Tag Archives: Card Games

The Mind (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Wolfgang Warsch Publisher: NSV Players: 2 – 4 Ages: 8 and Up Time: 20 Minutes Times Played: > 5 The Mind is a newly-released cooperative card game from publisher Nurnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag (NSV) and designer Wolfgang Warsch.  The Mind sold out … Continue reading

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Smile (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Michael Schacht Publisher: Z-Man Games Players: 3 – 5 Ages: 8 and Up Time: 30 Minutes Times Played: > 5 Smile is a newly-released card game from Z-Man Games.  The first thing I noticed about Smile was the cool … Continue reading

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The Fox in the Forest (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Joshua Buergel Publisher:  Renegade Game Studios, Foxtrot Games Players:  2 Ages:  10 and Up Time:  30 Minutes Times Played: > 5 The Fox in the Forest is a 2-player trick taking card game from Renegade Game Studios and Foxtrot … Continue reading

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Review of Pups

Pups is competitive trick-taking card game in which players are dog trainers using their packs of loveable pups to complete in a series of legendary canine showdowns to become the top dog. During each of seven rounds, trainers will receive a pack of seven Pups, bid on how many showdowns can be won during the round, complete in a series of showdowns by playing Pups with the highest valued one winning, and then collect Reward Treats for successful bids or Penalty Poos for failures. The trainer that has earned the most overall treats wins and is declared Top Dog! Continue reading

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Hanamikoji (Re-Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Kota Nakayama Publisher: Quick Simple Fun Games; EmperorS4 Games Players: 2 Ages: 10 and Up Time: 15 Minutes Times Played: > 10 Quick Simple Fun games released Hanamikoji in the U.S. in December.  The game is currently up for … Continue reading

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Raven (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Bob Kamp Publisher: Drive Thru Cards Players: 2 – 6 Ages: 8 and Up Time: 30+ Minutes Times Played: > 5 (on Review Copy Provided by the Designer) Raven, a trick taking card designed by Bob Kamp and available … Continue reading

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Review of Herbaceous

Herbaceous is self-described as “a flavorful card game” in which players can “relax while enjoying this elegant game of picking and potting herbs.” The objective is to score the most points by potting the best collection of herbs. To do this, players take turns drawing and planting herbs into the Community Garden and their individual Private Gardens, and later picking those herbs to pot into various containers. Every player has an identical set of Container Cards, but each type of container has different requirements for what it can hold. Points are scored at the end of the game based on the number of Herb Cards potted in each container.

Herbaceous is the fifth game successfully crowdfunded by Eduardo Baraf and Pencil First Games using Kickstarter. The campaign ended on September 23, 2016 and was supported by 2,208 backers. The game shipped to backers in January 2017. Continue reading

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Tides of Madness (Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Kristian Čurla Publisher:  Portal Games Players:  2 Ages:  10 and Up Time:  20 Minutes Times Played:   > 10 (On Review Copy) Tides of Madness is the sequel to Tides of Time, a game I reviewed last year and put … Continue reading

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Tricks and Trumps #3: Trick Taking Meets German Game Designers (1990-1995)

This is our third entry in an eleven-part series featuring trick taking games.  This entry will focus on trick taking games from the early 1990s to 1995.  During this era, German game designers started to put their own creative twists … Continue reading

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Tricks and Trumps #2: Variations on the Classics (1966-1990)

Tricks and Trumps #2: Variations on the Classics This is our second entry in an eleven-part series featuring trick taking games.  This entry will focus on trick taking games from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s, which tended to closely … Continue reading

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