by Kate Thompson
The Venus Next expansion for Terraforming Mars was released in December 2017. I managed to get my hands on a copy even earlier than that at PAX Unplugged. This was entirely thanks to my AMAZING friends Karyn and Kevin, who found it and then generously let me have their copy when we returned to the booth to find they had sold out. I was vibrating with joy and anticipation!
Here’s what the expansion adds to the game, and what I think about it!
Review by: Jillian Schmett
Hey everyone! This week I'm reviewing a game that is currently on Kickstarter, Cooks & Crooks. Designed by Luis Munoz and Andres Novelo, and published by Aether Tower and Detestable Games, Cooks and Crooks is a fun, light-hearted game for 2-4 players that incorporates hand management and take-that.
By: James Freeman
When i was killing time on twitter the other day i came across a video called:
Let's Talk About Unintentional Sexism in Gaming
Article by: Jillian Schmett
Hey everyone! With February 14th approaching, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of games that I think will be good for the occasion. So whether you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day (with your sweetheart), Gal-entine’s Day (with your favorite ladies), or Pal-entine’s Day (with your regular game group or just some people you found on the street that agreed to play a game with you, although they gave you some weird looks when you asked…), have a look and see some of the options out there that I recommend!
I have been gaming (video & board) since '81. There are only two games that have brought me to fits of rage in the heat of competition, Madden football, and the Star Realms app. I love star realms, but sometimes I get so frustrated when I can't seem to pull myself back into the game. You think you have a good plan, and you look and only have 18 health left, and your opponent has 40. I have a 40% win rate and want better results. I don't want to be tournament level just "not lose 5 in a row" level. Maybe a few tips? As Peter Frampton once said "Do you feel like i do?"
By Mindy Basi
I confess I am a game collector, and thus have walls of shame – unplayed games, games still in shrink, games I have forgotten why I bought them in the first place. My shelfies are fantastic, but frankly, all those games take up space both in my house and in my brain. When will they get played? Is it worth learning them? Can I fit another game in my shrinking space?
When my friend, game designer David Sheppard (his game Spookre successfully funded on Kickstarter last fall) suggested we split the cost of a vendor table and sell some games at our local game convention this coming weekend, I jumped at the chance. I have no qualms about being an enabler for other people’s collecting addictions, none at all.
Pandemic. This is the game that my best friend brought me into the hobby with. Since that time pandemic has seen many expansions and versions published.... And Justin Steinberg has all of them.
By: Kate Thompson
On December 15th, my partner Neil and I had some friends over to play Twilight Imperium 4th Edition, which my friend Rob had recently procured. Neither of us was particularly familiar with the game. I’d played 3rd edition once approximately a decade ago, and I’m not sure Neil had even heard of the game before. However, I knew he was likely to enjoy it, based on the types of games I know he likes.
We had a great time. Twilight Imperium is an epic game, but it is also simple. Getting the hang of all the rules is a bit of a hurdle, but once you have done that, all you really need to do is make sure you are completing objectives and getting points. Of course, your efficiency at this task can improve over time with familiarization of the game, but that’s the beauty of any good game.
Neil and I had decided not to get each other gifts for Christmas this year. But the day after we played Twilight Imperium, I could tell that he really enjoyed the game. Each silence that day was broken by a revelation or other ponderance about the game. And then, discussions about how we might be able to play the game with only two players.
And then, we were at our local board game cafe (The Board Room in Bedford, Nova Scotia). We were there to buy small games for stocking stuffers and gifts for friends… But I happened to have quite a lot of loyalty points that could be redeemed for a hefty discount on our purchase.
And then, we were walking out of the store not only with small games but also a big one.
And then, we were setting up a 4 player game… when we had but two players.
Long story short, we bought TI4, and this is the story of how we have tried to play it with 2 players!
Article by: Jillian Schmett
Hey everyone! Welcome to the first interview I've ever conducted. Martyn Poole, the designer of Robin Hood and the Merry Men (coming soon to a Kickstarter near you!) has graciously agreed to be my test subject for the occasion. So, without further ado, let's dive right in.
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