A Pawn's Perspective https://pawnsperspective.com Game reviews, unboxings, and more Wed, 22 Jan 2020 01:10:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Godsforge Review https://pawnsperspective.com/godsforge-review/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=godsforge-review https://pawnsperspective.com/godsforge-review/#respond Wed, 22 Jan 2020 01:10:11 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7928 Full Godsforge Review The Yahtzee Roll gets another spell-slinging game with Atlas Games’ Godsforge, a combat game between elite spell casters. Players roll dice to determine which card they can play from their hand, then simultaneously cast their card, deal damage to the player on their left, and protect themselves from the player to their right. Etherium and Veilstones help ...

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The Yahtzee Roll gets another spell-slinging game with Atlas Games’ Godsforge, a combat game between elite spell casters. Players roll dice to determine which card they can play from their hand, then simultaneously cast their card, deal damage to the player on their left, and protect themselves from the player to their right. Etherium and Veilstones help manipulate die rolls, while Godstones are used to cast the most potent spells.

Godforge’s rulebook may confuse you at first with it’s talk of different elements and what numbers of the dice correspond to them, but the game isn’t quite as complicated as all that. Each card has specific requirements that need to be met to cast. Some need specific numbers, runs, or combined dice to get values over 6. Some need Veilstones, gems that can be earned by rolling a 1 or 6. 1’s are also wild. There are two types of cards to cast: Creation and Spells. Creations stay on the table, while Spells are single use effects.

Godsforge Review - Sample Cards
Sample Creation cards

Each card will have an attack value, defense value, a special effect, or any combination of the previous. Players cast a single card, if able, on their turn simultaneously and deal/protect against damage from other players. It’s fast-paced, a little chaotic, and quite fun. The game isn’t quite as deep as it could be, with very few interactions between cards, but this is something that can certainly be fixed with expansions.

There are certainly some interesting design choices in Godsforge. To keep the game quick, additional damage is taken by each player once the first player (in a 3+ player game) is knocked out. Certain cards can have their power boosted by pumping Veilstones into them. It’s also quite possible that two or more players can kill each other simultaneously. If this causes the game to end, the player who’s life is closest to 0 (players can drop into the negatives) wins, having the most remains left to be sent to their family.

Game in progress
A game in progress

There’s certainly a lot to like about Godsforge. The core mechanics and the artwork both being well executed. There’s a few things that cause the game to fall a bit short. The previously mentioned lack of depth, along with a poorly written rule book being the two main offenders. It’s a game that shows much promise with future releases, if it actually sees any.

A copy of Godsforge was provided free for review by Atlas Games

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Mile High Game Guys

“Hi! I’m Ryan Henson Creighton, a game designer and creative writer. We’re Adrian, Jeff, and Zach and together the three of us make up the amazing TriForce pretty-OK board game podcast, Mile High Game Guys. We started back in June of 2016 with a couple of cheap mics, a Nalgene for a mic stand, and a fierce desire to ramble inanely about all things board game related. Well, with a bit of hard work, a bunch of good fortune, and enough cursing to make a sailor blush, we have managed to grow into the best podcast produced entirely in Adrian’s basement!

Patreon Link:

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Creating:

The Mile High Game Guys Board Gaming Podcast

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Rewards include:

  • Access to the Patron only feed where we will regularly post about things going on behind the scenes of the show and give you advanced notice of upcoming review/discussion topics, interviews, and more!
  • Access to the Patron-only channel on the new MHGG slack!
  • A named shout-out on the show!
  • Special cutting floor mp3s featuring the stuff we cut from the episode for time constraints
  • File uploads of Jeff’s very professional, not at all ridiculous, hand written show notes
  • Access to a monthly google hangout with Adrian, Jeff, & Zach
  • Access to a poll to help determine 1 review every 10 episodes
  • We’ll work with you on a custom super shout-out on the show
  • Access to a monthly game with Adrian, Jeff, or Zach; either video or board, online or (if possible) in-person
  • A personal Skype call with us that will be included in an actual episode!

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Kingdomino Duel Review https://pawnsperspective.com/kingdomino-duel-review/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kingdomino-duel-review https://pawnsperspective.com/kingdomino-duel-review/#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 01:28:27 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7912 Full Kingdomino Duel Review Kingdomino is an amazing game. It’s colorful, approachable, super each to teach, and a whole lot of fun. Queendomino expanded on the excellence of the original by adding a bit more depth for gamers that were looking for a bit more. Kingdomino Duel boils the Spiel Des Jahres award winner down into a 2-player roll-and-write. Does ...

