Games

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

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Is a Satisfying Mystery-Solving Challenge

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective is a story lover’s dream. It presents like a fairly standard game. A thick, plastic-wrapped box of the usual size and shape greeted me within my Amazon package. But the moment I lifted it out, I found my first surprise: it was heavy, weighing as much as or more than a thick textbook. Peeling back the plastic, I slid the box open for another surprise: inside were no meeples, no dice, no markers or pens....

Shadow of the Demon Lord Is Innovative, Twisted Tabletop Fun

I distinctly recall the moment that Shadow of the Demon Lord hooked me. My players had penetrated a thick magical mist, venturing out to the island lair of an evil hag. After defeating her minions, they reached her inner sanctum, intent on defeating her and taking a powerful artifact for themselves. They faced off with the evil faerie in a tense battle, and for the first few turns, things seemed to be going their way. But she had a...

A Look Back at Magic: The Gathering’s Quarter-Century Anniversary

The year 2018 was notable for many 25th anniversaries in the geek world. In the world of visual media, it was 25 years since the debut of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine TV series and the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day. Video gamers also first solved the puzzles in Myst and performed barrel rolls with Star Fox 25 years ago. And in July 1993, players at the Origins Game Fair in Dallas, Texas, tapped lands for mana for...

Role-Players Can Wander the Streets of Ravnica with the “Krenko’s Way” D&D Adventure

With 2018 being Magic: The Gathering’s 25th anniversary, fans of the long-running game have been treated to a lot of new formats, products, and events. Some have been well received, such as the Dominaria expansion. Others have been more limited in their reach, like the Battlebond draft set. One of the major changes that Wizards of the Coast made to their product release and Wizards Play Network in 2018 was to eliminate support for local game store championship tournaments,...

Twin Cities Game Stores Welcome Guilds of Ravnica

For anyone who has ever considered learning to play Magic: The Gathering (MTG), there are few ways that are better than to attend a prerelease. Every year, Wizards of the Coast releases at least two or three expansions to its 25-year-old collectible card game and sponsors events both online and in person at game stores across the globe. These events are designed to show players how to use the new mechanics that are being introduced into the set, give...

Cat Crimes Is a Great Combination of Cats and Logic

Personally, I think logic is a fairly vital skill for kids to learn. Even going beyond the obvious uses of logic in programming and other computer-related disciplines, a strong sense of logic helps in figuring out day-to-day problems. The trouble is that sometimes logic exercises can be presented in fairly dry or unrelatable situations. Pencil-and-paper exercises are fun for travel, but they can be daunting for anyone still learning how to order their thoughts. This is where Cat Crimes,...

The Cramped, Chaotic Kitchen of Overcooked! 2 Delivers Delicious Cooperative Fun

There are a lot of things I like to do with my friends: seeing movies, going on trips, shopping, and playing games, just to name a few. But after a few hours of playing Overcooked! 2, I can safely say I don’t want to work in a kitchen with them anytime soon. Even though it destroyed my dreams of opening a food truck, Overcooked! 2 provided plenty of chaotic moments that made me laugh and sigh exasperatedly in equal...

Channel A: The Anime Pitch Party Game Is a Delight for Anime Fans of All Levels

The more I think back on my life as a gamer, the more I realize how much that identity has interacted with—and even informed—my other hobbies. Even as recently as when I discovered Call to Adventure (which I wrote about earlier this month), my excitement and anticipation from that game has rekindled my interest in fantasy novels, and that’s had me reading them a lot more lately than I had been. Similarly, my entry into the trading-card-gaming scene in the...

GKR: Heavy Hitters Is a Giant-Robot Fighting Game That Holds No Punches

Pick your robot, pick your pilot, pick your weapons, and pick your victim in GKR: Heavy Hitters! This fast-paced strategy arena game lets you put the pedal to the metal—and the metal to the face of more metal—with a beat ’em up, shoot ’em up gameplay. Fans of Pacific Rim will especially find fun in GKR, since it isn’t every board game that lets you pilot your own Giant Killer Robot! In the setting of the game, televised giant...

Saved The Game Is Lighthearted Fun about Escaping Armageddon

I’ve previously mentioned that I keep my eyes peeled for tabletop games themed around real-world religion. But these kinds of games are rare because releasing anything into the glutted tabletop marketplace is a gamble, and most companies try to minimize their risk by avoiding what they see as unnecessary controversy. Then there are those like Minneapolis locals James Kenna and Zach Rapatz, who utilize crowdfunding to publish outlandish games for the people who want them, such as their debut...
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