Usually, when a game tells you to create your own legend, it doesn’t mean you should kill the people participating in it. But when the game is named after the Greek underworld for heroes and demigods it was predictable that they would have to get there somehow, and the usual way is dying. But at least they will contribute to your legend and maybe help secure your place on Olympus.Read more
Trains, pick-up-and-deliver mechanic, set collection. All that doesn’t sound new, the mechanics have been used and even combined before, and there are more than a few train games out there. But Cargotrain takes those simple ingredients and mixes them up into something tasty and fun.Read more
Egyptians, Romans, the Japanese empire, Barbarians – lets call those last ones huns, they seem to fit best with the illustrations. Four empires that were widely feared by their neighbors. Lets forget, for a moment, that they were not only separated by a few thousand kilometers but also also by a few hundred years. Physics is a funny thing, anything can happen if you just get lost enough. That’s how colonists from these four empires end up on a mysterious island, where they all start building an outpost of their culture. It’s only a matter of time before they run out of space and into each other. Welcome to Imperial Settlers.Read more
7 Wonders is still one of the most popular games out there. Simple rules, quick to play even with 7 players, different every time you play. It’s no wonder the expansions keep coming. They might not necessarily improve the game, just because it’s very good already, but they add enough to keep 7 Wonders interesting even after many, many games played. Babel is the latest expansion, and the one that changes the game the most yet.Read more
ebbes means “something” in the dialect of the Palatinate area of Germany. Asking to play ebbes there might not immediately make someone get up and get this card game, because you might be asking to play something, with no indication what exactly. Fortunately, that is not a problem anywhere else in the world, as far as I’m aware, and you can enjoy the game without suffering from linguistic confusion first.Read more
The stuff of bad science fiction movies, come to live. That’s what you get in Science Fiction Double Feature, the third expansion to Smash Up. And they are all here to fight over the world, be it with bananas or martinis.Read more
For a game as mired in pop culture as Smash Up, it was unavoidable that the internets favorite Old One would have an appearance at some point. But is The Obligatory Chulhu Set as great as the Old One himself, or will it cause your descent into madness?Read more
Geisha are a fascinating and confusing part of Japanese culture. Women that you pay to be with for their conversational skills, or their talents in the arts, or even for their ability to play games. They are personal entertainers, but with a long history and, to us, strange customes.
Mai-Star, a game about geisha, will probably not do a thing to make you understand them better. But it will entertain you for half an hour, and then maybe for some more.
I imagine that sometimes the pitch for a new board game must sound a lot like the pitch for the weird blockbuster movie of a year. “It’s a Patience game, only you can play it with friends and it’s about rescuing people from the Titanic.” It probably wasn’t an easy sale, but here it is: SOS Titanic, the multiplayer solitaire game with superpowers.Read more
Although we do like our deep, strategic games, not all games have to be that to be fun. In fact, when done well, even very simple games involving trivia knowledge can be a ton of fun.Read more