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Review of Blend Off!

Blend Off! is a real time game in which all players are frantically rolling dice to collect fruit, blending smoothies, and filling orders to earn gold stars. Makes total sense, right? To best understand the theme and mechanisms of the game, it’s important to know the backstory. Here it is as told in the rules…

Blend it Like Becca — a small-town smoothie shop sensation! It’s been a slow night. Becca the shop owner, Kevin the runner boy, and the Master Mixers – including you! – have started closing up shop. One minute before close, the door swings open. Outside, you see parked school buses and a line of people all the way to the street corner! The high school girls’ volleyball tournament has just gotten out, and everyone is craving a smoothie for the ride home. Becca cuts a deal: whoever blends the most smoothies tonight gets free smoothies for a month! The Blend Off has begun, and only one can win. There’s just one problem: Kevin. Skittish at best on normal days, he flies into a frenzy, grabbing fruit for you from the fridge at random. Take the fruit Kevin brings, complete the orders Becca calls back, and blend your way to victory!

In the game, players represent the Master Mixers who are competing to blend the most smoothies. Each Master Mixer rolls a Fruit Die representing Kevin\ and the random fruits he retrieves from the refrigerator. The deck of Blender Cards represents Becca who is continuously calling out smoothie orders to be filled. Unlike many games, there are no individual turns. Players are all playing and taking actions simultaneously until the game ends (when Becca is out of orders). The player that earned the most gold stars from blending smoothies is the winner. Continue reading

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Review – Space Cadets: Dice Duel

Designer: Geoff & Sydney Englestein Publisher: Stronghold Games Players: 4-8 (officially – though I’ll argue that it works for 2-3 as well) Time: 30 minutes Ages: 14+ (officially – though my 8 year old does just fine with it) Times … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Review of The Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game (Wizkids)

Designers: Mike Elliott, Eric M. Lang, Brett Myers, Jeph Stahl Publisher: WizKids Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: 30+ minutes (Review copy provided by WizKids Games) WizKids created a bit of a stir when they released Quarriors!, combining the popular … Continue reading

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Vegas

Design by:  Rüdiger Dorn Published by:  Ravensburger / Alea 2 – 5 Players, 30 minutes Review by:  Greg J. Schloesser Dice have been with us since before recorded history.  The oldest dice discovered thus far were excavated in Iran and … Continue reading

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Mary Dimercurio Prasad: Review of A Fistful of Penguins

A Fistful of Penguins Designer: Jonathan Franklin Publisher: Wattsalpoag Players: 1-6 Ages: 8+ Play Time: 15-30 minutes A Fistful of Penguins is a dice rolling game with set collection and penguins thrown in (from our own OG’er Jonathan Franklin!). The … Continue reading

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