Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

[Design Review] Batt'l Kha'os

Posting another video review tonight - this time of the strategic tile-laying game, Batt'l Kha'os.

Monday, January 19, 2015

[Design Review] Ascension: Apprentice Edition

Trying something a little bit different here. I spliced some video clips together so that I could give a pretty good run down of how this game works before giving my thoughts on the game. I'm curious to get feedback on this approach to game reviews. Feel free to leave a comment below.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Games I Got In Trade

Hey, just got four new games in a trade. Watch the video to hear all about it.


In case you don't have time/aren't inclined to watch the video, I would still like to get your feedback on a question I pose at the end of the video. The question is: when I review a game, would you prefer to see it done in the form of an article or a video? I think there may be pros and cons to either, so I'm curious to hear what you think. Thanks!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tiny Epic Kickstarter

Hey, I just wanted to make a quick post drawing attention to a cool looking game that's currently on Kickstarter. If you don't know what Kickstarter is, it is a website where independent creators of books, films, games, and other similar projects can get the help of others in funding their projects. In most cases, if you donate money towards funding a project, you typically get some reward. In the case of helping to fund board games, you usually get a copy of that game once it is published. Your donation effectively acts as a preorder of the game.

I've backed a couple of games on Kickstarter before. Specifically, they were a card game called Villages and a compact board game called Tiny Epic Kingdoms. Both turned out to be pretty fun. Well, the creators of Tiny Epic Kingdoms are currently taking pledges for their latest game: Tiny Epic Galaxies. The game allows one-to-five players to build a galactic civilization, competing to colonize planets, collect resources and grow economically and culturally. As its primary mechanic, players roll a set of specialized dice on their turn and use their results to perform various actions. There are some cool auxiliary mechanics that make the game sound even more interesting, such as ways to modify your dice results for more control and being able to act on the results of another player's roll - keeping all players engaged on every turn. If you pledge for the "deluxe" version of the game, you also get an exclusive mini-expansion which adds powerful super weapons to the game.

One cool reason to donate to a Kickstarter project instead of just waiting for the game to hit retailers is that as people pledge money to the project, the game designers get a better idea of how many copies of the game to order from the manufacturer. As a result, they can better calculate profit margins and often end up adding new content to the game as a result. Already, Tiny Epic Galaxies has been expanded to support a single-player solitaire mode and a fifth player. They've also added more planet and mission cards to the game, allowing for greater variations in play experience from one game to the next.

Tiny Epic Galaxies has 23 days left to go on Kickstarter. If it looks like a game you would be interested in having, I recommend pledging for it now. Eighteen dollars gets you the base game with shipping, another eight dollars gets you the exclusive mini-expansion as well. There are a lot of upstart game designers trying to get their games funded on Kickstarter, but Tiny Epic Galaxies seems a notch above the rest. It's worth checking out.

Click here to visit the webpage for Tiny Epic Galaxies on Kickstarter. There you can learn more about the game and how you can help fund it to get your copy.