Shall I go on? I Shall!

I may not have any readers, but in case someone doesstumble upon this page, I”m lookin” out for you bro! I”ve got lots more content coming soon, including reviews of:

 

In the mean time, enjoy some pictures from our latest night of Race for the Galaxy! (which I already reviewed here.)

An artsy shot of the one point victory tokens.
In the end, I really botched this game.
The red action cards.
Ever wonder what the box looks like?

Mice, Dungeons, and Abraham Lincoln

In today”s quick post, I”m going to talk briefly about three games in various states of printing/being released/on their way to the stores which are on my radar as possible future purchases. When I look for new games, I usually do all of my research online before ordering. I check out marketing material from the company publishing the game, reviews on BGG and F:AT, and read the rulebook (most companies now post rulebooks for their games online for free.)


Tiny, yet noble.

The first game is Mice and Mystics from Plaid Hat Games. This unreleased game is a story driven semi-RPG board game in which our heroes have been transformed into mice by an evil spell. In their new tiny forms they must escape the castle running from huge spiders, giant centipedes, and of course the cat. This one sounds like it could be really cool and different from anything I have in my collection.


The new second edition
evolved from the first one.

The second game piquing my interest is Descent: Journeys in the Dark, Second Edition. This dungeon-crawler is (shock!) the sequel to the equally beloved and behated first edition of Descent by Fantasy Flight Games. Information has been dribbling out on this one, but it seems that they may have fixed many of the complaints about the first edition (long play time, busted combos, the need for endless errata, etc.) Lets just hope they did it without taking away the game”s soul.


Mmmm, another delicious
brown board game…

The last one I”m keeping an eye on is Divided Republic. This is a card driven game in the same vein as Twilight Struggle and 1960: The Making of the President, BUT unlike those two games, THIS game supports four players rather than just two as the players take on the roles of the four major candidates involved in the 1860 presidential election (John Bell, John Breckinridge, Stephen Douglas, and some guy named Abraham Lincoln.) I have only played 1/2 of a game of Twilight Struggle, but I really enjoyed it. I LOVE 1960. This game looks like it might be right up my alley.

Dark Days Ahead.

The folks over at Rio Grande Games have announced a new expansion for Dominion called Dark Ages. It appears to be a whopper, weighing in at 500 cards in 35 different kingdom card decks with no reprinted starter cards (copper, estates, etc.) There”s even a bit of info on the themes and mechanics:

…new bad cards you give to other players (Ruins), new cards to replace starting Estates (Shelters), and cards you can only get via specific other cards. The central themes are the trash and upgrading. There are cards that do something when trashed, cards that care about the trash, cards that upgrade themselves, and ways to upgrade other cards.

If you”re not tired of spending all of you hard earned lucre on what was supposed to be NOT another CCG, then this 7th expansion could be pretty cool and should shake up the game if it is feeling a bit stale. Ahh, Dominion, when will you quit sucking the bills out of my wallet like a powerful hoover?

FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC

Here we go with ANOTHER special request article! Last week, my brother, horse owner and metal-detectorist extraordinaire, Toast, made the following pronouncement:

Hey, what was that one game with the troll gangster dude and the secret ending conditions and the duck head guy and the gang from Peanuts? Do that one! That was a great game!

He was clearly either thinking of 1960: The Making of the President or Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, so hopefully my coin flip came up the right way and this is the one he meant. Continue reading