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Will You Be Meat or a Member of Alien-topia? – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/25/2020

Be careful,or you'll be meat in no time!<br />

Slide to the Left, & Groove to the Right! – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/25/2020

Shake that hedgehog booty!<br />

Will This Game Exceed Your Expectations? – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/25/2020

Choose your fighter wisely!<br />

Thrift Treasure: Out of Sight Game

SahmReviews.com • 5/24/2020

This thrift copy of Mattel's Out of Sight had never been played - the cards were still in their original wrapping! Find out what the previous owners missed!...

Review: Res Arcana – Cardboard Guru - "Wizards being Wizards for 30 minutes"

Cardboard Guru • 5/24/2020

Wizards being Wizards for 30 minutes Players: 2-4 | Time: 30-60 Min. | Genre: Engine Builder Much like anyone who has been lurking in the tabletop world for way too long, I am very familiar with To...

Let the Race Begin! – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/24/2020

Gather your distance like there's no tomorrow!<br />

Jaipur Review - Game Cows

Game Cows • 5/23/2020

Jaipur is a 2-player card game of risk and reward and trying to muck over your opponent with camels in order to become the Maharaja's personal trader!...

The Fun is in the Ink! – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/23/2020

I'm ready for my ink!<br />

Buzz, Buzz, Busy Bees! – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/23/2020

Get to work on pollinating, busy bees!<br />

Dawn of the Zeds in about 3 minutes - YouTube

youtu.be • 5/22/2020

One of the meanest solo games out there, love it. Tough, challenging, and creates amazing swerves and stories. A solo gem

Horrified the Board Game in About 3 Minutes

youtu.be • 5/22/2020

<p>Older video, but as much as I've heard so much about <a href="https://www.boardgameatlas.com/search/game/jYcMsxI5zP/horrified">#Horrified</a>, I never really cared to look into it. So a quick sum up from <a href="/u/3MBG">@3MBG</a> was perfect to watch :)</p>

Court of the Dead: Mourners Call Review | Board Game Quest

Board Game Quest • 5/22/2020

Some readers can skip this introduction entirely. The next game to weigh on the scales of Anubis is Court of the Dead with arguably the strangest theme this reviewer has ever come across. For those...

Watergate 2-Player Game Overview

SahmReviews.com • 5/22/2020

Immerse yourself in a historical point in United States politics by playing Watergate, a 2-player game from Capstone Games....

Let’s Do The Time Warp, Cluckgain! – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/22/2020

Cluck, cluck, go...back in time!<br />

Played once, so far

• 5/21/2020

<p>I helped a friend who is a CSI geek, but not one for board games, play through this (the PnP version 5.0) yesterday. A bit confusing, and we made some errors in following the rules. We did, however, manage to clean everything in the Easy mode just before our time ran out.  Cool! We managed to win.</p><p>Then, just for education, we started into Part 2, police investigation/scoring. It turns out we LOST, with negative points, because you start out with a -10 scoring deficit on Easy, so you have to leave ten minutes early just to break even.</p><p>Still, it was fun. The choices during your turn are very limited, and there is a penalty for not using the cleaning resources that turn... I will have to play more to see how to work with that.</p>

Review: Eternal Chronicles of the Throne – Cardboard Guru

cardboardguru.com • 5/20/2020

My favorite PvP pure deckbuilder.

Heist: One Team One Mission Cooperative Game Overview

SahmReviews.com • 5/20/2020

Gather your crew and attempt the perfect robbery as you try to steal the gold in Heist: One Team One Mission from University Games. You have 5 minutes. GO!...

Digga Tunnah, Dig, Digga Tunnah – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/20/2020

Dig the best tunnel around!<br />

Who’s Under the Mask? – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/20/2020

What's your hidden identity?<br />

Prepare Yourself, Adventurer! – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/20/2020

Enter Dragonrealm today!<br />

Build Me Up, Gamer! – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/20/2020

Build, build, build!<br />

Tiny Towns Family Game Overview

SahmReviews.com • 5/19/2020

Tiny Towns by Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) is a pattern-building game that uses resource placement to plan and construct buildings in your city....

