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

The Maze Game Review

The Maze has become a phenomenon, breaking all other television viewing and rating records. The format is simple: send 4 contestants into an ever-shifting maze and award the first one out a big prize. What keeps viewers glued to the tube is the fate of those who don’t find the exit. Many have gone into the maze, but few have come out. Now it’s your turn to earn that big prize or be lost forever. Continue reading

Council of Blackthorn Game Review (prepublished version)

The old King who raised a nation is now frail of body. His councilors and closest advisers whisper in the shadows and scheme. Even the young Queen has plans of her own while doting on her dying lord. The kingdom will go to the one who can manipulate the masses without being caught. Those who are found to be traitors will lose their chance for power and their lives. Continue reading

Black-Handed Henry’s Potion Party Game Review

Black-Handed Henry is a dangerous and unstable person. He’s made his living being a terror at sea and he is used to getting his way. Right now, he only has one thing on his mind: a potion. He growls at you saying, “Listen ‘er, you grubby maggots. I have a terrible thirst! Brew me my potion and you live! Fail and I toss you overboard!” Now that’s what I call motivation! Continue reading

Set Dice Game Review

Dutch graphic artist, M.C. Escher, said “We adore chaos because we love to produce order.” Which is to say, as we seek order in our own lives, we also seek out those pockets of disorder to tackle. Balancing our checkbooks is a good example. In this game, random outcomes will challenge players to find order betwixt the chaotic results of rolling dice. Continue reading

Roll Player Game Review (prepublished version)

I remember spending hours tinkering on my Dungeons & Dragons character. Researching abilities, calculating stat scores, and attempting to determine the best armor sets. It was all about pushing the limits to succeed. In this game, players will be attempting the same thing, as they take their fantasy hero to new epic levels of attribute domination! Continue reading

Rory’s Story Cubes: Batman Game Review

English-American film director, screenwriter, and producer, Christopher Nolan, said “Superheroes fill a gap in the pop culture psyche, similar to the role of Greek mythology. There isn’t really anything else that does the job in modern terms. For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously.” Batman is a loner, a rebel, and dedicated to his ideals. He’s a hero to many and now you can join him on his adventures. Continue reading

Bots Battleground Game Review (prepublished version)

For centuries, men and woman have competed in combative matches to determine who is stronger, faster, and smarter. This became very boring. Robots were introduced, and since there was no cause to be concerned with safety, so were weapons. Now Bots armed with blades and guns battle for our amusement and the human warriors continue their fight behind the soft glow of computer monitors. Continue reading

Dead Men Tell No Tales Game Review

The cursed ship, Skelit’s Revenge, is crewed by the undead. This ship sails the seven seas looting ships and adding to their crew, leaving few survivors to tell the tale. Your captain is obsessed with finding the Skelit’s Revenge and taking her. You don’t know the captain’s reasons, but the promise of unbelievable wealth is all you need. The risk, however, might be greater than the reward. Continue reading

Fluxx Dice Game Expansion Review

American author Barry Ritholtz said, “You can blow on the dice all you want, but whether they come up ‘seven’ is still a function of random luck.” Random and continues change are the trademarks of the Fluxx card games. This expansion introduces more randomness to your randomness, enticing players to push their luck even further. Continue reading

Noble Treachery: The Last Alliance Game Review

Chinese Communist revolutionary and founding father of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong, said “Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.” In this game, the King has died without naming an heir. The war of succession is now fought openly among the noble houses, using both diplomacy and the sword. Continue reading

Luck O’ the Dice Game Review

American playwright, critic and writer of film scenarios Channing Pollock said, “The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.” In this game, the roll of the dice might be random, but players always have a choice. A quick scan of the table will show the player how far behind they are and how hard they need to push their luck to change the game’s outcome. Continue reading