Hey hey. Over a year ago we backed (on Kickstarter) the 8th year of Casual Board Game Insider, a glossy, full-color, board-game-centered magazine published digitally and physically by Casual Game Revolution. It’s a quarterly publication and last month we received our last issue. The crew behind the magazine also successfully Kickstartered their 9th year just last month. We didn’t back it this time. Here’s why.Continue reading
Katamino is a 1-2 player puzzle game that takes as long as you would like for it to take (box says 10+ minutes) and can be played by people of almost any age (box says age 3+). To play Katamino players have several options, all of which include using colorful blocks to complete puzzles or layouts.
I’ll read this to you! Specific is a 2-10 player educational game that takes 20 minutes or less to play and can be played with kids as young as 5 years old (though I’ve seen 20-somethings have a great time playing too). In Specific players roll dice and, as quickly as possible, find the animal that matches the criteria on the dice. With eye-catching artwork and variations to increase difficulty, Specific is light but challenging educational fun for everyone. Continue reading
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Slide Blast is a 2-6 player tile-placement game in which players build an epic waterslide.
I’ve just finished reading It’s All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan, written by Tristan Donovan and published by Thomas Dunne Books (May 30, 2017). It was so much fun…
Star Wars Destiny is a collectable card and dice game for 2 players that can take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes to play. It plays similarly to a board game – turn by turn actions played over several rounds. Each player creates a team of heroes or villains and goes head to head against their opponent. Equip your team with vehicles like a Ti-Fighter or the Millennium Falcon and weapons like Kylo Ren’s lightsaber or a rocket launcher. Recruit support characters or claim the battlefield and use its powerful effects…
Clank! is a 2-4 player game built around a deck-building mechanic in which players explore the lair of a dragon protecting its treasure – treasures players want for themselves. Steal stuff, sneak around, fight monsters, but try not to attract the attention of the dragon… Continue reading
Note: Settlers of Catan is more than 20 years old. There are multiple expansions and additions you can add to game to change the flavor, player count, and strategies. In this review I’m only going to write about the base game, Settlers of Catan.
Settlers of Catan is a classic 3-4 player resource management game in which players settle the wild lands of Catan which are rich in natural resources like sheep, wood, ore, brick, and wheat. The game board is made up of individual hexagon-shaped tiles, each representing a different land type, each producing one of the aforementioned resources. Each land hex is assigned a number (2-12) and when that number is rolled players who have built on the intersections of that number receive one or more matching resources, regardless of who’s turn it is. Players can then use these resources to expand their holdings, building roads and new settlements, upgrading settlements to cities, building armies… Continue reading