Tue

03

Mar

2015

A (short) Critique of... Batman & The Hobbit Love Letter

As most of the Critical Community knows, I'm a big fan of Batman. Big.  BIG.  Knowing that, it's been with both excitement and trepidation that I waited patiently for the Batman Love Letter from AEG.


Batman and Love is not always a pretty story, but, I trust my friends at Cryptozoic (who own these two licenses) and AEG, to partner to make magic, and magic they have.  Not just with Batman but also with the Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies editions of Love Letter.


Let's dive into the bags and see the cards, and new abilities, included in these sets!

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Mon

08

Dec

2014

A Critique of... Colt Express

One of the really fun things about board gaming is it can transport you, literally!  Given the right group of friends, you can embark on adventures that are exciting, perilous, and most often than not, wrought with danger.  Sometimes, you even get to shoot your friends.


Such is the case with Colt Express from from Asmodee and Ludonaute games!  In Colt Express you will be a nefarious bandit who has hopped a speeding train, looking to make off with as much loot as possible... but of course, being the "ol' West" means other bandits are nearby as well!


Do you have what it takes to unload your six guns, snatch all the loot, and ride off into the sunset as the richest bandit!?  Meet me down at the watering hole as we grab our six shooter and whiskey and see who is the nastiest bandit in these darn parts, in the world of Colt Express!

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Wed

03

Dec

2014

A Critique of... Gravity Maze

Think Fun is firing on all cylinders lately. I often look for kids games through Gamewright or Blue Orange, as both have been solid, but lately, I've been noticing more and more, well, fun, coming from Think Fun.  


We recently reviewed Robot Turtles from Think Fun, which is an excellent teaching aide and game for young gamers.  Today we take a lok at more of a puzzle than a game, but something equally as fun, and educational; Gravity Maze!


Gravity Maze is simple... get one marble from point A to point B, but as many things in lift, the journey is more important than the destination. You'll find your little gamers, and even your older gamers, scratching their heads at times, but enjoying the twists and turns around every corner. Snap in, set up, and let's get ready to roll inside the world of Gravity Maze!

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Mon

03

Nov

2014

A Critique of... Madame Ching

Bruno Cathala has been on a heck of a ride in 2014.  Between Abyss and Five Tribes coming out of Gen Con looking like gold, he has had a heck of a year... and now, comes part III, Madame Ching!


In Madame Ching, you and up to 3 other players, will take control of an ancient Junk vessel, pirating your way to victory by plundering islands, scoring gold coins and gems, in the hopes of impressing Madame Ching herself and scoring control of the covetous China Pearl!


Are you fearless enough to brave the waters to raid the city of Hong Kong? Can you amass a crew worth of the China Pearl?  Grab your swashbuckling gear because this is going to be one wild piracy trip!

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Mon

15

Sep

2014

A Critique of... Viceroy

Hobby World is a publisher not many in the states may be familiar with, but honestly, it would do them justice to become familiar with.  They are one of the leading Russian publishers, hosting a catalog of many games, some you know well, others you may not have seen... yet.


In the last year, we have reviewed, and enjoyed two of their titles; World of Tanks: Rush the Deck Building Game and Hollywood.  Both have seen success on Kickstarter and through secondary publishers, like Asmodee with World of Tanks.


Today, we're going to look at a game, set inside the Berserk universe, about power, pyramids, influence, and control.  At the core, Viceroy combines colorful artwork, great visuals, and intense choices all together into one fun game for you and you friends to enjoy! Can you build the most powerful pyramid for you people to support you?

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Sun

31

Aug

2014

Critique - Abyss

Bruno Cathala had one heck of a Gen Con 2014! He had Days of Wonder release the eagerly awaited Five Tribes, and he and Charles Chevallier's new game, Abyss was released as well.


Charles and Bruno have collaborated one several classics, and once again, they look to have hit a home run, from under the sea this time, with Abyss!


In Abyss, you're going to be set collecting, to draft lords, to lock locations, all with the hope of being crowned the new king of the underworld!  Do you have what it takes?  Grab your pearls and let's jump into the Abyss!

