Monday, June 12, 2017

Origins 2017

Origins is this week!  We'll be packing up the family truckster and heading there on Thursday so I thought I would take the opportunity to list a few items that are on our radar to check out.

Number 1 for me is far and away Century: Spice Road from Plan B Games. This has been described as Splendor with more depth and strategy.

CMON has quite a few games we're wanting to look at as well.  Lorenzo il Magnifico comes from the same designers of Grand Austria Hotel and looks to be a good worker-placement game.  Also, the recently released Ethnos is an area control, hand-management game that's been getting lots of buzz.  We'll be spending a bit of time at the CMON booth checking out these and other new and recent releases.

Stronghold Games once again has a good lineup with releases like Not Alone and Fields of Green.  We're hoping to get demos on both of those with intent to buy.

We're also excited to see a new offering from a company that hails from our neck of the woods.  Happy Harpy Games will be giving demos of their new game, Robot Rise! , ahead of their August 1st Kickstarter campaign.  Can't wait to see how it plays!

...And these are but a very few of the games we'll be checking out this week.  We'll try to keep our twitter feed up-to-date with all of the cool things we see.  Stay tuned...

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Greetings!  After taking a loooong holiday break, we're back.  And, just because we haven't been posting, it doesn't mean we haven't been playing.  Most recently, we've managed to get some newly acquired games to the table.

First up, Stronghold Games' release of Coal Baron: The Great Card Game. This is the little brother of the the Coal Baron board game and has some familiar elements to it as well as plenty of brand new mechanics, and did I mention a whole lot of cards!

Next, the family got together for Menu Masters from Calliope Games.  This is part of their Titans Series games and is from designers Zach and Jordan Weisman.  Get the ingredients you need to fulfill menu orders and try to get the most points doing it. Yummy!

Finally, we entered the dark realm of H.P. Lovecraft with the new release from Passport Games Studios, Kingsport Festival: The Card Game.  Much like the board game, players are the cultists trying to summon the ancient ones but this time you're using your arcane resources to acquire cards to build a powerful deck to help you summon more monsters and defeat those pesky investigators.  It's for 3-5 players and takes about 30 minutes.