A Pawn's Perspective https://pawnsperspective.com Game reviews, unboxings, and more Wed, 20 Nov 2019 21:27:31 -0500 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 A Few to Review: Catch the Moon https://pawnsperspective.com/a-few-to-review-catch-the-moon/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-few-to-review-catch-the-moon https://pawnsperspective.com/a-few-to-review-catch-the-moon/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 21:08:48 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7640 Welcome to the first-ever A Few to Review, a series of reviews written by members of the Tabletop Writer’s Guild. Each month, several guild members select a game to play, write up their thoughts in 300-500 words, and one of those members hosts the review. This month’s review is Bombyx’s Catch the Moon, a dexterity game set in a poetic ...

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Welcome to the first-ever A Few to Review, a series of reviews written by members of the Tabletop Writer’s Guild. Each month, several guild members select a game to play, write up their thoughts in 300-500 words, and one of those members hosts the review.

This month’s review is Bombyx’s Catch the Moon, a dexterity game set in a poetic and dreamlike world. Each turn players roll a die and add a new ladder in an ever-increasing stack of ladders, trying to touch only 1 or 2 other ladders, or raising the height of the structure. All of this is determined by the die. Fail to place a piece, or cause the structure to fall, and the Moon sheds a tear. Once all the ladders are placed, or all the Moon’s tears have been shed, the game is over. The player with the least tears wins.

So what did our panel think of the game? Read below to find out!


Marc, The Thoughtful Gamer

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Catch the Moon is delightful, with its tone somewhere between the destructive madness of Jenga and the serenity of a collaborative art project. Indeed, the win/loss conditions are the slightest form of incentive possible, and I can’t imagine anyone ever feeling genuinely competitive over a game of Catch the Moon. Quickly it shifts from opposition to teamwork as you root for your ostensible opponents to successfully place their ladders in creative and exciting ways.

I love how well it expresses the reality that often competitive and disparate individual incentives can interact in such a way to result in something greater than the individual parts. Each person wants to place a ladder according to the rules, but together the players are, unknowingly, building something beautiful and unplanned. It’s a type of spontaneous order.

Such phenomena are not easily captured by games which often feel pressured to shoehorn in a single winner even if the theme doesn’t promote that. But, as I’ve talked about on my podcast it’s very difficult to step outside of the win/loss binary without simultaneously leaving the realm of “game”.

The dreamlike art and presentation are in Catch the Moon’s favor. (I particularly enjoy the stately, tongue-in-cheek “Book of Figures” housed in the rule booklet that shows possible ways to connect the ladders.) Unlike many games where the presentation is wafer thin, Catch the Moon improves as you dwell on the Quixotean absurdity of stacking ladders on a cloud to reach the moon. The fact that failure is met with tears from a weeping moon is the cherry on top. My friends and I have quickly ritualized a simultaneous frenzied cry of “THE MOON WEEPS” to further accent the shame.


Andy, Meeple Mountain

Meeple Mountain began life as a game night for a handful of people in 2014, and since then had grown into a full blown event organizer and board game media outlet.

Dexterity games are a staple in board gaming circles; going back to Kerplunk, Don’t Break the Ice, and that most iconic of dexterity games: Jenga. Clearly the demand is high for fun, exciting, and unique games in this space. So it was with great anticipation that I ordered Catch the Moon.

While there’s a good number of pieces in the game, there’s really only 3 types: teardrops, dice, and of course the ladders. They immediately draw the eye, like something from a fever dream. “The angles are off” your mind says, “these ladders can’t be safe, they can’t serve their primary purpose”! But when you’re trying to use them to climb your way to the Moon to stop her tears from falling…well then perhaps it’ll be okay just this once.

Bit by bit, rung by rung, you and your opponents build a rickety scaffolding that will take you to your true love, the Moon. The ladders assemble like so many forked twigs tossed to the ground; first interlocking, then coming apart with the slightest pressure in the wrong direction. As the structure grows in height it increases in flimsiness until eventually a ladder falls, and then another; each mishap earning the transgressor a single teardrop. Once all the Moon’s tears have been wept, the game is over and the one who causes the least heartbreak wins the game; and the hand of your lady love.

Playing Catch the Moon is an exercise in patience, and willingness to move slowly and with great care. It’s an interesting concept, and a fun game. And what wouldn’t you do for love?


