Dale Yu: Review of Flapjack Flipout

Flapjack Flipout

  • Designer: Peter Newland
  • Publisher: Mind the Gap Studios
  • Players: 2-6
  • Age: 10+
  • Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Played with review copy provided by designer

flapjack flipout

Flapjack Flipout is a dexterity and memory race for the position of short order cook for Flappin’ Jack’s restaurant. Grab your griddle and may the best flapjack flipper win!  The first cook to fill three orders gets the job and wins the game.

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Dale Yu: Review of Caesar’s Empire

Caesar’s Empire

  • Designer: Matthieu Podevin
  • Publisher: Holy Grail Games
  • Players: 2-5
  • Age: 10+
  • Time: 40-60 minutes
  • Played with review copy provided by Flat River Group

caesars empire

Caesar’s Empire is a 2022 release from Holy Grail Games, tasking players to help build the system of roads which all lead back to Ancient Rome.  It is set in the world of Asterix; which may only mean something to you if you’re French…

Per Britannica.com: Asterix is “a small-statured cunning Gallic warrior who, with the help of a magical strength potion, defends his village and goes on comic globe-trotting adventures. Asterix was created by writer René Goscinny and illustrator Albert Uderzo and debuted in 1959 in the French comic magazine Pilote.

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Dale Yu: Review of All Roads

All Roads

  • Designer: Markus Kettunen
  • Publisher: Lautapelit.fi
  • Players: 2-4
  • Age: 10+
  • Time: 40 minutes (publisher says this should be corrected to 20 mins)

all roads

Develop the surroundings of Rome by building houses, villas, spas, and monuments. Just make sure all roads lead to where they’re supposed to… All players get their own set of wooden buildings (houses, villas, spas, and monuments) and a stack of tiles, which they shuffle and draw four tiles from as their starting hand. On each turn, the players play two of their tiles on the table to build the area surrounding Rome (the starting tile) and draw two replacement tiles for their next turn. All tiles contain roads—some more than others. The goal is to build roads so that they are always connected to Rome while offering the players dead ends to build their houses on. Encircling areas with roads triggers the houses inside to be upgraded to villas or spas, depending on their location. Alternatively, players may create empty areas, encircled by roads, to erect monuments. The player with the fewest buildings left (by total value) at the end of the game is the winner.

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – 2022 (Part 7)

Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – 2022 (Part 7)

The local elections have dried up recently and work has slowed down so the gaming has come on fast and relentless the last month or two. Even better, it’s all face to face now that Covid apparently no longer exists in Sydney!

tasmanian devil

We’re getting these snapshots out now before I set off to waltz around Tasmania for my first real “go somewhere, do something” holiday in about a decade.  Putting kids through private school, yeesh! Anyway, the holiday incorporates a week-long white water rafting trip down the Franklin. If you don’t hear back, it was a great way to go.

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Deities

Deities

  • Designer: Gary Kim
  • Players: 2-4
  • Age: 14+
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Played with review copy provided by Mandoo Games

Deities

“You’re one of the ancient gods, revered and feared by a young civilization.  With your help, your people are going to thrive and prosper.  However, other gods also want their share of the glory.  Will you be able to surpass them and be the highest deity?”

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Dale Yu: Review of Reflecto

Reflecto

  • Designer: Roberto Fraga
  • Publisher: Mandoo Games
  • Players: 2
  • Age: 8+
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Played with review copy provided by Mandoo Games

Reflecto

Roberto Fraga has a history of making games that use reflections as a main component of play (Princess Jing immediately comes to mind) – and in Reflecto, the idea is used in a word game.  According to the rules, the game is set in the seventh story of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen”.  After a long journey, Gerda found Kai alone in a frozen pond. The Snow Queen agrees to save him if Gerda solves a puzzle of matching frozen letters and words. In this game, players take on the roles of the Snow Queen and Gerda – trying to either complete their own word or guess what their opponents word is.

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