It’s safe to say that The X-Files was one of the most popular TV series created to date. (Or maybe still is, with the 2016 revival mini series ending on a huge cliffhanger.) So finding a new The X-Files boardgame published 13 years after the last episode of the original series was aired wasn’t a big surprise. There are millions of people out there with nostalgia for agents Mulder and Scully digging up alien conspiracies, and nostalgia sells. If you know me, then you know that’s why I’m skeptical towards licensed games in general. Nostalgia sells irrespective of quality. But there are good games made on a license, so lets see what side of that spectrum Kevin Wilson’s The X-Files falls on.Read more
Consumable games, games that you play a number of times and then they are over for you, are a new thing. Pioneered by Risk Legacy, the idea has spread. More games are coming with the Legacy system, but that’s not the only way to make a game “expire”. T.I.M.E. Stories tries a different approach, one that leaves the game material unchanged and changes what you know instead.Read more
You didn’t get your Hogwarts letter, did you? Yeah, me neither. I heard good things about the Elementary College, though. They have the Book of Madness in the library. Yes, THE Book of Madness. I have heard really, really bad things about their health and safety procedures, but they teach their students how to really work together and deal with a crisis. I’ll apply there right now!Read more
Legacy games, games where every time you play you make permanent changes to the game, are the big, new thing. Ever since I heard about Risk Legacy, the founder of the genre, I’ve been thinking what other games would work with the addition of Legacy mechanics, and Pandemic was at the top of that list. Now there is Pandemic Legacy, and we all finally get to find out if I was right.Read more
The stars have aligned again to allow the Great Old Ones, beings of such immense power that we are like insects to them, to stir in their slumber. Their cultists, madmen who would do anything for power, may be able to awaken them. Only a few people, those who stumbled upon their conspiracy by accident, may still be able to stop them. With no help from the rest of the world, for who would believe their tales, they must try to prevent the end of the world.Read more
With the amazing, ongoing success of cooperative game Pandemic, it’s no surprise that there are not only a number of expansions but also a few spin-off games with a similar theme and sharing the name. Pandemic: The Cure is one such game, it recreates the classic Pandemic as a dice game: lighter and faster but with all the original’s elements still there.Read 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
A very unique card game in more than one way. You’re not only holding your cards the wrong way around, you’ll also be thinking about how you communicate in completely new ways. That’s not bad for a game that only takes 25 cards in the right order to win.Read more
The city of Arkham just doesn’t get a break. When it’s not monsters in the street, it’s a Great Old One at the museum. And it’s the same people that have to mop up the mess again and play YAHTZEE AGAINST CTHULHU!
Yeah, sounds weird, I know. But bear with me, it’s actually a lot of fun.
Beign shipwrecked is bad. Being shipwrecked on a deserted island is worse. Being shipwrecked on the Cursed Island? That sounds like trouble. Enough trouble, actually, that we should all work together. And here we are in Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island, a cooperative adventure game.Read more