I’ll emphatically echo the other voices of praise here for this lightweight and esoteric game with a rapturous atmosphere built up around it. Catch the Moon isn’t a complex game, but it’s impossible to overlook its inherent value due to the degree to which it nurtures social interaction, table discussion, and a rising communal excitement when it crescendos towards completion as ladders become increasingly challenging to place and the tension mounts to match. And the whole thing takes about 20 minutes. 

If Catch the Moon is to have a particular area of criticism, the most likely one is in its repetitiveness. Although every iteration of the game yields a unique visual appearance thanks to the randomness of the roll and the machinations of its players, its replayability is not endless. Like most games of dexterity and stacking, its most base appeal lies in its simplicity both in form and function. In this Catch the Moon is no different: the entire game revolves around rolling a die and then adding a ladder to the pile while trying not to topple whole sections over. This provides a great deal of variety and replay value writ large, particularly when sharing it with others who may not have experienced the intoxicating temerity of trying to reach the moon via ladder. However, it’s best in doses to avoid having the appeal wear off. Playing more than a couple times in a row starts feeling a little rote.  

Although the game has elements of tactical decision-making based on the roll of the die and where to place pieces, the game is much more about the collective social experience and seeing which way you can shape the ever more unwieldy tower than about overarching strategy – or even winning. Instead, matching its quixotic premise, Catch the Moon is a marvelous stacking exercise that’s three parts game, one part artistic expression, and very much worth checking out.



Rob, A Pawn’s Perspective

With a price tag of only $20, and a poetic beauty rarely found in games, Catch the Moon captivates players as they build a structure from different sized ladders. The goal? Reach the sky and catch the Moon, who is eager for your arrival. Topple the structure, or fail to find a place for a ladder, and the Moon will shed a tear. Once all the ladders or tears have run out the game ends and the player with the least tears wins.

The ladders, coming in several configurations, lend themselves to some interesting and unique building choices. Pieces can be placed between rungs of other pieces, or simply laid flat across others. Some ladders have half a rung, which can be utilized as a hook to secure a piece or to hang. There will be times where your structure is so solid and sound that it feels like it could never topple. Other times every last ladder is placed so precariously it’s a small wonder how the structure stands at all.

Catch the Moon is surprisingly simple, yet its charm is enough to set is apart from games of similar ilk. Be warned, though. With its low price comes slightly flimsy components. The ladders don’t feel like they’ll stand up to the test of time. I’ve managed to play the game with my 5 and 9-year-olds with no damage yet, but the fear is there that sooner or later we’re going to lose a ladder or two. That being said, Catch the Moon is still an excellent family game that all ages can enjoy. You’ll quickly get your money’s worth out of the game, so maybe having to buy another copy in a year or so won’t be such a sting.

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The Thoughtful Gamer

“I created The Thoughtful Gamer to provide a high-quality board game reviews, strategy guides, and discussion about board game culture. Soon after beginning I started a bi-weekly podcast. Then I expanded that to include off-week podcast features. Now I even stream games occasionally, and I’m in the process of dipping my toes into the world of video reviews and how to play videos.”

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Czech Games Edition‘s Letter Jam is a cooperative word game which right off the bat makes it seem like it’d be right up my alley. The reality, however, couldn’t be farther from the truth. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the game goes so horribly wrong for me, but it’s certainly a game I’m not likely to join in on again anytime soon.

There are several, perhaps too many, phases in Letter Jam. First, players get a hand of cards and have to make a face-down word using 5 letters. The rest of the cards are discarded, shuffled, and turned into a draw deck. The players then shuffle their word up and pass it to the player on their left, still face-down. The cards are placed in a row and everyone takes the first card and places in a stand so it’s facing only the other players.

This is what the game looks like set up

Now each player has to make a word using the letters they can see, along with the availability of a wildcard, in such a way that they can help the other players figure out what their letter is. There’s numbered tokens that indicate in what order the letters are used. Each player also has a pad where they can write all their hints down, etc…

The game continues in this manner for each face-down card and at the end of the game players try to guess what word was given to them at the start of the game. The group’s success is determined by how many people correctly guess their word. There’s a few other mechanics in here. but that’s the gist of Letter Jam.

