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Draftosaurus and Expansions: Rapid Review

 Draftosaurus: Rapid Review Information: Mechanics:  Drafting, Set Collection Player Age:  8+  Player Count:  2 - 5  Players Time to Play:  15   Minutes  Game Designer:   Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrat, Ludovic Maublanc, Théo Rivière Game Artist:   Jiahui Eva Gao, Roman Kucharski, Vipin Alex Jacob Publisher : Board Game Box, Ankama Year Published:  2019 BGG Weight:  1.22 Disclaimer:  A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher. Rundown: 'Draftosaurus', like the name implies, is a game about drafting dinosaurs. After two rounds (or four rounds in a two-player game) you will create a thriving dinosaur zoo. This was a game that sold out extremely quick when it was launched at origins 2019, this fact alone should excite and intrigue. Throughout the drafting you will build upon pens. Each pen that dinosaurs can be placed in has unique scoring possibilities such as pens that score off unique or identical dinosaurs. There are also pens that score based on your zoo such as
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Thrown: Review

 Thrown: Review Information: Mechanics:  Trick-Taking Player Age:  14+  Player Count:  3 - 5  Players  Time to Play:  40  Minutes  Game Designer :  Adam Porter Game Artist:    Brian Lee (II), Octographics Publisher : Wizkids Year Published:  2019 BGG Weight:  2.00 Disclaimer:  A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher. Objective: 'Thrown' is a trick-taking game that has players winning gold after every trick and trying to achieve the most gold by the end of round (rounds are equal to player count). Unlike other trick-taking games, there is a unique twist to this play. Instead of playing tricks with cards, dice will be rolled instead. Fear not though as these dice can be mitigated by discarding a white or red die in your unrolled pool to help yourself (white) or harm your opponents (red). Card Anatomy: Each card in the game can link to a different coloured dice in the advanced game, but for this review, we will stick with the basic rules. These basics say that eac

Duelosaur Island: Rapid Review

 Duelosaur Island: Rapid Review Information: Mechanics:  Hand Management, Drafting Set Collection Player Age:  10+  Player Count:  1 - 2  Players  Time to Play:  3 0 - 45  Minutes  Game Designer :  Ian Moss Game Artist:   Kwanchai Moriya, Peter Wocken, Anthony Wocken Publisher : Asmodee, Pandasaurus Games Year Published:  2018 BGG Weight:  2.35 Disclaimer:  A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher. I have recently decided that I would try a new review format that focuses more on my thoughts than how the game runs. This new format is called a R.A.P.I.D. review and the categories are Rundown, Alteration, Production, Interaction and Determination. Rundown: Have you ever wanted your own theme park? 'Duelosaur Island' lets players create their own theme park of dinosaurs. It is a tense drafting game for two players that invokes feelings of competition and adventure.  Alteration: There are two main forms of alteration in the game play, the first is the cards. All card

Checkout!: Review

Checkout!: Review Information: Mechanics:  Set Collection, Real Time Player Age:  8+  Player Count:  2 - 6  Players  Time to Play:  8  - 15  Minutes  Game Designer :  Steve Ng Wen Xi Game Artist:    Le Delicatessen Publisher : Mercat Games Year Published:  2020 BGG Weight:  1.00 Disclaimer:  A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher. Objective: You're already late today, but you need your essential groceries. Can you grab these essentials faster than anyone else, while stocks last? The game will last for four rounds and one bonus round. Players will frantically be rolling dice to try to gain products as well as keeping some dice to buy deals and gain saving tokens. Game Anatomy: Product Cards: Each product has a type; Drinks are blue and only requires one dice, Snacks are yellow and require two dice, and Foods are red and requires three dice. An amount of victory points will be displayed at the bottom for any player that manages to gain the card. The products are gai

Crusaders Thy Will be Done: Rapid Review

 Crusaders Thy Will be Done: Rapid Review Information: Mechanics:  Mancala, Rondel, Area Movement Variable Player Powers Player Age:  14+  Player Count:  2 - 4  Players Time to Play:  40 - 60   Minutes  Game Designer:   Seth Jaffee Game Artist:  Adam P. Mclver Publisher : Tasty Minstrel Games Year Published:  2018 BGG Weight:  2.43 Disclaimer:  A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher. I have recently decided that I would try a new review format that focuses more on my thoughts than how the game runs. This new format is called a R.A.P.I.D. review and the categories are Rundown, Alteration, Production, Interaction and Determination. Rundown: This game is set during the period of the crusades; eliminating enemies and raising settlements. However, the main focus of the game is the underused mechanism of Mancala. Crusaders has you building, crusading, travelling, gaining influence (victory points) and mustering, all using this clever mechanism. The Mancala mechanism involve

Wingspan Oceania Expansion: Review

 Wingspan Oceania Expansion: Review Information: Mechanics:  Engine Builder, Hand Management, Drafting, Dice Rolling Set Collection Player Age:  10+  Player Count:  1  - 5 Players Time to Play:  40  - 70  Minutes  Game Designer:   Elizabeth Hargrave Game Artist:  Ana Maria Martinez Jaramillo, Natalia Rojas, Beth Sobel Publisher : Stonemaier Games Year Published:  2020 BGG Weight:  2.57 Disclaimer:  A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher. Wingspan has flown it's way into my continent and I am excited to see and experience the birds that are found in my backyard. New Eggs: Everyone loves the little egg miniatures that come with wingspan. Now you can continue the rainbow of colours with the new yellow eggs.  Nectar Tokens: There is a new resource available; Nectar. These pink nectar tokens can count either as a wild resource, or as a whole new resource altogether as some birds require nectar specifically. It cannot, however, be used when a bird has an action that req

Muffin Time: Review

 Muffin Time: Review Information: Mechanics:  Party, Hand Management Player Age:  12+  Player Count:  2 - 6  Players Time to Play:  20 - 40   Minutes  Publisher : Big Potato Games Year Published:  2020 BGG Weight: 1.11 Disclaimer:  A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher. Objective: What time is it? It's Muffin Time!!  The aim of the game is to start your turn with 10 cards in your hand. This is achieved by stealing, winning cards and catching your opponents in traps. Card Anatomy: Every card in the game is unique so there are no doubles in the deck. These cards consist of traps, counters, and actions. Action Cards: Action cards are the main way that players will draw, steal or have other players discard cards. The really engaging actions are the mini games. These get the players involved in a mini game such as everyone must stand up and the last player has to discard three cards or every player has to hold their breath and the longest lasting player is able to dra