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Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition
U ubarose Updated June 06, 2019 1138   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...
Flashback Friday - Nightfall - Love It or Hate It? Do You Still Play It?
U ubarose Updated May 31, 2019 1230   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...
Merchant of Venus
U ubarose Updated April 26, 2019 1862   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...
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MT Matt Thrower Updated April 16, 2019 2915   0
A typical dull British morning: grey skies to dampen the soul but not quite cold or wet or windy enough to even be interesting. Yet, coffee in hand, I feel a misplaced sense of exhilaration. Curving away into the thin fog below me are two sets of parallel rails. I know exactly where they go, back to my childhood home. A small seaside town I've been back to countless times. Still, the low whine of an approaching train heralds a small pleasure. A day of movement without effort to enjoy, to think, to write.
PitchCar
U ubarose Updated April 08, 2019 2099   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...
Stone Age Board Game
U ubarose Updated March 31, 2019 1104   0

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The Anniversary Edition of Stone Age was recently released. That means this game is old, but clearly still popular enough that Z-man believes people will spend an extra $30 for a deluxe anniversary edition. Word is that the leather dice cup in the Anniversary Edition stinks just as much as it did in the original Stone Age.  But does the game stink too? What's your opinion? 
Tigris & Euphrates Board Game
U ubarose Updated February 28, 2019 1826   1

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Considered by many to be Reiner Knizia's masterpiece, Tigris & Euphrates is a " tactically rich, intense strategy game with lots of conflict (unusual in a German game)."  Originally published in 1997 by Hans im Glück, it has been now been in print for over 20 years. Does that make it a classic? However, many are now saying that the recently released Yellow & Yangtze surpasses Tigris & Euphrates. What do you think? Is Yellow & Yangtze or Tigris & Euphrates the better game? Do you one, or both or neither? 
Cartagena 2nd Edition
U ubarose Updated February 27, 2019 1479   0

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This pirate themed racing game was once the go-to filler game at every game day. Designed by Leo Colovini, and published in 2000, it was a Spiel des Jahres Recommendation in 2001. Cartagena's theme is the 1672 pirate-led jailbreak from the dreaded fortress of Cartagena. It came with a little story about it, so you got a little history lesson with the your game. It also included two variations, Jamaica and Tortuga, which play really quite differntly from each other In 2006 a sequel - Cartagena II was released. ...
romanaqueducts2
S Sagrilarus Updated May 07, 2019 1595   0

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Were you born 200 years too early, or 200 years too late?
Heroscape Master Set
U ubarose Updated February 19, 2019 2244   0

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Heroscape, the game that made tabletop miniature gaming accessible and brought it to the masses. Along with prompting the sale of a butt ton of giant plastic tubs to store it in.
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