My collection has finally reached a size where there are some games I’m afraid to play. Whether it’s the setup time, the large amount of rules, or something else entirely, these games look down from the shelf, and intimidate me more than Stronghold Games’ new logo. So what are these scary games, and why do they frighten me so?
If you’re like me and thought all board games are abstract, well, you’re both right and wrong. The term abstract game is now a genre term that reasonably means the game contains minimal luck, usually two players, and little to no theme. Think of Chess and Checkers as prime examples of abstracts, or more recently Azul. A 2-4 player abstract game designed by Michael Kiesling and published by Plan B games.
Dave Collinson is getting married in nine days. If you don’t know of him, he’s pretty cool. He’s an artist who’s done some work on board games, has his own board game called Lumberjerks, and a game he’s been working on just recently came out of early access called Damsel. If you haven’t heard of him till now, do yourself a favour and checkout his portfolio here.
One of the reasons I love board games is how diverse they are. Already on this blog we’ve reviewed a board game which has you picking up sticks in Go Cuckoo, a tight-knit two player game where you’re wheeling and dealing with geishas in Hanamikoji, and a story driven game about being trapped on a desert island in Robinson Crusoe. Today we review another game that pushes the boundaries of tabletop games by removing the tabletop. I was provided a free copy of the newly Kickstarted floortop board game called Vampires vs. Unicorns: Floor War.
February is in full swing, and being a week away from payday it’s time to look to the future and see what hotly anticipated board games are going to be sending us broke . This month sees a couple of Kickstarters and a reader suggested game. Let’s get to it!
I’m obviously a dog person, so the thought of blowing up some baby cats has some appeal. Combined with my affinity for Oatmeal’s artwork and humour, and my intense love for small box games, Exploding Kittens seemed right up my alley. However, this is a negative review, and I wanted to warn you ahead of time because a lot of people enjoy this board game – which is fine – but I think you will lose that enjoyment once you analyse the game at a certain level. Which is what this review will be doing. As the saying goes, never learn how sausages are made, because you’ll never want to eat a sausage again.
Can you believe it’s February already? I’ve been so busy with work and child that it’s all been a bit of blur. Anyway, let’s take a look back at how January unfolded.
If I had a bucket list, seeing a panda would be on it, and it would be crossed off. Fortunately, I got the chance to see them in Japan, and it surprised me that they were exactly as accident prone as the gifs around the internet would have you believe. Coincidentally, Takenoko is a board game about a panda being gifted to Japan, could it be an ancestor of the ones I saw? I want to believe.
You’re not a true reviewer until you make a list. People love lists. Would Schindler’s List have won an Oscar if there wasn’t a list involved? Who’s to say? The question is, what is this list about?
On Tuesday I reviewed Suburbia, a fantastic tile laying city building game, however, I didn’t get around to writing about the expansions. Writing reviews for games is a leisurely stroll through a new area, lots to look at and enjoy. Writing reviews for expansions is like retreading the same path, no need to absorb it all, but need to get it done for the exercise. Therefore, if you’re expecting something massive, I’m sorry to disappoint you. Funnily enough, that’s exactly what I said to my wife the first time we met. Continue reading