Category Archives: Reviews

Across the United States

Designer: Hisahi HayashiArtist: Ryo NyamoPublisher: OKAZU BrandPlayers: 2-5Ages: 8+Playing Time: 60 minutesTimes Played: 7 with a purchased copy There’s nothing new going on in Across the United States. It’s not a game that you can point at and say it … Continue reading

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POINT SALAD

Design by Shawn Stankewich, Molly Johnson and Robert MelvinPublished by AEG2 – 6 Players, 30 minutesReview by Greg J. Schloesser  AEG has introduced a line of games that are targeted squarely at the family and casual gamers market.  The games … Continue reading

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Betrayal Legacy is the Greatest Game Ever Published (No Spoilers)

Designer: Rob DaviauArtists: Scott Okumura, Ben OliverPublisher: Avalon HillPlayers: 3-5Time: 45-90 minutes per gameTimes Played: The entire campaign plus several post-campaign haunts Betrayal Legacy is the greatest game ever published. You’re free to disagree, of course, but you would be … Continue reading

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Gossip and the City (ゴシップアンドザシティ)

Designer: シマムラロックボーイ (Shimamura Rock Boy)Artist: ドウゲンロックボーイ (Dougen Rock Boy), ヤマウチロックボーイ (Yamauchi Rock Boy) Publisher: ハレルヤロックボーイ (Hallelujah Rockboy)Players: 3-5Ages: 10+Playing Time: 20-30 minutesTimes Played: 7 with a purchased copy  There are a few pieces I’m mulling over in my mind that … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Gencon 2019 (The Bizarre of the Bazaar)

If all my writing has you tired out, here’s a nearly all pictorial view of the oddball (to me) underpinnings of the show. Read on to see the overconfidence of a man in a purple jersey, class it up with … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Gencon 2019 (RPGs)

I feel like an old grump, but everything is going online and streaming nowadays. The world of RPGs is no different. Groups like Critical Role far outstrip the viewership of any of the traditional boardgame-coverage channels. (By my estimate, 600,000 … Continue reading

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Nine Tiles Panic (Game Review by Brandon Kempf)

Designers: Jens Merkl & Jean-Claude Pellin Artists: N/A Publisher: Oink Games Players: 2-5 Time: 20 Minutes Times Played: 3  “Those are just aliens wearing an Edgar suit”  Oink Games has been rather hit and miss with me. I’ve loved my … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Gencon 2019 (Digital)

In days past, GenCon was full of videogame vendors.  Over time, fewer and fewer showed up. However, the digital side is coming back, thanks to the increasing offerings of boardgames translated into the digital realm.

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Madrino (マドリーノ)

Designer: Aiko Oyama, Toru OyamaArtist: Aiko Oyama, Toru OyamaPublisher: NANAWARIPlayers: 3-4Ages: 8+Playing Time: 20 minutesTimes Played: 7 with a purchased copy  Madrino is a roll-and-write game about making floor plans. If I lost you at “roll-and-write”, stick with me for … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Gencon 2019 (J-Z)

Another day, another GenCon report. Here’s the second half of my boardgame explorations. Hopefully you find something worth discovering! There are boardgames, dice, cards, and dice, (did I mention dice?) I assume at some point someone has coined it, but … Continue reading

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