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Oct 19
2021

Richard Garfield and Alea Offer Dungeons, Dice, & Danger

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by W. Eric Martin To follow up my coverage of The Hunger from designer Richard Garfield, let's take a sneak peek at something new coming from him on 2022, with the publisher being Ravensburger's alea brand — and while Garfield+alea seems like an odd combination, I can imagine this design being similar to earlier, pre-Feld alea titles.Here's a quick overview of Dungeons, Dice, & Danger, a roll-and-write game that will ...


Oct 19
2021

Designer Preview: Res Arcana: Perlae Imperii

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by Tom Lehmann Perlae Imperii — Pearls of Power — is the second expansion to Res Arcana.Perlae Imperii adds 4 mages, 4 monuments, 4 Places of Power, 12 artifacts, a magic item, and 25 pearls, a new essence type. It can be played with just the base game or combined with the first expansion, Lux et Tenebrae (light and darkness).Pearls, a New EssencePearls are a powerful and flexible essence. They ...


Oct 18
2021

Game Overview: The Hunger, or Forever and Ever Lasts Only 15 Rounds

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by W. Eric Martin At first glance, Richard Garfield's The Hunger sounds like the second coming of Paul Dennen's 2016 game Clank!: Both are deck-building games in which you start in a shared location, then travel along a branching network of paths to collect things, with the need to return to a safe zone before the end of the game because otherwise you automatically lose.Actually, at second glance they're still ...


Oct 16
2021

Smother Fire with Snow, Split Dice Across a Mirror, and Play Qwixx Longer

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by W. Eric Martin German publisher NSV debuted three titles at SPIEL '21, with one of those being Snowhere from frequent NSV collaborator Steffen Benndorf.As with NSV's The Mind, Snowhere seems like it will invite "Is that really a game?" type of questions from those who encounter it. See whether you agree after reading this description:Your challenge in Snowhere is to use snow cards to extinguish all the fire in ...


Oct 15
2021

Repel the Voidborn and Restore Domineum in Voidfall

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by Candice Harris One publisher I was especially excited to meet with at Gen Con 2021 was Mindclash Games. For my taste, they tend to knock it out of the park when it comes to highly thematic, heavy board games. However, due to Covid-related reasons and travel restrictions, they were unable to attend.In lieu of meeting in person, I met up with some of the Mindclash crew via video chat ...


Oct 13
2021

Pics from the Press Room at SPIEL '21

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by W. Eric Martin The BoardGameGeek team isn't at SPIEL '21 as we bowed out of running a booth and broadcasting livestreams at external conventions early in 2021 when it was unclear what the world might be like by the time those conventions arrived.As a result, only Beth Heile is on hand at SPIEL '21, and she and partner John K are gathering games for BGG.CON 2021 in November, meeting ...


Oct 12
2021

Designer Diary: Wonder Book

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by Michele Piccolini Once Upon a TimeOnce upon a time, in a small town in central Italy, there were a couple of kids who liked to make custom Yu-Gi-Oh cards with paper. As they grew up, they developed more and more games together...Martino Chiacchiera (l) and Michele Piccolini, already playing games (Can you spot the Pokemon TCG booster pack?)Wait! This is a little too far back.Our journey with Wonder Book ...


Oct 11
2021

Game Preview: The Siege of Runedar, or Building a Better Hand

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by W. Eric Martin In the co-operative game The Siege of Runedar, you and your fellow dwarves — or you alone as the case might be — attempt to defend a fortress from attacking orcs, goblins, and trolls, but you're defending it only until you can dig a tunnel to freedom and escape with whatever part of your golden treasure the orcs don't take home for themselves.The Siege of Runedar ...


Oct 10
2021

SPIEL '21 Preview Nears 500 Titles

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by W. Eric Martin I'm still updating BGG's SPIEL '21 Preview, which might be of interest even if you're not heading to Essen, Germany for the show given the wide variety of games listed, with the latest being the space-based card-management game Apogee from French publisher DTDA Games.DTDA Games showed up at SPIEL '19 seemingly out of nowhere with Efemeris, and now it's a late arrival at SPIEL '21, too, ...


Oct 08
2021

Can You Control the Right Areas in Europe, the Middle East, and...the World of SHASN?

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by Candice Harris • Osprey Games has announced Crescent Moon, an upcoming 2022 release from designer Steve Mathers that's described as "an ambitious asymmetric area control game of tense negotiations", to which I respond, "Yes, please!"Crescent Moon plays with 4-5 players in 150-180 minutes and promises tense negotiations and political intrigue in a 10th century Middle East fantasy setting as described below:As the sun rises over the deserts, rivers, and ...


