Apr 292017
 

Have you ever wanted to get into miniature wargaming but were too daunted by how in-depth the hobby looks? Have no fear, Fantasy Flight Games is here! From the publisher who brought you the X-wing miniatures game and Imperial Assault, comes a new fantasy-based game based on the realm of Terrinoth. In Runewars: The Miniatures Game, two players will play head-to-head in giant battles involving various factions. In this game, you and your opponent will gather armies of miniatures and lead them into fierce battle against one-another!

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By the way, it wouldn’t be a miniature game without miniatures, and this game has a SLEW of them! Forty-eight easily assembled, wonderfully sculpted, unpainted figures, that can be organized in trays to better customize your army and lead it into battle! Can’t say more, because I have some painting to do…

Mar 282017
 

That time of the week, where I mention a game that isn’t exactly new or shiny, but is FUN and should be OWNED and PLAYED! This week: Conan, the Miniatures Game-

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Conan:
Players:2-5
Time: ~1 Hour (scenario dependent)
Genre: Dungeon Crawl semi-cooperative Miniature Game

 

 

 

 

Conan is a scenario-based, semi-cooperative miniatures game, where one player plays the board, and all other players team up to play as Conan and his companions. This game went through years of game design, and it’s publishers even hired a Conan expert to make sure the theme and scenarios are in line with author Robert E. Howard’s novels and short stories. That aside, this game can and will be enjoyed by players who know nothing of Conan or his mythos.

For a miniatures game, this game is short, fast, and wonderfully designed. Rather than being campaign based like many other miniatures board games (see Descent and Imperial Assault), Conan is split up into scenarios where players choose their characters and play against the Game Master in standalone scenarios with a limited number of turns. Each scenario has different objectives and themes for gameplay diversity, and players may choose different characters depending on what they think is needed in each scenario.

each of their turns characters choose different stances based on what they are trying to accomplish.

Gameplay itself in Conan is incredibly simple, but also streamlined and intuitive. When players want to use an action such as moving or fighting, they simply place one of their “stamina” gems into that portion of their player board, and roll dice equal to the amount of gems used. Gems refresh each turn based on what stance a character chooses, so it’s possible that characters may use all their gems in one epic round and stagger around exhausted while they try and refresh themselves, or play more reserved and pace their actions strategically.

Normally my complaint in a dungeon crawl game revolves around me getting stuck managing the game after no one else volunteers for the job, but this game is different. The job of Game master in this game is incredibly fun and interesting, and this is due in large part to the game system the designers came up for you to run it. The Game Master uses eight slidable titles with groups of monsters associated with each tile and one “respawn” tile. The further down the row the tiles are, the higher their cost in gems. On a GM’s turn, they may activate any two of their tiles, and once activated, the tile slides to the end, costing more the next time it would be activated, but making everything else cost less.

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That’s it for Conan. It’s a huge box, Conan is a little busted (as he should be thematically), and although I’ve played the starting scenario over ten times now, I’m STILL not bored with it! (Did I mention it has 74 Miniatures….) #GiveItATry

Sep 282016
 

pandemic-reign-of-cthulhuIf there is one thing more threatening to the future of humanity than a worldwide plague, it’s the ancient evil of the Old Ones. Turn cooperation to the max in this newest Lovecraftian twist on the classic Pandemic franchise, Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu. Instead of eradicating diseases like in the original Pandemic, you and your friends will play as investigators racing around the classic Lovecraftian towns of Arkham, Dunwich, and Kingsport, on a quest to seal portals and shut down dangerous cults. Work together and you stand a chance. Fall behind, and you might just lose yourself to the madness…

Players: 2-4
Time: 40 Minutes
Ages: 14+
Type: Cooperative, Point-to-Point Movement

covert-board-game

Insert you, a spy. Undercover. Covert. In this game of hidden agenda, players deploy their agents all across Cold War Europe with the goal of collecting equipment, accomplishing covert missions, and keeping an eye on rival spy agencies. Each round begins with players rolling their hand of dice and allocating them into either movement, acquiring Agency cards, or gaining and accomplishing missions. Work wisely, move secretly, win Covertly.

