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  • Stones of Fate is fun, innovative challenge Sometimes it is possible to tell you come upon a special game simply by looking at the components and reading the rules. Stones of Fate, from Cosmic Wombat Games, is just such an entity. It is in its final few days as a Kickstarter item. I had a chan

    June 19, 2013

  • Tsuro of the Seas game box Tsuro is twice the fun from Calliope Games If I did a list of the most under-appreciated board games (and don't tempt me), both Tsuro games would be on that list. I have Tsuro: The Game of the Path for a long while. It was first released by WizKids and a bought a copy then. It is now publishe

    June 1, 2013 2 Photos

  • Awesome Level 9000 box New expansions bring more variety to great games Quite some time ago, board games came out, were played until they got stale and never changed or were altered in any way. There are numerous examples of this: Monopoly, Sorry, Life, Yahtzee and Scrabble to name but a few. That was then, this is now.

    May 31, 2013 3 Photos

  • battlecon logo.jpg War of Indines takes combat to new level

    The biggest reason to stay in tune with the world of tabletop board gaming is that not every great game comes from the giants of the industry like AEG, Mayfair, Fantasy Flight, Asmodee and Rio Grande.

    The most recent and best example of this fact is BattleCON: War of Indines from Level 99 Games.

    December 16, 2012 8 Photos

  • tt-boxtop-en.jpg Ticket to Ride gathers steam

    Ticket to Ride, designed by Alan R. Moon and published by Days of Wonder, has long been considered as one of the best gateway games of all time.

    “Gateway” is a term understood by dedicated gamers, but what does it mean to those people who are diving into the modern world of tabletop gaming whose experience in any gaming is mostly limited to classics like Sorry, Monopoly and Yahtzee?

    December 6, 2012 5 Photos

  • box cover.jpg Trick taking with a few twists

    There often isn’t much of anything new to the trick-taking genre of card games other than different goals and a variety of card appearances.

    That isn’t the case with Those Pesky Garden Gnomes from Rio Grande Games. The game was authored by JonMichael Rasmus, John Sams and Sean Weitner. The game is for three to five players 13 years of age and up and a typical game will likely take between 30 and 60 minutes.

    November 7, 2012 2 Photos

  • box.png Only the foolish may apply

    For a simple to play game, Gauntlet of Fools is the most innovative and strategic games released this entire year.

    Plus, there are more high quality bits in this game than any I know in this price range (less than $30 when offered as a kickstarter project).

    October 19, 2012 3 Photos

  • pic1259498_lg.jpg Milestones an uneasy tweener

    It is extremely rare for a new game to appear to great critical reception and for me to not get what all of the fuss is about. Unfortunate this is exactly what has happened with Milestones, a new offering from Stronghold Games.

    October 12, 2012 3 Photos

  • homestretch_boxtop.jpg Horse racing game at the starting gate

    After covering thoroughbred racing locally for a dozen years, it has been frustrating that no board game I’ve tried has ever done a solid job in all areas of capturing the sport for the tabletop.

    That may be about to change.

    October 12, 2012 2 Photos

  • HotRodCreeps_3D_Box.png Hot Rod Creeps: Racing at a whole new level

    There is nothing typical about Hot Rod Creeps, the new customizable racing game from Cryptozoic Entertainment and designer Matt Hyra.

    Back many years ago when I had a group of friends who played Formula De, there were always a few who wanted to be able to mess with their opponents cars, whether it was to put down oil slicks or shoot weapons at them. Formula De had no such mechanic, but Hot Rod Creeps does.

    September 14, 2012 6 Photos

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