Hanamikoji Review

r2r-board-game-review-hanamikoji-box-artTwo years ago, I went to Japan. It’s an amazing place, but perhaps the greatest thing about the country is the food. Every restaurant we went to was fantastic. Which is why I have a problem with Hanamikoji. I’m meant to be the owner of a Japanese restaurant, but throughout our trip, nowhere did we find a place that served overcooked chicken, cold baked beans, and Vegemite toast.

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Go Cuckoo Review

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When I first heard of Go Cuckoo I thought it was Twister with sticks, and was wondering where the sexual tension would come from. To my surprise it’s more like Pick Up Sticks with sticks. I’m doing a horrible job at selling this, so just read my review – it can only go up from here.

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Forbidden Desert Review

r2r-board-game-review-forbidden-desert-box-artThere’s an allure to what we can’t have. My wife tells me not to buy board games, I double down and buy twice as much and start a review site. I tell you this, so you’ll believe me when I say that while I don’t understand why six people ventured into the forbidden desert without a pilot, engineer, or any sort of backup plan; I sure as hell empathize with them.

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Secrets Review

r2r-board-game-review-secrets-box-artThere were many secrets during the Cold War, there had to be. One of the most interesting was what was found years later in a hidden bunker somewhere on the outskirts of Berlin. A bunker, where they were trying to make the best game ever. Mechanics from great games like Cockroach Poker, Mascarade, and Love Letter had been unethically mixed together. Their components strewn across the floor. Above them in a glass container on a table, was the culmination of their research: Secrets.

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Mechs vs Minions Review

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If you’ve never played League of Legends then you are truly blessed. I followed the false prophet for 4 years, all throughout the alpha and beta, and now return yearly for a World Championship pilgrimage. This is not only my way of bragging about owning the King Rammus skin, but it’s also letting you know that, like this review, I am tainted with the stink that comes from spending too much time in Runeterra.

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Hanabi Review

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Hanabi is the winner of 2013 Spiel des Jahres Award so like Ron Burgundy, it’s kind of a big deal. It’s a cheap 2-5 player cooperative game, where you and your team are putting together a firework show – drunk. The main mechanic of the game has you facing your hand of cards outwards, so that while you can’t see them, your friends can. I’m sure being drunk isn’t the official explanation, but I can’t fathom another reason as to why you’re unable to see your own fireworks. Continue reading

Power Grid Review

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By all rights this game should be boring. To describe it sounds like work, to play it feels like work. And yet somewhere in between the magic happens, and you have a lot of fun. Let’s have a look.

Power Grid plays 2-6 players, where players assume the roles of entrepreneurs each creating a start-up within their home state.  However, like Newton and Leibniz everyone happened upon the same idea at the same time; supplying power to the people.

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Cockroach Poker Review

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This is going to be a good review.

Do you believe me?

Today I read an article about Facebook’s 51 different gender options. I quickly browsed the list and was devastated to find that there wasn’t a gender for loving small box board games. Terrible news! Because I love board games with a decent player count, light on the rules and small enough to fit into my bag so I can take it to work.

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