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Quarantine Gaming Review – Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

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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 […]

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Quarantine Gaming: Terraforming Mars

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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 […]

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Board Game Review: Tang Garden

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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 […]

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Board Game Review: Root

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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 […]

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Con Report: Arisia 2020

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The Happy Monsters made their way to Arisia in Boston once again this year for a weekend full of Savage fun. Friday afternoon saw Joy’s first chance for figure drawing (Arisia had two panels specifically for artists to practice their craft) and Scott’s chance to hit the Dealer Room. At 7, Scott and Joy joined […]

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Review: Ta-Da! by CMON Games

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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 […]

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Review: Savage RIFTS SWADE Updates

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The finalized versions of the new Savage Worlds Adventure Edition (SWADE)-compatible Savage RIFTS books just dropped, so I thought I’d give my impressions. The current Savage RIFTS campaign running on the Happy MonsterCast started with homebrew adaptations, but as soon as the playtest documents dropped, I started using those. Updates to Existing Material Of course, […]