Staff Blogs U ubarose Updated January 07, 2019 6840 0
I've always hated those hypothetical "What 10 games would you want to have if you were stranded on a desert island," or "What 3 games would you save if your house was on fire." I guess I should have paid more attention to those, because two weeks ago we quite literally had about 5 minutes to grab 5 games off our selves before all our games were packed up to be put into deep storage for 8-12 months.
Staff Blogs U ubarose Updated January 07, 2019 10017 0
At the Gates of Loyang is a game about getting vegetables and exchanging them for other vegetables and then exchanging those vegetable for money which is used to buy points. That should be explanation enough for why I hate it. But it isn't.
Staff Blogs U ubarose Updated January 07, 2019 7736 0
I was totally surprised to learn that a game I liked had won the Kennerspiel des Jahres Award. Several months ago The Village had some buzz among the women in the internet board game community. It was almost totally based on the game's theme and a brief description of the game play. Only a few gals had actually played it. It seemed like something my Euro-loving gal gamer friends might like, and since I' m always looking for a good compromise game so I don't have to be polite and sit and smile through another hand of Dominion or...
Staff Blogs U ubarose Updated January 07, 2019 7891 0
The Spawn invited her cousin, Ghost, and her friend, Kindle Girl, over for Arkham Horror and a sleep over on Friday. This kind of took me by surprise, since The Spawn has never played Arkham Horror, and doesn't like games that last more than 30 minutes. The first thing she asked when we sat down to play was if the game was really going to last for 8 hours. The game did last 4 hours, with a break for pie, and The Spawn spent a good deal of it standing up (she just can't sit that long). I...
Staff Blogs U ubarose Updated January 07, 2019 7429 0
Yesterday I overheard three guys on the other side of my cubical wall arguing about the John Carter movie. Two of them had read the books.
Board Game Reviews U ubarose Updated July 24, 2018 5427 0
Queen Esther and the Dancing Dreidels is one in a series of three Jewish Holiday games designed by Flaster Siskin. This Purim themed, roll and move, set collection game is the simplest of these three holiday games, and, with it’s pink box and dress the queen theme, is clearly aimed at the “Pretty, Pretty Princess” crowd.
Staff Blogs U ubarose Updated January 07, 2019 3721 0
I assumed that as The Spawn got older I would have more time for my own personal interests. It makes sense, doesn't it? At 13, she doesn't require constant supervision. She can entertain herself. I can leave her alone in the house without being arrested for child neglect. She spends most of her evenings doing homework anyway. Unfortunately, I have found that I seem to have less free time and am generally more exhausted than when she was 8 - 10 years old.
Up Your Game U ubarose Updated July 24, 2018 27689 0
When Z-Man published Tales of the Arabian Nights, they left out the Adventure Variant from the original game. In my personal opinion this means they left out the game part of the game. As Zev has pointed out to me, it's my own fault, since when he was asking for input on how to overhaul the game, my peeps and I never spoke up. I'm making up for that now by giving you this variant so you can put the game back into Tales of the Arabian Nights Maybe someday Z-Man will release this as a...
Staff Blogs U ubarose Updated January 07, 2019 7265 0
Back in October I blogged about Getting Rid of Games. I decided to give a couple of our under played games to Kindle Girl one of The Spawn’s friends. Kindle Girl is over my house about 4 days a week, and ever since she discovered my game cupboard, we’ve been playing board games when time allows. We taught her Settlers of Catan, which she loved, so I gave her our copy of Settlers Gallery Edition (the version with the fixed map). She tried to teach it to her parents, but the Mom told me they spent about 2 hours...
Staff Blogs U ubarose Updated January 07, 2019 7728 0
My Man spoiled me this week. I got the Dark Pharaoh (Revised) and Miskatonic expansions for Arkham Horror, and the Mansions of Madness Forbidden Alchemy expansion. As a bonus, Fantasy Flight Games finally published the revised rules for Elder Sign. So, it's been an Arkham Holiday this week in my house. Both Dark Pharaoh and Miskatonic were better than I expected. The original version of Dark Pharaoh added encounter cards to the existing base game Arkham and Other Worlds location decks which, if you happened to draw them might give you an exhibit...