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Kingdomino is an amazing game. It’s colorful, approachable, super each to teach, and a whole lot of fun. Queendomino expanded on the excellence of the original by adding a bit more depth for gamers that were looking for a bit more. Kingdomino Duel boils the Spiel Des Jahres award winner down into a 2-player roll-and-write. Does it work? Not really.

2019 seemed like the year of the roll-and-write and Blue Orange Games hopped right on the bandwagon, turning Kingdomino into one. The game is stripped down to its most basic, with a little bit of magic sprinkled on top. Each turn one of the players rolls 4 dice. Each player then takes on of these dice, then another, to form a domino to mark down on their sheet. A magic spell can be used when one player takes enough of a certain type of symbol over the course of the game.

This is the game in its entirety

It’s just as simple as the original game. Maybe even more so. Unfortunately it’s not quite as good. The graphic design of the game just doesn’t hold up, with all the symbols on the dice just being shields with different patterns on them. The spells, while cool, don’t really have much use if you play the board well. The idea has merit, but its flounders a bit in execution.

It may be that the original Kingdomino is such a good game, is almost as portable, and can support more than 2 players. It may also be that Kingdomino Duel is $14.99, while it’s older, better sibling is only a few bucks more at $16.49 on Amazon. It’s not that Kingdomino Duel is bad. It’s just not nearly as good as the original.

If it ain’t broke. Don’t fix it.

If you’ve already got the original, there’s not really much need to get Duel. If you don’t have the original, you’re probably better off spending the little bit more to get it over Duel. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a place in the market for this roll-and-write, and it feel more like a cash-in on the roll-and-write hype more than anything.

A copy of Kingdomino Duel was provided free for this review by Blue Orange Games

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Patreon Spotlight: The Fabled Flame https://pawnsperspective.com/patreon-spotlight-the-fabled-flame/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=patreon-spotlight-the-fabled-flame https://pawnsperspective.com/patreon-spotlight-the-fabled-flame/#respond Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:25:29 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7906 The Fabled Flame “It was April of 2019 and I was gifted something that would change my life and my family’s lives forever. A single D20 ice mold. It was fun and novel, but then I thought, what if I made a candle instead of ice? And with that, I combined my favorite things in the world. Dice, candles and ...

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The Fabled Flame

“It was April of 2019 and I was gifted something that would change my life and my family’s lives forever. A single D20 ice mold. It was fun and novel, but then I thought, what if I made a candle instead of ice? And with that, I combined my favorite things in the world. Dice, candles and Dungeons and Dragons.

Patreon Link:

https://www.patreon.com/TheFabledFlame

Creating:

TTRPG themed candles

Support Levels:

$1, $5, $10, $25

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  • Receive a hand written thank you card
  • A hand made The Fabled Flame Sticker
  • Thank-You shout-out on twitter
  • Access to patron only sales and offers
  • Access to patron only monthly giveaway
  • voting on scent of the month
  • Free shipping code to US and Canada
  • Early access ordering for new offerings
  • 5 pack of tea light scent of the month
  • A D20 candle or new product sent to you each month
  • Coupon code for 15% off all orders

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Flick Wars Review https://pawnsperspective.com/flick-wars-review/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=flick-wars-review https://pawnsperspective.com/flick-wars-review/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:03:23 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7895 Full Flick Wars Review What would you get if you crossed Pitch Car with a Warhammer 40k? Flick Wars, by Breaking Games. Its large box contains a huge, neoprene mat, wooden terrain pieces, cards, and tons of wooden discs to flick around. Supporting 1-6 players, this game aims to bring a completely different type of strategy to miniatures wargaming. Flick ...

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What would you get if you crossed Pitch Car with a Warhammer 40k? Flick Wars, by Breaking Games. Its large box contains a huge, neoprene mat, wooden terrain pieces, cards, and tons of wooden discs to flick around. Supporting 1-6 players, this game aims to bring a completely different type of strategy to miniatures wargaming.

Flick Wars is played on a giant 24″ by 30″ neoprene mat with wooden domes to represent 3D terrain. These can be placed on or under the mat. Each player takes 1 of 6 different armies, which are made up of a base, wooden discs, and a deck of cards. Players set up their armies based on their summary card and strive to defeat the player to their left while defending against the player to their right.

