Archive for March, 2011

Review: Khan

Posted by James (admin) on 29th March 2011

Khan was released at Essen in October 2010 and I finally got my chance last night and it was worth the wait.  The setting is 1244 and each player is chasing out the existing 8 Mongol leaders in order to conquer more territory than their opponents.  Each player their own coloured set of counters representing their yurts (which are like large tents) and starts with some special action cards and a hand of 4 random cards.

The board shows various terrain areas with a river passing through some and the 8 Mongol leaders start on the board.  Next to the board are various Tetris-ish shaped tiles.  The goal is to place and own these to score points. Read the rest of this entry »

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Review: Prrrt

Posted by James (admin) on 28th March 2011

Prrrt is a game by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc – the same team that brought us the superb Mow (also by the same publisher and artist).  Prrrt definitely has a unique theme as players are aiming to take the least shame for farting in an enclosed space.  Yes, you read that right.

The game consists of 3 types of cards – shame, smell and location.  Each incident, a location is drawn which determines the direction of play and the starting number of shame cards.  The game ends when there has been at least 1 incident in each location (so from 5 to 9 incidents) and the player with the highest total value on their shame cards loses.

The game mechanics are quite unique so I need to explain them.  In each incident someone has farted and players take turns asking each other who did it.  To start, players are dealt 5 smell cards which make up their hand.  On a player’s turn (let’s say Player A), they turn to their neighbour (Player B) and ask if they farted.  If B says yes, then B takes the shame for the fart right away and receives all the current shame cards and that incident ends. Read the rest of this entry »

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Review: Mansions of Madness

Posted by James (admin) on 22nd March 2011

For some time, I’ve wanted Fantasy Flight to do more Arkham Horror but not just expanding the already huge game.  So, the announcement of Mansions of Madness was great news.  If you’ve played ‘Betrayal at House on the Hill’ then think of ‘Mansions of Madness’ as ‘Betrayal at Arkham Horror on the Hill’ – which isn’t a bad thing at all.

Mansions of Madness pits one player (the Keeper) against up to 4 other players who are investigating strange goings on at the mansion (crypt, chapel, etc.)  The board is made up of room pieces whose layout is determined by the story (defined in the rules) that is being played.  The players don’t know the reason behind the weird happenings and it’s their job to uncover enough clues so that they understand how to defeat the evil that is at work.  The Keeper plays the role of the evil side – causing weird happenings, controlling the monsters, etc. – and their goal is to defeat the investigators. Read the rest of this entry »

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Metagames launches

Posted by James (admin) on 22nd March 2011

At last, it’s great to finally announce that I have launched is a link shortening service for all things boardgaming, but it’s also so much more…

  • shortens links and lets you choose the end part of your shortened link
  • lists all the shortened links so it’s a great way to find out the latest web site articles, blog posts and other boardgaming information that people are talking about online all in one place
  • You can follow the whole site or specific users via RSS, so as soon as a link is added, your RSS reader will deliver it to you

Anyone can use the site (if you want to shorten links you’ll need to register which is free and mainly to prevent spam).

I hope you will join me and support me in using Read the rest of this entry »

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A Quick Update

Posted by James (admin) on 13th March 2011

New reviews will be online next week.  I’m about to launch the new boardgames community site I’ve been working on – hopefully tomorrow – so that will give me an opportunity to write-up some new reviews.

I had a day off from coding yesterday to attend the games day at Eclectic Games shop in Reading (UK) yesterday which featured games from Z-Man Games.  It was a day tournament where you get assigned to random games against random mixtures of players. I played Grimoire, Bridge Troll, Troyes and Skyline 3000.

I shall add reviews of Grimoire, Cave Troll and Skyline 3000 soon. I really enjoyed Skyline as it felt like Manhattan (one of my favourite games with 4 players) but with different challenges.  Bridge Troll was very interesting and I liked it although it took a while to get my head around how to get what I wanted.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Reviews of New Releases – 14 March 2011

Posted by James (admin) on 11th March 2011

Below are links to reviews of games that will be released in shops next week (in the UK):


Reviewed: 28 Oct 2009

Please note that this is
the Valley Games release
and they have updated
the rules massively to
make them clear (as the
original rules were very

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Reviews of New Releases – 7 March 2011

Posted by James (admin) on 4th March 2011

Below are links to reviews of games that will be released in shops next week (in the UK):

Tikal II 

Tikal II
Reviewed: 29 Nov 2010


Dakota cover
Reviewed: 14 Nov 2010

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New Reviews Soon

Posted by James (admin) on 3rd March 2011

I’ll be back to posting more reviews as usual next week.  I’ve been working hard to complete one of my projects this week.  I am (finally) aiming to use it to launch a new facility for boardgamers next week.

In the meantime:

  • Prrrt! (by the same guys that designed the excellent and funny Mow) arrived from Swissgames and I will be posting a review next week.
  • From reading the rules, Castles of Burgundy sounds like it could be very interesting.
  • Also, I read the rules to the new Junta game (using dice this time) and it sounds like it will capture some of the spirit of the original game’s deals and (humourously back-stabby) resource allocation with a short playing time.
  • Gold! on iPhone is a great quick game.
  • Big Daddy Creations (Neuroshima Hex iPhone) have just released images of their next iPhone conversion Army of Frogs.
  • Finally, Mansions of Madness arrived today and having to leave it in its box for now is, ironically, driving me crazy.

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