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 …

Unboxing Oh My Gods

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Oh My Gods is a game I first played at CT FIG. I’ve got a review of the game coming shortly, but I figured I’d take some pictures and get them posted before then. As you can see, there’s not much in the box. Don’t judge the game by that fact, though, as there’s a lot of fun to be …

Review – Haiku Warrior

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Some may know Jason Anarchy as the designer of Drinking Quest the card-based, drinking RPG. Jason has a new game, Haiku Warrior, that’s similar, but much more subdued. It can be played solo, or up to four players. The cards still drive the adventure, and every card carries a haiku. Jason told me at PAX East that he wanted to …

Discovering Tak

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Cheapass games wrapped up a wildly successful Kickstarter to bring Tak to life. For those unfamiliar, Tak is a fictional game in Patrick Rothfuss’ novel A Wise Man’s Fear. Though the mechanics of the game are never laid out in the story, James Ernest set it upon himself to bring the abstract game to life. I’m eagerly awaiting my copy …