Dec 132015
 

ENGELS_FRONT_BOARDGAME_56X56CMNot everything that looks like a game has to have a very well defined set of rules. And not everything that does have a nicely defined set of rules has to be a game. It can just be a nice activity to indulge in from time to time and spend time with friends or unknown people to get to know them better.

That is what 360 Stories is all about.

More a playful activity than a hard-core game, 360 Stories tries to delve into people’s lives and help them share experiences that would otherwise wouldn’t come out, without breaking a social contract or fall into unsafe places for anyone.

With gorgeous production, I spoke with creator, Wilma Mulder at Spiel 2015 who let me know what this is all about and why is in existing.

Very interesting story!

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Dec 092015
 

pic2582503_t[1]I have known about Burger Boss for a while now and when I saw the prototype box at the UK Games Expo 2015, I was very impressed with its look and feel. Also with the game, I have to say.

Although the whimsical illustrations might make it look like a kiddies game, don’t be fooled, this is a very serious game with a funny strike but still suitable for players both young and old.

At Spiel, they were making demos like crazy and I managed to get some time to find out how the game plays so you can see for yourself.

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Nov 292015
 

pic2634113_t[1]Mindwarrior Games has that ability to produce games I like. They are simple in rules, gorgeous to look at, deep enough that one can play them many times and very rewarding.

Also some of their games have a Nordic Myth theme that I find *very* appealing.

This year they released Kaleva, a strategy game for two people in which they use the power of the gods to aid your warriors into battle and invade the opponent’s area.

By cleverly positioning your pieces on the board, you can use the power of a number of gods to influence the battle, though a couple of the mechanics in the game make it a bit more unpredictable and interesting.

Johanna Pelkonen from Mindwarrior Games gives us an overview of the rules.

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Nov 042015
 

game-packsApple crumble is probably one of the most classic and quintessential British desserts. I really have no idea what’s about it, but it really feels very British. Maybe it’s me… I don’t know.

And Lords of War is a very, very British game too. Soooo British that the designers were both born in England.

That, of course, has no bearings and I’m just waffling a bit here, so let’s get serious… ish.

Martin Vaux and Nick Street invented and designed Lords of War and as soon as it was out, it was awarded at the UK Games Expo, and with good reason. It’s a cracking game.

And they have expansions and very successful Kickstarter campaigns!

Having Martin around, I had to cook something nice and an Apple Crumble is always a winner. Also takes next to no time to cook, so why not.

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Aug 172015
 

pic2490588_t[1] Heroes is a game that came to me recently and the box alone got my attention for its totally gorgeous cover. It really looked amazing.

A deck builder at its core, this 2 player game puts you in command of an army of wizards and creatures you must summon to destroy your enemies. Mercilessly.

A game published by Lion Games and Rebel.pl, Heroes has been designed by experienced designer Adam Kwapiński, who’s already got a very impressive list of titles in his portfolio (First to Fight is rather excellent!).

But, as usual and regardless of how good the box looks, we need to look inside and see if the game’s contents are worth the amount of money you have to pay to get your hands on it.

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Aug 132015
 

interface_zeroI backed this game out of a recomentation and a bit of nostalgia. I have to say I wasn’t sure what to expect.

However the fact that it was going to come with a cover by Jeff Easley right away made me put mouse to work and back the Kickstarter.

Interface Zero 2.0 is a reboot of an old classic (or as old as a game can be old in a 40 years old industry) and it promised a lot. After some delays I got the book and as I opened it and browsed its pages I fell in love.

The way the book is written, the artwork, including the lovely cover by Aaron Acevedo, the setting… Everything is excellent.

But I won’t tell you all now. This video is my review of a game that, if you are interested in a cyber-punk near-future game, should be in your library.

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