Commies! Game Review (prepublished version)

American publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat, Walter Annenberg, said “The greatest power is not money power, but political power.” In this game, power is given to you, but you must share it. This will not do. With the help of others, you might be able to take it all, but you are not the only one with big ambitions. You must work with others to obtain your goals, while at the same time helping others obtain theirs, to a point… Continue reading

Merchants of Freeburg Game Review

Principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, said “Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” In this game, the players have no loyalty to the little town of Freeburg, but their fates and fortunes are entwined. To be profitable, one must give. Continue reading

Fantasy-Opoly Game Review

Monopoly began showing up on gaming tables as early as 1933 and continues to be produced using different themes. You can now play Monopoly that depicts Alpacas and even bacon. Within the gaming community, Monopoly is quietly respected as a means into the hobby, but little else. The newest addition to the themed Monopoly family whisks us away to a realm of fantasy and high mortgage rates. 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

Zombie Tower 3D Game Review

Nobody can say for sure how it started, but when it did, it could not be stopped. The Zombie Invasion had begun and it spread like wildfire. Whole towns and cities were overrun in less than a day. You are a survivor and are fighting your way to safety. But fate is not on your side. There are panic-stricken people making things difficult, and of course, zombies. Lots of zombies. Continue reading

Redneck Invasion Game Review (prepublished version)

American moral and social philosopher, Eric Hoffer, said “The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.” In this game, players seek to shape the city to match their vision of the future. Along the way, they must work with their opponents and make compromises, but they should never lose sight of their goals. Continue reading

Res Publica: 2230 AD Game Review (prepublished version)

Stephen Jay Gould, an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science said, “Evolution is a process of constant branching and expansion.” In this game, the players will be attempting to expand their influence across the universe through trade and aggressive tactical moves. Growth and evolution is necessary for the alien races to survive. The only alternative is extinction. Continue reading

Outsider Game Review (prepublished version)

Use of Dark Gravity allowed mankind to travel between the stars in seconds. But such freedom comes with a heavy price. Each shift in time and space removes a little bit of reality and replaces it with something else. Something sinister. The mind begins to unravel and it becomes impossible to tell who is a friend and who is a foe. Continue reading

Between Two Cities Game Review (prepublished version)

American businessman James E. Casey said, “One measure of your success will be the degree to which you build up others who work with you. While building up others, you will build up yourself.” Mr. Casey’s statement holds true within the context of this game. You must cooperatively build a city with a partner on your left and on your right. But don’t be too generous. While this game does require cooperation, only 1 player can be the winner. Continue reading

Democracy: Majority Rules Game Review

Aristotle said, “Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.” Change often causes conflict and more times than not is fueled by the unrest of the populace. It’s the politician’s job to listen to their constituents and champion them, passing laws intended to better their lives. In theory. Most of the time, it’s about jockeying for political position, making deals, granting favors, and getting your way. In this game, power may come from the people, but it’s you who will wield it. Continue reading

Raid and Trade Game Review (prepublished version)

After the third World War came to an end, there wasn’t much of a world left to inhabit. Life became a bitter exercise of survival of the fittest. Large groups built new cities behind giant walls and became the rulers over the wastelands that surrounded them. You live outside one of those city walls and have learned there is a way in. Influential individuals within the city need certain things that they cannot obtain. If you can get them, you’ll be allowed into the city. Easy enough, but others have been offered the same deal… Continue reading

If Only I Had… Game Review

Billy Wilder said “Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.” There is simply nothing as painful as perfect clarity. How many times have you found yourself in a bad situation, knowing full well how you could have avoided it? Personally, I’ve lost count. The human mind is constantly attempting to figure things out, and for some of us (most of us) the brain spends a lot of time regretting decisions. In this game, you have a chance to provide your own thoughts on the best way to have avoided a bad situation. Continue reading