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Ticket to Ride: The Heart of Africa

October 22, 2017

At this point, Days of Wonder have fully committed to the Map Expansion idea for expanding their most popular game, and the third such package takes us to Africa, the fourth continent to be visited by these coloured plastic trains. Unlike the previous two map packs, this is not a double board. As such, it […]

Small World: Royal Bonus

October 10, 2017

Small World expansions have always excited me, as I love getting new races to add to the variety of the gameplay. It seems limitlessly expandable, so long as you can find new ways to create different abilities within the rules. So when Days of Winder ran a kickstarter for the Small World ipad app, I […]

Kemet

September 2, 2017

Sometimes you just need to beat up on your friends. In board games form I mean. Sometimes you just want to set the strategy engines and efficient gameplay aside for a moment and just attack, attack, attack! And this is why we have games like Kemet. Kemet, set in a mythological Egyptian setting, takes the […]

Mascarade

July 12, 2017

Our hobby is filled with games of all sorts, designed for many different situations. And while sometimes its great to have a battle of strategies between a few friends in a deep, complex brain-burner, its also nice to just have a great time with a large group of people. That’s where Mascarade comes in. Mascarade […]

Steam

April 25, 2017

There are some themes that board game designers are drawn to far more than others: medieval times, fantasy adventures, war simulations. Trains is definitely one of those themes, one which countless games have been made for and which has been an important part in our current board game history. Steam is a product of this […]

Race for the Galaxy

August 11, 2016

Race for the Galaxy has been around for almost a decade and continues to be loved and played. It takes the core concept of the hit game Puerto Rico, turns it into a card game, and adds a space exploration theme. And it’s brilliant. It has captivated large numbers of gamers, some of whom dedicate […]

Pit

June 20, 2016

This gaming hobby has exploded in the past decade, with hundreds of new games being released yearly in all types of categories. Gamers are obsessed with the newest and shiniest additions to the hobby. But every once in a while when we tear our eyes away from the shiny glare of the “new”, we notice […]

A Game of Thrones: A Feast for Crows

March 31, 2016

The reprint of the Game of Thrones board game included most parts of the previous expansions from the first run, so Fantasy Flight needed new ideas for the new expansion. The second expansion for the reprint is titles Feast for Crows after the 4th book in series (inexplicably being released after Dance with Dragons, named […]

7 Wonders: Wonder Pack

March 28, 2016

The first two expansions for the smash hit 7 Wonders each came with 1 or 2 new wonder boards for players to try out. This third, smaller expansion focuses entirely on these new wonders. The slender box contains 4 new cities, offering more variety in which wonders the players are able to build. (It also […]

The Settlers of Catan: Explorers & Pirates

December 3, 2015

While games these days seem to come out with expansions every year, Settlers of Catan, with its rich 20 year history, only needs an expansion every 5 or 6 years it seems. Mind you, it has lots of spin-offs and the like, but the last proper expansion to the same was back in 2007. Then […]

Munchkin 6: Demented Dungeons

November 14, 2015

Usually, Munchkin expansions just come with a sleeve of new cards you throw in with the rest of the game. They have a couple new races/classes, monsters with pun names, etc. But with Demented Dungeons, we actually get a whole new aspect to the game. Munchkin 6 adds the Dungeon cards, cards which are twice […]

Confusion

November 10, 2015

When people hear “board games” they common think of the old-style family games like Life and Monopoly, unless they are in the know and realize the hobby is quite diverse. However, some of the general public’s minds may also go to the more classic abstracts. You know, like Chess, Backgammon, Chinese Checkers, and so on. […]

Agricola

August 5, 2015

In the world of board games, the reputation of some titles just demands a certain level of respect. Agricola is one of those titles. It created a lot of hype when it was released back in 2007 before it made the transition from Europe to North America, and when it did it rose to the […]

Ticket to Ride: India

July 19, 2015

Ticket to Ride seems to have found a solid strategy for staying viable within the gaming community through their Map Expansion collection. These new maps give long-time gamers, who may have gotten sick of the modern board game classic after so long, a fresh chance to rejuvenate such a beloved game. The second in the […]

Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Conflict

July 8, 2015

  Cosmic Encounter is a game that has had many versions and may expansions over its 37 year history. However Fantasy Flight’s latest version really seems to be the definitive edition, which has up to five expansions thus far. The first to be released was the excellent Cosmic Incursion Expansion. Today I will be looking […]