Board Game Review: Merchant of Venus

7/10 A classic pick-up-and-deliver game that runs long I’ve played at 2 and 3 player. Given its length, I wouldn’t recommend 4 players. The original Merchant of Venus, a sci-fi game about exploring and trading goods between different planets and systems, came out in 1988 and gained something of a small but very dedicated fanbase.Continue reading “Board Game Review: Merchant of Venus”

Board Game First Impressions: Bärenpark

Somewhere along the way, polyomino tiles became a big rage in board games. No one even used the word “polyomino” beforehand, it was covered in dust in a forgotten corner of the English language. Now, there are several good options for these kinds of tile-laying games, both light and heavy. Bärenpark is extremely light. There’sContinue reading “Board Game First Impressions: Bärenpark”

Board Game Sessions and First Impressions: Lost Ruins of Arnak and Formosa Tea

Wednesday was supposed to be a game day, but I was sick and stayed home. This was the perfect opportunity for the other two to play space games without me, but they instead played the game I chose to play next! So Thursday ended up being our real game day. This was our first in-personContinue reading “Board Game Sessions and First Impressions: Lost Ruins of Arnak and Formosa Tea”

Board Game Session Report and First Impressions: Terraforming Mars (+expansions), SpaceCorp, Parks

This week is a big game week for my group. We played Saturday and Monday, and we’ll return for Wednesday and Thursday and probably next Saturday as well. This is part 1 of our gaming block, Saturday and Monday. To help us narrow games down, we’ve begun using a system for picking and learning gamesContinue reading “Board Game Session Report and First Impressions: Terraforming Mars (+expansions), SpaceCorp, Parks”

Board Game First Impressions: Yokohama

Yokohama is a game I’ve had my eyes on since it came out, but it’s never been in the budget to get. Recently, it was added to Board Game Arena to play online. My friend and I gave it a whirl and enjoyed it. The second time we played was with two strangers. Three ofContinue reading “Board Game First Impressions: Yokohama”

First Impressions: Mosaic

Mosaic is a civilization game by Glenn Drover and Forbidden Games currently on Kickstarter. My friend and I are very much into the theme of civ games, and this one is centered on the Mediterranean, giving it a more unique feel than most other civ games. And it has a sort of card drafting/engine buildingContinue reading “First Impressions: Mosaic”

Session Report: Stars Wars Outer Rim

My brother and I like a variety of games, and one type we look for is good sandbox-y adventure games. We have a few but have also passed on some. The genre is full of sloppy concepts. Though I really like Merchants & Marauders, it can be brutal. When Outer Rim was announced, I wasContinue reading “Session Report: Stars Wars Outer Rim”

Session Report/First Impression: Yedo Deluxe

Years ago, I bought the original Yedo first edition from Pandasaurus and Eggertspiele. I didn’t get to play it much because my brother didn’t like how difficult the game was. I finally got to play more when we started playing with a regular group (which is just 3 of us most of the time). IContinue reading “Session Report/First Impression: Yedo Deluxe”

Board Game First Impressions: AuZstralia

I was interested when this was first released, but the more I play Wallace games, the more interested I am in trying his other titles. The Cthulhu theme has been hit or miss for me. But the way AuZtralia handles it feels very different. The Game Martin Wallace certainly seems to have some hallmarks. TheContinue reading “Board Game First Impressions: AuZstralia”

Board Game First Impressions: Nusfjord and Glen More II

I’ve thankfully been able to get more time in to play some games. One I recently bought, Nusfjord, and Glen More II I’ve played online. Nusfjord is one I’ve been eyeing since it came out, but it’s not a cheap game at $70 MSRP. I’ve rarely had the money for it and other things wonContinue reading “Board Game First Impressions: Nusfjord and Glen More II”