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9.5

Ricochet Robots

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Sometimes you play a game that makes you bash your head against a wall—Ricochet Robots is that game. I don’t just mean that in the sense that this game can be extremely brain-burning, it’s also literally what you do in the game. Ricochet Robots might sound like a convenient use of alliteration but really the game could not be more aptly named. (more…)

7.5

At the Gates of Loyang

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At the Gates of Loyang is a resource management game for 2-4 players with a card drafting element designed by Uwe Rosenburg, famed designer of Agricola and Le Harve. The theme of the game involves an Asian farmer planting and then selling vegetables of different types. (more…)

7.2

Hyrule Warriors

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Seemingly forged in the fires of confusion is the somewhat surprisingly good and in other ways underwhelming Hyrule Warriors. I say confusion because few combinations seem less likely than Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series and Tecmo-Koei’s Dynasty Warriors franchise. While the source material for the theme is all taken from Zelda, the gameplay is indisputably that of Dynasty Warriors. Whether or not this game blights one of Nintendo’s most successful intellectual properties or  this game helps broaden the Nintendo brand is a question for another time. For now, let’s focus on what’s important: is Hyrule Warriors a good game? (more…)

8.9

Ticket to Ride: Steam Edition

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Ticket to Ride is a modern classic in the world of board games. Like many popular games, they are able to be played online as well. Ticket to Ride is no exception and the main Ticket to Ride server is run by Days of Wonder, the company that produces the hard copy. The neat thing about the online version of Ticket to Ride is that it can be played cross-platform. This review looks at the game online as played on Steam. It can also be played on a web-based JAVA server and an iPad. I will break down how the game looks on Steam, how it plays, and if it is worth playing this digital, online version. (more…)

The Gamer Nerd Turns 2

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2 years ago we launched The Gamer Nerd. We’ve grown so much this past year. We wanted to take a quick moment to share in some of our accomplishments—and when I say “our” I mean you too! Without our readers and fellow nerds we would be nothing. So cheers to you and thanks for making this site worthwhile. (more…)

9.5

Geister, Geister, Schatzsuchmeister!

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If there’s is somethin’ strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call? Whoever it is, be prepared for some hefty, long-distance charges. Geister, Geister, Schatzsuchmeister! is a German tabletop game (translates to Ghost, Ghost, Master Treasure Hunter) that has garnished a ton of attention since winning the 2014 Kinderspiel des Jahres (more…)

MVRP: Super Mario 3D World

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Super Mario 3D World is the next in the line of amazing games by Nintendo with a terribly confusing name. Is it like Super Mario World, is it in 3D like Super Mario 3D Land? Does it work on a 3D plane like Super Mario 64? Well, this week Vinny forces Mike to try and figure it all out. Also… there are cat suits. Don’t question it. (more…)

9.3

King of Tokyo: Halloween

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It’s that time of year when people dress up as their favorite monster or, in recent memory, the sexy [insert career choice here]. I hear some of you saying “Darn the luck, I’m already a sexy librarian, what do I do for Halloween?” Well, I’m sorry you have suffer through this trying time. I might pose a question back at you; What if you are already a monster? Do you dress up like a human? King of Tokyo: Halloween is an expansion to the wildly successful King of Tokyo that brings some fun and light-hearted Halloween elements to the act of smashing Tokyo one stomp at a time. (more…)

MVRP: Punch-Out!!

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There is a big, gaping hole in Vinny’s gaming repertoire. With the release of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Little Mac’s debut to the game, Mike decided that it was time Vinny was forced to play Punch-Out!! for the NES formerly known as Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! before the copyright evaporated. Can Vinny punch his way to victory? Probably not. Actually, no. He can’t. Watch anyway! (more…)

6.5

Pressure Cooker

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In the Rio Grande game, Pressure Cooker, players compete to complete orders in a real-time race for the title of most efficient chef. The kitchen has a jumble of ingredients and each cook is back there trying to make a name for themselves. Come into a world of demanding customers, where quality is rewarded, but speed is king. (more…)

9.2

Coins for Anything: Fantasy Metal Gaming Coins

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The nature of fantasy culture relies on fantastic imaginary worlds where magic and fantastic creatures are common. Often inspired by mythology and folklore, fantasy role-playing and gaming might just be as close as we can get to experiencing our fantasies as reality. For as engrossing as a genre artwork can be, there are limits to immersing one’s self by merely looking at fantastic imagery. Board games and Role playing can rely heavily on figurines, costumes, and props. Coins for Anything has come up with a marriage of art and accessory with their line of Fantasy Metal Gaming Coins. (more…)

MVRP: Hyrule Warriors

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Mike likes Dynasty Warriors games, but only plays Nintendo games when Vinny forces him to. This Wednesday, Vinny makes Mike play the newest installment in the Zelda series, Hyrule Warriors, a mash-up of Zelda characters in a Dynasty Warriors-style game. Can he collect the rupees? Can he kill thousands of Bokoblins, rescue the princess, and save the day from a man-eating plant?  (more…)