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Unexploded Cow

 

I have a confession to make.  I like exploding things.  Fireworks, kittens (no really, I’ll review that game when it gets delivered), and yes cows.

From the Cheapass Games Website:

“Europe. Summer. 1997.
You have discovered two problems with a common solution: mad cows in England, and unexploded bombs in France.
In Unexploded Cow, you play a savvy entrepreneur who wants to help solve the world’s problems, by blowing up lots of cows. You’ll round up a herd of mad cows, give them a stirring pep talk, and march them through the French countryside. In doing so, you will clear fields of leftover ordnance from long-forgotten wars. And you’ll make a few bucks doing it.”

This is the brilliant concept first arrived in stores in 2001, and has since become one of Cheapass Games most popu...

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Hanabi Deluxe

I have a confession to make. I love fireworks. The bright lights. The big bangs.

You may be asking yourself, “self, what do fireworks have to do with board games?”

The answer is Hanabi Deluxe, a unique, cooperative tile game. In Hanabi Deluxe you are trying to set off a Grand Fireworks Finale by playing tiles in the correct order. The trick to the game is that you can only see other players tiles, not your own.

You have the ability to tell other players if they have specific numbered tiles, or specific colored tiles, but not both, and nothing else. While you can give hints, your group only had a finite number of hints that may be given. If you are out of hints you can play a the next tile in order (again, you can’t see your own tiles) or you can discard a tile to regain a hint.

There ...

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Terra Mystica

I have to be honest.  I don’t understand Terra Mystica.

When I went into my friendly local games café to meet an out of town friend for some “light gaming,” little did I know I’d be playing a hardcore pure strategy game.  One of the other regulars suggested it, and I’m always up for learning a new game, so into the world of Terra Mystica we went.

The basics of the game are actually quite simple.  Build stuff, expand your territories, get more points then the other guys.  But once you get playing there’s much more to it. There are multiple build options, each simultaneously increasing and decreasing a different resource.  Of course in order to build, or take any action really, you need resources so you need to find a balance between what you build, and when.

The game last ...

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Till Dawn

I have a confession to make.  Sometimes, when I watch Buffy, I find myself cheering for the vampires.

I mean who wouldn’t want to be a vampire on the prowl?  Battling slayers, and pushing your luck against the rising sun?  That’s the premise of Till Dawn.  The players are a coven of vampires on the hunt for 3 nights.  During the night you will face slayers, vampire elders, and if you are really unlucky a werewolf.  Oh, and you’ll feed.  Oh, how you will feed.  You’ll feed until you decide to retire to your coffin, belly full.  The longer you stay out the more you feed, but if you get caught in the daylight… Well let’s just say these vampires don’t sparkle.  (I can neither confirm nor deny rumors of a future glitter expansion however)

The mechanics are extremely simple, ma...

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Otafest 2015

Otafest 2015
May 15-17
 
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I have a confession to make.  I’m NOT an anime guy, at least not in modern terms.  I remember fondly Astroboy, and Robotech on tv, and having to trade VHS tapes of varying quality.  I’m old.  Yet off I go to Otafest, Calgary’s biggest anime festival.

Otafest takes place on the beautiful grounds of the University of Calgary, which while beautiful makes finding your way around as a first timer a little challenging. They had ample signage, but it was sometimes placed awkwardly, almost to the point of inaccuracy.  That aside, I eventually found my way to pickup my badge and I was on my way.

First stop for me was the Vendor Hall.  There I found a collection of props, costumes, DVDs, and a personal favorite of mine The Attic & Attic Raiders...

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