Best of three!
I've been lazy and haven't posted my lead-in here so I have three reviews up now at Miniature Market. It's not all Space Marines and Stormcast here! Just most of the time...
First up is Doctor Who: Time Clash Starter Set. This game is probably DOA and will be on clearance in about 15 minutes, regardless of promises of additional sets based around The Master, Cybermen and classic Doctors. Which is kind of a shame, because it's a pretty good light card game. The Doctor Who setting doesn't make a lick of difference, really, but there are some good mechanics and it's pretty fun to play with Doctor Who pictures on the cards. It might be a good pick for those who want something in the vein of Battle Line or Omen but not as heavy. It's a Jeff Tidball ("Cults Across America") design put out by Cubicle 7, the same folks that do the Martin Wallace Doctor Who card games. Not bad!
Next is Eric Lang's second 'meh' title this year, Bloodborne: The Card Game. Here's what I think happened. A couple of years ago, Lang did a prototype that was kind of like Cutthroat Caverns but simpler. CMON either bought it or optioned it, whatever. Then they got the Bloodborne license and told Lang 'hey, make that fit Bloodborne". It has some good stuff going on in it that does feel at least something like Bloodborne, but it's just such an unremarkable and not really much fun game. It looks great because it uses original assets from the video game and fans of it will likely get a little more mileage out of it, but I think this is an easy one to pass up in a year that has seen a lot of really good games.
Finally, it's another CMON game, the new edition of Kaleidos. This is an old timey 1994 design that won a bunch of awards but it's really just an ultra-casual hidden picture game. It's great to play with the family or a mixed group, we got a lot of plays of it out over Thanksgiving with some visiting relatives. Here's the thing, the fun really isn't in finding objects starting with whatever letter in the crazy pictures. It's in either completely decimating everyone else by quadrupling their finds and getting zero score-reducing matches or in arguing back and forth about what somebody interpreted some thing to be. So it's a fun party activity, the kids and old folks alike love it so there's a lot to be said for a game that anyone can enjoy.