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Dream Home

November 18th, 2017 No comments

“Dream Home” is the kind of game that made me consider placing a living room in both my upper floors because I could. Granted, I probably wouldn’t design a home that way in real life, but we’re playing a board game so “YOLO”. In “Dream Home”, players will draft columns of cards and then place the chosen cards throughout their home. Some cards will help players break the rules a bit and even move existing rooms around to get themselves out of a bad situation. You see, points are earned based on how efficiently you pair rooms together as well as how functional your house is. You also have to ensure you have at least four roof cards lest your miss out on some easy points.  All in all this was a cool draft & set collecting game that would definitely appeal to families, though Aidalee and I wished there was a “Dream Mansion” version that would allow us to keep playing over a longer period of time. Go watch our initial playthru below!

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Can’t Stop Express

November 17th, 2017 No comments

While I enjoy a good game of “Yahtzee”, my brain often feels left out as if there’s not a whole lot for it to do.  “Can’t Stop Express” more than addresses that problem and what’s more, no luck-based re-rolls!  Since everyone at the table uses the dice that are rolled from round to round, this means that everyone is on equal footing to score the dice rolled as they see fit.  It’s a brilliant game, aside from the annoying “it’s illegal to make copies of this score pad bit” on the score cards.  I mean seriously, in the words of Bart Simpson, “get bent”.  No other game that I own threatens me with legal action when I need to make copies of score cards, in fact they often recommend saving one for copy purposes.  Anyway, I decided to a review & playthru video all in one swoop.  Join Aidalee and me as we attempt to score above zero points!

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Prospectica

November 10th, 2017 No comments

I didn’t last long mining for ore in “EVE Online”. There were times where I actually enjoyed the monotony, but I didn’t like how long it took to progress toward the mid to later stages only to lose everything when making a careless mistake. “Prospectica”, luckily, doesn’t have that issue. You’re still mining ore and earning money, but in a casual and laid back kind of way. Like my other reviews as of late, I decided to do this one in video form (see below). Special thanks to Jim Stolis from Stolistic Games for providing me with a press copy for review purposes.

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2017 DGA Awards

November 7th, 2017 No comments

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the (*trumpets/fanfare*) “2017 DGA Awards”. You may now applaud.  Seriously though, this time of year is probably one of my favorites. Aside from the fact that tax season is almost here, I get to revisit all the games I’ve played this year and compare them against games I listed as my favorite for the previous year.

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Dash

October 29th, 2017 No comments

Move over “Simon”, you four-colored electronic memory game that I didn’t totally rage quit on repeatedly as a kid you!  “Dash” is in town and will test your dexterity skills in ways that isn’t so hardcore and frustrating. I know, I know…”Simon” probably isn’t all that bad, but my short-term memory has always been rather poor. “Dash” is a bit different in the sense that you don’t have to remember long chains of sequences, but still try to remember where the colors are in your grid as they are face-down.  I feel that it wouldn’t be a good fit for gamers looking for something in-depth, but it’s pretty solid as far as casual family games go.  As with my other more recent reviews, I decided to do this one in a video format.  Enjoy!

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Starfall

October 20th, 2017 No comments

Thinking about picking up “Starfall”, the latest tabletop game by Designer Scott Almes? Look no further, the below has everything you’ll need to see whether or not it’s something you might want to play.  Spoiler: If you like “Sushi Go!”, you’ll like this too.

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Constellations

October 11th, 2017 No comments

“Constellations” is absolutely brilliant.  It’s quick, it’s educational, and it looks fantastic.  Don’t take my word for it…see it for yourself!

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Facets of Fortune

October 6th, 2017 No comments

Buy low, sell high.  That’s what it’s all about in “Facets of Fortune”, one of the prettiest games I’ve seen in a while.  With some strategic planning and a little bit of luck, you could be the one to be standing on top of a pile of money when the game ends.  Like in recent posts, I opted to cover the game visually so feel free to check out the video below if you have time.  Special thanks to Lowell Press from Millbrook Games for providing me with a press copy.  It’s available on Amazon for about $25, so be sure to use the Amazon tool on the right sidebar if you’re interested in buying it because you’re awesome that way.

