Did you see that in the woods just now? I think I saw the board game Cryptid.

Have ye heard the tale? A board game that wanders into town at night searching for lost tokens. Collecting them. Adding them to its box. And wandering off into the night? It is a tale as old as time, and yet no one has seen this board game.

No one, that is, until now.

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Dawn of Peacemakers is the campaign game for board gamers looking for something different

Have you seen the Tuxedo Mask meme? The one where he says to Sailor Moon: “My work here is done.” Sailor Moon replies, “But you didn’t do anything.” And then he waves his cloak, saying, “Didn’t I?”

That’s the perfect embodiment of this game.

You do nothing, and yet at the same time, you do everything.

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And the award for best thematic board game goes to…

In university, I took Marketing 101 as an elective. I enjoyed the subject, but I enjoyed the girls more. Which sounds incredibly chauvinistic. And is. But after four years into my IT degree, it was like an oasis in an otherwise barren landscape.

One of the first things we learnt in the course was cars. And the difference between how they’re valued. You have your mass market cars: cheap to make, cheap to buy, and the idea is that they sell as many as possible with a small margin. Then you have your exclusive cars: they’re more expensive to make, and the margin is a lot higher. Meaning you don’t have to create or sell as many. Because of this you’re no longer buying a car but an experience of exclusivity; a status symbol.

Ridiculous right? What vapid person would buy something based purely on exclusivity?

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Forbidden Sky Laid Bare

What does it mean to be alive?

Specifically, in terms of board games. And I want you to really think about it. Which board games that you’ve played felt alive? Which ones didn’t? What’s the difference?

These are the questions I knew I had to answer with this review.

Name: Forbidden Sky

Players: 2-5

Publisher: Gamewright

Designer: Matt Leacock

Artists: C. B. Canga

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Why is Spirit Island the best board game ever?

Over 41,000 Aboriginals were killed in the colonization of Australia.

A sobering thought.

Spirit Island is a cooperative reverse colonisation game. You play spirits protecting or using the indigenous population to stop colonists from destroying the land. It’s a heavy subject. And while this review won’t hold this tone throughout, as that’s not what this site is about. It’s important to acknowledge what came before us. And understand that people today are still suffering from the actions of our forefathers. With that in mind:

I acknowledge and pay my respects, to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people past, present and emerging, whose land I stand upon today.

Alright. Let’s talk Spirit Island.

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Underleague: The Game PETA Doesn’t Want You To Play

We have a problem. Board games are too family friendly.They’re becoming the MCU. And while the MCU has produced some great action movies like Captain America: Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Infinity War. They’re sanitized. Sometimes that’s fine, but sometimes you want your action movies to be visceral. Sometimes you want The Raid. This was my expectation going into a game where the front cover has a blood drenched metal spider ripping the FREAKING head off a giant rat.

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