Caledea: The Epic Strategy Game in Review; GOTY Awards at Gameshark

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MB Updated January 28, 2015
Caledea: The Epic Strategy Game in Review; GOTY Awards at Gameshark

Oh boy, I do love reviewing small press, DIY games- particularly when they're good ones. Caledea is one of the good ones, a fun and tightly designed conflict game that's bloody and gets right to the point without a bunch of bullshit to get in the way of dice-rolling slaughter- and salting your enemies' fields. Also, Gameshark names its GOTY award-winners

Caledea used to come in a pizza box, and the version I first played over at Swamp Castle was that one. Now, they've got a slightly nicer edition that looks and feels at least a little more like a professional game, although it's still pretty chintzy. But it's also $25, and it's more or less a DIY effort from two guys that just wanted to do a cool battle game. I support this, and I reviewed it here.

Also at Gameshark, our Game of the Year prizes are up. Bioshock 2 got GOTY, which I completely stand behind although I oddly enough didn't list it in my top five (Metro 2033, Bayonetta, Mass Effect 2, Vanquish, and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood). It's a great pick though, and definitely one of the top games of the year. There are also some fun additional awards, many of which I came up with. I'm particularly proud of the Goebbels Cup Award given to Mordin Solus (ME2) for best defense of genocide.

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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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