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”

Movie Reviews: “Pyewacket” and “The Ritual”

5/10 Sloppy writing, a waste of good acting Leah is a young metal head with an interest in the occult. When her relationship with her mother frays more than she can bear, she performs a ritual to summon the Pyewacket, a creature tasked with killing Leah’s mother. Story and Characters The core idea is simpleContinue reading “Movie Reviews: “Pyewacket” and “The Ritual””

Movie Reviews: “As Above, So Below” and “The Autopsy of Jane Doe”

8/10 A concise, effective horror film. Scarlett is after the legendary Philosopher’s Stone, trying to finish what her late father started. When her search brings her to the Paris Catacombs, she and her unlikely group of tunnel-delvers will come face-to-face with their own Hell. Story and Characters The story is straightforward and knows not toContinue reading “Movie Reviews: “As Above, So Below” and “The Autopsy of Jane Doe””

Movie Review: The House of the Devil

3/10 Bland half-premise in need of editing. A young college student needs money and takes a babysitting job for some devil worshipers. That’s it. That’s pretty much all the story you’ll get. I don’t usually deal in spoilers, but sometimes, I make an exception. Story and Characters “Story” is being generous. As is “characters.” TheContinue reading “Movie Review: The House of the Devil”

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”