ALIEN FRONTIERS in Review

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MB Updated January 28, 2015

 Pictured is one of the very best games of the year. At least its box, which I don't have because I had to beg Clever Mojo to send me a review copy composed of spare parts wrapped in butcher paper. The tiny little company that had to bankroll their game through Kickstarter.com wasn't scared of bad press.

And they shouldn't have been, because the game is outstanding. As in Game of the Year contender outstanding I don't give a flying fuck if it's not hardcore Ameritrash and if the dice rolling and area control mechanics are pure Euro, this game beats just about everything released this year with plastic soldiers and (god save us) card-based combat. It's a smart, lean game with zero fat and 100% fun. I also love the setting and presentation, what with all the old Omni/Analog style artwork and homages to classic SF writers.

Review is at Gameshark.com.

Oh, and my Thanksgiving message to the world- PILGRIMS GO HOME.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of FortressAT.com and Nohighscores.com as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film. 

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