There’s also this thing which counts as a setup guide, clue tracker, etc… Yeah, it’s kinda weird

By all means this really did seem like a game I’d really enjoy. For some reason, though, it fell completely flat. It felt overly complicated with too many details that seemed to bury the “fun” of a game that’s buried deep within the short, but not-very-well-written rules.

Letter Jam was played at a gathering and was not purchased, or provided for free, for this review.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories https://pawnsperspective.com/2019-holiday-gift-guide-accessories/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2019-holiday-gift-guide-accessories https://pawnsperspective.com/2019-holiday-gift-guide-accessories/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2019 03:12:53 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7678 The holidays are fast approaching and you might be wondering what a good gift may be for the gamer who already has just about everything. Accessories! Now I’ve been fortunate enough to review a TON of great gaming accessories, and here are some that would make great gifts. Level Up Dice Level Up Dice are makers of luxury dice. They ...

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The holidays are fast approaching and you might be wondering what a good gift may be for the gamer who already has just about everything.

Accessories!

Now I’ve been fortunate enough to review a TON of great gaming accessories, and here are some that would make great gifts.

Level Up Dice

Raised Obsidian, $95 – Probably my absolute favorite set from Level Up Dice’s store.

Level Up Dice are makers of luxury dice. They have a wide range of precious gemstone dice, stone dice, heavy metal dice, aluminum dice, wood dice, and even bone dice. Prices vary, but there’s no denying these math cubes have some serious table presence! The best part? Their dice sets are expertly balanced to always give you a fair roll.

Board Geeks Gaming Modular GM Screen

Looking to buy the perfect gift for the DM/GM of your favorite RPG? Look no further than Board Geek’s Gaming’s Modular GM Screen. This is the screen I use when I DM the multitude of Dungeons & Dragons games I run. Each panel is separate, and fully customizable. My own screen is 5 panels with a beautiful Pawn’s Perspective logo in the middle.

Board Geeks Gaming has also been kind enough to share a coupon for A Pawn’s Perspective readers! Just use code PAWN10 on their Etsy store to get 10% off any order!

The crown jewel out of all my gaming accessories

Crafted Artifacts Dice Box and Rolling Tray

We own a LOT of dice boxes in varying styles, fancy woods, and sizes. Crafted Artifacts‘ Dice Box and Rolling tray just seems to beat most of them by a country mile. They’re simple, expertly made, and just the right size. The rows to organize dice, along with the whiteboard space and room to roll in the lid just make these boxes a great accessory for anyone looking to keep their play space a bit more organized.

C4Labs Dapper Octopus Dice Tray

If you’re looking to roll your dice in style, there’s no better way than with C4Labs Dapper Octopus Dice Tray. Not only does it have a wonderful faux-leather lining, but it also has 8 pockets to hold your dice for easy access. You also get the added bonus of the Dapper Octopus approving of your die rolls. That always makes me feel much better when I roll a crit against one of my players.

Gemhammer & Sons Gaming Compendium of Wild Beasts

Yeah, yeah. I’m a little biased towards 5e. Sue me. If you’re a lover of Dungeons & Dragons and play a Ranger or Druid then Gemhammer & Sons Gaming has you covered with their Compendium of Wild Beasts decks. These three decks contain a ton of animal stat blocks, as well as a few spells, for use with D&D 5th Edition. Perfect for Wild Shape, animal companions, etc… They’re also priced at a perfect level for stocking stuffers!

Games & Gears Legendary Brush Bundle

Looking to get the perfect gift for the miniature painter in your life? Look no further than the luxury brushes put out by Games & Gears. It doesn’t get much better than these. Their brushes are made with kolinsky sable hair or premium synthetic bristles, depending on the brush, can be capped, and come with leather pouches for storage. They’ve got brushes all the way down to 0000 size, as well as specialty brushes for dry-brushing, vehicle painting, and fine detail.

Dibrova Store Dice Vault

Everyone has that ONE set of dice that really shine above all the rest. What better way to not only protect, but spotlight such special numerical rocks than with a Dibrova Store Dice Vault. These hardwood boxes come in a variety of colors, can be personalized, and have metal hinges and magnetic clasps. A real treasure at a very affordable price.

