🔥 Gentes Nemesis

Nov 20
2019

Catan! In! Spaaaaaaace!

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By the time I first tried Settlers of Catan (now just Catan), Starfarers of Catan was already out of print and a “grail game” for many folks. In fact, I didn’t even hear about it until I was far enough into the hobby to really know what a grail game is! (An out-of-print, highly sought-after game). It’s not something I ever […]


Nov 18
2019

MAGNATE: THE FIRST CITY or FLIP, NO FLOP

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We get quite a few requests to review games here at the DWP. A lot of the time the descriptions turn me off because they’re too self-congratulatory: “Blankety Blank is a hilarious party game which will have you and your friends in stitches from the moment you open the box!” Or: “In Generic Euro players […]


Nov 15
2019

5 Terrible Expansions

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It’s rare for me to find an expansion that I absolutely love. The problem is that you’ve already fallen in love with the base game, its ebbs and flows, the feeling you get when you play it. You kinda already have to love the base game, or why would you bother getting the expansion in […]


Nov 13
2019

In Conversation with Matt Leacock

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We all had our childhood heroes. Some were role models, like your Mom or a local firefighter, maybe it was someone on the big screen like Tom Cruise or Reese Witherspoon. Whoever it was, we all had someone we aspired to be like as a kid, but how about as an adult? Matt Leacock is […]


Nov 12
2019

Path of Play: Road to 2000

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Starting today, The Road to 2000, Path of Play‘s funding campaign is looking to raise money for play focused projects that assist families affected by autism and related conditions. We got to chat with founder Mike Primeau about the goals of the organization and how important connection through play is to people. DWP: How did […]


Nov 11
2019

SIERRA WEST: MECH-COMBO MOUNTAIN

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Do ya like hiking and exploring? How about fishing? Or maybe picking apples is more your speed. No? Gold-mining? Hunting down outlaws? Anyone? Bueller?  Well now there’s a game for you. It’s not a sprawling sandbox game drenched in theme like Western Legends. This is a shorter, tighter, brain-busting game with layered and meshing mechanics, where you choose one […]


Nov 08
2019

MegaCity Oceana: Precarious Architects

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The Gold Coast of MegaCity: Oceania is a very different one to the one from my childhood. Instead of looking out from the coast to the ocean, the coast is rather seen from the large oceanic structure that players of the game will construct to deal with sea level and population increase. I’ll be honest here, I […]


Nov 06
2019

Mississippi Queen: Racing Down the Mighty River

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I’m sure many of us hobby board gamers have types of games we gravitate towards, and those that we may not be all that interested in.  Besides my well-established love of customizable card games, I tend to gravitate towards worker-placement as a mechanic, and I’m not too fond of race games.  I don’t think there’s […]


Nov 04
2019

NEW LEADERS & WONDERS: THROUGH THE (NEW) AGES

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The first new content for CGE’s flagship civ game, Through the Ages, dropped a few weeks ago, in both analog and digital format. Having raved about the digital port two years ago (tl;dr it completely won me over and is the only way I’ll play the game) it fell to me to humbly accept CGE’s offer to let me unlock the […]


Nov 01
2019

Black Angel: Journey to Spes

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I am, somewhat surprisingly given my pop culture tastes, not someone who plays space-themed board games that often. I’ve certainly tried a good amount, but there’s not been many that have fallen into the heavy strategy category. After all, there’s a lot of focus on grand space fights in these games and they lean toward […]


Oct 30
2019

Obscurio: A Grimoire, Some Wizards, and a Traitor

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It should have been obvious that entering the enchanted library was a bad idea. The evil sorcerer who housed his tomes there is reputed to be powerful, cunning, and above all, vindictive. But the lure for you and your wizarding friends was too great. Vast knowledge hides within the pages of the books there and […]


Oct 29
2019

A Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker

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Are you loyal like Ned Stark or treacherous like Petyr Baelish a.k.a. Littlefinger? If you don’t know what I am talking about, well I will do my best not to spoil the hit HBO show Game of Thrones, but for those that instantly answered Littlefinger than you should rush out and grab Dire Wolf Digital’s […]


Oct 28
2019

Horrified: Monsters Incorporated

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My first reaction to hearing about Horrified, the new Ravensburger/Universal Studios game designed by the enigmatic collective Prospero Hall, was, and I quote:  “Meh.”  Like, who needs another Pandemic-Lite? Isn’t that what Forbidden Island is for? So we’re supposed to “protect the village” from a combination of old-timey monster-villains now?   Then some of my friends came back from GenCon raving about it.   […]


Oct 25
2019

Let Me Give You the 5211

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If you’re familiar with my pieces here on the DWP, you’re likely aware that I love me a good filler game. They’re an essential part of my gaming arsenal and it’s great when I have another one to add to the rotation. Last year at BGGcon, a friend introduced me to a Japon Brand game called 5 Colors, a small and […]


Oct 23
2019

A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Board Games

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I find that I am in a fairly specialized position among those I have played games with over the years: I am the eternal teacher. I’m sure I am not the only one who has inhabited this role, and it comes with a few inherent complications attached to it. To overcome those difficulties and make […]


Oct 21
2019

SIX POLITICAL GAMES: ELECTION DAY SPECIAL

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With the Canadian federal election today it seems like an opportune moment to do some capsule reviews of the slew of political games that have been released this year. And by slew I mean six. Which is a lot, when you consider just how small this genre is.  I’m not talking about negotiation games in […]


Oct 18
2019

Tapestry: Promises made…

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The phenomenon that was/is Wingspan was still cresting in early August when Jamey Stegmaier announced that the game with code name “Clay” was going to start taking pre-orders in early September and shipping in October. Tapestry was a civ game that could be played in 90-120 minutes by 1-4 players; the game would include the by-now-expected Automa bot.  Frenzy ensued.  In […]


Oct 16
2019

Paladins of the West Kingdom

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It’s 900 AD in West Francia and it’s a turbulent time for the empire. They have developed the land and they’re intent on defending it, but outsiders seem to be encroaching from all directions. Luckily, the people are under the king’s protection and they can rely on his most trusty knights to keep them safe. […]


Oct 14
2019

THE LORD OF THE RINGS ADVENTURE CARD GAME: ONE CLICK TO BIND THEM ALL?

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Last week I did a deep dive into tabletop games based in the world of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, just to provide some context for myself (and you) around the recent public launch of Fantasy Flight Online’s digital adaptation of its Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. I’ve had a few weeks to muck about with it and I’m ready to […]


Oct 11
2019

Fossilis: Digging up the Past

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Millions of years ago, giant creatures roamed the Earth. Now, all that remains of them is their fossilized bones, giving us a hint as to what life might have been like so many years ago. In Fossilis, the new game from Kids Table Board Gaming, you get a chance to dig through layers of terrain […]