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Titan Board Game
Rants & Raves U ubarose Updated June 20, 2019 909   0

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This week we are flashing way back with Titan, which was originally published in 1980. It was out of print for 10 years, from 1998 until 2008 when Valley Games published a new edition.  It has been called a "Masterpeice of Ameritrash design." It has also been called a "fragile blood bath." What do you think? Love it or hate it? Do you still play it?
Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition
Rants & Raves U ubarose Updated June 06, 2019 1236   0

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The release of Mansions of Madness in 2011 was a highly anticipated event, which quickly turned from happy excitement to bitter grumblings. The game was plagued by misprints, as well as criticized for its complexity, long set up time, limited number of scenarios, and, of course, those weird little puzzles. Despite this, Mansions of Madness had its fans and received two big box expansions, and 6 print on demand scenarios.  In 2016 the first edition of Mansions of Madness was retired and the second edition of Mansions of Madness was released. This edition did away with...
Penelope Pitstop
Staff Blogs U ubarose Updated June 06, 2019 1131   0
Whenever I see an announcement for a game based on a movie, TV show or book I love, I sit up and take notice. Most of you do too, admit it.
Flashback Friday - Nightfall - Love It or Hate It? Do You Still Play It?
Rants & Raves U ubarose Updated May 31, 2019 1265   0

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The years following the release of Dominion brought on a slew of Deck Builders. Some have survived, while others have fallen by the wayside and gone out-of-print. One of the later is Nightfall. Considering the amout of ink Nightfall recieved on this site, I would have never predicted that Nightfall would be the AEG Deckbuilder to fade away, while Thunderstone (which is close in age to Nightfall), has evolved and still continues to be supported.  Nightfall's Chaining* mechinism felt so innovative and exciting at the time. Although it was a bit fiddly and resolving it was...
Heroes of Land, Air & Sea Board Game
Staff Blogs U ubarose Updated May 30, 2019 1738   0

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Heroes of Land, Air and Sea is a whimsical 4X-lite game which "captures that real time strategy feel." Which means it sort of feels like Warcraft, but with the aesthetics of a Victorian amusement park, and leans a bit more tactical than strategic.
A Game of Thrones Board Game second edition
Articles U ubarose Updated May 22, 2019 1715   0

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A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, based on the best-selling novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, was released by Fantasy Flight Games in 2003. It was considered ground-breaking for its combination of Euro and Amertrash mechanics, winning 3 Origin Awards in 2004 - Best Traditional Board Game, Best Board Game, and Best Board Game Design. The Game of Thrones TV series premiered in 2011, as did a revised 2nd edition of A Game of Thrones: The Board Game. This edition incorporated elements from previous expansions, as well as adding some new...
Merchant of Venus
Rants & Raves U ubarose Updated April 26, 2019 1922   0

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Merchant of Venus is considered by many to be Richard Hamblen's masterpeice. It was originally designed on commission for Mccormick Spices as a spice trading game. Mccormick rejected the design as too complex. So Avalon Hill rethemed the game and published it in 1988 as Merchant of Venus; setting it in an unexplored part of the galaxy during a reawakening of galactic civilization with players moving around the board as traders discovering long-forgotten pockets of civilization and buying and selling goods. After it went out of print, it became a holy grail game for many...
DungeonQuest Revised Edition
Articles U ubarose Updated April 14, 2019 2079   0

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You don't play DungeonQuest. DungeonQuest plays you. DungeonQuest was oringinally published in 1987. This push-your-luck dungeon crawl with player elimination is classic old school Ameritrash gaming. Players explore the ruins of Dragonfire Castle, trying to find the treasure chamber and escape the castle with as much treasure as possible. According to the instructions, you have approximatley a 15% chance of getting out alive. It is possible to be eliminated on your first turn. Some gamers call DungeonQuest an activity not a game. Others call it silly fun. What do you think? ...
PitchCar
Rants & Raves U ubarose Updated April 08, 2019 2163   0

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Before we discuss PitchCar, I have a request. If you haven't done so already, please Like us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter. Also, we now have a Weekly Newsletter. You can sign up and recieve one email a week with our 10 most popular stories, so you never miss a thing. Sign up is in the right hand column on every article page. And now onto PitchCar. This beautiful wooden racing game of of skill and dextirity has a real WOW factor. Set this up at your next family gathering, and...
Runewars
Articles U ubarose Updated March 31, 2019 2406   0

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In 2010 Michael Barns wrote in his review of Runewars: "Runewars is, as many of us know by now, a pretty great game. I like it a lot, and after owning it for about a month I still want to play it week in and week out, which is a good sign. I think it's got legs, and I think over time its stature will grow with expansions." What do you think? Is it pretty great? Did it have legs? 
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