Today Will and Ryan review The Big Book of Madness from Iello. It's a cooperative deck-building game where players have to pull together enough elemental magic to close a mysterious and terrifying book. Great illustrations, cool components, and interesting game play make this one another "two thumbs upper".
Steam Time, from Kosmos, is a steampunk + time travel themed worker placement game. In the game players try to pimp out their airships using crystals they've collected. The crystals can be used as resources, or to power their ship, improving the rewards they gather when performing different actions on the board. Steam Time has a lot going on, some constantly moving parts, and it plays quickly while offering lots of great choices.
Star Wars Destiny is a collectable card and dice game from Fantasy Flight games. It features characters from the new Star Wars movies and pits them against each other in a battle to the death (or to the end of your deck). The cards feature weapons, vehicles and other characters from the universe. It's incredibly easy to learn to play, and the dice add a nice random but still strategic element to the game. Star Wars Destiny has the potential to grow into something epic if the right cards are added to the game!
Inis is a Celtic themed board game full of unique history and lore. In it players compete as chieftains striving to become King. It features several different mechanics from card drafting, to area control, to character clashes, and offers multiple routes to victory. Check our review for the full rundown.
Triumph is a simple card placement strategy game that pits up to 4 players against each other in a contest of whits and recognition as players try to put together 3 columns or row of same-colored cards. Each card has a special ability. Use them wisely and you will triumph!
Today we take a run through of one of Asmodee's newest games: Hit Z Road. It's a bidding, dice rolling, choose your own destiny, zombie thrashing adventure that's got a gorgeous theme and easy-to-pick-up rule set. It's fun for the whole family, and it's perfect for your Halloween game night ;)
Kevin joins Will and Ryan today to talk about Stonemaier's latest game Scythe and its new Invaders From Afar expansion. Featuring new minis, tokens, player boards—and of course a ton of excellent artwork—this expansion allows more players more ways to play! Check out the details in our Terrible 2-Minute Review.
Isle of Skye is a tile placement game that's set in the Scottish Highlands. In this 2–4 player game, published by Mayfair Games, players try to build the strongest territory for their clan in order to become the most powerful (and wealthy) chieftain.
Potion Explosion is a magical marble game that's fun for the whole family. With familiar mechanics (think Candy Crush/Bejeweled) lots of great artwork, and a unique tactile experience all bottled up in one—this game offers a flavor of fun that stands out from the pack!
Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants is a dice dexterity game that's coming to Kickstarter in September 2016. Featuring some super fun artwork and an incredibly well-balanced play system this game is fun for the whole family. If you are looking for a game that's easy to learn and offers lots of replayability, then be on the lookout for Problem Picnic!
In Histrio players use their cards and minis to travel to far-off lands in order to recruit actors and build a troupe worthy of the King's stage. With lots of different simple mechanics, fantastic artwork, and plenty of flexible strategy, this game has lots to offer. Bring the right show to match the Kings mood and you could end up wealthy beyond your dreams!
For our Season 3 opener we review the game Captain Sonar. It's a new 8 player, semi-cooperative, real-time strategy game that's easy to pick up and an absolute blast to play! It takes the concept of Battleship to a whole new level.
Ra is a bidding and set collection game from Asmodee and WindRider. This beautifully redesigned version adds lots of new flavor to a tried and true 2-4 player tile game. Players must outwit and outbid each other as they try to collect specific sets of tiles before the RA track fills up and ends the epoch. The player with the most valuable set of tiles at the end wins the favor of the sun god.
Lords of Waterdeep is a no nonsense worker placement game. With solid and enjoyable mechanics, and attractive artwork--the fun in this one rests comfortably in the strategy it takes to collect resources, bonus points, and rewards better than your opponents.
Tempurra is a new simple card game in which players try to avoid drawing too many cards for fear of over-eating and ending up bloated and gassy. Yep, that's right, those dishes just keep adding up, and at some point you're going to have to draw. If you end up with three gas tokens you lose! With some sickeningly cute artwork, and easy to learn rules, Tempurra makes for a fun filler and conversation piece--it's the cat's meow.
ION: A Compound Building Game is a card drafting game where players use their knowledge of chemistry (or visually match "+"s and "-"s) to build neutrally balanced compounds, collect noble gases, and strategically hold on to radioactive materials. Action tiles help shake things up and add another layer of strategy. And slick artwork, accurate scientific principals, and a proven mechanic make this one a great filler, or a perfect game for teachers and students.
Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents is a worker placement, bidding, stock market, networking, et. al. board game in which players take on the role of Luminaries from the 1880's trying to outdo each other in the race for AC vs. DC electrical domination... Yeah, you should just sit back and watch the review, there's a lot of good stuff to take in.
Blood & Fortune is a 3-6 player card game full of negotiation, deduction and betrayal. In the game players offer their influence cards to other players in order to gain points--all the while trying to figure out who is winning in order to avoid offering them too much. With optional role cards and special actions, Blood & Fortune is easy to learn and add to as you play, but is tough to master. And did we mention that it looks absolutely gorgeous?!
Cavern Tavern is a brand new game that's seeking funding on Kickstarter right now! In a fantasy tavern, inside of a fantasy cavern, players assume the role of waiters who must gather ingredients, serve patrons, work in the kitchen, do chores, and on top of that try to keep everyone happy—including Nasty, the greedy barkeep. Watch our walk-through and then go take a look at their campaign!
Sushi Go is a quick and delightful card drafting game in which players try to build the best three-course sushi meal. Be sure to collect some dessert along the way though or you'll be 6 points in the hole at the end of the game. Easy to learn, adorably illustrated, and fun to play--Sushi Go is a bento box full of fun.
The Lords of Catan: Legacy is the new highly anticipated legacy edition of everyone's favorite tile-based game: The Settlers of Catan. Offering new missions, maps, permanent stickers and plenty of twists and turns, The Lords of Catan is likely to become the new number one game on boardgamegeek.com and it's not even available for sale in the U.S. yet! Check out our review, and then be looking for it to hit shelves later this year!
The Game is a 1–5 player card game in which players attempt to play an entire deck of cards numbered from 2 to 99. Super easy to pick up and learn, but challenging enough to draw you back for more—The Game wasn't nominated for a Spiel Des Jahres for nothing!
We've made amazing progress on our Steam Court Kickstarter in the past 24 days and we're headed toward a very successful close. In this episode we talk about some of the stretch goals we've reached, show off some of the components, and wrap up a couple of details as we make our final push to the finish line!
In Takenoko players attempt to care for the Emperors favored panda by cultivating land plots, irrigating them, and growing bamboo. Players all work to fulfill a set number of objective cards and the player to earn the most victory points in the end wins! Featuring a few Catan-esque elements, some delightfully stackable bamboo, and a comic book instruction manual—Takenoko is a gateway game that you just can't overlook.
MOD X is an abstract strategy game from Cryptozoic. In it, up to four players take turns placing plastic Xs on the board, trying to create specific scoring patterns. Making strategic use of the joker pieces, blocking others from scoring, and trying to prevent your point markers from getting covered by your opponents all help make Mod X feel like a serious upgrade to games like Connect 4 and Checkers. While being easy enough for kids to learn and enjoy, Mod X offers some chess-level strategy and its replayability feels pretty much endless!