Designer: Ignacy Trzewiczek Publisher: Portal Games Players: 1-4 The art of writing a rulebook for a boardgame is a sacred one, mastered by few and royally buggered up by many. Whomever penned the rules for 51st State, though, knew their stuff, not only making the whole thing easy […]
Designed by the very well respected Vital Lacerda the Gallerist let’s you take control of a gallery in the hopes of turning it into the premier destination for art lovers and collectors alike. You’ll buy and sell the four different forms of artwork available, discover new talented individuals and promote them, hire assistants and send them off to butter up important people and bid on world famous pieces of art, and attract visitors to your gallery whose mere presence can help you garner more influence and money. The Gallerist is practically dripping in theme, every inch of its mechanics making perfect thematic sense while also creating a series of important decisions for the player to make at every turn. Although I try not to gush over any videogame, boardgame, book, movie, TV show or album I’m going to gush about this one; the Gallerist is stunning, and it has taken its place as one of my favorite boardgames, albeit perhaps one that might be difficult to persuade friends to play due to its daunting nature. It’s a perfect demonstration of excellent design, and shows how diverse in theme boardgames can be.
Designed By: Frank Sronce Published By: Daily Magic Games Players: 2-6 Play Time: 30 Minutes Age: 14+ Review copy supplied free of charge by Esdevium games. A magic duel conjures up images of supremely powerful beings waging war using their minds in a beautiful but deadly display […]
Designed by: Anne-Marie DeWitt Published by: Fireside Games Players: 1-4 Copy supplied free of charge by Fireside Games for review. Back in those darker days when nobody had heard of Kim sodding Kardashian and we still liked to solve problems by building castles and stabbing people with swords […]
Designed by: Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling Published by: HABA Players: 2-4 Review copy supplied free of charge by HABA. We wrap up the trio of HABA game reviews (See the Spookies review here and the Karuba review here) with Adventure Land. Like HABA’s other two family games […]
Designed by: Jon Nord and Matt Nord Published by: Summon Entertainment Corp Players: 2-3 Review copy provided free of charge by the publisher. Epic Roll attempts to take the inherently epic idea of a wizard, warrior and elf battling through hordes of enemies and distill it into a […]
Designed by: Rüdiger Dorn Published by: HABA Player: 2-4 Age: 8+ Review copy provided free of charge. HABA games have been slowly augmenting their slew of kids games with more family orientated titles that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Last time I checked out their simple […]