
Lineage is an asymmetrical board game where players play as either the Emperor and General or a pair of Master and Student, vying for different win conditions, while impacting gameplay with every move.  It's deeply rooted in Chinese philosophy and culture, and is much more than meets the eye.
 
Lineage is currently on Kickstarter, so after viewing our preview, head over to their project page to check it out!

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Fri

14

Mar

2014

Critical Announcement!

Today's the big day! I'm thrilled to be able to share some amazing news with everyone here in our Critical Community! Arcane Wonders announced it this morning, and in addition, the Cardboard Jungle has an interview up you can listen to as well!

 

This is going to be an exciting year for Arcane Wonders, for Mage Wars and for Crits Happen!  Thank you all for your support and let us know your thoughts by commenting below or through any of our social sites!  Keep rolling those dice....!

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Tue

11

Mar

2014

Critical Preview - Epic Resort

Every once in a while, something comes along that catches you by surprise.  Epic Resort is just that kind of game.  The theme alone turned us on the moment we heard it; you’re a resort owner, building the best attractions and staffing them with workers, where your goal is to encourage heroes and tourists to come to your resort, to relax and recuperate from their dungeon delving adventures.

 

All that, and it has great art and was made by Floodgate games, the makers of Legacy: Gears of Time and Legacy: Forbidden Machines! Seriously!? I'm in....

 

Epic resort is a tongue in cheek game that has a lot to offer to gamers. There's the comedy of Paladins relaxing on the beach and the thrill of the Slaughter Coaster!  There's deck building, or more deck evolution, and resource management.  There's timing decisions, labor decisions, and a host of actions that will keep you tuned on every player's turn.

 

So what are you waiting for? Go get your best thong on and hit the beach in Epic Resort!

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Mon

10

Mar

2014

Critical Preview - Pirate Den

Most people that are into designer board games know the name Boyan Radakovich as someone who brings us the world renowned Table Top, hosted by Wil Wheaton.  Aside from bringing us the record setting streaks of "losing at one's own place" on the Geek and Sundry channel, Bo also has been a successful game designer and developer with The Gamesmith!

 

Now, Gamesmith is sailing the high seas and bringing us Pirate Den, a family style bluffing game for 3 to 5 daring pirates!  There's subterfuge, attacks, and plundering to be found in every round, and only the bravest and wiliest pirate will secure victory from their buried treasure and bountiful gems!

 

Come with us as we set forth on an adventure at SXSW's Game Expo to learn about Pirate Den, steal some booty, and see what it's like to play with the man behind the camera himself, Boyan!

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Tue

04

Mar

2014

A Critique of... Glass Road

Uwe Rosenberg is synonymous with designer board games to many fans. Love it or hate it, Agricola took the board game world by storm, and many of Uwe's designs and titles are beloved worldwide!  Enter now, into the world of Glass Road!

 

Glass Road, by Z-Man Games, is a different type of journey you may be used to taking with ol' Uwe.  In this game it'll be smart decision making and wise resource management choices that make you the victor.  Wait, that sounds exactly like Uwe?  Well, did I mention you can play in about 30 to 60 minutes?!

 

Get ready to "spin the wheel" at your glassworks and brickworks as you'll be gathering and using a lot of resources as you attempt to build buildings, use specialists, and rack up the victory points in your journey down the Glass Road!

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