Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy

Legacy is a 1-4 person card game from Portal Games.
In the video I detail the basic gameplay– giving overall scores of 6.5-7/10

For neat background info visit the designer diary at http://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/23538/designer-diary-legacy-the-testament-of-duke-de-cre

Thanks for watching and stayed tuned!!

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Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts… Could it finally be coming out?!?

ImageReading about the new Race for the Galaxy expansion makes me very happy. This one has been in the works for a long time. I know this was to perfect the design… the components in Race have never been that impressive.

They had to get it right, Race is an institution. They are changing the format to a beloved title to give it a board. Exploration is now going to be tile-based.

Best news of all? It is shipping now.

 

I cannot wait to revisit one of my favoritist games ever… and to drag all my friends along with me.

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Welcome to the Foo-ture Ginkgopolis Review and Overview

Ginkgopolis is a 1-5 player game from Z-man Games. I love it!

Skip ahead to minute 20 to skip the rules overview. Play from the beginning to… not skip the rules overview.

Overall I’m delivering a 7.5/10!! Loves it!

Components are top notch. Nice-feeling cards, lots of wooden bits, not-useless(almost) player screens.

The gameplay is rather simple, but the rulebook is tangential and hard to decipher.

Playtime is short due to simultaneous action selection.

Bora Bora Review and Overview

Bora Bora is a Stefan Feld game for 2-4 players. It plays around 1.5-2 hours.

Overall I would give it a healthy 8 out of 10.

The first 2 minutes is introduction. Then a game explanation. Opinons and wrap-up at 28:22.

In components and aesthetics, the island theme is lovely and bright. The colors are rich and vibrant.

Gameplay is fiddly and wonderful. Resetting the board each round will put off the newer gamer. For those of us looking for an intriguing challenge, this game has it. It has many paths to victory, all of which seem viable. You really need to react to the gamestate as it appears.

The improvement I could most see for it? Drafting the task tiles before the game is set. This will allow players to shape their strategy from the first turn onward.

Spyrium Review and Overview

I’ve been mildly obsessed with the new card game, Spyrium!!

Overall we’re giving it a 7/10.

The components are fine, if nothing special.

The gameplay is interactive, well-timed and DIFFERENT.

The biggest two downsides we’ve found have been in the fiddly-ness of all the bits for those who are not careful where they’re placing things, and the ho-hum theme

Krosmaster Arena Review and Overview

I got the chance to play Krosmaster Arena a month or so ago, AND NOW I CAN’T STOP!!

Overall I give Krosmaster a 7.5/10

The components are fan-fucking-tastic. Beautiful, 3d, lots of details.
The gameplay is a little wacky. It uses a lot of dice. A lot. There are plenty of ways around them though.
Watch a video or two before diving in as the rulebook(as almost all do) leaves much to be desired.

The video should be a decent walk-through with opinions after the 13-minute mark.

Drum Roll Review and Overview

Recently I started playing Drum Roll from Artepia Games. After several plays I’ve come away with the following thoughts:

Components: Beautiful, lots of colors, great wooden bits. Couldn’t be happier with quality, wish the player boards were smaller.

Gameplay: Works very smoothly. Though there were not innumerable choices, a turn did not have an obvious “best” choice. This did lead to some AP issues with multiple groups.

The Good: Fun, flavorful and lots of different performers.

The Not-so-good: Swingy cards with very little mitigation.

This game was certainly worth some plays. Overall a 6.5/10