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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.

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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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Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: No Thank You, Evil! a Game of Make-Believe for Families

I have a confession to make.  As much as I enjoy RPGs, I’m not very good at them. There is volumes upon volumes of information to be assimilated.  Basic rules, advanced rules, rules for the different character types, rules to create your character. That’s just what the players need to know, nevermind the theoretically all-knowing GM! Why can’t it be simpler? So simple a child could run it.?

Ladies and Gentlemen: allow me to present No Thank You, Evil!

The latest offering from Monte Cook and Shanna Germain, of Monte Cook Games, is described as “a tabletop game of creative make-believe, adventure, and storytelling.” It’s not aimed at the hardcore gaming audience, but more towards their kids and families, or anyone’s family for that matter...

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King of Tokyo

Richard Garfield’s King of Tokyo –
published by Iello Games

We went looking for a new game and these are the criteria we gave the staff at
our FLGS, Kapow Games in Lethbridge, AB.

1) Fast – under one hour.
2) Fun – decent chances for any skill level to win.
3) Enjoyable by kids as young as seven through adults.
4) Expandable, in case we have friends over.

After discussing how some of the other games that they have suggested went
over, they pointed us right at King of Tokyo. “You get to play a movie monster
smashing Tokyo!” was about all it took to get us interested, and sure enough it
went over like a ton of bricks.

King of Tokyo is a intended for 2-6 players/monsters, ages 8 and up. They claim
30+ minutes on the box and we found that about right for 2-3 player games, with
4+ pla...

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