Vyseri Art Deck of Many Things

OK! Last 5e item on the list, I swear. The Vyseri Art Deck of Many Things is a beautiful representation of one of D&D’s most infamous magical items. It’s a full deck, and contains a reference card for what each card does and which cards to use when only needing a “lesser” deck of many things. Don’t believe me on how awesome this deck is? The cast of Critical Role used this exact one in Campaign 1, and look where it got Grog!

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Patreon Spotlight: Board Game Barrage https://pawnsperspective.com/patreon-spotlight-board-game-barrage/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=patreon-spotlight-board-game-barrage https://pawnsperspective.com/patreon-spotlight-board-game-barrage/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7666 Board Game Barrage “Mark, Neilan, and Kellen run Board Game Barrage – a podcast / Instagram / web community about all things board games. We aren’t afraid to tell it like it is and want to help people find amazing games by sorting through the chaff. “ Patreon Link: https://www.patreon.com/boardgamebarrage Creating: Podcasts, Videos, and Board Gaming Content Support Levels: $2, $5, ...

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Mark, Neilan, and Kellen run Board Game Barrage – a podcast / Instagram / web community about all things board games. We aren’t afraid to tell it like it is and want to help people find amazing games by sorting through the chaff.

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Patreon Spotlight: Board Game Design Lab https://pawnsperspective.com/patreon-spotlight-board-game-design-lab/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=patreon-spotlight-board-game-design-lab https://pawnsperspective.com/patreon-spotlight-board-game-design-lab/#respond Tue, 05 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7631 Board Game Design Lab “The Board Game Design Lab is a weekly podcast that interviews designers, publishers, and board game insiders on specific topics. We don’t waste time talking about games we’ve played lately or get caught up on pop culture. There are plenty of other podcasts that do those things very well.” Patreon Link: https://www.patreon.com/BGDL Creating: Board game design content Support ...

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The Board Game Design Lab is a weekly podcast that interviews designers, publishers, and board game insiders on specific topics. We don’t waste time talking about games we’ve played lately or get caught up on pop culture. There are plenty of other podcasts that do those things very well.”

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Designing Games with Your Kids with David and Jordanna Santiago

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Evil High Priest Review https://pawnsperspective.com/evil-high-priest-review/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=evil-high-priest-review https://pawnsperspective.com/evil-high-priest-review/#respond Tue, 05 Nov 2019 02:06:42 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7619 Full Evil High Priest Review My only experience with Petersen Games is with Cthulhu Wars and their 5e RPG products, so I didn’t know what to expect from Evil High Priest other than a Lovecraftian theme. It was quite a shock to open the box and not be greeted by lovely miniatures, but wooden meeples and tons of cardboard instead! ...

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My only experience with Petersen Games is with Cthulhu Wars and their 5e RPG products, so I didn’t know what to expect from Evil High Priest other than a Lovecraftian theme. It was quite a shock to open the box and not be greeted by lovely miniatures, but wooden meeples and tons of cardboard instead! Looking through everything was a bit daunting with the game’s many boards, cards, and tokens. What had I gotten myself into? A smart worker-placement game, that’s what.

The goal of Evil High Priest is to be the High Priest that amasses the most power and resources to awaken your Great Old One before other High Priests do, or pesky Investigators raid your hideout. You do this by placing yourself, and your cultists on various boards to carry out different actions. Some actions may just be generating basic resources. Others might be trading in those resources for more valuable ones. There’s actions that let you summon monsters, expand your hideout, and even break more cultists out of the Asylum to give you more actions per round.

Two other boards include a Cult Board, where you’ll break Elder Signs to free the Great Old One, and a Ritual Board where you can gain even more resources by keeping Cultists on a track for several rounds. Be careful, though. Some Elder Signs may tip off Investigators when broken. When this happens they raid your hideout. Hopefully, you’ve hidden your most valuable resources in deviously trapped chambers or protected yourself with hideous monsters.

The two Cult Boards included in the base game.

Once all the Elder Signs have been broken the Great Old One awakens and the High Priest with the most accumulated points wins.

There’s a lot to like about the game, but I’d say my two favorite parts are how you’re expending resources to better your position, yet every resource spent is points lost. Almost everything has a point value at the end of the game, but sometimes you need to spend things to put plans in action. Don’t properly account for this and you may end up with close to nothing! I also really dig the Ritual Track. You basically give up a worker for a few rounds in order to earn a solid amount of a certain resource. It’s a gamble, but one that usually pays off.

