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Posts Tagged ‘board games

X-Wing: X-Wing

April 23, 2018

X-Wing is a game that thrives on expansions and has become one of those “money pit” games. There is a segment of the gaming population who buys all the new X-Wing ships no matter what. I will state that I am not one of those people, nor am I a hardcore X-wing player. But I […]

Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts

March 24, 2018

Race for the Galaxy is an incredible game which stretches a gamer’s muscles for efficient strategy, tweaks at their imagination, and offers a quick-fire pace. The games has a number of expansions, beginning with three early add-ons, then a long gap, and a return to the well with Alien Artifacts. The expectation is that this […]

My 5 Favourite Podcasts: Redux

January 21, 2018

A few years ago I did a list on my favourite podcasts, but a lot has changed since then, so I am updating it.  Only one podcast from the original list remains.  If you are interested in any of these topics, I highly recommend these casts. 5. The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast It amazes me […]

X-Wing

December 19, 2017

Star Wars is, you know, slightly popular. And in this day and age, in our culture, popular things get the crap marketed out of them, Star Wars most of all. You could argue that this franchise started the whole marketing craze. And part of that marketing usually involves board games: Star Wars Monopoly was a […]

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 […]