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Christmas Game Stocking List

Christmas Game Stocking List: As we lead into this Christmas season, you’ll be straining for ideas of what to get your friends and family. Well, I am going to help you buy for that lucky tabletop gamer in your life.

To create this list there were two conditions I wanted to meet. Firstly, the game had to fit into a standard Christmas stocking. Secondly, the game has to be available in Australia for under 30 dollars (I have included links to mighty ape to help with this).
Honourable Mentions: Before we start, I just want to mention some games that were just shy of making the list due to cost.
Two honourable mentions are the Pack-o-Game series offered by Perplexed Games and the wallet game series by Button Shy Games. Both game series includes a variety of light to heavy games which come in the fun form of tiny packaging.
A couple of highly recommended games from Pack-o-Games are 'Spy' (deduction game) and 'Taj' (strategic bluffing game). Both of these games are filled wi…
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Terrible Candidates: Review

Terrible Candidates: ReviewInformation:Mechanics: Party, Debating  Player Age: 12+  Player Count:3 - 8 Players  Time to Play:20 - 40 Minutes  Game Designer: Sean Dowling, Jack Ford Morgan
Game Artists: Sean Dowling
Publisher: Half-Monster Games Disclaimer: A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher. The Game: Objective: Are you tired of Trump being president? Do you really think you could do better? Well, now it's time to prove what you’re worth with 'Terrible Candidates'. If you win enough debates you could be the groups' new president and rule the people how you see fit.

Card Anatomy: The cards are simple and come in two types; topic cards and policy cards.
Topic Cards: This is the topic that to be debated by the two presidential candidates.


Policy Cards: This will be played to finish the sentence of the topic card to meet your view and agenda of the topic card.


How to Play: Let's get this debate underway. Firstly, choose two eager (or unlucky) candidates…

Rats to Riches: Preview

Rats to Riches: PreviewInformation:Mechanics: Take That, Set Collection, Engine Building Player Age: 10+  Player Count: 2 - 5 Players  Time to Play:20 - 60 Minutes  Publisher:Self Published BGG Complexity: 1.00/5 Disclaimer: A preview copy for the game was provided by the publisher. The Game: Objective: In Rats to Riches, each player begins as a pauper rat down in the sewer and the aim of the game is to be the first rat to reach riches of 100 coins.
Card Anatomy:Cheese Cards:
These cards come in green, blue and red. Each card only counts as one cheese of the chosen colour. These are used to buy the majority of other cards in the game.

Flush Cards:
Each player begins the game with one flush card, this will give the player one income (more on this later) each turn and can be discarded during the turn to refresh all the cards from the shop (sewer).
The cards that can be purchased come in seven colours: blue, red, yellow, grey, green black and purple.

Blue Cards:
These are the penthouse pipes and…

Whales Destroying The world: Review

Whales destroy the world: ReviewInformation:Mechanics: Bluffing, Hidden Roles, Set Collection Player Age: 7+ Player Count: 3 - 6 Players Time to Play:10 - 20 Minutes Game Designers: Jindrich Pavlasek, Petr Vojtech Game Artist:Jindrich Pavlasek PublisherTime Slug Studio
Disclaimer: A preview copy for the game was provided by the publisher. The Game: Objective: The unthinkable has happened. Moby Dick has been slain. Now it’s time to avenge our fallen brethren and take the fight out onto land.
In 'Whales Destroying the World' you will secretly play as either a whale set on vengeance or a superhero defending the city. Your objective as a whale player is to have the most points (in whales) when the end game condition is met (more on this in the How to Play). Be careful though as there is a traitor in the mix (the secret superhero) that wants any player to gain three heroes in order to stop the invasion.
Card Anatomy: Hidden Roles: There are two roles in this game; firstly the whales wh…

Go Nuts for Donuts: Review

Go Nuts For Donuts: ReviewInformation:Mechanics: Card Drafting, Set Collection  Player Age: 13+  Player Count: 2 - 6 Players  Time to Play: 30 - 45 Minutes  Game Designer: Zachary Eagle
Game Artists: Claire Donaldson
Publisher Daily Magic Games, Gamewright Year Published: 2017 BGG Complexity: 1.05/5 Disclaimer: A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher. The Game: Donuts... Cute, sweet, delectable, MINE!
Much like the ring that calls to Frodo, Golem and different parties alike, these circle shaped delights will encourage you to fight amongst yourselves, only to find that you have been betrayed as your prize falls dramatically into the discard pile, mastered by none. Oh well, there’s a whole bakers dozen where that’s from. Let’s begin!
Objective: The aim of the game is to gain the most points from your collected donuts at the end of the game. However, the catch is that no one likes sharing these delicious foods, so if you pick the same card as another player then that card is di…

Munchkin Fowl Play and Side Quests: Review

Munchkin Fowl Play and Side Quests: ReviewInformation:Mechanics: Expansion, Variant, Take That, Hand Management
Player Age: 10+
Player Count: 3 - 6 players
Time to Play: 60 - 120 Minutes 
Game Designers:
Fowl Play: Steve Jackson
Side Quests: Andrew Hackard 
Game Artists:
Fowl Play: John Kovalic
Side Quests: Ian McGinty 
Publisher: Steve Jackson Games 
Disclaimer: A review copy for the expansions was provided by the publisher.
The Expansion: Today not one ... but two expansions are being reviewed for ‘Munchkin’. What is Munchkin you ask? Well, assuming you live under a rock as there are more than 20 versions of Munchkin to date, I shall explain it for you. Munchkin is a take that, hand management game where the aim is to get your munchkin character to level 10 before any of the other players. The two expansions featured in this review are ‘Fowl Play’ and ‘Side Quests’.

Fowl Play:  Do you like ducks? Well if you don't then it’s time to chicken out and begin reading the next expansion as this…

Era Survival Colony: Review

Era Survival Colony: ReviewInformation:Mechanics:Cooperative, Asymmetrical, Resource Management
Player Age:10+
Player Count:1 - 4 Players
Time to Play:45 - 60 Minutes
Game Designer: Ed Jowett
Game Artists: Mikhail Greuli
Graphic Designer: Jam Acosta
Publisher: Shades of Vengeance
Disclaimer: A preview copy for the game was provided by the publisher.
The Game: Objective: The objective of Era Survival Colony is to survive 8 rounds, while not being infected on the 8th round. Players will lose if any of these three objectives are met:
1. If the colony is infected after the 8th round
2. If the colony has been infected for three consecutive rounds
3. If all the people in the colony are infected or dead at any point.
Now remember that this is a cooperative game, so win or lose, the players will achieve this together and your best chance at survival is to plan and assist each other.

Card Anatomy:Crisis Cards:
These crisis cards will have negative effects for either the next round or will infect/kill…