Category Archives: Reviews

Review: Quarriors!

Stats

Type: Dice-building
Players: 2-4
Suggested Ages: 14+
Play Time: 30 mins
Cost: $36.99

Extra Info

Play Style: deck-building
Complexity: Low
Learning Curve: Low
Similar To: Dominion, Magic: the Gathering
Links: Board Game Geek
My Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary

Quarriors! is a fast-paced, lightweight “dice-building” game. Players roll dice to summon creatures, cast spells and gain Quidity to acquire more dice. The style is a sort of cartoonish fantasy. This is a great game for limited time or between other games, or go a few rounds for a full experience. The mix of strategy and randomness makes it more inviting, but could annoy more serious-minded gamers.

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Chaostle Guest Review

Session Reviewed by Michael

Game Setup

100 point Castle, 2 randomly drawn characters each, no advance skills, Original Happiness/Doom reference sheet, First player with one character to reach Sanctuary wins.

Game Play

The game plays a bit like Sorry with the movement but more like Talisman with the custom player characters and the fates (similar to the encounter cards in Talisman). Players use their characters to race around the board with the ultimate goal of defeating the castle to enter Sanctuary. Each roll of the movement die initiates a random event, which can range from an extra turn to starting a new character on the board to receiving a random fate. Characters can be upgraded with more movement, hit points, better armor, weapons and skills. Upgrades can occur by defeating other characters in battle or through a favorable fate table roll.

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Review: Twilight Imperium

Stats

Type: Empire building
Players: 3-6
Suggested Ages: 13+
Play Time: 2-10 hours
Cost: $59.95

Extra Info

Play Style: civilization, negotiation, war, development
Complexity: Moderate
Learning Curve: Moderate to Steep
Similar To: Puerto Rico, Masters of Orion (video game)
Links: Board Game Geek
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary

Twilight Imperium is a vast game of galactic expansion involving colonization, politics, trade, research and warfare. If you love games like Masters of Orion or Civilization, this game is Christmas in a box.

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Review: Tomb

Stats

Type: Dungeon crawl
Players: 1-6
Suggested Ages: 12+
Play Time: 90-120 mins
Cost: $59.99

Extra Info

Play Style: Secret enemy placement, party recruitment, dice combat
Complexity: Moderate
Learning Curve: Moderate
Links: Board Game Geek
My Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary

Recruit a party. Kill the monsters. Take their stuff! Each player recruits a classic fantasy adventuring party and sends them into the Tomb. Parties raid crypts throughout the Tomb, trying to kill the most monsters and gain the most treasure to win.

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Review: Formula D

Stats

Type: Racing board game
Players: 2-10
Suggested Ages: 8+
Play Time: 60-90 mins
Cost: $59.99

Extra Info

Play Style: Roll-and-move, risk management
Complexity: Moderate
Learning Curve: Low
Links: Board Game Geek
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary

Formula D turns formula or street racing into a strategic, competitive battle for control of the track in a highly accurate and surprisingly exciting interpretation of the sports. Players must control their speed in straightways and tight turns, avoid vehicle stress and collisions and take bold risks to come out ahead of the pack.

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Review: Ascension

Stats

Type: Deck-building game
Players: 2-4
Suggested Ages: 13+
Play Time: 30 mins
Cost: $39.99

Extra Info

Play Style: Deck-building
Complexity: Low to moderate
Learning Curve: Low
Similar To: Dominion, Race for the Galaxy
Links: Official site, Board Game Geek
My Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary

Ascension is a fast-paced deck-building game set amid an imaginative Eastern-fantasy backdrop. Players spend runes to gain more powerful cards, helping them acquire yet more cards and defeat monsters. The variety of cards and interactions allow a mild range of strategies, although as a new game with planned expansions the cards can feel repetitive.

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Review: Dust Tactics

Stats

Type: Tactical minis/board game
Players: 2
Suggested Ages: 10+
Play Time: 30 mins
Cost: $99.99

Extra Info

Play Style: Tactical movement, dice-rolling, turn-based, wargame
Complexity: Low
Learning Curve: Low
Similar To: Classic army men, chess
Links: Official site, Board Game Geek
My Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary

It’s 1947 and World War II rages on, fueled by alien technology found at a crash site in Antarctica. Dust Tactics is a tactical war game stripped to its simplest elements. It plays fast and fun, with enough tactical meat to engage a thinking player without the minutiae of more complex minis games. Add in a simple, engaging story and lots of low-cost expansion options and Dust Tactics is easily a mainstay for quick one-on-one fun. The only drawbacks are the size and initial price of the box.

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Review: Hero Machine 2.5

Hero Machine 2.5

The Short Answer

Want a detailed character portrait with a comic book vibe, but your artistic limits are challenged by stick figures? Look no further! HeroMachine 2.5 will crank out some highly specific full-body characters, if you’ve got the patience to play for a bit.

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Review: Race for the Galaxy

Stats

Type: Card game (non-collectible)
Players: 2-4 (1-6 with expansion sets)
Suggested Ages: 12 and up
Play Time: 60 minutes
Cost: $34.95

Extra Info

Play Style: Competitive, economy, empire-building, shared phases
Complexity:
3 out of 5
Learning Curve: Moderate
Similar To: Dominion, Puerto Rico
My Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary

Build a galactic civilization using cards for planets and developments, which grant special actions or rules exceptions. RftG is fun for thinkers and strategists; the randomness of drawing cards can mildly frustrate strategic planning.

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Review: Obsidian Portal

ObsidianPortal.com

The Short Answer

If you keep a pile of notes and a laptop open behind the GM screen, this site is the answer to your gaming dreams. Obsidian Portal gives you every digital tool you could hope for to keep track of all the information about your game and campaign setting. Plus it’s free, and ridiculously easy to use. Read More