Evil High Priest is an extremely competent worker placement game that follows through beautifully with its theme through horrifying artwork, Ritual mechanics, and tension. The expansions offer more of this with variable player powers, unique investigators and monsters, and new Cult Boards. These can be used without lengthening the game, which lasts from 45 minutes to an hour.

A copy of Evil High Priest and two expansions were provided free for this review by Petersen Games



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Patreon Spotlight: Board Game Blitz https://pawnsperspective.com/patreon-spotlight-board-game-blitz/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=patreon-spotlight-board-game-blitz https://pawnsperspective.com/patreon-spotlight-board-game-blitz/#respond Tue, 29 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7605 Board Game Blitz “A conversation on Reddit in 2015 inspired three women who were total strangers to join forces and start a podcast. From that conversation between Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal, Board Game Blitz was born: the first all-female board game podcast to regularly and consistently release content.” Patreon Link: https://www.patreon.com/boardgameblitz Creating: Board game podcasts, videos, and blogs Support Levels: $1, $2, $5, ...

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“A conversation on Reddit in 2015 inspired three women who were total strangers to join forces and start a podcast. From that conversation between Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal, Board Game Blitz was born: the first all-female board game podcast to regularly and consistently release content.”

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Monopoly Gamer: Sonic Review https://pawnsperspective.com/monopoly-gamer-sonic-review/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=monopoly-gamer-sonic-review https://pawnsperspective.com/monopoly-gamer-sonic-review/#respond Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:20:51 +0000 https://pawnsperspective.com/?p=7594 Full Monopoly Gamer: Sonic Review It’s no secret that I really like the Monopoly Gamer line. Aimed at fans of video games, they take Monopoly and condense it down to a fast-paced, 45-minute game. There’s Monopoly Gamer: Mario, Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart, and Monopoly: Fortnite (technically a Gamer title.) Now Hasbro also has Monopoly Gamer: Sonic. For those who have ...

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Full Monopoly Gamer: Sonic Review

It’s no secret that I really like the Monopoly Gamer line. Aimed at fans of video games, they take Monopoly and condense it down to a fast-paced, 45-minute game. There’s Monopoly Gamer: Mario, Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart, and Monopoly: Fortnite (technically a Gamer title.) Now Hasbro also has Monopoly Gamer: Sonic.

For those who have never played a Gamer title, let me break it down for you. The board is slightly smaller than a standard Monopoly board, each “area” only having 2 properties. Every player gets a character with a unique special power and rolls two dice to move around the board. One die has numbers, and the other has icons that activate some sort of power. The goal of the game is to score the most points by the time the last boss is beaten. Every time someone passes Go they get to fight one. Once all the bosses have been gone through the game ends.

Monopoly Gamer: Sonic Heroes

There’s a bit more to it than that, but those are the basics. How is the Sonic Edition different? For one…it’s FASTER. Keeping with the theme of its video game roots, characters zoom around the board using a 6 sided die that goes from 2-7, with many of the special actions boosting the number of spaces you move ever further. This makes Monopoly Gamer: Sonic the fasted playing Gamer title clocking in around 30 minutes to complete a game.

There is a downside to all this massive movement. It is kind of hard to snag properties when you’re moving 7-12 spaces at a time. It’s not a deal-breaker, but don’t expect to be collecting much rent.

Another difference is the way bosses are fought. Whichever player activates a boss fight can pick another player to act as their sidekick. Each player rolls the die and if the numbers are equal or greater than the boss’ HP, the players win. The primary player gets a Chaos Emerald and the Boss Card, while the sidekick gets a Chao token worth points at the end of the game. Chaos Emeralds let you reroll dice during future boss battles.

Of course, if you lose the battle then Doctor Eggman gets the Chaos Emerald, giving him extra hit points during the final boss battle. It’s quite possible, though unlikely, to not beat any bosses during the course of the game.

As far as the Gamer titles go, Sonic may be my favorite, mostly due to the fast play and the boss mechanics. I’m eager to see what other characters they come out in booster packs in the near future. One of my favorite things about the Gamer line is collecting all the amazing miniatures Hasbro puts out for them.

A copy of Monopoly Gamer: Sonic was provided free for review by Hasbro

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