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…)

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…)

Thunder Alley

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Thunder Alley is a stock car racing game from GMT.  Usually, I am drawn to games for two reasons. First, the complexity of their strategy and tactics, and secondly, I am drawn to games that elicit a gut level excitement as they progress. I like knowing that each time I bring that game to the table, I can modify what I have done before slightly or drastically in an attempt to improve upon previous outcomes. Games like Agricola and Steam fit this sensibility quite well. As my game collection grows, I continue to specifically seek out different gaming experiences, trying to find these qualities in other game genres. This search led me to racing games, and, of course, to Formula D, which is THE name of the genre. Unfortunately, I hated it. (more…)

Get Bit!

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Duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun BOM BOM dun dun dun dun dun dun doo dedoo doo dedoo dede doo dede doo dededoo. When you hear that soundtrack in the back of your mind, you know there is only one thing to do—SWIM BACK TO THE BEACH! (more…)

Spurs: A Tale in the Old West

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Spurs: A Tale in the Old West is a wild western themed game recently released from Mr. B Games after a successful Kickstarter campaign. In the game, players take one of several characters with varying strength and strike out to make their way in the west  and play culminates with players reaching a set number of victory points (10 for a short game, 15 for longer ones). (more…)

Stone Age

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Stone Age is a worker placement game for 2–4 players and is often described as the entry level game to the worker placement genre. The game is a pure Eurogame, and the theme is prehistoric resource collecting. Players send workers out to get resources and then spend those resources in a number of ways to earn points. (more…)

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…)

Glass Road

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Glass Road is a medium weight euro game designed by Uwe Rosenberg, known as the man who created Agricola and Le Harve. The game is much simpler than those classics, but it will give you a lot of game packed into 4 rounds of play that will take about 20/min per player. At its heart it is a resource management game with tile placement and simultaneous action selection elements. (more…)

Takenoko

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Don’t you love when someone gives you a gift that actually ends up becoming a chore? Remember when your parents got you a pet? You had to clean up after it, take it for walks, clean it, and feed it? Yeah, that doggy in the window was adorable before you came to the realization that you are cleaning up another living thing’s poo and that your place on the food chain has been all screwed up. (more…)