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War of Indines takes combat to new level
The biggest reason to stay in tune with the world of tabletop board gaming is that not every great game comes from the giants of the industry like AEG, Mayfair, Fantasy Flight, Asmodee and Rio Grande.
The most recent and best example of this fact is BattleCON: War of Indines from Level 99 Games.
Ticket to Ride gathers steam
Ticket to Ride, designed by Alan R. Moon and published by Days of Wonder, has long been considered as one of the best gateway games of all time.
“Gateway” is a term understood by dedicated gamers, but what does it mean to those people who are diving into the modern world of tabletop gaming whose experience in any gaming is mostly limited to classics like Sorry, Monopoly and Yahtzee?
Trick taking with a few twists
There often isn’t much of anything new to the trick-taking genre of card games other than different goals and a variety of card appearances.
That isn’t the case with Those Pesky Garden Gnomes from Rio Grande Games. The game was authored by JonMichael Rasmus, John Sams and Sean Weitner. The game is for three to five players 13 years of age and up and a typical game will likely take between 30 and 60 minutes.
Only the foolish may apply
For a simple to play game, Gauntlet of Fools is the most innovative and strategic games released this entire year.
Plus, there are more high quality bits in this game than any I know in this price range (less than $30 when offered as a kickstarter project).
Milestones an uneasy tweener
It is extremely rare for a new game to appear to great critical reception and for me to not get what all of the fuss is about. Unfortunate this is exactly what has happened with Milestones, a new offering from Stronghold Games.
Horse racing game at the starting gate
After covering thoroughbred racing locally for a dozen years, it has been frustrating that no board game I’ve tried has ever done a solid job in all areas of capturing the sport for the tabletop.
That may be about to change.
Hot Rod Creeps: Racing at a whole new level
There is nothing typical about Hot Rod Creeps, the new customizable racing game from Cryptozoic Entertainment and designer Matt Hyra.
Back many years ago when I had a group of friends who played Formula De, there were always a few who wanted to be able to mess with their opponents cars, whether it was to put down oil slicks or shoot weapons at them. Formula De had no such mechanic, but Hot Rod Creeps does.
Dark Ages portent of Dominion's conclusion?
As Dominion reaches its final stages, at least in terms of new releases, the final full expansion for the game, Dark Ages, carries a most appropriate name.
Everything is falling into Ruins and the cards reflect the calamity and the dire circumstances of the world as you know as a Dominion player.
Scripts & Scribes writes winning entry
Scripts & Scribes: The Dice Game is a reimplementation of the card game Scripts & Scribes, which later has come to be known as Biblios. Confused yet?
Well there is nothing confusing about the dice version of S & S, which is being published by Doctor Finn’s Games and has been created by Steve Finn.
In just 12 short Seasons, a classic
Some say there is really nothing new under the sun. That may be true.
But for gamers willing to see the larger picture and look at the expanse of Seasons, they will find a game full of variety and strategy while not sacrificing a simple, elegant design.
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