Sample setup with all wooden terrain domes on the mat (they may also be placed under)

The basics of the game revolve around movement, deployment, and attacking. Players flick to move their discs around the mat but can only make an attack flick if they’re in range on their opponent’s units. No other unit on the board can be attacked. Once a unit is destroyed it’s flipped over and its debris left on the mat. It’s simple, yet the game offers a bit of depth in how each army is made up and from the special abilities listed on different units.

The whole thing really does feel like Crash Cup Karambolage or Pitch Car, yet still has that feeling of putting together an army for a miniatures game. It’s very accessible for players of almost any age as long as they can read their cards, though younger players can still enjoy the game with the help of an adult. The only real downside of the game is the number of stickers you need to put on every wooden disc.

Dexterity games have a charm all their own. Fans of the genre will certainly tell you that. Flick Wars is an awesome time packed in a pretty large box and is sure to enterain. Just make sure you give yourself ample time to get it prepped before expecting to play for the first time.

A copy of Flick Wars was provided free for review by Breaking Games

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Hot Games for Cold Nights https://pawnsperspective.com/hot-games-for-cold-nights/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hot-games-for-cold-nights https://pawnsperspective.com/hot-games-for-cold-nights/#respond Sat, 11 Jan 2020 02:25:17 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7869 It’s COLD in New England with Winter just hitting its stride. What better way to spend a frosty evening than with some HOT games! Games that really bring the heat and get things steamy. Here’s 5 game to really work up a sweat and chase those winter chills away. Fire Tower A fire rages somewhere in the heart of the ...

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It’s COLD in New England with Winter just hitting its stride. What better way to spend a frosty evening than with some HOT games! Games that really bring the heat and get things steamy.

Here’s 5 game to really work up a sweat and chase those winter chills away.

Fire Tower

A fire rages somewhere in the heart of the forest. From the height of a fire tower, you command the efforts to defend your tower and take down your opponents. With each turn, the inferno grows.

An excellent family-friendly game that’s super easy to learn and play, even for kids. While simple, it’s a game of building tension and raging excitement as the fire grows and spreads to engulf the board in over 130 large, plastic Fire Gems. Control the wind to spread the fire towards your opponents and be the last fire tower standing.

Fire in the Library

Take your chances, be the bravest, and save books in Fire in the Library!

There’s a fire in the library! It’s up to a few brave individuals to run into the burning building and save as many books as possible before it’s too late. Grab whatever tools you can, summon up your courage, and help preserve as much knowledge as possible. Fire in the Library is light, quick, and full of tension. While there is certainly a luck element involved, the game doesn’t get dragged down thanks to the choices available to players on each turn.

Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar

Welcome to Fireball Island! You may have heard stories. You may have visited when you were younger. Perhaps you even saw a fireball engulf a fellow traveler in a hellscape of horror that makes you afraid to close your eyes at night. Whatever the case, welcome back!

What better way to stay warm than to be rolled over by a giant ball of fire? Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar brings back the nostalgia of the original 80’s version of the game with all new mechanics, a better production value, and more danger for the poor adventurers that step foot on the island! An excellent game to play with the whole family.

The Brigade

Welcome to Tinderbox!
…sorry about the weather…
The city of Tinderbox has, rather predictably, caught fire.

Are you sensing a theme yet? The forests have caught fire, as has the library. You’ve been rolled over by fireballs. Getting warm yet? I hope not TOO warm because now the city has caught fire! The Brigade has players competing to put out fires around a medieval city in order to impress the populace and become the next fire chief. A step up in complexity from the previous games in the list, but still good for ages 8+!

Fire

Who would like to spend an evening in front of a fireplace, listening to music that makes you dream, drinking a glass of red wine or even tea. However, once and again you would have to put some more wood on to keep the atmosphere.

O’Neal , A. Fire. 3 Feb. 2006, https://boardgamegeek.com/image/114590/fire.

Really the best way to stay warm when it’s cold is to make a nice, warm fire. Preferably someplace safe like a fireplace, wood burning stove, or outdoor fire pit. A burn barrel will do in a pinch. Theta Editions’ Fire is long out of print, but it had to make this list. The game is similar to Jenga, except your pulling dowels out of a curved frame. It’s looks absolutely stunning and would be a good project for any woodworkers out there.


Well, there you have it. 5 games to really get your glands going when the temperature starts dropping. Of course you knew I was going to be listing games having to do with fire, right? What else did you think I was going to talk about?

