In April, designer Isaac Childres Kickstarted his follow-up to the hugely successful Gloomhaven. Frosthaven is a major expansion to the Gloomhaven world, with new mechanics, chararacter classes, and adventures to play, and I am among the 83,193 backers who made it the #1 funded board game Kickstarter so far. Gloomhaven is also, however, a 3.84 […]
As part of our quarantine coping, Joy and I are busting out two-player and solo board games to pass the time. We’re a bit late to the party on this one, but we recently picked up Terraforming Mars by Stronghold Games and tried it on for size. The setup for a two player game was […]
Tang Garden, from Thundergryph Games, is a 1-4 player game of garden design set in the Tang Dynasty of China. When I saw the game on Kickstarter, I immediately fell in love with the theme. I have players in my regular board game group who don’t really like head-to-head battle games, but enjoy more aesthetic […]
Root is a strategy board game of woodland conquest for 2-4 players, or 1-6 with expansions. The back story for the game is that the Marquise de Cat has taken advantage of the decadence of the Eyrie Dynasties (pronounced air-y unless you want scowls across the table in my house!) to conquer the woodlands and […]
Sometimes at the end of your game night, you want a quick game to wrap things up and let everyone leave on a high note. Or, you might need a quick game you can play in 10-15 minutes to fill in between rounds of massive Eurogames or strategic battles. Ta-Da! from CMON is perfect for […]
This morning, I (Scott) hosted part of the monthly Beverly, MA Library Board Game Meetup. Thanks to a snow parking ban and generally poor weather, turnout was smaller than usual, but a good dozen gamers braved the frosty air for some gaming action. I and two others arrived well before most of the group, so […]
If you ever wanted a game where your pink meeple, armed with a crowbar and an assault rifle, could ride a motorcycle through the walls of a shopping mall killing zombies… then your name is probably Scott Almes, designer of Tiny Epic Zombies by Gamelyn Games. Tiny Epic Zombies is a 1-5 player game that takes about 30-45 […]
Saturday was my first chance to break out Rising Sun, the Kickstarted game of diplomacy and battle from CMON. We played a five-player game using the standard five clans, Lotus, Koi, Bonsai, Turtle, and Dragonfly (me), but did include the Kickstarter exclusive monsters. Both the Kaiju and the Phoenix from the Kickstarter came into play. […]
For the five clans in Blood Rage, I opted to associate one with each season – here is the Ram clan, the clan of Spring.
More of my ongoing paint work for Blood Rage (see Part 1 here).