Tattoo Stories Review - Bicycle | A Pawn's Perspective

A Pawn's Perspective • 5/19/2020

Tattoo Stories Review - Use 5 words determined by the Client to draw a tattoo. Points are awarded by how well each word is used in the design....

Trajan First Impressions Review

• 5/19/2020

<p>I’ve now got a couple of solo plays of <a href="https://www.boardgameatlas.com/search/game/z2GeV6FSRZ/trajan">#Trajan</a> under my belt now so I thought I would go ahead and write up my thoughts on the game in a Brian’s Battery format. </p><p><a href="https://www.boardgameatlas.com/search/game/z2GeV6FSRZ/trajan">#Trajan</a> is a game by designer Stefan Feld in which players assume the role of Roman leaders striving to fulfill the wishes and demands of the Roman people. </p><p>The best way to describe this game is to consider it almost like 7 different small euro games all combined into one big euro game. Like most euros the end goal is to have the most victory points at the end of the game. </p><p>Players earn victory points by accomplishing different deeds for the people of Rome. Building new buildings in Rome earns points, as does earning votes in the Senate. Marching your legions through Gaul demonstrates your military might and earns you the respect of the people. Shipping goods from the port of Ostia to other parts of the Empire also earns you points. </p><p>How you accomplish these actions brings us to one of the most unique parts of <a href="https://www.boardgameatlas.com/search/game/z2GeV6FSRZ/trajan">#Trajan</a>. Instead of worker placement, action selection, or card play, <a href="https://www.boardgameatlas.com/search/game/z2GeV6FSRZ/trajan">#Trajan</a> utilities a rather ingenious “action bowl” mechanism. This mechanism is similar in feel to the classic game <a href="https://www.boardgameatlas.com/search/game/jqer4AvMyC/wood-folding-mancala-in-cardboard-sleeve-packaging-may-vary">#Mancala</a>. </p><p>Players choose one bowl, grab all of the action markers from that bowl, and drop one marker off at each subsequent bowl in the circle until they drop their last marker. The bowl that receives the last marker will be activated and the player performs that action. This leads to some really interesting decisions as you attempt to plan out your turns. </p><p>Another of my favorite mechanisms from this “action bowl” system is how it relates to the round and game progression. If the bowl you draw from contains 3 action markers, you must also move the time tracker 3 spaces forward. The time tracker represents one “month”in the game “year” that you are playing. Every time the marker passes the start position another month has passed. <span>The game ends after one “year” has passed. </span></p><p>I played the game using an unofficial solo variant. Despite being unofficial, I thought that the system worked incredibly well. The AI is card based and presents a real challenge. I have yet to defeat the AI. </p><p>So that’s a rough overview of the game. Let’s get into the grades now. </p><p>(+) The art in this game is good. It’s not great. It’s not awful. It’s good. It definitely makes me feel like I’m playing a Roman themed game. The art on the player boards is really nice. The little bowls actually look like they have indentations. The graphic design is clear throughout the game. There isn’t much symbology used in the game, but what is present is easily understood.</p><p>(+) The rule book is good. It’s not great. It’s not awful. It’s relatively well-written with decent examples to help you learn how the game plays. </p><p>(-) The theme in this game is barely there. I love Roman history and I wish that this game had more to do with history.  I suppose with most euro games like this, however, you kind of take what you can get for theme. </p><p>(+) The components in this game are actually pretty good. The player boards and main board are nice, thick cardboard. The tokens are all well-made. The wooden action markers and meeples are quite nice. The drawstring bag provided is also quite good. The cards are typical euro game quality. They definitely aren’t Fantasy Flight level, but they are good. </p><p>(+) It feels like at first that there are way too many systems all squished together in this game for it to work - but as you play the game it actually starts to make sense. Trying to focus on one specific strategy takes real planning and forethought due to the way the action bowls work. This makes for really interesting gameplay. </p><p>(++) The action bowl system is unique and I love it. I love how the number of markers you move relates to how much time passes in the game. I love trying to plan out my moves and puzzling out what I should do next. It makes the game quite challenging and exciting. </p><p>(+) The solo variant is hard! The AI player is relentless and the games I have played aren’t even close. This is good because it gives me something to work towards. </p><p>Overall, this game is good. I enjoy the unique mechanisms but wish that it had a bit more Roman theme. As a solo game it is very challenging. I can definitely see how this game is considered a classic. </p>