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A Pawn's Picks 2019 https://pawnsperspective.com/a-pawns-picks-2019/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-pawns-picks-2019 https://pawnsperspective.com/a-pawns-picks-2019/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:45:39 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7849 Here we go! There were a lot of great games we had a chance to review in 2019. 64 of them, in fact. With that many games to choose from we took a bit of time coming up with the list. That, and we’re also doing Silver, Gold, and Platinum RPG awards as well! To be eligible for a 2019 ...

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Here we go!

There were a lot of great games we had a chance to review in 2019. 64 of them, in fact. With that many games to choose from we took a bit of time coming up with the list. That, and we’re also doing Silver, Gold, and Platinum RPG awards as well!

To be eligible for a 2019 award a game had to have been reviewed (not previewed), by one of our writers, between January 1st, 2019 and December 31st, 2019. The three tiers of awards are, from lowest to highest, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. I’ve been asked why don’t I do a Bronze award. I mean, who really wants to win Bronze?

To find out more about each game you just need to click its thumbnail to be magically whisked away to the review.

With that out of the way, let’s get on to the awards! 

2019 Board Game Picks

Guildball: Kickoff Review - Cover
A.E.G.I.S. Review - Cover
Between Two Castles Of Mad King Ludwig Review - Cover
RWBY: Combat Ready Review - Cover
DUST 1947 Review - Header

2019 RPG Picks

Artifacts of the Guild Review - Cover
UNCAGED Vol 1 Review - Cover

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Funkoverse Strategy Game Review https://pawnsperspective.com/funkoverse-strategy-game-review/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=funkoverse-strategy-game-review https://pawnsperspective.com/funkoverse-strategy-game-review/#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 01:00:06 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7829 Full Funkoverse Strategy Game Review Remember when you were a kid and you’d gather all your toys together for a giant free-for-all? I do. Optimus Prime would command an army of GI Joe against Megatron and Cobra Commander. The Ninja Turtles would help out, being stealthy and all that. Skeletor? Aw man, he had some nasty tricks up his sleeves. ...

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Remember when you were a kid and you’d gather all your toys together for a giant free-for-all? I do. Optimus Prime would command an army of GI Joe against Megatron and Cobra Commander. The Ninja Turtles would help out, being stealthy and all that. Skeletor? Aw man, he had some nasty tricks up his sleeves. Thankfully M.A.S.K. was there keep him in check. Funkoverse is a LOT like that…except without the previous IPs I just mentioned. What DO they have? Harry Potter, DC, Rick & Morty, and…The Golden Girls. Aw yeah. Things are going to get crazy.

I know what you’re probably thinking. Funko POP board games? Funko has gotta just be in it to cash in. That’s what I thought, too. After I’ve finally gotten to play the game I’m singing a different, large-headed tune. I’ve had a chance to get both the Harry Potter 4-Pack and The Golden Girls 2-Pack to the table. All I can say is that I’m eager to get more sets.

Harry Potter: The Quest for Voldemort’s Nose
Thank you for being a friend

Each set comes with 2-4 miniature POP figurines, a board or two, cards, shards, dice, items, rules, scenarios, and some generic cardboard characters. You can play a 2-player game with a 2 pack and up to a 4-player game with a 4 pack. Each POP is balanced in a way where you don’t have to worry about points when building your team. It’s POP for POP. You can also mix and match POPs from ANY set.

At its heart, Funkoverse is a miniatures game. You pick a scenario, set it up as instructed, pick your POPs, and you’re ready to go. There are scenarios for 4 different game modes: Flags, Control, Leaders, and Territory. Each has different objectives you need to complete to earn points and win the game.

One of my favorite aspects of the game is the Cooldown Track. If a character is taken off the board, or a special ability is used, POPs or tokens are placed on the Cooldown Track for a certain number of rounds before they’re available again. It’s a great way to keep special abilities under control and to keep combat fluid. Of course my absolute favorite part of the game is the POPs, even if they are a tad big for the spaces on the board.

I want this set JUST for classic Harley
What’s Batman without Catwoman and Robin?

I’m sure this set is flying off the shelves

I never expected Funkoverse to be remotely good. Imagine my surprise when it not only was good, but great. It even made my top 5 games of 2019 (not to be confused with A Pawn’s Picks.) The packs are a bit pricey, but Funko Game is already looking for ways to get the price point down. I should mention that I got a sneak peak of Wave 2 while at PAX Unplugged and it’s AMAZING. I can’t say much, but I can say single packs are coming out, and one of the new 4-Packs has a character who’s never had a POP made of them before.

