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Heroes and Wonders - Mare Nostrum Review
I received my copy of Mare Nostrum in a trade almost five years ago, and I have played many times. Just this weekend I played it after an extended hiatus. We were playing with the Mythology expansion, where the players have the option to call upon the favor of a god to give them a one-shot boost for the round. I made the foolish decision to spend the resources to use a god that actually was a lot less useful than I had expected. Mare Nostrum is not a very forgiving game when it comes to wasting resources, and...
 
 
Barnestorming- Relic Expedition in Review, Strider, Phase IV, The Strain, Peter Murphy
 Family style.
 
 
Barnestorming- Eurogames Reclamation Project #1: Adel Verpflichtet, Shovel Knight, Final Frontier, Cabaret Voltaire
ERP#1- Adel Verpflichtet
 
 
Barnestorming- Ars Victor in Review, Shovel Knight, World of Tanks: Blitz, Apes
But is it THE one hour wargame?
 
 
Good News For Lonely Mages - Mage Knight: The Lost Legions Review
It says something about Mage Knight’s quality that even as my life has become less permitting of long dense games, I still find time to play Vlaada Chvatil’s classic several times a year. I enjoyed it when I first got it two years ago, but it has only improved since then. The more time I spend with it, the more I am convinced it is not only Chvatil’s best game, but perhaps one of the best fantasy board games ever designed. But one thing I didn’t think the game needed was an expansion. It’s such a vast ocean...
 
 
Barnestorming- My First Carcassonne in Review, Ars Victor, ERP Progress, Qvadriga, IOS Acquire
Kid's stuff!
 
 
Cat Sack Fever - Felix: The Cat In The Sack Review
When I write about older games I try to find one that a lot of people have played, or maybe one that could be considered a classic. By that standard, Felix: The Cat In The Sack seems awfully slight. It’s a little 30-minute trifle by Friedemann Friese, who is much better known for his bigger designs like Power Grid. It was well-regarded when it came out several years ago, but like a lot of minor hits from that time period it’s been passed by in an age of deckbuilders and crowdfunding. Still it’s proven to be something of a...
 
 
Barnestorming- AEG's Big Summer Box in Review, ERP Progress, More of the Same From Last Week
We have such games to show you...
 
 
You Dirty, Rotten... - Intrigue Review
If we were to classify games like boxers, based on weight, I think that Intrigue might win the award for the most conniving game in its class. It forces the player to make endless promises to get ahead, and then it makes you break at least some of those promises, trampling on the needs and desires of your fellow players. My friends and I have joked that you lose a little bit of your soul every time you play, and there are moments when I’ve felt genuinely guilty for what the game is requiring of me. I would only...
 
 
Ivor the Engine Review
British people of a certain age tend to regard children’s animators Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate as minor deities, so totally did their wonderful conjurations dominate the world of kids TV in the 70?s. Dizzying edifices of imagination and storytelling, built on Firmin’s instantly recognisable art and Postgate’s incomparable animation, they remain a colossal founding pillar of my childhood. Now here there is a game, a modern game, based on my most cherished of all their creations:ÂÂ Ivor the Engine. It’s here, in my hands. This is going to go very well, or very badly. ...
 
 
 
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