Pairing Lovecraftian Characters: Cthulhu The Great Old One (Deluxe) – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/19/2020

It's like go fish, but for cultists!<br />

Stock Your Tavern & Keep Your Patrons Satisfied! – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/19/2020

Stock your tavern and build the best tableau in town!<br />

The Guardians Cometh – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/19/2020

Gorgeous, punch-packing game!<br />

A Power Struggle of Abstract Proportions – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/19/2020

who will win this abstract power struggle?<br />

Sing a Song o’ Sixpence – Bakery! – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/18/2020

What's not to love about pies? <br />

Fluxx Fans Assemble! – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/18/2020

A great theme to put on a silly game great for everyone!<br />

We're Doomed! Semi-Cooperative Game Overview

SahmReviews.com • 5/18/2020

Viruses aren't the only thing that can threaten our world. In We're Doomed! by Breaking Games you'll be trying to escape the planet in only 15 minutes!...

Review: Blood on the Clocktower – Cardboard Guru

cardboardguru.com • 5/18/2020

My favorite social deduction game despite it being terrible at higher player counts.

Marvel Champions Black Widow Review

• 5/18/2020

<p>This review can also be found on my website: <a href="https://weviewgames.com/reviews/marvel-champions-black-widow-review" target="_blank">Marvel Champions Black Widow Review</a></p><p>Black Widow is a new character that released last month for the Marvel Champions LCG. She is the fourth hero to be added to the game. This review is mostly focused on a solo experience, so some opinions might not make a lot of sense if you mainly playing multiplayer. If you haven't read the review of <a href="https://www.boardgameatlas.com/%7BlocalLink:umb://document/33ab2084e7764812a50fc91952ecd65a%7D">Marvel champions</a> yet, I suggest you read it first.</p><p> </p><h2>Is Black Widow good?</h2><p>Let's just start off with a very good and important question. Is Black Widow any good as hero and is Natasha Romanoff any good as alter-ego? I think Black Widow is a good hero, but does lack on some points and one big one is hit points. You'll want to invest into some health or defenses when playing with Black Widow. Her abilities are nice when combined with the cards that she has. I think she has the tools for controlling the game, but she has to get to a stable point where she is able to do that.</p><p> </p><h2>Preparations</h2><p>Preparations are the trademarks of Black Widow. They are the traps that she sets up for the enemies. They basically range around all aspects of the game. Most of her base preparations do something to keep Black Widow alive. One of them stuns and damages an enemy and two disrupt the enemy when attacking. You also have preparations for every aspects and also a basic one, but that one is only available with a Spy character. I think it's very cool that every aspect has their own preparations. It allows you to also play them with other classes. And they are quite good too!</p><p>One of the main weaknesses to a build specific to preparations is the fact that you can also not have any preparations on board. Black Widow is at her weakest when she has no preparations on board or has the wrong preparations on the board. Luckily she has the tools to be able to find preparations in her deck/discard pile. However, she also has to find those tools first.</p><p>Another weakness in my eye is that the preparations are only able to trigger in hero form. Though, I have to admit I very much love the theme around preparations. Set up traps/gather intelligence in advance in alter-ego and take advance of them in hero form. Very thematic cards for Black Widow.</p><p> </p><h2>Black Widow</h2><p></p><p>Black Widow has 2 Thwart, 2 Attack and 2 Defense. That's a good stat-line. Most heroes have this stat-line, although some have their stat points in something else like attack (<a href="https://marvelcdb.com/card/01019a">She-Hulk</a>). Having 2 points on everything makes Black Widow very versatile. She also has a hand size of 5 and a total of 9 hit points. Her hand size is good, being as good as most other heroes. Her hit points are very low. She actually has the lowest hit points currently in the tied by Iron Man. However, Iron Man have hero cards that easily boost his hit points while Black Widow is missing those cards. So her hit points are something to keep in mind. Some big villain turns can easily kill Black Widow in one turn!