Aug 142014

pic1656251_t[1]Cornish Smuggler was the first release by Grublin Games and it came out at Spiel 2013 and it did very well indeed.

In the game the players take the place of smugglers off the coast of Cornwall (yes, in the UK) who have to load goods in their boats and take them to the destination where they can be sold and a profit be made.

But beware of the authorities. Police officers patrol the land and they will quickly take your cargo away.

All of this sounds pretty fun, but are the contents worth the money you have to pay to get your hands on it?

Let’s take a look!

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Aug 132014

pic1573682_t[1]Ostrich Racing might not sound like something one does, but actually it’s a popular sport in parts of Argentina and this game is all about ostrich racing, but not in Argentina.

In fact in this case this race is used to determine who will succeed the Wizard of the Tribe. The old one has died, you see…

In Banjooli Xeet players become wizards to be who must predict the outcome of the race and influence it as much as possible by charming the ostriches whenever possible.

Not as easy as it sounds.

But does a game that sounds so weird have enough inside to justify the price? We take a look at the contents of the box and the quality of the components!

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Aug 032014

pic1596397_t[1]Hans Christian Andersen is well known for his tales. One of the most famous is The Emperor’s New Clothes, in which a vain and gullible emperor who is told the only people who can see the clothes he’s wearing are the clever people and anyone who say can’t see it is stupid.

Of course the emperor could see the clothes and didn’t hesitate to go out and show everyone.

This game is based on the same principle.

The designer,  Jonathan Liu, has made sure this game is made out of the best graphic design, the best artwork, the best rules and the best components ever made.

But of course I don’t expect you to take my word for it. I am going to open the box and show you what is, probably the best game ever made.

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Aug 012014

DnD_Starter_setD&D has been reborn and the first thing we can see is this D&D Starter Set box. After a long time of playtest, conversation, speculation, hopes and fears, D&D is reborn.

And it comes in a box! Whoohoo!!! (I like boxes!)

Of course this is just the start, a little taster of what’s to come and an inexpensive way to try the game and get people hooked before they decide to spend big money on books. As far as I’m concerned, that’s already a very clever move and one that’s gone a long way to make people happy.

However is what’s inside the box any good? WOTC has a lot to live up and people have very high expectations. And rightly so, D&D is very important to a lot of people and people want to see their game produced in the best possible way and to be the best game.

Well, this video won’t tell you if this is the best game, but it’ll show you what’s inside the box so you can make up your mind.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Apr 242014

pic1867874_t[1]Few maritime tragedies have fascinated humanity like the Titanic. The horrific and needless death of more than one thousand humans product of the arrogance and carelessness of humans who thought were above mistakes and oversights still haunt us and teaches us lessons we should have never had to learn.

Based on that, you’d think inappropriate to make a game about that event, but yet, that’s exactly  what the French company Ludonaute have done and they’ve turned it into a cooperative game in which you have to work together to save as many people as possible in as little time as you can.

With a very interesting board and some serious amount of attention to detail and theme, this game promises and looks good at first sight.

But are the contents of the box good enough to justify the amount of money you have to pay to get your hands on this game?

Let’s find out!

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Apr 232014

dr_hrubecI always wanted to be a doctor when I was growing up. The stains of blood on the scrubs as the doctors leave theatre with a razor sharp scalpel in their hands; the screams of people longing for healing and help; the pulling of rotting teeth from bleeding gums; setting bones and dislocated joints…

So yeah… thank goodness I never got near a med-school.

Anyway, with Dr Hrubec, that’s exactly what you can get to do. In this party game you’re part of a team of doctors in a rather crazy hospital. And sometimes things don’t go according to plan…

This game was presented to me at Spiel and it comes from the company that released Infarkt in 2011, so I was immediately curious.

Now, being a rather niche sort of game in terms of theme, you would be forgiven for being cautious about spending money on it. So worry not, we’re going to take a look at the components to find out if the contents of this box are worth the amount of money you have to spend to get your hands on it.

Hope you enjoy the video!

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