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  • Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear

    Rating: 3.50/5 (2 votes)

    Conflict of Heroes merges the elegance of streamlined Eurogame rules with deep strategic wargames. The series was designed to create a tense and highly interactive game play experience. You must manage multiple command resources to move, attack, and…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
    [War]
  • Middle-Earth Quest

    Rating: 3.43/5 (7 votes)

    It is a time of growing darkness and despair. Sauron the Great, the Dark Lord of Mordor, has returned to his ancient fastness of Barad-dûr. From there, his evil and corruption has spread across the lands once more. Alas, in the West, there is…

    Cats:
    [Fantasy]
    [Travel]
  • First Train to Nuremberg

    Rating: 3.40/5 (5 votes)

    During the second third of the 19th century, a rapid development of railway transport got under way. All over the world, the railway networks were growing and steam engines accelerated the progress. 175 years ago, on December 7 1935 to be precise,…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
  • #41 Atlantis

    Atlantis

    Rating: 3.40/5 (5 votes)

    You control a faction in beautiful Atlantis, the glorious civilization built upon the sea. No other city rivals its power. None command such riches. Now, the link between the land and your beloved home of Atlantis is crumbling! You must race to move…

    Cats:
    [Family]
  • Freight Train

    Rating: 3.33/5 (3 votes)

    In Freight Train, each player runs their own freight yard and several trains. Using these and a shared main yard, players take eleven different types of freight cars and compete to form the longest trains. The game lasts for three "days",…

    Cats:
    [Family]
    [Strategy]
  • Beowulf: The Legend

    Rating: 3.33/5 (3 votes)

    A great evil has cursed Heorot, the hall of the Danish lords. King Hrothgar has called out for help, and the valiant Geatish hero Beowulf has bravely answered. Gathering only his most loyal soldiers, he has set out across the whale-road to send the…

    Cats:
    [Fantasy]
  • Arkham Horror

    Rating: 3.33/5 (3 votes)

    “I recall that the people went about with pale and worried faces, and whispered warnings and prophecies which no one dared consciously repeat or acknowledge to himself that he had heard. A sense of monstrous guilt was upon the land, and out of the…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
  • A Castle for all Seasons

    Rating: 3.33/5 (3 votes)

    Amidst craggy mountains, the first silhouettes of a monumental castle arise. A line of traders twists its way to the gate; and the hustle and bustle attracts many people in the hope of getting wages and victuals. The area is crammed with market booths;…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
  • #46 Alhambra

    Alhambra

    Rating: 3.29/5 (7 votes)

    In Granada, one of the most impressive building projects of the Middle Ages has begun: the construction of Alhambra. A palace, fortress, and a small city -- all-in-one -- Alhambra is made up of the world’s most beautiful gardens, pavilions, chambers…

    Cats:
    [Family]
    [Strategy]
  • #47 Aquaretto

    Aquaretto

    Rating: 3.25/5 (4 votes)

    Each player is the owner of a water zoo. Each player tries to lure as many visitors as possible into his water zoo and earns points for the visitors that visit his zoo. To create a zoo that people want to visit, a player must collect animals. When…

    Cats:
    [Childrens]
    [Family]
  • #48 Elfenland

    Elfenland

    Rating: 3.00/5 (3 votes)

    In Elfenland, young elves have to pass a very special test before they are accepted as grown-ups. All elf girls and elf boys receive a map of Elfenland, and they have to visit as many famous towns in Elfenland as possible, using the common types of…

    Cats:
    [Family]
    [Strategy]
  • Heart of Africa

    Rating: 3.00/5 (3 votes)

    Heart of Africa is a meaty trading game where the players each lead a trading company which tries to make profits in Africa. Although Africa had been circumnavigated by the start of the 19th century, the continent remained largely undiscovered.…

  • Constantinopolis

    Rating: 3.00/5 (3 votes)

    By the 6th century, the city of Constantinopolis had grown to become the greatest “emporium” of ancient times. Strategically located between the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara at the point where Europe meets Asia, Constantinopolis was extremely…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
  • Age of Conan