Oct 05
2021

Designer Diary: Dinosaur World, or Life, Uh, Finds a Way

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by David McGregor Hold on to Your ButtsAfter a night of playing Fleet: The Dice Game, I got inspired to design a roll-and-write game. I was never enamored with roll-and-writes until I got to experience the engine building of Fleet. Not only did I get to mark off Xs that enabled me to mark more Xs, but every other phase those Xs actually did something!Marissa Misura and I began brainstorming ...


Oct 04
2021

Game Overview: TEN, or Flip All the Digits in Your Favor

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by W. Eric Martin TEN is a quick-playing game from designers Molly Johnson, Robert Melvin, and Shawn Stankewich (a.k.a. Flatout Games) and publisher AEG that encourages you to take risks — while carefully managing your money — in order to collect all the right cards.In general, the deck contains cards of four colors, and at game's end, you score one point for each card in the longest sequence of each ...


Oct 01
2021

Candice's Gen Con 2021 Round-Up/Discoveries: Part 2

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by Candice Harris Aside from all the board game action, one of the things I loved about my first Gen Con experience was randomly bumping into different people I only "knew" from Twitter. I'm really glad I crossed paths with Jason Matthews (Twilight Struggle, Imperial Struggle, 1960: The Making of the President) and got to chat with him for a bit in between meetings.[twitter=1438978538015707138]• Eric and I met with Clay ...


Sep 30
2021

Gen Con 2021 IV: Devious Weasel Games, Floodgate Games, Atlas Games, and Flying Leap Games

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by W. Eric Martin Non-final coverAt Gen Con 2021, Candice Harris and I usually met publishers independently, but sometimes we joined forces — and during those times we often ending up playing the game being featured in order to get a better understanding of it. I've already covered our 3/4 game of Azul: Queen's Garden, and now it's time to cover The Mirroring of Mary King, a 2022 release from ...


Sep 29
2021

Gen Con 2021 III: AMIGO Games, Hobby World, and Previews of Upcoming Releases

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by W. Eric Martin • In August 2021, I noted that AMIGO Games, the U.S. branch of German publisher AMIGO Spiel, had regained the rights to Uwe Rosenberg's trading card game Bohnanza and that it plans to release a 25th anniversary edition of the game in 2022.At Gen Con 2021, head of AMIGO Games Alex Yeager passed along a few details about this title, namely that it will be released ...


Sep 28
2021

Gen Con 2021 II: Gamewright, Games by Bicycle, Greenbrier Games, and Pops & Bejou Games

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by W. Eric Martin • I've already covered several late 2021 releases from Gamewright in two posts: a June 2021 preview of Phil Walker-Harding's roll-and-write game Super Mega Lucky Box, and a July 2021 round-up of Happy City, Chicken Chicken, Hedgehog Roll, Secret Squad, and Qwixx Mixx.I had mentioned in that July 2021 post that Qwixx Mixx is, as far as I know, the first expansion Gamewright has ever released ...


Sep 27
2021

Game Preview: Bag of Chips, or You Can't Play Just One

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by W. Eric Martin Mixlore, a Canadian-based studio in the Asmodee Group, seems to specialize in unusually packaged games for a mainstream audience, such as Black Mirror: NOSEDIVE, Skulk, and Don't Sweat It!On August 16, 2021, Mixlore released Bag of Chips in Canada, this being a food-themed game packaged like the item after which it's named, similar to 2019's Ramen Fury. In October, the game will also be available in ...


Sep 26
2021

Gen Con 2021 I: Hachette Boardgames, and 25th Century Games

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by W. Eric Martin I've already posted a broad overview of Gen Con 2021 that tries to give a perspective on the show as a whole and some of what we can expect from the game industry in the coming year. Now it's time to dive into game- and publisher-specific coverage thanks to dozens of pages of notes and even more images.Let's start the journey as all journeys begin: filling ...


Sep 25
2021

Collect Shells for Castles, Dump Sweets for Points, and Wait to Collect Just the Right Cards

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by W. Eric Martin • German publisher Zoch Verlag has announced three titles for release in October 2021, with Strand Unter qualifying as its big-box game with a physical element to gameplay.This 45-minute game for 2-4 players is the first published design from Christian Raczek, and here's the introductory pitch from the publisher:Strand Unter is a three-dimensional family game in which everyone places their castles in the sand so that ...


Sep 24
2021

Candice's Gen Con 2021 Round-Up/Discoveries: Part 1

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by Candice Harris Gen Con 2021 was an awesome experience for me, although I'm sure my feet would disagree after clocking in 14,000+ steps on day one alone. It was wonderful to reconnect, hang, and play games with Eric, Beth, and Lincoln, plus I had an amazing time wandering around checking out new games.• The PSC Games booth was my first stop on day one. I had the opportunity to ...