Do yourself a favor. At least go out an buy a 2-Pack. You won’t be sorry. Especially if that 2-Pack is The Golden Girls. I’m not lying when I say that Rose and Blanche are two of the best damn characters in the game.

A copy of the 4-Pack Harry Potter Funkoverse Strategy Game and the 2-Pack Golden Girls Funkoverse Strategy game were provided free for review by Funko Game

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Patreon Spotlight: Nights Around a Table https://pawnsperspective.com/patreon-spotlight-nights-around-a-table/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=patreon-spotlight-nights-around-a-table https://pawnsperspective.com/patreon-spotlight-nights-around-a-table/#respond Tue, 07 Jan 2020 11:47:07 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7823 Nights Around a Table “Hi! I’m Ryan Henson Creighton, a game designer and creative writer. I make board game videos just for you! These are the types of Nights Around a Table videos that you can enjoy: Unboxing How to Play Find the Fun reviews The Deal excerpts, giving you just the gist Setup guides … along with one-off videos on topics ...

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Nights Around a Table

“Hi! I’m Ryan Henson Creighton, a game designer and creative writer. I make board game videos just for you! These are the types of Nights Around a Table videos that you can enjoy:

  • Unboxing
  • How to Play
  • Find the Fun reviews
  • The Deal excerpts, giving you just the gist
  • Setup guides

… along with one-off videos on topics you’ll find exceedingly interesting.”

Patreon Link:

https://www.patreon.com/nightsaroundatable

Creating:

A universe of board game videos

Support Levels:

$3, $10, $17, $50, $500

Rewards include:

  • Access to the patron-only feed
  • Early access to videos before anyone else gets to see them
  • Discord server access where you can yap about board games all day long
  • AdBlock absolution, so you can watch my videos ad-free AND guilt free!
  • Voting privileges on polls, deciding which board games and topics i cover
  • Access to Ryan’s secret cache of documents, including research documents, content planning boards, and video scripts. Shhh!! These must not fall into enemy hands!
  • A Very Special Discord server role
  • 1 (one) adorable meeple rescued by Ryan from an imperiled school bus and mailed to your house, along with a profile card with facts and stats about that meeple (1 [one] rescued meeple every 3 [three] mos, following the first 3 [three] months of your support) 
  • Official sponsor status of the Nights Around a Table YouTube channel, including your name and link in the video description, and customized “Brought to You By”-style pre- and post-roll spots in all videos produced and released during your sponsorship. (maximum 1 patron at this tier)

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Shobu Review https://pawnsperspective.com/shobu-review/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shobu-review https://pawnsperspective.com/shobu-review/#respond Mon, 06 Jan 2020 00:14:44 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7806 Full Shobu Review It’s quiet in the forest. The fresh scent of cut wood fills your nostrils as the babbling brook beside you fills your ears with melodious sounds. You’ve gathered a handful of rocks from the water and set your knife to 4 blocks of wood. It’s peaceful. Serene. You push your first stone and are well on your ...

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It’s quiet in the forest. The fresh scent of cut wood fills your nostrils as the babbling brook beside you fills your ears with melodious sounds. You’ve gathered a handful of rocks from the water and set your knife to 4 blocks of wood. It’s peaceful. Serene. You push your first stone and are well on your way into a battle of wits with your opponent.

Smirk & Laughter‘s Shobu evokes feelings of an ancient abstract game while just recently being released in 2019. It’s a game of wood, stone, and fiber. Each player has a dark and light wooden board in front of them separated by a small length of rope. On each board is 4 white river stones and 4 black one. The goal of the game? Remove all 4 of your opponents stones off of any board.

Thurot, D. Preparing for the Match. 30 Dec. 2019, https://boardgamegeek.com/image/5140567/shbu.

On a player’s turn they move a stone of their color on either board on their side of the rope up to 2 spaces in any direction. This stone must be able to freely move without bumping into any other stones. Then the player takes another move on the opposite color board on either side of the rope. This stone may push an opponent stone, the goal being to knock it off the board.

Shobu is a beautifully tactile and thoroughly enjoyable game that combines a simplicity of design with a staggeringly in-depth set of mechanics. It’s an instant classic that should be in the collection of any abstract strategy fan’s collection. The mirroring of movement provides many thought provoking moments and the management of 4 different board creates a tense game every time it’s played.

It’s hard not to fall in love with the game.

A copy of Shobu was provided free for review by Smirk & Laughter

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