Board Game Review: Unsettled

8/10 A unique coop puzzle with endless possibilities You are the crew of the Scarab, lost in space and facing all manner of challenges from planetary life trying to kill you to being stranded among asteroids. Only by working together will you survive and make it home. Despite how interested I was in Vindication (byContinue reading “Board Game Review: Unsettled”

Catching up on Games

Here’s a rundown of recently played tabletop games. Terraforming Mars We’ve played this several times, and we’ve found our preferred mix of expansions (Prelude and Colonies, not Turmoil). We tried out Elysium this time. My friend’s copy also has a large mix of upgraded components (he’s spent a LOT of money on TM in total).Continue reading “Catching up on Games”

Board Game Session Report: Warhammer Quest The Adventure Card Game (part 1)

I’ve been meaning to get this to the table for a while. Haven’t played in years and never actually finished the campaign. Boy, I forgot how dreadful the rules are. Utterly disorganized, often vague, and sometimes just neglectful. And some rules only appear in the learn-to-play guide, not the reference book! And a typical, poorContinue reading “Board Game Session Report: Warhammer Quest The Adventure Card Game (part 1)”

Recent Solo Board Games

I haven’t really had time to write up a lot of session reports lately, so here’s a quick look at some recent solo plays I’ve had. Vindication I actually played solitaire before playing multiplayer (didn’t have patience to wait!). I stuck to the simpler solo mode, one of two available in the first expansion. IContinue reading “Recent Solo Board Games”

Board Game Review: Vindication

10/10 A perfect blend of theme and strategy You are a scumbag thrown overboard by your shipmates. After washing ashore on a strange island, you must explore and regain your honor. Vindication has been on my radar since the first Kickstarter campaign, but I’ve never had money while it was going. My friend acquired aContinue reading “Board Game Review: Vindication”

Board Game First Impressions: Maracaibo & Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles (episode 2)

Maracaibo I’ve never really been drawn to Alexander Pfister games, they always seemed like super dry Euros. Even though they had interesting themes, they didn’t seem to capitalize on those themes. And I was pretty lukewarm on Great Western Trail when we played it, so I hadn’t ever really looked at Maracaibo. But after watchingContinue reading “Board Game First Impressions: Maracaibo & Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles (episode 2)”

Board Game First Impressions: Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles (Episode 1)

When this was originally on crowdfunding, I wasn’t particularly excited by what I saw in episode 1. The theme is cool, but parts of the game are more abstracted than others, and I’ve not been really drawn to Mindlcash before. Their games always seem slightly over-designed and in need of more streamlining. But my friendContinue reading “Board Game First Impressions: Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles (Episode 1)”

Catching up on board games

Though I’ve been playing games, I haven’t had much time to get into impressions, session reports, or reviews. Here are some of the games I’ve been playing. Caverna I’ve played Uwe Rosenberg games before, including Agricola, but I hadn’t gotten a chance to play Caverna (in part because of the high price tag). We’ve playedContinue reading “Catching up on board games”

Board Game First Impressions: Merchants of the Dark Road

I recently borrowed and played (and opened; it’s a long story) my friend’s copy of MotDR. Played solo and 2-player so far. Unboxing My friend requested that I double-check the components. Everything is accounted for (and 2 extra blue dice!). It’s a bit disappointing that there’s no insert and it only comes with 5 baggies,Continue reading “Board Game First Impressions: Merchants of the Dark Road”