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Demon Worker: Review

Demon Worker: ReviewInformation:Mechanics: Worker Placement, Resource Manipulation, Hand Management
Player Age: 10+  Player Count: 3 - 4 Players Time to Play: 45 Minutes 
Game Designer: Shogo Kurodat Publisher: Japanime Games Year Published: 2016 BGG Weight: 2.6 Disclaimer: A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher. Objective: The throne of hell is empty and it is your desire to rise and take the place of the King demon. To do this you will need to hire demon workers, disperse both human and demon workers, and manage different resources such as weapons, human sacrifices, food and magical stones. This allows you to gain the most evil (victory) points and only then may you take the place of King.
Card Anatomy: There are four types of cards; human, demon, work area, and planning.
Human Cards: The human cards are the base workers and each player will begin with two. These workers have no special effects, one food cost to send off to work (dispatch cost), and two victory points ava…

Area 1851 Express: Preview

Area 1851 Express: PreviewInformation:Mechanics: Drafting, Set Collection, Hand Management Player Age: 14+  Player Count: 2 - 5 Players  Time to Play:  30 - 45 Minutes 
Game Designer: Justin Blaske
Game Artist: Lucas Soriano Publisher:Five24 Labs BGG Complexity: 2.00/5 Disclaimer: A preview copy for the game was provided by the publisher. Objective: Aliens have landed in the wild west and it is your mission to create unique gadgets using a combination of alien tech, native tech and settler tech. Money is nice but what you are really seeking is the most reputation over three rounds.
Component Anatomy: There are two types of cards; scrap cards and thing cards.
Scrap Cards: There are several key elements to a scrap card. It can be played as a modification (mod) or a base card, where the only difference making it a base card is the base indicator on the top left of the card (see image below), and attachment points to the left and right side of the card. These attachment points are how you merge …

Robotech Ace Pilot: Review

Robotech Ace Pilot: ReviewInformation:Mechanics: Yahtzee, Dice Rolling, Tile Manipulation
Player Age: 8+  Player Count: 2 - 4 Players Time to Play: 25 - 40Minutes 
Game Designer: Jeff Mechlinski
Game Artist: Francisco Etchart Publisher: Japanime Games Year Published: 2018 Disclaimer: A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher. Objective: Oh no! You and your team are vastly overrun by Zentraedi forces and now is the time to use your fighter pilot skills to demolish this onslaught of enemy ships.  You will use Yahtzee style rolling to enlist the help of pilots who will focus their force on the opposing ships. With defence in mind, you must also remember that only one player can have top bragging rights and that will be the one with the most victory points after the dust has settled.
Card Anatomy: There are two types of cards; upgrades and hero cards.
Upgrades: These upgrade cards allow you to break the rules every now and then. Every good pilot needs an ace up their sleeve and th…

Expand Your Game: Seals

Expand Your Game: Seals Some games that have been reviewed so far really stand out and for those games they deserve an extra highlight. These seals are those extra highlights for a Kickstarter Seal i would highly recommend backing or seeking out the kickstarter post release. For the Silver Seals i would seek out those games if they meet your style of game. The Golden Seals will be pat of my collection for a long time and i would highly recommend adding them to your collection. Go to Golden Games: Queenz Kamigami Battle - Battle of the Nine Realms Bushido Bob's Your Uncle Eight Minute Empire Shobu Cryptocurrency Demon Worker Dice Throne: Tactician vs Huntress Everdell Debtzilla Valeria Card Kingdoms Holmes and Moriarty
Silver Seal of Approval Can't Stop Express
Codenames Deep Undercover
Witless Wizards
Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Champion of Earth
Flanx The Stars Align Underleague Go Nuts for Donuts Movable Type Arcane Bakery Clash Temporal Odyssey Welcome to the Dungeon Kickstarter Excellen…

Ludus Senatus: Review

Ludus Senatus: ReviewInformation:Mechanics: Hand Management, Area Control, Tableu Management Player Age: 12+ Player Count: 2 - 4 Players Time to Play:10 - 20 Minutes Game Designers:  Brian Compter PublisherConcrete Canoe Games
Disclaimer: A preview copy for the game was provided by the publisher. The components and rules can change in the final version. Objective: Every person of power wants to be seen as successful and understanding of the political weather. That is your objective in 'Ludus Senatus', you want to have your majority vote match the majority vote of the tableu in the middle of the table once there are a total seven votes in the centre (these votes are either yea or ney). You want to do this over multiple rounds to gain five points; two points if you are the only player matching the vote and one point if you are not the only player that understands the current voting climate.
Set Up: - If there are only two players, remove two cards
- Shuffle the deck and deal each pla…

Dice Throne (Tactician vs Huntress): Review

Dice Throne (Tactician vs Huntress): ReviewInformation:Mechanics: Engine Builder, Head to Head, Yahtzee Mechanism, Variable Player Powers, Take That
Player Age: 8+  Player Count: 2 Players, Up to 6 Players by adding in any more of the characters Time to Play:20 - 40 Minutes 
Game Designer: Manny Trembley, Nate Chatellier
Game Artist:  Manny Trembley, Gavan Brown Publisher: Roxley Year Published: 2018 BGG Weight: 1.88
Disclaimer: A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher.
Objective: The aim is simple, you want your combatant to reign supreme and be able to sit upon the throne by eliminating all enemy threats. In this game you want yourself or your team to be the last player(s) standing with health.
Components: Tokens: Each token has different effects displayed by the character sheet with a stack limit showing how many of these tokens one player can have at any time. There are also persistent tokens that last until they are removed (via cards and effects) and consumables that ar…

Somnium Rise of Laputa: Review

Somnium Rise of Laputa: ReviewInformation:Mechanics: Engine Builder, Take That, Hand Management
Player Age: 13+  Player Count: 2 - 4 Players  Time to Play:15 Minutes 
Game Designer: Ryan Doffek
Game Artist:  Davy Wagnarok Publisher: Zafty Games Year Published: 2019 BGG Weight: 1.00
Disclaimer: A review copy for the game was provided by the publisher. Objective: You are trying to obtain political dominance over Laputa. This is achieved by deploying people to gain or steal influence. Once a player has achieved 20 influence they are the victor and the new controller of Laputa.

How to Play: Each player will be dealt three cards to begin the game and at the end of their turn they will always draw up to three.

On your turn, you will play one card and activate that ability. If you are lucky the ability may let you play more cards. If the card is an event, the ability will occur and the card is discarded. These will normally be used to gain, steal or force others to lose influence. There are also ch…