Gauntlet (2014)

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I’m not usually a nostalgia fan, I tend to go for the newest of the new style games, but there is a special place in my heart for dungeon crawlers. Flash-back to days at the arcade, or as I remember, the skating rink, to play a remastered version of Gauntlet. A top down dungeon crawler with nostalgia and newness abound. With the popularity of the Diablo series it’s no surprise to see the rebirth of more games like it. (more…)


Overlords of Infamy

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In Overlords of Infamy, players compete as evil overlords in an attempt to be known as the most evil. How does this happen? Through the completion of evil plots, of course. The evil plots are a moderately humorous mix including things like “Remove Dolphins from the Planet” and “Throw Chlorine into the Gene Pool.” (more…)


Amiibo (Wave 1)

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The current state of Nintendo as a company has the Wii U floundering and the 3DS treading water—but wait. What’s that off in the distance? Its AmiiboAmiibo is the latest way to play with your old friend Mario and a series of his closest buddies. If there is one thing Nintendo excels at, it’s intellectual property (IP) stretching. Amiibo might be just what Dr. Mario ordered for Nintendo’s bottom line and its efforts to remain relevant in the gaming community.

Bicycle Rider Backs


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I remember when I was new to the hobby. I owned a handful of euro’s, and I wanted to dip my toe into the very intimidating war game waters. Like a total noob, I made the mistake of jumping on the BoardGameGeek war game forum and asking if there were any war games that weren’t luck dependent. I was laughed off the board. I learned a couple of important lessons. 1. Sometimes people on the internet aren’t nice. 2. War games strive to be realistic, and the idea of war without luck is laughable. (more…)


Coal Baron

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Coal Baron is a unique take on worker placement from R&R games. Most people in the hobby know the name Wolfgang Kramer. Whether you’ve played Princes of Florence, Tikal, Torres, El Grande, or any number of other games, you know Kramer has a unique voice in game design. (more…)


Showdown: Craig Counsell

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MLB Showdown is the first game I got into on a competitive basis. Showdown is a collectible card game where players play baseball using a 20-sided die and a deck of strategy cards. This was in the height of the collectible card game (CCG) craze and at the time Pokémon was popular and you could find a CCG with just about any theme you wanted. The one I chose, MLB Showdown, made perfect sense for me, being the baseball lover that I am. (more…)


Xenoshyft Onslaught

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Mining is a hard job. It’s especially hard on another planet. It’s even harder when the stuff you’re mining drives the locals into a homicidal frenzy. When the stuff is Xenosathem, the most important fuel source in the universe, those threats don’t matter. You work for NorTec. They put you there to get a job done, and that’s what you’re gonna do. (more…)