</p><p>Her ability is a very nice ability and is a nice way to ping off toughness cards or kill off any low health enemies. However, you do need to have preparation cards in play to get value of this. So in that way, the ability isn't really free. I think this ability is great in combination with other cards that work well with the preparation cards like <a href="https://marvelcdb.com/card/08005">Safe House</a>, <a href="https://marvelcdb.com/card/08007">Black Widow's Gauntlet</a> and <a href="https://marvelcdb.com/card/08009">Synth-Suit</a>.</p><p>And another small thing is her typing. She is a Avenger, Spy. While spy doesn't really do anything special (Except for <a href="https://marvelcdb.com/card/08033">Espionage</a>), the Avenger type is a very good one right now. Ally decks with <a href="https://marvelcdb.com/card/03015">Avengers Assemble!</a> are very good in this game. And I think they also work well with the play style of Black Widow. Allies are able to soak up damage while Black Widow is setting up preparation cards.</p><p> </p><h2>Natasha Romanoff</h2><p>Then on to Natasha Romanoff. Natasha has a 3 recovery. Which is sort of fine for her. I would have loved to have some more recovery as you'll be switching to Alter-ego quite often due to her low hit points and her great ability. Due to her low hit points, you'll almost always switch after you've taken a hit and don't have any good defenses up. Her hand size is 6, which is good. Similar to other alter-egos in the game.</p><p>Then her ability. I think her ability really helps what Natasha wants to do. Natasha wants to set up traps to control the game and being able to draw more cards is great. One of the things when Natasha struggles is when she either has no preparations and/or has the wrong preparations. This ability allows her to find those preparations or other preparation finding cards faster!</p><p>Then her typing. Natasha is a S.H.I.E.L.D, Spy, which isn't very exciting as of this moment.</p><p> </p><h2>Conclusion</h2><p>I think Black Widow is a very nice addition to the Marvel Champions game. I also think she is quite difficult to play due to having to manage your resources very carefully. She is not a Captain America and will need some help through other cards especially with her hit points. </p><p>I think her early game is quite weak, but she certainly shines if she is able to get control of the situation. However, due to her low hit points she could always be one big attack away from defeat (especially if you are playing solo). I think her early game relies a lot on some key cards. Especially the cards that draw/benefit off preparation cards. Preparation cards are her toolkit. And speaking of them. I love the thematic theme of her cards. A spy that set up traps/gather intelligence and then using that in battle. Brilliant! </p><p>If you are looking for a fun, but hard to control hero? Then Black Widow could be for you. Although, Ms. Marvel also fits that bill quite well and, in my opinion, a bit better than Black Widow. Make sure to read my <a href="https://www.boardgameatlas.com/%7BlocalLink:umb://document/f21f8c62cc054ac88069710ef57e73e0%7D">review</a> about her as well! However, if you are looking for a very strong hero. Well then you are better off getting Captain America. He is one of the stronger base heroes in the game right now.</p><p> </p><p>Thanks for reading this review! I tried a new style of review for this one. If you enjoy this review, leave a comment so I can improve on it with the next review!</p><p> </p><p></p><p>Happy playing!</p>

Mysterium Review - Game Cows

Game Cows • 5/18/2020

Wouldn’t murder mysteries be easier if you could speak to the victim? Well, thanks to your team of crime-solving psychics in Mysterium, now you can....

Reach Jumanji and Call Out its Name! – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/18/2020

When you win - call out Jumanji!

Can You Survive the Walkers? – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/18/2020

Will you survive, or be eaten alive?<br />

Do You Have Enough Love For Tanto Cuore? – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/18/2020

Come and get your love!<br />

Atelier: Show the World Your Masterpiece! – Settler of the Boards

settleroftheboards.com • 5/18/2020

Put your painting skills to the test!<br />

Thrift Treasure: Mission Command Sea Game

SahmReviews.com • 5/17/2020

Games at thrift are usually mass market titles. Every once in a while we find a war or strategy game. This week's Thrift Treasure is Mission Command: Sea!...

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