Heroes & Tricks Game Review

There is no “trick” to being a hero. All one must do is sacrifice, put others first, and act in a way that exemplifies selflessness at the cost of everything that one could possibly hold most dear. Simple, right? No, of course not. That is why we hold those who are heroes in such high regard. In this game, you must attempt to live up to the standards of a hero in hopes of winning their favor. Doing so is mostly guesswork. Continue reading

The Lady and the Tiger Game Review (prepublished version)

The Lady and the Tiger is an old story that touches on the subjects of life, death, love, jealousy, fate, and fortune. It’s a wonderful tale to discuss and debate, as the outcome of the story is never told. It’s up to the reader to interpret and determine their own ending. In this game, players will need to do the same. Pick a door and face your fate. Continue reading

3 Wishes Game Review

Imagine if you had three wishes. You could have anything; be anything. Would you wish for power, wealth, or would you selflessly wish for others? Perhaps world peace? How about no more sickness, pain, or hunger? Your imagination is the limit, but in this game, your wits and memory are the key to getting what you wish for. Continue reading

Demon Espionage Game Review (prepublished version)

Satan has fallen and now a power struggle rages across the domains of Hell. Absolute power can be obtained by collecting souls. Two opposing forces, one who wants to reinvent Hell and the other who wants to keep it as it is, now battle for control. Whose side you are on is obvious, but not your opponent. Are they friend or foe? Do they side with you or seek your downfall? Continue reading

Get Adler! Game Review

In the world of espionage, trust is a commodity in short supply. Even supposed friends and allies could be double-agents. Some agents go so deep undercover that they no longer can tell truth from fiction. But no one can live a lie forever. Eventually every spy slips up. The trick is to be observant enough to divide fact from fiction. Continue reading

Pompeii: Wrath of Vesuvius Game Review (prepublished version)

Pompeii was a Roman city situation on the sea. It was a bustling place, full of life, leisure, and commerce. Above it stood Vesuvius, a sleeping giant that none in the city believed to be a threat. There were the occasional quakes, but they were minor and became just part of the city life. Little did the people know that the quakes were a warning and soon Vesuvius would come to life, bringing ash, fire, and death to Pompeii. Continue reading

Stir Fry Eighteen Game Review

It has been said, by some (not me, per se), that cooking is an art form. Others will tell you that it’s a science. Still there are a few that will tell you to skip the whole cooking thing and just order off the menu. Whatever your preference and belief, it cannot be argued that cooking is a process that is one part creativity and one part chaos. In this game, what you make of chaos is based on creative card plays. Continue reading

Subtle Much? Game Review (prepublished version)

American singer, songwriter, and actress, Lauryn Hill, said “Reality is easy. It’s deception that’s the hard work.” In this metagame, players will be attempting to subtly achieve objectives without drawing attention to themselves. All the while, the players will also be expected to play the main game that is nothing more than a facade to cover the “real game” boiling below the surface. Continue reading

Exposed Game Review (prepublished version)

You and several of your fellow thieves will be sneaking aboard a fancy yacht in hopes of robbing the party guests blind. But there is no honor among thieves, it would seem. While the goal it to get as much money as possible, the second objective is to pin everything on another thief. You must be quiet and you must be quick, or you’ll end up being tossed overboard. Continue reading

Hunt: The Unknown Quarry Game Review

The elders of the village took no risks. They hired as many bounty hunters as they could and told them where the monster could be found. At sunset, the bounty hunters walked into the monster’s abandoned mansion. Somewhere in this building was their prey. Unknown to the bounty hunters, the monster they sought was standing among them and eager to hunt, as well. Continue reading

Shogunate Game Review

Your duty and honor are without question. What remains to be tested is your loyalty. The Shogun is dead and old feuds and past insults are causing strife between the clans. A successor must be named and it’s up to you, the clan leader, to ensure that justice is done to right old wrongs and claim the title of the next Shogun. Continue reading

Pack O Games (Set 1) Game Review

The earliest card game that somewhat resembles today’s deck of cards is Karnöffel, which was played in the 15th century. Since them, cards have found their way into many different games. Cards can be used as markers, values, and even monsters. But the shape of the card has changed little. In this pack of cards, the complete game is contained in a small box no bigger than a package of gum. Chew on that for a moment. Continue reading