Games

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

Shadows over Camelot Provides Plenty of Medieval Strategy, Questing, and Dark Age Treachery

Swords clashing, political subterfuge, and shining righteousness—all within the hallowed stone walls of the legendary fortress of Camelot. For as long as I remember I have been deeply infatuated with all of the mythos of medieval fantasies. When I found a passion for board gaming, I was not surprised that I bought a copy of Shadows over Camelot on sight. When I initially played the game, I was ecstatic that the game was well balanced and has a high...

Roller Coaster Challenge Is Problem-Solving Fun for Young Players

When I saw that ThinkFun had started a Kickstarter for Roller Coaster Challenge, a brain-teaser game that lets you build your own roller coasters, my only question was what I should pick for my backing level. Should I just get the base game, or spring for the extra challenges and bonus car? My geekling is a budding roller-coaster enthusiast who also loves the challenges from Robot Turtles, another critical-thinking and logic game from ThinkFun, and this game had her...

The Rick and Morty Card Game is Totally Rickdiculous!

The wait for season 3 of Rick and Morty—the highlight of our lives—has moved so slowly, the clocks have practically started going backwards. But hey, at least we discovered time travel, right? So many rumors had floated around about the date the series would continue, and they all ended in heartbreaking, world-spiraling depression. Luckily, it’s only a couple more weeks until new episodes begin, but in the meantime I am back with another solace for you waiting fans—this time...

Anvil Industry Offers Tabletop Models for All

In 2011, Anvil Industry joined the crowded market of selling conversion bits for 28-millimeter scale models, aiming particularly at the Warhammer 40,000 range. They produce two main ranges—Exo-Lords and Regiments (power-armor-equipped soldiers and standard infantry, respectively)—selling both full models and individual sprues of bits for conversion work on other models. Anvil Industry also found success in its own tabletop game, Afterlife, which raised over $50,000 via Kickstarter in 2014. The company’s latest release, the Trench Fighters range, consists of...

Shadow War: Armageddon Offers Quick Matches, Long Campaigns, and Lots of Customization

With the recent announcement of the eighth edition of Warhammer 40,000, there may be people out there who are interested in the game but put off by the price tag of starting an army. For those people, Games Workshop’s new Shadow War: Armageddon is an excellent entry point for the curious, requiring a far smaller investment. This game is based on the rule set of Necromunda, Games Workshop’s classic game, originally published in 1995. Swapping out gang warfare in...

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...
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