    Rating: 3.00/5 (3 votes)

    Thief, barbarian, pirate, king. Robert E. Howard's tales of the exploits and adventures of Conan have inspired generations. The Age of Conan strategy board game allows players to each control one of the four…

    Cats:
    [Fantasy]
    [Strategy]
  • India Rails

    Rating: 3.00/5 (2 votes)

    Another in the Empire Builder® system, India Rails features the exotic land of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and parts of Pakistan. Build tracks from Bombay to Calcutta, cross the Thar Desert (beware of sand storms!), and pick up and…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
    [Travel]
  • #53 Bamboleo

    Bamboleo

    Rating: 3.00/5 (2 votes)

    A cork ball on the top of a wooden pedestal carries a board outbalanced by about 25 wooden pieces. These pieces have different forms, sizes and weights (!). In turn, every player takes away one of these pieces from the board, still trying to keep…

    Cats:
    [Family]
  • #54 Elk Fest

    Elk Fest

    Rating: 3.00/5 (2 votes)

    Greener Grass Across the Way! Two elk (Jule and Ole) stare at each other across a river. Longing for the greener grass where the other elk is, they set out to beat each other to the opposite bank! In Elk Fest, move your elk to the other…

    Cats:
    [Family]
  • Around the World in 80 Days

    Rating: 3.00/5 (2 votes)

    Follow the path of those who took this legendary Jules Verne trip around the world. Do it less than 80 days and faster than your opponents and win the game. Win or lose, all will enjoy this game as you travel by train, boat, elephant, and balloon…

    Cats:
    [Childrens]
    [Family]
    [Travel]
  • #56 Amun Re

    Amun Re

    Rating: 3.00/5 (2 votes)

    The latest strategy game from Reiner Knizia is set in ancient Egypt. This game is for players who loved his previous strategy games and have been waiting for another great strategy game from the good doctor. Players try to outdo each other in building…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
  • Chicago Poker

    Rating: 3.00/5 (2 votes)

    Welcome to the roaring twenties! The players represent notorious gangster bosses in the heyday of organized crime in Chicago. They try to take control of the main legal and illegal sources of profit - speakeasies, gambling houses, jazz clubs, and…

    Cats:
    [Family]
    [Strategy]
  • Bacchus' Banquet

    Rating: 3.00/5 (2 votes)

    It is 37 AD and Caligula is the extravagant Emperor of Rome! It is a time of excesses. It is a time of intrigue. And the latest gala in Caligula's short reign is starting tonight ”Bacchus'™ Banquet! As a player, you are one of the…

    Cats:
    [Family]

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  • Review: Imperial 2030

    Money! Money makes the world go round. Money also makes factories, fleets and armies that around that world and bash each other to bits, at least that’s according to Imperial 2030! But is it really all about war? Just because it looks like Risk and even smells like Risk, that doesn’t mean you should

  • Review: Millennium Blades

    Thrower: The table is a wreck of cards, tokens and wads of cash. One player has collapsed on the sofa, eyes closed, exhausted. Another feverishly sorts their deck, cards held close to face, unable to understand what went wrong. Someone else has walked out, professing a desire for space and calm.

    I’m wondering where the last two hours went and how I didn’t notice we now have an audience of a new visitor and a cat. I realise, suddenly, that on this cool spring evening I’m bathed in sweat. This is the aftermath of Millennium Blades.

    We’ve spent the time pretending to be players of a fictional collectible card game in an anime universe. Millennium Blades is, then, a game about playing games. This sounds like a recipe for a design that disappears up its own backside. Instead, this game is interesting, intense and ingenious. Stuffed with self-referential satire, it sits, winking at its players from the comfort of its oversize box. If you can unpick all the parodies from a card called “I’ll Form the Head” from the “Obari as Hell” card set, you’re a higher voltage gamer than me.

  • RPG Review: Trail of Cthulhu

    Cynthia: It is a little known fact I accompanied Paul Dean during his fearless investigations into the horrific Mythos Tales affair earlier this spring. I witnessed some of those same horrors, unearthed dark revelations couched in official documents, grappled with non-euclidean maps, and ventured alongside him into spaces where our accustomed rules of time and space seemed to break down.

