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Tash-Kalar is the ancient art of magical combat performed in arenas and combat pits throughout the known world. Tash-Kalar is also the name of the oldest and most famous arena, the place where the game began. You can play the game with 2, 3, or 4 players, in teams or individually. Whether you are playing the High Form or a deathmatch, all games of Tash-Kalar have the same basic rules: Players take turns creating magical stones and placing them in patterns that allow them to summon fantastical beings. Here you will find the mystical intrigues of the Sylvan, the...
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Space Alert is a team survival game. Players take on the role of a crew of space explorers sent out through hyperspace to survey a dangerous sector of the Galaxy. The pace of the game is set by 10-minute soundtracks on included CDs (or by scenario cards, if you don't have a CD player). During these 10 minutes, the crew must defend the ship while it scans the enemy sector. If they succeed, the ship brings back valuable data. If they fail... it is time to train a new crew.
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The two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES.
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You begin with a small tribe and the will to build a great civilization. Expand your farms and mines to gain the resources to build your cities. This lays the groundwork for technological advancements, better governments, and great wonders. Choose wise leaders whose legacy will lead your people to greatness. Strengthen your army to protect your borders and to expand your territory. And shape history with your political skill. A strong economy, advanced technology, happy citizens, enlightened government, a strong military - your civilization needs to do well in many areas. You may excel in some, but you should...
Staff Blogs MT Matt Thrower Updated May 02, 2019 4502 0
Through the Ages is one of my top ten favourite games of all time. Yet I've never had the opportunity to review it. The recent New Story of Civilization edition gave me the perfect excuse, and the lovely folk at the Rollin' Dice Show asked me to do it for them. Here's the result.
Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated May 02, 2019 393 0
If you're over 22, Civilization board games get caught in a nasty version of Catch-22. Give in to the epic sweep of history that such a game demands, and it'll take 22 hours to play on a huge global map. Cut it back, and you lose that sense of grandeur that separates Civ games from common or garden "dudes on a map" games. It's a conundrum that's rumbled along ever since Francis Tresham's original Civilization. And it took a genius like Vlaada Chvatil to solve it. The answer, it turns out, is to take away that map. ...
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated May 02, 2019 5879 0
I love me some Vlaada Chvatil. I delight in his imagination and skill in welding together unlikely elements to create brilliant games. He likes pushing dexterity into unlikely place. Or adding depth of strategy to genres and mechanics that have not, traditionally, had much. So it came as something of a surprise to find that his latest game, Codenames, is a simple party game.
Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated May 03, 2019 4027 0
The world of board games is a largely cerebral one, even at the thinnest end. For most games, physical appreciation begins and ends with the tactile nature of the pieces. But just occasionally, you’ll find a game that breaks out of your head and into your body. The first one I discovered was Labyrinth, which made me feel queasy as I planned massive terrorist outrages across the globe. Space Alert is the second. Space Alert gave me indigestion.
Board Game Reviews SI san il defanso Updated May 02, 2019 4267 0
In The Magicians by Lev Grossman,the main character is sent to a magical boarding school where he is given a certain textbook. This textbook is filled with complicated hand gestures that must be performed precisely to produce their intended effect. The protagonist is made to practice these gestures over and over again, until they become ingrained in his memory and he can produce them all in a moment’s notice. In the process this textbook becomes the bane of his education, a tormentor that reminds him of how far he has to go as a magician. That’s a pretty accurate...
Board Game Reviews SI san il defanso Updated May 02, 2019 3540 0
I like to go back and look at games that have been out for a while. I’ve already done it with a couple of my favorite games, and I think it’s a great way to reaffirm and reevaluate my opinions. Games don’t change but we certainly do, and my five years in the hobby have seen my attitudes towards board gaming shift dramatically. I’ve grown more accustomed to different genres, and I’ve become more experienced in writing about a variety of topics. But in all of those five years, I’ve never really written about something like Galaxy Trucker, which...
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