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Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire

October 4th, 2017 No comments

Game Designer Steve Finn was kind enough to send me a copy of “Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire” which successfully funded through Kickstarter earlier this year.  At the time of writing, he’s still fulfilling rewards for Kickstarter backers but the game should be available through his website soon.  In the meantime, check out my impressions video below for a primer on the rules.  It’s meant to be played with two players but has a solo variant listed in the back of the manual.  Vinnie Jr. and I had fun with this one (he particularly enjoyed blowing up my ships) and we both recommend it as a quick filler as it plays in less than a half hour.  I personally would have enjoyed more depth on the tech side of things, but it definitely accomplishes what it sets out to do.

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Potato Pirates (Preview)

September 7th, 2017 No comments

Arrrrrrrrrrr, Matey!  We be here today t’ loot a look “Potato Pirates”, a card game that’ll be seekin’ fundin’ through th’ Kickstarter process in late Augusy\t / Early September o’ 2017.  In this three t’ six player adventure, ye’ll be tasked wit’ either acquirin’ all seven o’ th’ Potato Kin’ cards or eliminating all o’ th’ other players from th’ game.  Okay, I’m done with the pirate talk, I swear.  Special thanks to the folks at Codomo for providing me with a prototype copy for preview purposes.  It’s important to stress that prototypes are not always reflective of the final product, making everything that you see and read about below (including the rules) subject to change.

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Streaming Rules & Schedule

August 27th, 2017 No comments

Streaming Rules & Schedule:

Due to YouTube’s recent (and stupid) ad-friendly policy crackdown, I’m moving the rules and streaming schedule here:

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PRESS RELEASE: “Cauldron: Bubble and Boil” Seeking Support On Kickstarter

August 4th, 2017 No comments

It is time to select a new coven leader.  But how? By doing what witches do best, of course: HEXINGGARDENING, and POTION BREWING! Break out your CAULDRONS because it is time to play CAULDRON: BUBBLE AND BOIL (by INDIE Game Developer Rob Booth)!  The game is nearly ready to go to the printers but in order to do so, CAULDRON: BUBBLE AND BOIL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT! 

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The Visitor (Preview)

August 1st, 2017 No comments

“E.T.” was one of my favorite movies as a kid.  There’s just something about that little alien that made him so darned likable.  “The Visitor”, a game that’ll be seeking funding through the Kickstarter process soon, reminds me a lot of the aforementioned movie.  In short, an alien craft has arrived on Earth and of course, they don’t go unnoticed.  A female “kid” and “agents” both see the craft go down and race toward it, only to be met by a barrier.  The kid and the agents will have to try to figure out what the pass-code/rule is in order to get through.  In essence, it’s like “Codenames” with an “E.T.” theme.  Special thanks to the folks at Tiltfactor for providing me with a prototype for preview purposes.  It’s important to stress that prototypes are not reflective of the final product, making everything you read about here (including the rules) subject to change.

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Wizard Roll

July 8th, 2017 No comments

How many parents out there have kids who love to pretend that they are Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, or Hermione Granger?  Heck, maybe even you have been known to cast a spell or two! “Wizard Roll”, a simple tabletop family game, lets you do just that.  You’ll be rolling dice and claiming elements/runes in order to be the first to complete spells and thus earn points.  The first player to seven points wins.  Special thanks to the folks at RoosterFin Games for providing me with a press copy for review purposes.

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Century: Spice Road

June 30th, 2017 No comments

“Century: Spice Road” is, as best as I can explain it, a resource-management deck/hand builder that’s extremely easy to play.  Everyone starts with the same two cards but can buy more later from a general pool, like in “Star Realms“.  The whole idea is to use these cards to acquire different spices (cubes) and then turning those cubes in to acquire victory point cards. Our first game took about forty minutes or so, but a lot of our time was spent trying to figure out which spices to trade for what spices and how to manipulate our caravan (cube pool of ten max cubes) to get the cube colors we want.

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Duress

May 24th, 2017 No comments

As a former member of the United States Chess Federation, I admit to being a little intrigued when I saw the offer to review “Duress”.  At first glance, the game looked like a cross between “Scrabble” and “Chess”.  I came to learn that it was similar to “Scrabble” in looks only (what with the lettered tiles) as no spelling is actually involved.  Instead, players take turns drawing a chess tile from a bag then moving one of their lettered pieces using that chess piece’s move rules.  The goal?  Move your colored tiles (A-P) onto the yellow goal letters in the middle of the board before your opponent does. Special thanks to the folks at Doctor Rocket, LLC. for providing me with a press copy for review purposes.

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