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Reviews of both new release and older board games, card games, RPG’s, and miniature games.

Feed Your Season 7 Anticipation with A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Second Edition

Thanks to an apparent IMDb leak, we now know the expected premiere date of Game of Thrones’ seventh season is June 25th, and fans are going crazy! Normally airing as part of HBO’s spring schedule, the summer 2017 date for means a longer wait to see who among the beloved (and behated) characters will die next, who will survive, and who will rise to claim the Iron Throne. But why wait? The second edition of A Game of Thrones:...

Let It Die Is “Probably the Greatest Game Ever”

Let It Die is a freemium Sony exclusive. Described as a “super action game,” it is, on the surface, a fairly straightforward hack-and-slash adventure. Then things get a bit, well, weird.  Luckily for you, a skateboarding skeleton in 3-D glasses who enthusiastically refers to you as senpai is willing to show you the ropes. Uncle Death, by the way, is pretty much Grim Fandango’s Manny Calavera—if Manny never caught the Number Nine and ended up in a desperate attempt to relive some alternative youth...

Twisty, Turny Board Games to Play with Your Tiny Geek

Geeks of all sizes tend to enjoy games, but the trick is finding games that everyone can play together and enjoy. Many games aimed at children consist of rolling a die (or flicking a spinner) and moving, which can get pretty old before too long. Why not look for games with mechanics simple enough for the younger geeklings to grasp, but still allow for a bit of choice in what the player does each time? Last time, I focused...

Save Baby Toby from Becoming a Goblin in Labyrinth: The Board Game

Labyrinth lovers! Did you know there is now a board game based on the movie? I preordered this game last spring and checked my email weekly once I knew it was finally being produced. Then I received the notification that my game was headed to my doorstep, and my anxiousness grew. I started planning for my monthly game-night party and eagerly awaited its arrival. Finally! My daughter sends me a picture text of nothing but the game, just in...

Star Wars: Destiny Lets You Fight the Battle of Light Side versus Dark Side

The release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and the promise of many more films and adventures to come, including the imminent Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, have brought enthusiasm for the beloved space-fantasy saga to an all-time high. Into this climate, local gaming publisher Fantasy Flight Games is introducing Star Wars: Destiny, a collectible card-and-dice game featuring the iconic heroes, villains, and ships from across the Star Wars universe. After attending a special preview event where...

Beyond Candy Land: Two Great Games to Play with Your Tiny Geek

Candy Land is an enduring game. My daughter has a copy, I had a copy when I was her age, and if neither of my parents had a copy as children, I’m sure they knew someone who did. It’s not hard to see why the game has stuck around for generations, since it has pretty much anything you can ask for in a game focused at the under-six set. It’s easy to play (draw a card/spin the spinner, move...

Be Your Own Boss with Boss Monster

Retro becomes modern in an exciting twist on the 8-bit era! Boss Monster is a game for ages 13 and up and is perfect for anyone who ever sympathized with any of the big baddies on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It takes about half an hour and is for 2 to 4 players. Players are randomly dealt one of the game’s Boss Monster cards, which are all clear parodies of classic video-game bosses such as Bowser and Ganon. The...

5 Board Games Guaranteed to Ruin Your Valentine’s Day Romance

Valentine’s Day is the most divisive Hallmark holiday in terms of public opinion. For those who do have someone to share the day with—be it a special someone, good friend, or family member—the day can be a cheery experience full of lighthearted candy exchanges, kisses, or even candlelit dinners. But for those who (like me) haven’t tricked someone into loving them, the day can leave a bitter taste in their mouth, with its only solace coming from the discount...

Science Fiction Double Feature: A Smash Up Review

You probably wouldn’t think that Cyborg Apes, Shapeshifters, Super Spies and Time Travelers would end up in the same game, let alone on the same team. But that’s the whole point of Smash Up. Well . . . that and smashing bases. I grabbed some gaming and nongaming friends, provided a couple bottles of wine, made tacos (that’s how I persuade them to show up) and began a battle for Victory points in Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature....

Commerce, Bluffs, and Bribery in Sheriff of Nottingham

A pleasant day for merchants selling apples, cheese, bread and chickens at the market turns into an event filled with corruption, bribes, and deceit. Merchant beware: a simple day at the market can come with a few knives in the back! As a lover of all things medieval, I was immediately drawn to Sheriff of Nottingham as soon as I had heard about it. The game itself has a very strong theme of medieval England, and I was ecstatic...
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