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…)

Monopoly

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When the average American thinks of a board game, they most likely think of Monopoly. It is far from the only type of game, but this roll-and-move mechanic is what many non-gamers think of when they think of games. It is a classic, and certainly no game has been more important in the hobby since it was created way back in the 1930s. But is it a good game? That is what I intend to focus on here. (more…)

Fallen

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If you grew up in the ’80’s like me, you probably read your fair share of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. I was obsessed with them as a kid, and when I heard about Fallen, I knew I had to check it out. You see, anytime I’ve played an RPG, I loved the game, but not the time commitment involved. Conversely, when I play most adventure game, I love finishing in an evening, but I really miss the story-telling that gives my adventuring and fight purpose. Fallen is the best combination of RPG and adventure board game I’ve experienced yet. (more…)

Russian Railroads

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Railroads are a common theme in Eurogames. The most popular Eurogame is likely Ticket to Ride. The two most often used mechanics in railroad games are Network Building and Pickup and Deliver. Russian Railroads has neither of these and is instead a pure worker placement game. 2-4 players can participate, it has a play time clocking in around 2 hours, and, in my opinion, it is a solid and complex game. (more…)

Splendor

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Splendor is a quick game to play, an easy game to teach, and it has a depth of strategy. Splendor plays 2–4 players and is, at its heart, a set collection and optimization game. It has a renaissance gem theme, but the theme is 100% pasted on and means nothing. (more…)

Coup

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The scene is a dystopian science fiction world that lives within The Resistance universe (The Resistance being the wildly successful party game of social deduction in which players take on secret roles as either Resistance Operatives or Imperial Spies). We find ourselves living under a government who only cares about profit and greed in all forms. The Resistance Operatives created tension among the leadership and shone a light on the government’s weaknesses, bringing it to a near collapse. Coup is a game that is positioned as something of a sequel to The Resistance. This time players take on the role of a powerful government official. Within this period of unrest, players have a chance to capitalize on their ability to manipulate, bribe, and bluff their way to absolute power. After all, what’s better than power? More power. (more…)

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…)

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…)

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…)