On my kitchen table two forces face off. On one side are the Daqan, noble human warriors with their block of spearman, fierce cavalry, brave hero and towering golem. On the other side stands the army of Waiqar the Undying, a dark horde made of skeletal warriors and horrific carrior lancers. Yup, it’s another game from FFG intent on making you spend all your cash on new models and expansions rather than on bills and food. Oh, and it comes with FFG’s typically bloody awful cardboard insert, too.
One of the earliest board games I reviewed when I started getting into the hobby was Arkham Horror, a gigantic, fiddly game of Lovecraftian horror and table devouring. I loved it then, and while I’d probably pick it apart much more now due to having a bit more experience I love it regardless because of its absurdity. Still, it’s a difficult game to actually play because it takes up the whole damn table, takes a while to finish and the myriad of cards, tokens and other assorted nonsense tend to put a lot of people off. On the other end of the scale lies Elder Sign, another I love that takes the Arkham theme and pummels it into some dice and cards. Now Fantasy Flight Games have decided to compress all that Lovecraft horror into another small game, a card game. A living card game. Whatever the hell that means.
Designed by: James Kniffin Published by: Fantasy Flight Games Players: 4-6 Playtime: 2-4 hours. Review copy supplied free of charge by Esdevium Games. Within movies, books and games massive corporations becoming the dominant force in society is a constant theme and one that is these days a little too close […]
I don’t think H.P. Lovecraft could have predictated that his beloved short-stories would become entrenched in the world of boardgames, acting as the inspiration for countless hundreds of titles that purport to be inspired by the works of someone with an intense imagination and propensity for horror. It seems like every other day a new videogame, boardgames or book arrives, taking its theme and story ideas from Lovecraft and bending them to their own will. Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition is one such game, residing in FFG’s Arkham Horror lineup of games where the emphasis is on supernatural monsters, investigators and pulp fiction. But this one….this one is special.
Designed by: Ignacy Trzewiczek Published by: FFG Players: 2-4 Copy supplied free of charge by Esdevium Games for review. The idea of a Witcher boardgame developed by the same man responsible for highly thematic Robinson Crusoe is an inherently fascinating one. How could I not want to play […]
Designed by: James Kniffen and Christian T. Petersen Published By: Fantasy Flight Games Players: 2 Game supplied for free by Esdevium Games for the purpose of review. Having just watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens in cinema it was even easier to become fully immersed on the […]