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

Horrible Hex Game Review

One of the joys of playing games against opponents sitting across from you is attempting to figure out what they are thinking. If you can, you know what moves to make and how to win. In this game, what your opponent wants is clearly in front of you. What is not clear is how they will attempt to claim their prize or how you can avoid helping them win the game. 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

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

Find It & Bind It Game Review

Traditionally, a witch’s Book of Shadows is destroyed when the witch passes on. In some rare cases, books are considered to be too valuable to the Coven to be lost. A great and powerful witch has died, but her Book of Shadows is nowhere to be found. The witch that finds it will have access to powerful spells and old secrets. For witches, knowledge is power and power is worth fighting for. Continue reading

Squirrel or Die Game Review

American actress, producer, and designer, Sarah Jessica Parker, said “A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit!” Feelings towards squirrels tend to be polarized and can shift rapidly. For example, a person can admire a squirrel in the wilderness and then be hellbent on destroying them if they find out they are in their house. Such is the dangerous life of a squirrel that you now get to live. Continue reading

Parkies Game Review

American technology entrepreneur and academic, Vivek Wadhwa, said “The truth is that entrepreneurship is more like a roller coaster ride than a cruise.” Meaningful words in the context of this game where players will take on the responsibility of creating an amusement park, then attracting parkgoers to make money. Each new ride is a gamble, but there are multiple ways to make a profit in this business. Continue reading

MOD X Game Review

Dutch Chess Grandmaster, mathematician, and author, Max Euwe, said “Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation.” In this game, a player will need to be observant and think logically beginning with their first move to their very last. This is not a game for rash thinkers, but nor is a game that requires a great effort. Victory comes to those who look for opportunities to excel. Continue reading

Viceroy Game Review

French military and political leader, Napoleon Bonaparte, said “Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.” Power is, indeed, difficult to obtain and oftentimes more difficult to keep. It’s the fate of every leader to be replaced by another with more ambition. In this game, you will set your base of power and build upon it. Your opposition is watching carefully, so be mindful of your actions. It takes little to be overthrown. Continue reading

GemPacked Cards Game Review (prepublished version)

Color can lighten up a room, darken a hallway, communicate feelings, and cause us to pause almost indefinitely when attempting to match the perfect tie with a shirt. Colors can even dictate action, with red telling us to stop, green telling us to go, and yellow urging us to go faster. In this game, mixing colors will allow the player to gain the upper hand, but they can also benefit from breaking colors down to smaller parts for a bigger win. Continue reading