Archive for the 'Boardgames' Category

Battleball

A quick, lite version of a combat based football game. Movement and possesion of the ball are handled using various dice. Each team has a wide variety of players that they use to try and drive the football into the opponents endzone to score. Some are fast running, fumble prone darts while others are slow moving, football gripping tanks with a few hard hitting lineman thrown in to help you bulldoze your way to victory.

The first half starts you out with a full roster, but this game is rough. By the time the second half rolls around you could be fielding a much smaller team as some of your players, will more than likely, have been seriously injured by now and unable to take to the field.

The turns are quick, the strategies you use will be greatly affected by luck and the overall feel that you are playing a game of football is a little light. But is it fun? In a word… Yes.

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Aquadukt

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Tried this out last night. Not bad, but nothing innovative here. Game play is simple and straight forward.

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BrettspielWelt

Being stuck on a night shift really sucks.  But every now and then something good comes of it.  Today, while ignoring my seemingly bottomless inbox and surfing the net, I found out about Brettspielwelt.  This is a German site that allows you to play dozens of games for free via a java applet.  And by games, I mean German games.   Currently, there are about 60-70 games offered.

The wife and I just got done with a few rounds of Carcassonne followed by a few hands of Lost Cities.  Wow!  The graphics are almost as good as the originals, the game play is flawless and the price is outstanding!  (That means free.)  However, there is a downside.  If your not fluent in German, navigation can be diificult.  They do have an English front end, but once your in, its all Deutsch.  Luckily, the Boardgamegeek site has plenty of helpful articles.  While this does not replace or even come near to the fun I get from playing face to face… It’ll do in a pinch.

Martian Coasters / Icehouse

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Icehouse is not only a game, but it’s also a game piece. Let me explain further. Icehouse pieces are more akin to a standard deck of playing cards or a standard 6 sided die.

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Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery

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Don’t let the name fool you. This is not a die hard, grognard title like Civilizations or Axis & Allies. The focus on this game is more in asset management than killing your opponents people. Although, there is some of that involved.

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Incan Gold

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We played this while waiting for the others to arrive last Gameday. First impressions: It’s fast, it keeps you on your feet and I like it . This ‘press your luck’ game will keep you wanting to see ‘just one more card’.

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Starship Catan

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The wife and I have been playing this one a lot lately. As a 2 player strategy game I can think of few that play as well as this one does. The game art is first rate, the pieces are solid and the mechanics are quite enjoyable.

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