7.8

Hanabi

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Are fireworks, parades, barbecues, fairs, picnics, baseball games, and family reunions not enough for your 4th of July celebration? How about we toss in some tabletop gaming? Hanabi is a game named after the Japanese word for “fireworks”. I know what you are thinking, “celebrate Independence Day with a foreign game? HERESY!” Well, try and move past that, Hanabi is a wonderful game—and really its just a name. (more…)

7.2

Spin Monkeys

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What’s more adorable than monkeys? Monkeys in bumper cars. Spin Monkeys is a game with deep, deep backstory —you are a monkey in the jungle that stumbles upon a carnival. You and your monkey friends swing into the bumper cars and start sliding and slamming around the arena floor snatching up fruit. Ok, so clearly this is a light, family style game with very little “story” but where the heft is lacking the gameplay pulls ahead. (more…)

7.2

Relic Expedition

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In the heart of South America lies treasure from a lost civilization. Treasure seekers have gathered to explore the unknown surroundings and collect their riches. Relic Expedition is an ever expanding tile game, firmly backed with an unknown jungle theme. Beyond tile placement, there are elements of set collecting, dice rolling, and even a small amount of resource management. At first glance you might slap a “roll and move” label on Relic Expedition, but it grows into much more than that as the game progresses. (more…)

8.7

Cinque Terre

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Cinque Terre is a coastal region of the Italian Riviera, known for its five beautiful and culturally diverse villages; Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore. Paths connect the villages to each other, cars can’t reach the area because of its proximity to the coast and steeply developed terraces, so carts are often used to transport goods back and forth. Here in lies the core of Cinque Terre as a game, pick-up and deliver. (more…)