Games

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

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...

Board Game Review: The Doom that Came to Atlantic City

When cultists finally summon the Great Old Ones from their slumber, it only makes good sense that they would descend upon Atlantic City, NJ in order to begin their inevitable eldritch destruction of the world. That, at least is the premise of The Doom that Came to Atlantic City, a cute roll-and-move style game set in the world of H.P. Lovecraft. The basic premise is a pretty straight-forward take on Monopoly, where you’re bloody well encouraged to be cruel...

Board Game Review: Machi Koro

Did you know that in Japan, a mayor can start a city with nothing more than a wheat field and a bakery, create a bustling empire for his constituents, and ensure that her rival shichou can’t get their cities up to snuff all in 30 minutes or less? This is your goal in Machi Koro, one of the latest quirky, short-form Japanese games to finally get an English translation in 2014. Machi Koro is a deceptively simple card and...
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