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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Apr 072015
 

Historical-Games-Factory[1]Polish company Historical Games Factory has a great purpose, to create historically accurate games that reflect the theme. Lots of games try that but it’s a rather difficult thing to achieve and you need to know your history very well.

With Sigismundus Augustus they did a great job and created a really deep and complex game and continued with First to Fight (review coming soon!) and the way they increased their production quality between the games is staggering. Enough to make anyone realise how serious and how good these guys are.

With Ark of Animals they cater to the younger gamers with a memory game that will also have adults very entertained (specially adults with bad memory like me!

But there is more to the company and I got together with Piotr Żuchowski to ask him about the company’s comings and goings.

And where they are going is a great future they have ahead!

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Feb 052015
 

pic1332456_t[1] Golden Egg Games has produced some super cool games.

Historia, Fallen City of Karez, Alliances, City Council, Florenza: The card game…

And they’ve had some seriously great successes in Kickstarter with Athlas – Duel for Divinity, a two players game in which each player takes the role of a god-like being taking a test of adulthood to gain access back to paradise.

I got together with chief designer and overall ruler of the company to find out what else they’ve been up to and what we can expect in the future.

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Jan 202015
 

pic2041077_t[1]If something can be said about GenX Games is that they are uncompromising with their games. They publish what they like to publish and think it’s fun and, more often than not, they get it right!

This past Spiel they came out with “The Possession”, a homage to the Evil Dead movie and its genre.

With all the fear, blood and demonic presence, this game puts the players in the shoes of some young people who have to survive the night and try not to become demons themselves.

Mind you, they can indeed turn into demons, which can be interesting from the gaming point of view because it turns the players against other players in which is otherwise a cooperative game.

I spoke to Servando Carvallar, from the company to find out more about this rather unique game.

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