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

Trekking the National Parks Game Review

The national parks of the United States are true treasures. Land set aside and then opened to all to enjoy, the boundaries of the parks contain natural wonders. Each year families jump in their cars and trek to visit these parks. Pictures are taken; memories are made. In this game, you will visit the different parks, as well. Each provides its own reward and treasure to be found. Continue reading

Dart Through the Amazon

The Amazon jungle is over 2 million square miles and shrinking. Deforestation is taking its toll on the animals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, and plants that call the Amazon their home. In this game, you are searching the jungle floor, waterways, and trees for the elusive Dart frogs. These amphibious creatures need your help, but first you have to find them. Continue reading

Pack O Games (Set 2) Game Review (prepublished version)

When you imagine a game full of depth, tactics, and strategy, a game with many bits that is stored in a box most likely comes to mind. But what if a game could be no bigger than a stick of gum and still provide you with everything you crave from larger games? Impossible you say? Then prepare to be amazed as I show you how a game small in stature plays like a giant at the gaming table. Continue reading

Evolution: Climate Game Review (prepublished version)

The ability to adapt is what helps a species survive. A dwindling food supply, changes in the environment, and a shift in the climate are all harbingers of extinction except for those few who can acclimate to the changes. If the sun is too hot, take to hunting at night. If the air is cold, grow fur. If the hunters are big, become bigger. Life can be tough, but survival is even tougher. Continue reading

Pay Dirt Game Review

American author, speaker, and pastor, John C. Maxwell, said “Success comes to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine, not those who find one nugget and try to live on it for fifty years.” Once you find gold, it’s not enough to hold it up for the world to see. There is more to be obtained. In this game, there is wealth to be found, but only for those who persevere. Continue reading

Tree Game Review

Thomas Carlyle said, “When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.” The death of something great is a visceral experience. Loss does not go unnoticed, but birth and new beginnings are sometimes ignored. In this game, players will grow a forest from a single seed and discover that the life of a tree is full of close calls and pitfalls. Continue reading

Green Deal Game Review

American political satirist, Stephen Colbert, said “Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It’s certainty.” This strongly suggests that obtainable and measurable factual information can be trumped by a well constructed PR campaign. Which, sadly, we know to be true. In this game, how your company is perceived by the world is very important to you and your stockholders as you attempt to cut costs, reduce overhead, neglect to follow some laws, and do all you can (within reason) to be profitable. Continue reading

Terra Game Review

Terra is a semi-cooperative card game about saving the world, not from aliens or mutants, but from ourselves. Well, that sounds very touchy-feely and not very exciting, you might say, and you would be right. But, as long as you are not expecting a deep game, it is a good choice for playing with early school age children. Continue reading