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Wiz-War: Bestial Forces expansion review
I noticed long ago that when people who tend to run role-playing games choose to play instead, they always pick wizard characters. Why? It's all about power. If you're used to having the ability to dictate reality on a whim, you want a character that can do it too. Power is a key part of wizarding's appeal. And there's no greater demonstration of power than being able to summon fantastic creatures and bend them to your whim. It's what's always been missing from Wiz-War, and now it's here with the Bestial Forces expansion. And while there's...
 
 
Barnestorming- Galaxy Defenders in Review, Skylanders, Pitch Black, the 1960s
Xenocide, Italian Style
 
 
Barnestorming- Deus in Review, Heroscape, The Golden Child, Gothic Rock
 Better than it looks..
 
 
Barnstorming- Battle at Kemble's Cascade in Review, Dungeon Command, Riddick, A Certain Ratio
 Bullet Purgatory.
 
 
Five Tribes Review
There are lots of heavy strategy games that make me feel like a bad player. There are even a few that make me feel like a bad person for decieving and manipulating my way to victory. Five Tribes is the first game that made me feel like a bad reviewer. Because, even after many games, I can’t quite make up my mind how I feel about it. The design itself doesn’t help. It feels like designer Bruno Cathala poured a random assortment of mechanics into a pestle, ground it up, and put the fragments into a...
 
 
Barnestorming- Lords of Xidit in Review, Bayonetta 2, Jodorowsky's DUne
Get Xidit.
 
 
High Adventures In High Finance - Acquire Retrospective
Playing Acquire is a little like meeting a fifty-year-old man who can outrun a bunch of twenty-somethings. Rather than showing its age, Sid Sackson’s classic feels as relevant today as ever. It’s a true evergreen title, one that has seen numerous publishers but has remained essentially unchanged since 1964. It’s one of only two hobby games, along with Settlers of Catan, that I can set up with just about any gaming group and never have to explain. I only ever have to teach it to people who don’t usually play games, and even then it’s intuitive enough to pick...
 
 
Barnestorming- Hyperborea in Review, Kemble's Cascade, Hyrule Warriors, Godzilla
Hyperbolea.
 
 
There is no genre of game with which I have quite the same love-hate relationship as traitor games. Part of this is just plain old burnout, since it’s a popular genre over the last several years and one that frequently is trotted out in large groups. The other part is that it’s a difficult genre to do well. It embraces a specific player personality, so they often struggle to be fun for someone besides the most outgoing and verbal person at the table. It’s also tricky to nail the right complexity level. Too much mechanical flourish, and the social...
 
 
Barnestorming- Heroes Wanted in Review, Dream Quest, Darkspace, Generation X
Or, The Leather Beard versus The Rubber Hobo
 
 
 
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