Category: Reviews

Project Alphaboard: A Study In Emerald

Project Alphaboard: A Study In Emerald

It took a while to assemble players for a few games of A Study In Emerald, a hidden-role deck-building game from Treefrog Games. This was not so much because of anything wrong with the game, but more pandemic- and work-related scheduling challenges for many of my usual board game players. Nevertheless, after a long hiatus. […]

Late to the Party Board Game Review: Star Wars Rebellion

Late to the Party Board Game Review: Star Wars Rebellion

With the pandemic limiting in-person gaming, I’ve had my eye on good two-player games for me and Joy for a while, and Star Wars Rebellion finally popped up as a buy. From Fantasy Flight Games (FFG), Rebellion lets 2-4 players play out the early days of the Rebellion against the Galactic Empire. As is thematically […]

Project Alphaboard: 7 Wonders Duel

Project Alphaboard: 7 Wonders Duel

A few years ago, I decided to read through my entire collection of books in alphabetical order (by author, taking series order into account). Partly I wanted to revisit some old friends, and partly I wanted to see if there were any physical books I’d want to cull from my collection. Recently, I had the […]

Review: Stingers and Spores

Review: Stingers and Spores

THE PUNCHLINE: Stingers and Spores is a creative blend of real-world science and fantasy, filled with quirky background and character options. Two tentacles up! FOR LOVERS OF: Low Life, Savage Pathfinder, Heroes of Terra USEFUL CROSSOVER MECHANICS: Arcane Backgrounds (especially Alchemist), race creation options (especially for Science Fiction settings) Stingers and Spores (on Kickstarter as […]

Wingspan: Late to the Party Review

Wingspan: Late to the Party Review

Once again, I’m late to the board game party with Wingspan! Launched in 2019 to massive critical acclaim, Wingspan is a set-collection and engine-building board game for 1-5 players. Games can range from a half hour to two hours depending on the players’ familiarity with the game and how much time they spend agonizing over […]

Review: Surrealist Dinner Party

Review: Surrealist Dinner Party

If you like Surrealism, parties, and drama, you’re going to like Surrealist Dinner Party. Honestly, though, if you have no interest in surrealists, you might want to give this one a pass. Here’s my take on the game, which I backed on Kickstarter. Surrealist Dinner Party is a card game for 2-4 players, and plays […]

Board Game Review: Space Gate Odyssey

Board Game Review: Space Gate Odyssey

Over the New Year’s weekend, Joy and I finally got a chance to break out Space Gate Odyssey, a 2-4 player game from Ludonaute Games, thereby removing the longest-standing unplayed game from my shelf. The premise of the game is that you are competing factions trying to gain predominance on specific colony worlds by building […]