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

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

Dragon Punch Game Review

You have practiced for years under the strict tutelage of your Master. Having progressed far enough to test your skills against other warriors, you enter an underground martial arts tournament. There you will battle against the greatest fighters. This is a test you must take. Succeed and you have completed your training. Fail and you have failed your Master. Continue reading

Fur vs. Scale Game Review (prepublished version)

British adventurer, writer and television presenter, Bear Grylls, said “The rules of survival never change, whether you’re in a desert or in an arena.” In this game, deadly warriors will clash again and again until only 1 remains standing. Each warrior represents the best of their race. To win is not only to secure victory, but to ensure the survival of their species. 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

Mech Deck Game Review (prepublished version)

Wars have become too expensive and the resources necessary to maintain a standing army are dwindling. Warring countries now resolve their disputes by pitting very large and very dangerous robots against one another. The pilots who control these Mechs are both war heroes and celebrities. You are such a pilot and you have been called to defend your country’s honor. Continue reading

Castle Assault Game Review (prepublished version)

Essayist George Santayana said, ” Only the dead have seen the end of war.” In the real world, yes. War is horrific. In a fantasy world and on your gaming table, this is not the case. War in games gives players an opportunity to flex their tactical muscle and strengthen their strategic mind. Wargames do not celebrate war, but look to analyze, understand, and recognize what war is truly about. In this game, you will be confronted with a single task and a tenacious adversary. Victory will go to the player who knows that sacrifice is necessary to win. Continue reading

Imperial Harvest Game Review (prepublished version)

The Royal Strawberry is believed by many to be the most perfect thing in existence. Nations have gone to war for just a taste of this magical fruit. When the Emperor came to power, he constructed a giant wall around the last known place the Royal Strawberries grew and tasked heroes to protect the garden. But outside the garden walls, the Northern Raiders plotted to enter the garden and steal the Royal Strawberries for their own! The garden is about to get “berry” competitive. Continue reading

Hoplomachus: Rise of Rome Game Review

The crowds cheer and chant the for the men who have come to fight and die in the arena. The names of the fallen and those gladiators still fighting are shouted from windows, doorways, and streets with more love than the name of the Emperor. Which, as you can imagine, has the Emperor worried. Concerned that his own reputation is on the line (not to mention his life), the Emperor decrees that Rome and Pompeii will now enter the arena to show the Empire that the greatest warriors are those who are loyal to the Emperor and the Emperor alone. Continue reading

Zeppelin Attack! Doomsday Weapons Game Expansion Review

Countless experiments and failures have finally resulted in success. You now have a weapon of incredible destructive power that will ensure your superiority in the skies. But what’s this? A message has arrived that states your nemesis has a new experimental weapon, too? How could this be? Spies! Yes, of course! You think it’s time to find this spy and conduct some “live fire” exercises with your new weapon. Continue reading

Zeppelin Attack! Game Review

Only fools fight for land. The real prize is the sky above. True freedom can only be found between Heaven and Earth. Some wage war to claim it as their own, while others struggle to keep it open to all. Giant airships circle above like sharks waiting to swallow smaller prey. And in a way, the sky is very much like the oceans below. You must fight to survive and there is safety in numbers. Ready your parachute and load your gun. It’s time to fly or die. Continue reading

The Great Snowball Battle Game Review

As every child knows, when the snow starts to fall, the balance of power in the neighborhood begins to shift. The big kids down the street no longer have total control over the playground and the roving bicycle gang can no longer patrol the tennis courts. Every boy and girl is drafted to help fight for one cause or another. Grab a snowball and wage a cold war like only kids know how to do. Continue reading