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Cry Havoc Review

Cry Havoc Review

Alright, today we’re getting back on track with our look back at 2016. There were a few games that I was especially excited to get to play this year with all of the Gencon buzz. Today we’ll take a look at one of those games. Cry Havoc Designers: Grant Rodiek, Michał Oracz, Michał Walczak Play Time: 90-120 minutes Player Count: 2-4 Players Cry Havoc is an asymmetric, area-control game published by Portal Games. In Cry Havoc, each player controls a…

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Iris Kickstarter Preview

Iris Kickstarter Preview

So today I’m going to take a quick break from my look back at 2016 to do a review of a game that is currently on Kickstarter, called Iris. I’m a big fan of cooperative games. I love working together with your friends to beat a game. Iris is a cooperative game in microgame package. Let’s take a look. Iris Designer: Dustin Vance Play Time: 20 minutes Player Count: 1-4 players Iris is a cooperative microgame published by Captive Publishing….

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New Bedford Review

New Bedford Review

So, for the first review of the 2016 review set, I’m going to go with one of the games that I was most excited to get, New Bedford. I was fortunate enough to get to playtest this game before it was kickstarted by Greater Than Games and Dice Hate Me Games, and ever since that first playthrough, I was excited to get the final copy. This review is also going to cover some of the expansion material from New Bedford:…

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Viticulture: Essential Edition Review

Viticulture: Essential Edition Review

Alright, first off, let me start by stating and admitting that I’m a self-diagnosed Stonemaier games junkie. As I’ve mentioned before, Euphoria is my favorite game and everything they’ve published so far, I’ve liked. Actually, more than liked. I’ll kickstart whatever they want to publish because I know I’m getting a good product. Plus, Jamey Stegmaier is phenomenal at responding to questions and social media posts, and even recommends tweeting him during games if you have rules questions. That’s a…

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Royals Review

Royals Review

I’m a big fan of heavy theme. I love when the things I’m doing in a game feel like they’re supposed to be happening. However, every once in a while, I get the itch for a Euro game. Moving cubes around a board, thinking completely strategically, having low levels of luck. All of those things have their place. Today’s review is one of those games. It’s a little lighter on the Euro side, but still very fun. Royals Designer: Peter…

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Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition Review

Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition Review

A big debate in the board gaming world revolves around the use of digital media to supplement a gaming experience. Should a game have an app that may be used, but isn’t necessary, or an app that is required to play the game? Should there be no apps required for board games at all? Today’s game is the first I’ve played that requires an app to play the game. Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition Designer: Nikki Valens Player Count: 1-5…

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The Great Dinosaur Rush Review

The Great Dinosaur Rush Review

I love when games provide a unique theme. I’ve mentioned it before, and this won’t be the last time, I’m sure. One of the reasons I love playing board games so much is that I get to explore so many different times and worlds. I grew up watching and loving the Indiana Jones films, and wanted to be an archaeologist for a while because of them. When I saw this game on Kickstarter, I knew I had to back it….

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Kickstarter Preview: Unreal Estate

Kickstarter Preview: Unreal Estate

I’m always impressed when a game is able to provide me with a unique and engaging experience. I’m even more impressed when a game that only uses cards is able to do that. Today’s review is actually for a game that hasn’t been published yet, but will be on Kickstarter starting September 20th. Unreal Estate Designer: Jason Slingerland Player Count: 2-4 players Play Time: 15-20 minutes   Unreal Estate is the first published game by Grand Gamers Guild. In Unreal…

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Islebound Review

Islebound Review

If you haven’t realized it yet, I realllllly like games that have good art. Not just good art, but art that makes them stand out. I love when I walk past a game being played and stop just to take an extra look at the board or the pieces. One designer whose art style I absolutely love, is Ryan Laukat. If I had copious amounts of money, I would buy his games, just so I had extra boards to hang…

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Onitama Review

Onitama Review

Today’s review is going to be a game that isn’t the style I usually play. Abstract strategy. I tend to be more of an Amerithrash gamer, who also likes a steady dose of Euros. I don’t have the mind or the desire for most abstract strategy games, but this one caught my eye. Onitama Designer: Shimpei Sato Player Count: 2 Play Time: 10 minutes   Onitama is the 2nd game in the Dice Tower Essentials line of games published by…

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