Review – Children of the Zodiarcs

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Developer: Cardboard Utopia Publisher: Square Enix Year: 2017 Platform: Steam, PS4 MSRP: $19.99 Prelude When I first saw the Kickstarter for Children of the Zodiarcs I felt a mixture of excitement and skepticism. Who wouldn’t be after the dumpster fire the Unsung Story Kickstarter has been. I know. Different companies. Different campaigns. Did I mention I was also a backer …

Review – Monopoly Gamer

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Designers: N/A Publisher: Hasbro Year: 2017 MSRP: $24.99 Players: 2-4 Play Time: 45-60 minutes Ages: 8+ Rules Available Online: No BGG: Monopoly Gamer Prelude The boardgame community collectively lost its mind when Hasbro and Nintendo pretty much dropped Monopoly Gamer in stores without much warning. Of course, everyone’s reactions weren’t overwhelmingly positive as Monopoly has a bit of reputation among …

Review – Dead by Daylight

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Developer: Behaviour Interactive Publisher: Starbreeze Studios Year: 2016 Platform: PS4, Xbox One Steam MSRP: $29.99 Prelude Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer game where 4 players are trying to survive the night with a horror movie serial killer trying to do them in a number of terrifying and graphic ways. It’s been available on the PC since 2016, with …

Review – Netflix Original Castlevania (Mostly Spoiler Free)

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When I first heard that Netflix was going to air a Castlevania series I was both overly excited and fearful. As one of my favorite video game series of all time I really wanted to see Castlevania done justice, but didn’t have high hopes that anyone could really pull it off. Once Netflix released their first trailer for the show, …

Review – Herbaceous

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Designers: Eduardo Baraf, Steve Finn, Keith Matejka Publisher: Pencil First Games Year: 2017 MSRP: $24.99 Players: 1-4 Play Time: 15-20 minutes Ages: 8+ Rules Available Online: Yes BGG: Herbaceous Prelude Herbaceous is a card game about potting herbs. Seriously. It raised $59,032 from 2,208 on Kickstarter last year. Its goal was $6,500. What did Eduardo Baraf of Pencil First Games …

Review – Deathstate

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Developer: Bread Machine Games Publisher: Black Shell Media Year: 2015 (PC) / 2017 (PS4) Platform: PS4, Steam MSRP: $9.99 Prelude Professor Elinberg has gone missing while opening a portal endless void. It’s up to you to find out what happened to him by using astral projection in a death-like meditative state. A Deathstate that allows you to travel the far …

Micro Review – Chemistry Fluxx

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Designers: Andrew Looney Publisher: Looney Labs Year: 2017 MSRP: $16 Players: 2-6 Play Time: 5-30 minutes Ages: 8+ Rules Available Online: Yes BGG: Chemistry Fluxx Chemistry Fluxx is one of the latest themed Fluxx games from Looney Labs featuring, you guessed it, elements from the Periodic Table and chemistry equipment. There’s also a few themed Actions and Rules tossed into …

Review – Rampaging Jotunn

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Designers: Matthias Bonnici, David Simpson Publisher: Lost Cog Year: 2016 MSRP: $35 Players: 2 Play Time: 15-45 minutes Ages: 8+ Rules Available Online: No BGG: Rampaging Jotunn Prelude An island, rich with resources, and hidden away by Vikings holds a deadly secret. Ymir, an ancient and powerful Jotunn, has awoken, slaughtering all in his path. Though the Jotunn is powerful …

Review – Shu

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Developer: Motion Twin Publisher: Motion Twin Year: 2016 Platform: PS4/Vita, Steam MSRP: $11.99 Prelude A great Storm destroys Shu’s village, kills the village elder, and scatters Shu’s people. It’s up to him to find the survivors, escape the storm, and find a way to live happily ever after. Shu was released last year for the PS4/Vita using Cross-Buy and Steam. …

Review – Elderwood Academy Scroll & Codex

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I’ve been a huge fan of Elderwood Academy’s products from the first time I laid my eyes on them a bit over a year ago. The first time was in picture form when they had sent out the Kickstarter announcement for the Scroll & Codex dice tower and tray. Then, at PAX East, I finally got to take a peek …