Players: 2-4
Time: 45-90 Minutes
Ages: 10+
Type: Card, Dice, Spies/Secret Agents

mr-meeseeks

Is there a task that’s beneath you? Then why not hit the button on your Meeseeks Box and let him help you out! In this dice-based Rick and Morty: Mr. Meeseeks’ Box o’ Fun game, players draw request cards and take turns attempting to fullfill their requirements. The longer you take to complete your requests, the more Mr. Meeseeks will appear, until they turn violent! The player who scores the required number of victory points first, wins!

Players: 2-6
Time: 20-30 Minutes
Ages: 18+
Type: Dice, Humor, Push Your Luck

Aug 082016
 

Brick PartyIn our world of Minecraft and 90’s nostalgia, nothing makes me more excited than the possibility of playing with legos! Brick Party is a fun and frenzied game of brick building that takes you and a teammate through a wild round of assembly. Reveal the special rule for the round and build the chosen shape faster than your opponents, using only the directions given by your teammate and the restrictions given by the rules for that round.

 

Players: 2-9
Time: 15-30 Minutes
Ages: 5+
Type: Cooperative, Party Game, Dexterity

Arena of the PlaneswalkersHot off the success of their new card expansion, Magic: The Gathering continues their brand expansion by bringing their Lovecraft inspired universe, Shadows over Innistrad, straight into the realm of board games. In this standalone expansion to Arena of the Planeswalkers, players customize their battlefield by placing different terrain around the map and leading their Planeswalkers and legions of creature allies around, attempting to cast spells and dominate the board. Last Planeswalker standing is deemed the victor!

Players: 2-4
Time: 60 Minutes
Ages: 10+
Type: Fantasy, Grid Movement, Dice Rolling, Miniatures

 

Archer Love LetterArcher: Once You Go Blackmail… is a new variation of the classic Love Letter game engine — except with far more ARCHER! Each player starts the game with a character card in hand. On a turn, a player draws one card, then plays one of their two cards, activating whichever card they chose to play. The goal is to knock other players out of the round, or to have the highest number of cards in hand when the round ends. Win enough rounds, and you win the game! Have I mentioned Archer?

 

Players: 2-4
Time: 10 Minutes
Ages:10+
Type: Card Game, Hand Management, Player Elimination

Aug 012016
 

Dead Last

Looking for a great game to fit that awkward 6-12 player category? Something involving murder and mayhem perhaps? Dead Last is a game of social collusion that rewards betrayal, shifting alliances, and murder for profit! Each round players may use any type of communication — glances, a nod, outright pointing, in order to conspire and vote on who to kill. Try not to make things too obvious, or your whole plan could backfire! Whoever makes it through to the end alive, gets the gold!

 


Players:6-12
Time: 45-60
Ages: 14+
Type: Bluffing, Murder/Mystery, Party Game

Dice Heist 2

Let’s continue this week of questionable morality, by talking about the game Dice Heist. In this game you dive into the role of an international thief, attempting to steal the world’s most valuable artifacts, gems, and paintings. Whether it’s robbing the Louvre in Paris, or the Metropolitan Museum of art in NYC, your job is to get in and get out with the most impressive and valuable collection of priceless treasures! Recruit sidekicks, rip apart some security systems, and roll some dice!

Players: 2-5
Time: 20 Minutes
Ages: 14+
Type: Dice Rolling, Set Collection

Exploding Kittens

“A kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette”. Exploding Kittens is a game that has alluded the shelves of physical game stores for quite some time, but it’s here now! Take turn drawing cards with your comrades until someone draws an exploding kitten and is abruptly eliminated. As the game goes on, few cards are left in the deck, which means a greater chance of drawing an exploding kitten!

Players: 2-5
Time: 15 Minutes
Ages: 7+
Type: Party, Press Your Luck, Hand Management