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!

Kickstarter preview omen a reign of war

“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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Why Elon Musk and Clay Ross may have more in common than only the color red, The Estates Kickstarter preview and interview

Why Elon Musk and Clay Ross may have more in common than only the color red, The Estates Kickstarter preview and interview

We call ourselves fortunate to have met Clay from Capstone Games last year at Essen Spiel. First at the Heavy Cardboard meetup with a short hello and we did a long talk, with Mira, at the Capstone booth the day after. Clay is such a smart, wonderful and energetic guy, and together with his lovely spouse Ashley, they have something great going with their publishing house. They introduced a new label, Simply Complex, for their more accessible yet challenging games, and launched that with the excellent The Climbers.

So when the possibility came around to have a virtual sneak peek at The Estates, designed by Klaus Zoch, the second title on the Simply Complex label, we couldn’t help but comply to write a little post on it. Include the work the Dutch guys, Thijs & Daan Van Paridon, did on it too and we are very excited!

See here all the information and progress on Kickstarter!

Kickstarter preview of The Estates by Capstone games

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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.

Tesla vs. Edison board game review from Artana Games

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Things You Didn’t Know About Chartered: The Golden Age the board game

Things You Didn’t Know About Chartered: The Golden Age the board game

Kickstarter preview of Chartered The Golden Age

Well, that was quite the suggestive title, right? But to stay in that historic mindset a little longer, because the fact stays true, the Golden Age of Amsterdam has clearly shaped the way the Netherlands grow to one of the most dominating powers of that era. With a nation gaining so much of an influence and wealth spread, there are sadly also dark shades made in history. They get overlooked sometimes in the books or are seemingly neglected. In this board game, there is no focus on that part, but it doesn’t neglect the fact that has happened either. Here we focus as players on becoming the most influential power of that time and keeps our story based on the trading and growing of the city in those time by trading and growing companies for revenue. (Some context)

Jolly Dutch Productions is a new publisher from the Netherlands and they contacted us to have a look at their first title, Chartered: The Golden Age. Please note that this is still all prototype and will be Kickstarted on the 26th of March! So keep an eye out for this one very soon. UPDATE Live now on Kickstarter!

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Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time when you are playing boardgames

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time when you are playing boardgames

Let’s get this show started

Tesla vs. Edison Duel.jpg

So here we are again, it has been some days since we last post, but let’s say life got in the away again! We did not waste it, but it just went by in all the ways you can imagine. Just, life I guess…..

We will try to get back to more regular blog posting, more review and previews and expect a lot more photo showcases soon!


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Spiel 2017 blog and photo extravaganza avalanche part 2

And we are back for more. Embrace yourself and let’s continue our journey through Essen together…

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We arrive at day 3 of the fair in our story and after a late night at the Heavy Cardboard meetup, the fatigue starts to kick in, but who can be tired at Essen right? Let’s do this. Long days, short nights, but we must persevere and to be fairly honest, we love this feeling! Who doesn’t get an adrenaline rush from all those awesome board games and all those people at Spiel?

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