Smash Up is a card-based strategy game that is incredible. If you’re a fan of strategy, this is a very handy boardgame to have lying around. Smash Up answers the age-old question of which is better; Robots or Ninjas? Pirates or Aliens? In fact it one-ups this idea and answers the much more pressing question- who is better: Robot Ninjas, or Alien Pirates? Smash Up is composed of decks of cards that represent a ‘faction’, like aliens or zombies. Each deck does something particular thing well- for example Aliens beam up other creatures, Zombies have a bad habit of coming back from the dead, and Ninjas jump in when you least expect them. You combine two of these decks to battle it out with your friends. Continue reading “Review: Smash Up”→
After a pretty hefty start, we now have some content for the site. So, what’s next? I’ll keep pumping out a review every now and then (mostly of games I am familiar with/own. Expect one of the superb Smash Up and Takenoko), and I am planning to do an in-depth look into the strategy of some particular games. I also am planning to start (similar to r/boardgames) a kickstarter roundup, so you know what’s what when you are in the mood to back a new game.
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Stonemaier games are no stranger to massive crowdfunding campaigns. Created by Jamey Stegmaier and Alan Stone, Stonemaier games has successfully run five Kickstarter campaigns to create new boardgames. They are probably best known for Viticulture- a worker placement game that puts you to the task of making the best possible wine. Viticulture and its expansion Tuscany netted just over $500,000 USD in their respective crowdfunding campaigns.
Stonemaier’s next project is one the most hotly anticipated Kickstarters in recent memory: Scythe. Continue reading “Interview: Jamey Stegmaier from Stonemaier games”→
Tokaido isn’t a game about war and death and conquering people. It’s a game in which you and your friends face head on to have the most ‘lovely’ trip down the famous Tokaido Road in Japan. You get points for having a relaxing bath, eating delicious meals, and painting the landscape around you. The game ends up being an open, fairly friendly family game. It sounds lovely- and the game can be quite a lovely experience- however it leaves quite a bit to be desired… Continue reading “Review: Tokaido”→
Ticket to Ride is a pretty nifty boardgame. You start out with a blank board of Europe, and slowly but surely, you start to populate it with a colourful mess of trains. The game gets exponentially better the more people you have playing. A 2 player game feels like a lackadaisical skip through the woods, whereas a full 5 player game feels like Tokyo in rush hour. The main pressure of this game, the reason you play this game on the edge of your seat, is space- or a lack of it.Continue reading “Review: Ticket to Ride”→
I know, I know. It’s an easy target to hit. Sometimes it seems every boardgamer loves to hate on monopoly. And while (I think) there is good reason for this, there seems to be a tidal-wave of hatred for this game. And while there are some reasons why monopoly became so successful,I feel it has become a black mark on what the board gaming hobby can truly be.
There is a very deliberate reason I am looking at a 20-year-old game as the first review on the site. It was the game that got me into gaming. It is a fantastically simple, incredibly engaging, and fairly quick game to play. Settlers of Catan, over the last 20 years, has solidified its place in the board gaming history. It has become a juggernaut of cardboard. There are over two dozen translations and the game has sold in the multi-millions. There is even a documentary about and a rumoured movie/tv series in the works. Settlers of Catan is huge. Chances are, if you are interested in boardgames, you’ve had a crack at it. You might even own it. But just in case you haven’t had the pleasure of playing, go out to your nearest board game cafe and play the damn thing. Continue reading “Review: Settlers of Catan”→