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Sun

24

Aug

2014

Critique of Lords of Xidit

I love it when games surprise me.  Sometimes though, they surprise me in a bad way.  Thankfully, Lords of Xidit is not surprising in that way.  Rather, it will throw you for a complete loop, and make you smile the whole way around!

 

If you like Seasons (the game world Lords of Xidit) takes place in, or if you like games like Lords of Waterdeep (where you're collecting aid of units to help you achieve objectives), or, you just want to learn how badly I can slaughter a name spell this "wonky", Lords of Xidit has everything you're looking for.

 

Come with me as I go through what looks like, on the surface, a lot to take in, but once you get to the destination, you'll appreciate the journey all the more... let's jump into the world of Lords of Xidit!

 

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Mon

02

Jun

2014

A Critique of Descent Shadow of Nerekhall

Descent Journeys in the Dark, 2nd Edition is easily one of the best games on the market for anyone looking for a dungeon delving, role playing type experience out of their board games.  It's complete, concise and exacting in it's adventures and is one of the few games I can easily see almost anyone who likes the genre, devoting all their time to.

 

Since it's "reinvention" in 2nd edition, there have been a few expansions for Descent, but none have done what Shadow of Nerekhall does.  With a giant compendium of user created material online, making an expansion worth the $59.95 USD retail can be a challenge, but I'm happy to say, once again, Fantasy Flight and their team of Descent Designers have risen to the challenge!

 

Come with us as we explore the dark once more, and delve deeper into the world of Descent, while adventuring in the Shadow of Nerekhall!

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Tue

15

Apr

2014

A Critique of... Rivet Wars

This month's Critique is going to provide a powerful punch in pint sized form; Rivet Wars the Eastern Front!  Cool Mini or Not, the makers of Rivet Wars, are probably most notably known for their hit kickstarter game, Zombiecide!  This, like Zombiecide, is a minis based game on tiles, but that is where the similarities end and the war games begin!

 

Rivet Wars takes the "greatest hits" of wargaming and wraps it up into one pint sized package that delivers in a lot of great ways!  Whether you are looking for a way to introduce family members to war games, looking for a way to get friends onto the battlefields, or you are looking for a "not so usual" way to skirmish with pals, Rivet Wars has a bit of something for everyone!

 

Don't forget to cast your vote and make your voice heard on if you think Rivet Wars is a Crit, Hit or Miss by voting in our poll below the video!  Suit up soldier, or rather, "plug up", and move out! Hup, two, three...

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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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Fri

21

Feb

2014

A Critique of... Euphoria

"Help! Help! I'm being repressed!" - Michael Palin

 

I love Dystopian and Steampunk themes.  They are two of my favorite genres that I feel provide amazing and imaginary settings for fun and exciting games.  Unfortunately, there's not many "great" dystopian and/or steampunk themed games.

 

Thankfully, Euphoria; Build a Better Dystopia, from Stonemaier Games, attempts, quite successfully, to remedy that!  It's a world of tunneling through the underground bases of your enemies, using markets to oppress others, and laying your authority in every area of the land you can!  Grab your recruits, grab your artifacts, and let's jump into the world of Euphoria!

 

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Mon

10

Feb

2014

A Critique of... Rampage!

Over the next few months, we'll be changing some things here at Crits Happen; one of which is our Critical Reviews are going to become a new series of videos known as "Critiques".  The first of which is about one of our favorite new games... Rampage!  Remember, below, you can cast your vote for a Crit, Hit or Miss rating for Rampage as well!

 

Rampage is yet another simple and yet beautiful game from Antoine Bauza!  You may remember last we spoke about Antoine, we were hauling a gigantic Takenoko set home from Gen Con.  This time around is a city smashing, meeple eating, car tossing good time inside Rampage!  It's your job to take on the role of a Monster, thrash the city, chow down on unsuspecting (or who knows, maybe some oft-suspecting) meeples, and score more points than your opponents... just don't get your teeth knocked out!

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