    None of that prepared me for the bizarre investigations that I commenced upon my return to Minneapolis –– investigations that continue as I write. Therefore, while I still retain enough of my mind to write, I find it imperative to tell you all this:

    There is no Lovecraftian mystery game as engrosssing, as well-crafted, or as much sheer fun as Pelgrane’s roleplaying game, Trail of Cthulhu.

  • SU&SD Take on The Board Game Geek Top 100: 10-1

    Paul: Gawd, I love BGG. It’s one of my favourite gaming places on the internet and this has been a fascinating journey.

    Quinns: It’s an astonishingly rigorous database. As if IMDB was combined with a… an educated mosh pit, but with a set of scales in the corner that told you how much every actor weighed.

    As we close out this feature, I’m simply left wanting to play more board games. Which is surely the best possible result.

  • SU&SD Take on The Board Game Geek Top 100: 20-11

    Quinns: Matt, we have to abort this feature! Reddit’s disapproval is reaching critical levels.

    Matt: That’s not the Reddit alarm, that’s my egg timer. I’m making everybody lunchtime eggs to keep up our strength.

    Quinns: Wow! I could kiss you.

    Matt: Don’t kiss on me, daddy-oats, kiss on these great games.

  • SU&SD Take on The Board Game Geek Top 100: 40-21

    Paul: Matt it’s nearly Friday, how are we only now poking our way into the top 40? Why did we take on this challenge?

    Matt: Trains.

    Quinns: He’s a goner, Paul. There’s nothing we can do for him now. PRESS FORWARD.

  • SU&SD Take on The Board Game Geek Top 100: 60-41

    Quinns: As we continue our marathon-like jog through Board Game Geek’s top 100 games ever, today I can reveal that we’re out of the weeds. We’ve played every single board game in the 60-41 slot!

    Which isn’t to say that we always enjoyed ourselves…

  • SU&SD Take on The Board Game Geek Top 100: 80-61

    Paul: Our exhaustive look at the games jostling their way about BoardGameGeek’s Top 100 continues! Today, we have everything from international illness to urban development to mischievous academics. Oh, and opinions. Always with the sassy opinions. ONWARD.

    Star Realms

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    Board Game Geek is a titan of the board game scene, one of the most comprehensive and consulted sites the hobby has, as well as a place to which we owe a huge debt of inspiration. It’s also home to the absolute Board Game Geekiest among us, namely those with a monthly allowance for small zip-lock baggies. While we undoubtedly fall into that category ourselves, we appreciate that not everyone does and it’s inevitable that our opinions will diverge now and then.

    Just what do we make of those most esteemed of titles that are forever locked in an eternal battle for a place in BGG’s Top 100 rankings? This week, we’ll be giving an extensive, nay, exhaustive breakdown of that list, telling you what we’ve covered, what we thought and even admitting what we’ve missed out on. So come with us as we count down the games in a whole week’s worth of analysis and adventure!

  • Board games reviews: Plague Inc; Evolution: The Beginning; Kingdomino

    A mobile game makes an infectiously good transition to tabletop, a card game richly rewards smart selection and a domino-strategy mashup is a quickfire winner

    There’s a faintly luddite spirit to the board game renaissance of recent years, perhaps a reaction to the heavy demands screens now make on our time. Yet there isn’t such a great divide between games built of cardboard and those spun from code. They explore similar themes and their designers frequently learn from one another.

    In 2007, a simple web game, Pandemic, challenged players with spreading an infection across the world. Around the same time, an unrelated board game of the same name tasked its players with preventing the spread of disease and quickly assumed cult status. Soon after, a mobile game called Plague Inc reversed the goal again, making global epidemic a mainstay of many commutes, while happily crediting the original Pandemic web game as an inspiration. Now Plague Inc has been reimagined as a board game that looks much like a homage to the board game, completing a considerable circle over 10 years.

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