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  • Battles of Napoleon

    Rating: 4.00/5 (4 votes)

    For twenty years, from 1796 until the final defeat at Waterloo in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte and his generals fought on the battlefields of all Europe. Battles of Napoleon is a gaming system that allows two players to recreate…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
    [War]
  • China Rails

    Rating: 3.67/5 (3 votes)

    For centuries, trade has been a crucial factor of life in China. From the ancient "Silk Road" to modern ocean trade, the flow of goods and cargo was the very lifeblood of the great "Middle Kingdom." Once, bearers traveling on foot or carts pulled…

    Cats:
    [Family]
    [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]
  • Before the Wind

    Rating: 2.00/5 (1 vote)

    A fleet of commerce ships lies aside the quays, waiting to be loaded with valuable goods. An assortment of goods will fill the captain's bill, as his crew readies the ship for the sea. You are a prominent merchant trying to fill your…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
  • #84 Balanx

    Balanx

    Rating: 3.00/5 (1 vote)

    This Terrific German import is like two player Chinese Checkers but with a very nasty twist. You have to get your 10 marbles from the far side of the board to your side so that they occupy the places your opponents marbles started on. A marble can…

    Cats:
    [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]
  • Battlelore

    Rating: 4.25/5 (4 votes)

    It is the dawn of the Hundred Years War. The French and the English prepare to meet on the field of war. Their ranks swell as bands of mercenary dwarves and goblins join the fight. Wizards and warriors provide their armies with spells and martial…

    Cats:
    [Fantasy]
    [War]
  • 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]
  • #88 Android

    Android

    Rating: 3.00/5 (1 vote)

    Android is a board game set in the distant future, in the city of New Angeles and the Moon colony of Heinlein. 3-5 players take on the roles of investigators, all competing to either solve the case, unravel the conspiracy, or simply find…

    Cats:
    [Fantasy]
  • #89 Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Rating: 3.00/5 (1 vote)

    In the distant future, Homo Sapiens has slowly colonized its solar system and over the course of centuries has evolved and adapted, diverging into five new races, suited to life in different planetary environments. But…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
    [Travel]
  • Automobile

    Rating: 2.50/5 (2 votes)

    Automobile™ carries you back to the birth of America’s car industry, when inventors, craftsmen, and entrepreneurs created a wild array of marvels and misfortunes. You step into this rough, romantic trade hoping to create a fortune by building…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
  • #91 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]
  • Alexander the Great

    Rating: 3.00/5 (1 vote)

    In Alexander the Great: Birth of an Empire by Ronald Hofstaetter the players follow in the path of Macedon´s famous king. With his army they move all the way to Persia and found important cities and temples. In the end, Alexander ruled over a world…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
  • #93 Alchemist

    Alchemist

    Rating: 2.00/5 (2 votes)

    It is the Contest of the Alchemists! The most talented Adepts of the mystical arts come from around the world to compete. They fill their cauldrons with exotic and rare ingredients, all creating new potions in the quest for fame and honor. In addition…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
  • Age of Napoleon

    Rating: 2.80/5 (5 votes)

    Introduces 2 players to the Napoleonic times—an era of military conquests and diplomatic rivalries. One player represents France and its allies, the other the Coalition led by Britain. The game contains two shorter scenarios starting in 1809…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
    [War]
  • Age of Discovery

    Rating: 3.75/5 (4 votes)

    During the 15th and 16th centuries, the great royal houses of Europe sent explorers and conquerors all over the world, hoping to discover and secure new areas of influence and sources of wealth. Without the right naval vessels, these voyages would…

    Cats:
    [Family]
    [Travel]
  • #96 Ablaze

    Ablaze

    Rating: 2.00/5 (2 votes)

    The forest is ablaze, the smoke is thick, and the flames are spreading! The only inhabitants of this inferno seem to be a few courageous firefighters, their supporting planes, and a horde of fleeing animals. Ablaze consists of three complete, distinct…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
  • A House Divided

    Rating: 2.50/5 (2 votes)

    A House Divided simulates the epic struggle of the American Civil War that was fought over the twin issues of slavery and states´ rights. The period from 1840 to 1861 saw these issues brought to a boil, and in 1861 the nation became tangled in…

    Cats:
    [War]
  • Alea Iacta Est

    Rating: 2.67/5 (3 votes)

    Each player tries to be Caesar and then works to prove he is indeed Caesar by collecting fame points. The challenge is to intelligently allocate your eight rolled dice among the five buildings to acquire the fame you need to win the game. Clever Caesar…

    Cats:
    [Childrens]
    [Family]
  • #99 Albion

    Albion

    Rating: 4.00/5 (1 vote)

    Albion is what the Celts used to call England. This fascinating game recreates the conquest and defence of ancient Albion.The game focuses on clever decisions on the order of development:More movement, more resources, better defences, or more patricians…

    Cats:
    [Strategy]
  • #100 Airships

    Airships

    Rating: 2.50/5 (2 votes)

    These airships are majestic as they rise to the heavens. It took a long time before the work on these giants could begin. Engineers had to be employed, a hangar built, materials procured and sponsors found. At last the day has arrived and a giant…

    Cats:
    [Family]

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  • 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.

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  • 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:

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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