Kickstarter – Gamer Deck 1

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Though not what I plan to normally do, I’ve made a 2nd Kickstarter pick this month. Gamer Deck 1: Mechanics is a card system/poker deck highlighting different game mechanics. It’s a standard card deck featuring game mechanics as a theme. The four suits are: Cards, Meeples, Hexes, and Pawns. Each card in a suits has a game mechanic that relates …

Unboxing Kodama

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Daniel Solis is an amazing game designer. I haven’t played a game of his that I didn’t like. A while ago Daniel had created a card game called Kigi, a beautiful game about painting the most lovely trees. It was self-published and sold through DriveThruCards. A while later Action Phase Games picked up the game, rethemed it, and had Daniel …

Card Master Preview

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Having already signed up as an early backer for Card Master on Prefundia, I was excited to get a prototype in today to preview. For those unfamiliar, Card Master is basically Triple Triad, a popular card mini-game found in Final Fantasy 8. Not collectable, it’s a deck of 81 cards with the numbers on the sides only ranging from 1-3. …

Unboxing Mystic Vale

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Back during Toy Fair 2015 I saw an early set of notes for Mystic Vale at the AEG booth. To be more specific, it was rough information about the Card Crafting System, as the game was still early in development and didn’t even have a name or specific theme. Ever since that day I’ve been waiting for AEG to announce …

Review – VA-11 Hall-A

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To be honest, I almost passed on the opportunity to review VA-11 Hall-A – Cyberpunk Bartender Action, a new game by Sukeban Games. Something about the logo caught my eye, and a quick lookup of the game had me hooked at the music. After that, I figured it couldn’t hurt to request a review code and give the game a …

Discovering Tak – Part 2

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Continuing my earlier Tak post, I figured I’d give my initial thoughts on the game. I finished my set, and have played more than a handful of the game, teaching 3 of my kids to play over our recent vacation. Also, I’ve created my own box/board combo to store and play the game. Based off the beautiful Devi’s board, one …

Game Designer Modifies Game Developer Barbie for His Wife

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Mattel recently released a new Game Developer Barbie after a pretty nasty snafu with a similar theme in a book back in 2014. Thankfully the new Barbie hits the nail on the head, and is a great doll. Game Designer Marcus Montgomery, of wearegamedevs.com, wanted to get the doll for his wife. No problem, right? Not quite. Game Developer Barbie …

Review – Encounters! Bravest Warriors

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I actually played Encounters! Bravest Warriors for the first time during PAX East 2015. It’s by new means “new”, but Catalyst sent me both decks to get a better look at along with some of their newest stuff after this year’s PAX East. The game is based off the popular Cartoon Hangover show, Bravest Warriors. It’s by the same guy …

Unboxing King of Tokyo 2016

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To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the game, there’s a new version of King of Tokyo out with brand new artwork. The game is exactly the same as before, but got a facelift to match the upcoming mobile version of the game. The new version also sees two new monsters, Space Penguin (not really new to the game, but hard …

Kickstarter – Fallen Angel

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This month I decided to back Fallen Angel by Asteria Board Game Creation. It was a tough call, as there’s some really great projects out there right now. Fallen Angel has a few things going for it. The game itself sounds really interesting, has great looking components, is affordable, and comes with a dice tower! The game as a very …