Terrors of London, a Victorian Horror tale about legendary monsters and a Dark River, a Kickstarter preview.

Terrors of London, a Victorian Horror tale about legendary monsters and a Dark River, a Kickstarter preview.

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As most stories start, there was a time when everything was easy and the flow of life was like an easy stream of water belonging to a small creek, which belonged to a bigger river and maybe even to a bigger ocean. The river flowed its way into where it wanted and it never came across anything but beautiful riverbanks with colorful flowers, bees doing there bee like things and wild animals drinking just a small portion of the river’s presence. But, like so many stories before ours, such peace and happiness won’t be the way this stories will come to be and this zen-like state would change, forever.Bat 4

On one dark and cold December night, the river flowed into, what soon will be, it’s biggest and most scary crossing it would take in his long and everlasting presence. From afar it saw a darker and more red glowing sky as it had ever seen. It’s wasn’t the moon, which was bright and glowing above it, but the pull of its magnificence being did weigh heavier on the river for some unknown reason. The heavy sense of toxins, smoke, and blood became more and more noticeable within every inch of the river flowed towards that smoke-filled sky. The melody of strange sounding wolves, other beings, and were that mortals flowing in the river which gave their last breaths, were getting louder and scarier. As soon as the first wooden houses rose up, the river could almost feel itself being consumed by some sort of evil, like a thick and syrupy substance being mixed into what once was a clear blue water, it turned into a red stream of death, decay and maybe even a spark of dark sorcery.

Bat 1The river, as rivers do, still wanted to keep flowing downwards, but when it approached the harbor it almost came to a complete stop and found the source of all these changes. What it found beyond that scene, was the clear and dark reason why it was called what it was called later in history, the River Thames (Tame), or better know in our story, as The Dark River.

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Combo Fighter, video arcade gaming pleasure in its purest analog form, a Kickstarter preview.

Combo Fighter, video arcade gaming pleasure in its purest analog form, a Kickstarter preview.

When the fantastic Kira from Kolossal Games asked if we wanted to preview a new game coming to Kickstarter, we couldn’t say no to that request.  The game set out to bring back sweet memories from days past, Combo Fighter which is a re-implementation of Caesar’s Glory from 2017, is setting out to give you a fun, fast, video arcade fighting game experience. Arcade gaming has been a massive part of our school life and we can’t deny missing out on quite a few hours at school due to it. Sneaking out of classes to go to the arcade playing all the new hotness games like Mortal Kombat was very addictive.

Will this new card game by Kolossal Games & Plotmaker Games bring us these experience back years later? Let’s find out together and punch our way through the good and the bad, shall we?

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May 2018: Kickstarter & Pre-Order Cross Section

May 2018: Kickstarter & Pre-Order Cross Section

What grabbed our attention and which Kickstarter board games should you have a look at if you like similar style games like us? We also include the current line of board game additions and possible upcoming reviews, previews or showcases!

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Still running (or late pledge open) and backed

18Lilliput

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The premise this game is set out to let you experience is that it will give you an 18xx game but in a much smaller package and time. We have played 1846, which we can appreciate and did like, but to say we are the biggest 18xx fans out there would be overselling that fact. One of the biggest reasons we are less into those type of games is the running time you need to finish them. This game seems to come in a much smaller scale, hence the title but does bring the facets we did like a lot such as track laying, shares and things may be less regular 18xx, beautiful artwork, and nice components. Especially hopeful is it comes from the creators of 18CZ, which also looks great and good with 2 players! Fox in the Box!

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Zoomaka, the zoo building rat race where almost everything is allowed, a CrossWord review

Zoomaka, the zoo building rat race where almost everything is allowed, a CrossWord review

We love animals and we love hanging out in one of the many beautiful zoos which can be found around The Netherlands. There is always the moral discussion if animals should be locked away in cages, and we do think there is something to say they shouldn’t be so in some cases, but too many species are saved only because of being helped in there captivity instead of being out in the wild and being hunted on. Also the possibility to get to know the animals better, so the educational part of the equation is something especially the little ones always seem to appreciate.

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So when Pablo and Tove from Worldshapers Boardgames reached out to us if we wanted to try a copy of Zoomaka (which you can buy here) we couldn’t say no. And even more special and frankly, heartwarming, this personal note.

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Join us for our Zoo making adventures and we will tell you what we think about this interactive and fast playing card game! And if that’s not inviting enough, there’s a Unicorn in here too!

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The Mind, is this card game a pathetic hype monster or are there really some telepathic powers involved? A CrossWord review

The Mind, is this card game a pathetic hype monster or are there really some telepathic powers involved? A CrossWord review

There is always THAT game. And this year the first one is The Mind by NSV.de  (and Pandasaurus Games! )Every year something unexpected get’s so much wind in their sails, it looks to be everywhere. And eventually, it comes to a point where it cannot be ignored any longer in this household and we just happen to be looking for an extra thing on Amazon. In most cases when something is being overly hyped, we tone down our expectations a little. Why? Because it most often doesn’t live up to the expectations, but in this case, someone important was hyping this, Jess (boardgame_girl)!

In most cases when something is so (over)hyped, it sets us off a little and disappoints us in most cases. The hype and the buzz are everywhere and then it must be a good game right? No, it doesn’t have to be. It is often more marketing doing its magic, and that’s fine and we are part of that too, but too much is often a signal it is an unnatural high which is created. So, is this small little card game really that good? Is it really something worth buying? Or are we being tricked by mind games being played?

Let’s find out.

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Omen a Reign of War, sometimes the only path to get Zeus’s blessing is one by wit and carnage. A Kickstarter preview.

Omen a Reign of War, sometimes the only path to get Zeus’s blessing is one by wit and carnage. A Kickstarter preview.

John Clowdus and Kolossal Games are going big on this pimped new re-release of the Omen: a Reign of War series. There have been already two iterations of this saga and a lot of expansions of this BGG award nominee game saga since 2011. But we dare to say, this is going to be a big overhaul from the Smallbox editions and is going to be a fantastic line of games which this collaboration between these two publishers is bringing to us!

ON KICKSTARTER NOW!

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“Open your mouth and shut your eyes and see what Zeus will send you.”
~ Aristophanes c. 446 – c. 386 BC
Designer: John Clowdus
Player count: 2 players only
Playtime: 20 – 30 minutes
Theme: ancient mythology (Greek & Persian)
Mechanisms: Hand management, card play, objectives & area majority.

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War of Currents in a tiny card game, a review of Tesla vs. Edison: Duel by Artana Games

War of Currents in a tiny card game, a review of Tesla vs. Edison: Duel by Artana Games

One of the wonderful things about the board gaming hobby is, that you discover new topics and interesting periods of human history by spending time at the tabletop. Most of us are aware of the legacy Tesla and Edison have in our daily lives. But the fact that there was a real war between the master and his apprentice was something, we personally, did not know until recently. That fascinates us quite a bite, not to be taught through dry college education or some boring teacher explaining the raw stuff, but experience by the way of social interaction, in our books, is a much more fruitful way to make teaching practical.

Tesla vs. Edison: Duel, is an Artana game published in 2017 and created by JR Honeycutt (he also worked on Feudum) and Dirk Knemeyer (he is known for the big Tesla vs. Edison board game from 2015). Add in the amazingly talented artist Heiko Günther and lights may go on for some people. Let us tell you why we think this is one of the best two player titles of recent years.

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