Board Game First Impressions: Darwin’s Journey and Carnegie

The battle of two old bearded white men… (I kid, but those covers…) These two games were recently on Kickstarter, and though I normally ignore KS, both were available to play. Darwin’s Journey was made available on Tabletopia, and Carnegie on Board Game Arena. My friend and I decided to try them out (he wasContinue reading “Board Game First Impressions: Darwin’s Journey and Carnegie”

Board Game Review: DinoGenics

7/10 Good, though the theme does most of the work I’ve played at 1, 2, and 3-player. DinoGenics, designed by Richard Keene and published by his own company, Ninth Haven Games, was a successful Kickstarter in 2017 and released in 2019. It’s a worker-placement game with set-collection and economic elements. You are the head ofContinue reading “Board Game Review: DinoGenics”

Board Game Review: Core Worlds

9/10 A deck-building game greater than the sum of its parts. I’ve played mostly 2-player, but also at 3 and tried a couple of fan-made solo variants. Core Worlds, designed by Andrew Parks and published by Stronghold Games in 2011, is a deck-building game where each player takes control of a fledgling faction represented byContinue reading “Board Game Review: Core Worlds”

Board Game Review: The Castles of Burgundy

8/10 A classic strategy game of satisfying mechanisms I have played at 2 and 3 players, mostly 2. This classic, designed by Stefan Feld and published by Ravensburger and Alea in 2011, sets you in 15th century France in the Loire Valley as princes of growing estates. Your goal is to develop your lands withContinue reading “Board Game Review: The Castles of Burgundy”

Session Report: “Kingdom Builder” and “Tokaido”

Kingdom Builder is the 2011 classic from Donald X. Vaccarino, which won the Spiel des Jahres in 2012. Certain people find it too abstract, which I would have agreed with, but something always attracted me to it. I played the iOS version before the 64 bit apocalypse killed it, and found it surprisingly engaging. It’sContinue reading “Session Report: “Kingdom Builder” and “Tokaido””

Session Report: Kraftwagen and Viticulture

The other day, I was able to play Kraftwagen and Viticulture online using Tabletopia. I’ve played Kraftwagen several times, but only 2-player. The pandemic paused my plans to try it 3-player as my game group hasn’t been able to meet up in months. Kraftwagen is a mid-weight Euro about early car manufacturing by Matthias CramerContinue reading “Session Report: Kraftwagen and Viticulture”

Board Game Review: Yedo (2012)

8/10 A thematic Euro with a unique combination of mechanisms. I have played this at 2 and 3-player, even tried my hand at a solo variant (not very successfully). Designed by Thomas Vande Ginste and Wolf Plancke, published by Eggertspiele and Pandasaurus Games. Yedo is set in 1605 Japan where you control a clan seekingContinue reading “Board Game Review: Yedo (2012)”

Board Game Review: Scythe

7/10 A Solid game and enjoyable, though flawed. This is an update to my previous review where I had only played a few times at 2-player. I’ve now played it several times, mostly at 2, but also at 3 and 4. In an alternate world, warring factions use mechs to traverse the harsh landscape andContinue reading “Board Game Review: Scythe”

Board Game Review: Chronicles of Frost

8/10 A game of strong mechanisms, enjoyable, and that appeals to my tastes. Played at 1, 2, and 3 players. Adventure into the frozen lands of Valskyrr where monsters roam and civilization is struggling to hold against the Mists. Chronicles of Frost from NSKN Games is a deck-building adventure game for 1-4 players. Players earnContinue reading “Board Game Review: Chronicles of Frost”