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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.
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.
Dark Ages portent of Dominion's conclusion?
As Dominion reaches its final stages, at least in terms of new releases, the final full expansion for the game, Dark Ages, carries a most appropriate name.
Everything is falling into Ruins and the cards reflect the calamity and the dire circumstances of the world as you know as a Dominion player.
Scripts & Scribes writes winning entry
Scripts & Scribes: The Dice Game is a reimplementation of the card game Scripts & Scribes, which later has come to be known as Biblios. Confused yet?
Well there is nothing confusing about the dice version of S & S, which is being published by Doctor Finn’s Games and has been created by Steve Finn.
In just 12 short Seasons, a classic
Some say there is really nothing new under the sun. That may be true.
But for gamers willing to see the larger picture and look at the expanse of Seasons, they will find a game full of variety and strategy while not sacrificing a simple, elegant design.
Smashing success at GenCon
There’s very little doubt that one of the biggest hits at last week’s GenCon in Indianapolis was AEG’s Smash Up.
The fact that the game was received so well and promoted so heavily is a good sign for the tabletop gaming hobby because it is further proof that you don’t need a complex set of rules and mounds of markers and counters to have an impact.
Gen Con returns to Indy
This is the time of year when the entire board gaming world shifts its attention to Indianapolis and Gen Con. Gen Con Indy is the longest running — at 44 years — and best attended gaming convention in the world.
Sink or save? Choice is yours
Some cooperative board games fail at two different things.
The first is that they fail to completely take the plunge in creating a “we’re all in this together” experience. Often the game will still find a way to crown a winner, which does negative a bit of the cooperative spirit. Secondly, they don’t build drama. There’s no sense of impending doom. There’s no feeling that time is actually ticking and the chance to win is actually slipping away turn by turn.
Wishing Tree place for good gaming
For those who want some real variety out of a single stop at GenCon, the Wishing Tree booth (#1939) would be a very good option.
Wishing Tree will not only be the home of its own engaging Seven Sisters game, but also Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype (licensed from Eternal Revolution, $30) and Raiding Parties (licensed from Nick Pace Entertainment, $20) will be available.
Morels is a tasty find
At first glance, it might seem that Morels falls into the category of “They can make a game out of anything.”
Morels is a game about collecting mushrooms and then cooking or selling them. It is a game for two players and plays in about 30 minutes.
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