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Pete Ruth has been writing about games and culture for over five years, and has been playing board, miniature, and role playing games since 1981. By day, he's out saving the world, but by night, he's slaughtering zombies, acting as a Shogun of Imperial Japan, and bootlegging whiskey. Pete's rambunctious views on games and gaming can be found uncensored and unfiltered at www.superflycircus.com.

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Sons of Anarchy
 
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Board Game Reviews S SuperflyTNT Updated September 20, 2016 5901   0
I saw this at Gencon last year, and despite never having seen the show that Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem is based on, I watched the demo and was enthralled. I really thought it was going to be a really nasty Euro-style worker placement game with all kinds of fighting and Ameritrashy dice rolling. Well, it does all of that, but unfortunately, the game is quite dry if you’re not playing with a rowdy crowd. There’s a huge, and understated, negotiation aspect to the game that is only briefly mentioned in the rules, and that mechanic is what...
Space Cadets Dice Duel
 
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Board Game Reviews S SuperflyTNT Updated March 01, 2015 4338   0
Space Cadet Dice Duels delivers tense, exciting play that keeps you interested and truly engaged until the end.
Eldritch Horror
 
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Board Game Reviews S SuperflyTNT Updated September 24, 2016 7602   0
I’m going to start out by stating that I, personally, am a huge H.P. Lovecraft fan. No, not the shit games about Lovecraft stories, I mean that I’m a huge fan of his writing. Because of that, I’ve sought out games that would recreate the existential dread that you imagine the characters in his stories felt, and to date, only Arkham Horror has come close, but even it missed the mark substantially. What I really feel when playing Arkham is disgust and pain because it’s such a pain in the ass to set up and play....
 
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Board Game Reviews S SuperflyTNT Updated December 04, 2018 1747   0
I not-so-recently purchased a copy of Escape: The Curse of the Temple by Queen Games from a buddy, and I have to tell you, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I never really looked at it as anything but a simple, light little dice game that I knew very little about, other than it had a soundtrack. From my experience with Flying Frog Productions’soundtracks, I was more than a little wary. As it turns out, this game may be the best “gateway” or family game I’ve played in the last few years. I was surprised how much I...
Firefly Blue Sun Expansion
 
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Board Game Reviews S SuperflyTNT Updated September 20, 2016 4362   0
I love expansions that don’t fundamentally change a game, but rather actually simply expand upon the base. Too often an expansion is a “fix” in the designers’ minds, to kind of take the game where they originally wanted to go but couldn’t afford enough play testing to get it there or something. Firefly is kind of that game, because without Pirates and Bounty Hunters, it’s just kind of lacking in the sense that it had the tendency to be a long, giant, multiplayer solitaire experience where you could literally have all the players playing at the same time and...
Eight Minute Empire
 
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Board Game Reviews S SuperflyTNT Updated February 07, 2015 3514   0
Eight Minute Empire: Shorter Than Sex And Almost As Much Fun
In The Shadow Of The Emperor – It Must Be A Tall Turd Because That’s Quite The Shadow
 
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Board Game Reviews S SuperflyTNT Updated February 06, 2015 17866   0
This is a review of Rio Grande Games' "In The Shadow Of The Emperor", the single worst game we've ever played.
Rogue Agent – Passing The Voight-Kampff Test In Spades
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 4212   0
I was first introduced to Rogue Agent several years ago, when Rogue Agent’s designer, David Ausloos, had asked me to look at the rules and see if it sounded fun. I still have that file, and I can immediately tell how much the game has changed and developed over the years. Well, fast forward to a little while ago when I saw that Michael Barnes reviewed it, and that it was out, thanks to Stronghold Games. I didn’t read the review, and  I don’t much keep up on the hype wagon, so it came as a bit of a...
Firefly - Joss Whedon's Ultimate Misbehavior Is Lifting Ideas From Other Games
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 6611   0
The world of the TV show Firefly, and the fiction surrounding it, is quite a far cry from your average Sci-Fi, with an odd, kind-of-mystic, pseudo Western/Chinese vibe. As I'm sure you know, the show was incredibly popular, but apparently not so much that it could last more than one season plus a movie, but that hasn't stopped a subculture of fans from reliving its short-lived glory. Enter Firefly: The Board Game, licensed to Gale Force Nine, who up until relatively recently pretty much made its name as a tabletop war game publisher. They seem to...
Revolver - This Colonel Ain't About The Chicken
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 4323   0
Revolver - This Colonel Ain't About The Chicken I know I'm late in reviewing this, but nobody has ever really talked much about this one, so here I am, a year after first playing it, talking about it. Let's just get one thing straight: I really don't like very many card games. I'm a board gamer, and these deck building games, trick taking games, and other card-based games just don't do it for me, by and large. Some card games can transcend their disability (read: being a card game) with...
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