Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated January 24, 2019 2993 0
Humanity packs the convention hall, a sea of nerdy sardines. But the most packed bit of all is the tables demonstrating Dice Hospital. Again and again, I pass by and there's no space. Twice I play other games by the same publisher while I wait, and nothing comes up. It's a frustration that builds over the two days, then drags sullenly into weeks while I wait for a release.
Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated January 24, 2019 6961 0
The more Martin Wallace tells me about Wildlands, the more impressed I get. It's clearly built on his wargaming roots but has evolved to become a quick-playing asymmetric game of fantasy combat. He tells me it's easy to learn, playable out of the box, but with plenty of mechanical depth.
Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated January 24, 2019 1819 0
The gamers paw among the pile of games, deciding what to play. There is too much choice: talk drifts, pasta eaten and washed down with beer and cider. In the background, leather cracks sharply on willow as the TV displays the day's cricket highlights. It's a compelling game: maybe we won't play anything at all.
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated January 24, 2019 4681 0
Crytpid isn't out yet, but nevertheless, it sits on the table, a cryptic puzzle: at once real and unreal. Of course, it draws players like a honeypot. "I've heard about this!" "How did you get it?" "Have you read the rules yet?"
Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated September 02, 2018 2252 0
It's called Spy Club but with the picture of sleuthing kids on the box, I keep calling it Spy Kids. My own kids admonish me every time I misname it. And I misname it a lot: it's obviously a family co-operative game, so we're sitting down to play it as a family.
Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated January 28, 2019 1246 0
Among the games, one stands out with its garish pink box and cheap cartoon art. I pick it up, see that it's a tabletop golf game and images of cheap executive toys flit across my brain. I put Mars Open: Tabletop Golf to one side. There are far more interesting, and interestingly coloured, games in this selection to look at.
Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated January 28, 2019 2641 1
The first counter goes down on the board, sliding off the owner's thumb with a satisfying thwack. Its arrowhead points at my capital like an accusation. Besides that, I'm clueless. What is it? Given that it's sat on a territory border, it's either an army or a bluff. But if it's real, how many samurais are rolling in my direction? My palms begin to sweat. What do I need to do to defend myself?
Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated January 28, 2019 1858 0
I am too tired to go and learn a bunch of complicated miniatures rules. But a chance to game is a chance to game, so it looks like I'm going to have to go and learn Star Wars: Legion either way.
Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated January 28, 2019 2114 0
Gamers have packed into the hall, the noise and heat are unbelievable. I am too tired to cope with the sensory overload, but I am drawn to the lady with purple hair like a beacon of hope in midst of chaos. As the evening passes, that hair will serve as an anchor in a sea of geekery, enabling other friends to find and speak to us. I know the lady with the purple hair and her friend have a game waiting for me and, tired as I am, my hopes are high.
Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated January 28, 2019 4698 0
As soon as I see the box, I want it. Even after all these years of gaming, the evocative pull of good box art is still capable of stirring me, deep in my wallet. And when it comes, before I take the shrinkwrap off, I spend a moment admiring it. Looking at the golem's inscrutable face, its vast scale compared to the tiny caravans, wondering what it's doing with that tree.