Fart Juice Game Review (prepublished version)

When gas escapes via the exit found on one’s posterior, many refer to it as a “fart”. This escape of bodily gas can be very large in volume and have a strong odoriferous characteristic. In most civilized societies, one excuses themselves or apologizes for “breaking wind”. Kids, on the other hand, find it terribly funny and fart as loudly as possible. This is why I avoid Chuck E. Cheese’s. Continue reading

Rampaging Jotunn Game Review (prepublished version)

The Viking clans fought for and died to control the island. It lay like a jewel in the sea, rich with resources. When only two Viking clans remained, they quickly established settlements and resumed their battle for control. One morning, a roar shook the island. Ymir the Jotunn had awoken. Some fled, but the bold saw the Jotunn as a means to an end. Continue reading

Clash d’Ardèche Game Review (prepublished version)

People visit the countryside to reconnect with nature, unwind, find balance, and most importantly, have fun. They stay at campsites that range from hotels to little more than a dirt path that leads into the trees. Behind each is a person with a business plan who sees the camping season as a hunting season for camper’s wallets. Join the hunt. 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

PWNs Game Review (prepublished version)

A pawn is used and abused for the greater good. Sometimes the pawn is aware of this and sometimes not. In either case, it never goes well for the pawn. But what if the pawns were given weapons and the freedom to make their own choices? Once power is given, it’s difficult to take back. Especially is you are trying to arrest power from a pawn holding a bazooka. Continue reading

Barrage Battle Game Review (prepublished version)

The 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, said “The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving.” In this game, the trick to victory is pressing the advantage, but striking it with a balance. Warmongers will have might on their side, while those who seek other routes will find different roads to victory. Continue reading

March of the Ants: Minions of the Meadow Game Expansion Review (prepublished version)

English nature writer, Richard Jefferies, wrote “It would seem that the ant works its way tentatively, and, observing where it fails, tries another place and succeeds.” Ants are industrious and tenacious, never losing site of their goals. With this expansion, players are given additional opportunities and pathways to explore, but also new dangers to avoid. Nothing comes easy in the world of ants. Continue reading

Blend Off! Game Review (prepublished version)

It was a slow night at the diner. The night manager was about to tell everyone to close up, when a bus filled with high school students stopped near the entrance. Out pours a small army of kids who are hungry for just one thing: a smoothie. The diner comes to life and the blenders are plugged in. The goal is simple: make as many orders as you can, as fast as you can, without messing up. Continue reading

Crossworld: Oh My Gods Game Review (prepublished version)

Our world is full of wondrous and terrifying events. The clap of thunder could be the heavy hammer of a god smiting a troll and a fierce storm at sea could be the wrath of the lord of the oceans. The natural world around us plays host to many gods and goddesses who embody our fears and hopes. In this game, they come to life…and then go to war. 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

Tak Game Review (prepublished version)

Some say it’s the journey that matters most, while others will argue it’s the destination that’s the most important. Who is right and who is wrong? In this game, the destination for both players is the goal, but the journey is anything but straight forward. There is no path to follow other than the one you create. In the end, it will be the experience you remember most and benefit from. Continue reading

Aether Captains Game Review (prepublished version)

The difference between good and evil is based on perspective. The Empire views the sky pirates as a plague that threatens life and property. From the sky pirates’ perspective, the Empire is a ruthless dictatorship bent on repressing the people. Only one thing is for certain and mutually agreed upon. The skies above Arkady are worth fighting and dying for. Continue reading