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Review of Pirates: The Great Chase and Pirates: The City of Skulls

Game: Pirates: The Great Chase and Pirates: The City of Skulls Published: Van Ryder Games Designer: Shuky Players: 1 Playtime: 30-130 Minutes Play Type: Choose Your Own Adventure Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vanrydergames/graphic-novel-adventures-new-gamebooks-for-2021?ref=discovery&term=Graphic%20novel%20adventures Synopsis: Throughout these two books, you are a pirate seeking the prisoner that has escaped from your ship! Use the tools around you as you trek through the jungle… Continue reading Review of Pirates: The Great Chase and Pirates: The City of Skulls

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Board Games I Used to Build Community in my E-Learning and Hybrid Classrooms

The 2020-2021 school year was a challenge in many ways. In my school, we had a variety of schedules but we started out the school year with all of our students E-learning, about halfway through the year we switched to a hybrid model teaching both online and in person students at the same time. The… Continue reading Board Games I Used to Build Community in my E-Learning and Hybrid Classrooms

Main Event Games · Reviews

Review of Red Rising

Game: Red Rising Published: Stonemaier Games Designers:  Jamey Stegmaier and Alexander Schmidt Players: 1-6 Playtime: 45- 60 Minutes Play Type: Hand Management, Combo Building Synopsis: Red Rising from Stonemaier Games is based off the first trilogy in the Red Rising Series from Pierce Brown. The setting is a dystopian society that has been broken into a caste system divided by… Continue reading Review of Red Rising

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Review of Anvl Custom Miniatures

What is Anvl? Anvl is a website that allows customers to create custom miniatures that will then be 3-D printed in resin, steel, bronze, silver or gold. Those with 3D printers may also just purchase the files and print the miniatures themselves for a lesser cost. These miniatures can be used in a variety of… Continue reading Review of Anvl Custom Miniatures

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The End of a Hiatus and a Brief Apology…

I am back! I wanted to take a moment before I get back into reviewing and other board game related activity to explain why I went very suddenly on hiatus and to apologize to anyone who provided content for me to review during that period. In October, I completed my review for the Wingspan Oceania… Continue reading The End of a Hiatus and a Brief Apology…

Expansions · Reviews

Review of Wingspan Oceania Expansion

Expansion: Wingspan Oceania Expansion Designer: Elizabeth Hargrave Publisher: Stonemaier Games ***This is a review of the second expansion for Wingspan, if you are interested in a full Wingspan review you can find one here*** Overview Positives: Balancing Different Strategies New Goal Tiles Beautiful Artwork Adds Replayability New Player Mats New Ways to Score More Flexibility… Continue reading Review of Wingspan Oceania Expansion

Expansions · Reviews

Review of Tapestry: Plans and Ploys

Expansion: Tapestry: Plans and Ploys Designer: Jamey Stegmaier Publisher: Stonemaier Games   ***This is a review of the first expansion for Tapestry, if you are interested in a full Tapestry review you can find one here*** Overview Positives: Provides New Goals for Game Play New Civilizations Provide Variety and Replayability Beautiful Artwork Creates More Tension During Conquer Actions Includes… Continue reading Review of Tapestry: Plans and Ploys

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Review of Lizard Wizard

Game: Lizard Wizard Published: Forbidden Games Designers: Glenn Drover Players: 2-5 Playtime: 45-90 Minutes Play Type: Set Collection/ Economic Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/954412004/lizard-wizard   ***This review was completed based off a prototype. All components and rules are subject to change. Photos have been provided by Forbidden Games*** Synopsis:You are one of the Arch-Mages in land of Astoria, a magic filled world that is… Continue reading Review of Lizard Wizard

Filler Games · Reviews

Review of Roar and Write

Game: Roar and Write Published: Galactic Raptor Games Designers: Carla Kopp Players: 1-100 Playtime: 15 Minutes Play Type: Roll and Write Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/galacticraptorgames/roar-and-write-an-animal-kingdoms-game/description   ***This review was completed based off a prototype. All components and rules are subject to change. Photos have been provided by Galactic Raptor Games*** Synopsis: Roar and Write is a roll and write style game… Continue reading Review of Roar and Write

Digital · Reviews

Review of Viticulture Digital Edition

Game: ViticultureDigital Publisher: DigiDicedDesigner: Jamey StegmaierPlayers: 1-6Playtime: 45 MinutesPlay Type: Digital Worker Placement***This is a review of the digital adaptation of Viticulture. If you want my full review of the gameplay of Viticulture you can find that information here.***Overview:Positives:No Set Up/ Take Down TimeCan be Played from a DistanceGreat AestheticChallenging AIStrong Tutorial for BeginnersNegatives:Fiddly User InterfaceNot Able… Continue reading Review of Viticulture Digital Edition