Friday, 20 January 2017

XCOM Evolution expansion for XCOM the board game from Fantasy flight Games

Fantasy Flight Games released the app based XCOM game a few years ago now, and most people thought that was it... just the one release, but no.... now we get an expansion in the form of Evolution.  this also ties nicely into the video game by adding what was in that expansion to the board game.

We looked at the original board game XCOM earlier in the week, so check it out!

Hello, Commander. The war continues – at great cost. We now believe another force is at work against us. If not dealt with swiftly, it could destroy us…

XCOM: Evolution is an expansion for XCOM: The Board Game that complicates your war effort with new missions, enemies, and invasion plans, as well as mechanics that make your struggles more dangerous than ever. As the alien forces spread and peril increases, the sinister humans of the EXALT seek to take advantage of the chaos to infiltrate and destroy XCOM from within. Their treachery leads to new challenges, and you'll face new crises, you'll find your work subverted, and you'll have to deal with new threats to the very resources you need to win the war.

Fortunately, your team has also made some advances since the war began. The discovery of the mysterious alien substance known as Meld promises to unlock some astonishing breakthroughs in the field of biomechanics. And XCOM: Evolution allows you to pursue some of these advances, potentially bringing formidable new weaponry to the field in the form of MEC Troopers!
Its not the largest box in the world! so what wonders can lurk within? well takes a look and see......

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Star Wars Armada the Corellian Conflict campaign expansion

Im a big fan of the game Star Wars Armada by Fantasy Flight Games, its an excellent tactical space battle game, so you need check it out if you have not.

Fear will keep the local systems in line."      –Grand Moff Tarkin

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of The Corellian Conflict, an epic Star Wars™: Armada campaign expansion for two to six players!
The Galactic Civil War was not won in a single battle. The epic conflict at the heart of Star Wars saw countless skirmishes, waged in hundreds of systems and over thousands of planets. Even the ancient Core Worlds were touched by the spark of rebellion.
Soon, with The Corellian Conflict, you and your friends will be able to wage strategic battles for key hyperlane routes, seize vital shipyards, establish new bases, and decide the fate of the Corellian Sector. Working as teams, you will take sides with the Galactic Empire or Rebel Alliance, then meet your foes in battle for control of vital worlds. New campaign rules guarantee that your battles have long-term consequences, and the experience you gain from your victories may prove invaluable toward the success of your overall campaign.
Finally, The Corellian Conflict introduces new objectives and squadron cards for use both in your campaign and in standard play. The expansion's twelve objectives introduce new challenges and paths to victory. And its sixteen new squadron cards add greater variety to the squadrons from your Core Set, Rebel Fighter Squadrons Expansion Pack, and Imperial Fighter Squadrons Pack, allowing you to field them as some of the most legendary pilots and squadrons from the Galactic Civil War!

The dramatic events of The Corellian Conflict and your struggles for the Corellian Sector play out over multiple campaign turns during which you and your teammates meet your foes in games of Armada, or battles. These are fought at any of the twenty-five different strategic locations depicted on the expansion's map, and the results of these battles carry forward, reshaping the sector and your position within the campaign.

You may suffer damage to your ships, leaving them weaker for ensuing battles. You may gain resources with which you can repair your ships or add to their upgrades. You may even be able to add new ships to your fleet. At the same time, your unique squadrons and the crews of well-captained ships may gain veteran status, making them more effective in future combats. Or the damage they suffer may leave them scarred. It is even possible for them to meet their demise, and all those unique ships, squadrons, or crew who do fall in battle are removed from the remainder of the campaign.
Of course, you need to pay attention to the impact your battle will have on your fleet, but it is the success or failure of your bid for the Corellian Sector, itself, that will ultimately matter most. To this end, no matter whether you play as Rebel or Imperial, you need to mind the strategic importance of all the sector's twenty-five battlegrounds, and you need to determine the best time to make your play for any of them. These different planets, stations, and asteroid belts are worth varying numbers of campaign points when you assault one and destroy your opponent's base or outpost. Moreover, many of these locations offer advantages in the terms of strategic effects that you gain while you control them.

So whats in the box? and does this add anything a non campaign gamer may be interested in?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

XCOM the Board Game from Fantasy flight Games review

XCOM,  a name that conjures up fond memories of the excellent series of PC games back in the 90s which was a series of tactical based games that where great fun, but hard and unforgiving.  in the early 2000s the series stopped and technology marched on.... until XCOM was relased again new, and updated in glorious 3d on the latest tech (at the time in 2012) and since then we have had an expansion for it, and XCOM 2 in 2016.  So what do old and new video games have to do with boardgaming? well Fantasy Flight Games released a Board Game set in the XCOM world, and using app based technology too! So spaceships... Aliens, saving the earth and UFOS...... and the ability for solo play? sign me up!
Placed in command of the elite military organization known as XCOM, you and your friends must find some means to turn back an escalating alien invasion. As UFOs appear in orbit and worldwide panic threatens to undermine national governments, the game’s free companion app and its push-your-luck dice rolling mechanics immerse you deep in the tension and uncertainty of a desperate war against an unknown foe.
You are humanity’s last hope…

lets take a deeper look.....

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Ascension Dawn of Champions deckbuilding game reveiw and unboxing

A while back I looked at one of the stand alone sets for Ascension.  It was Ascension, Realms unraveled.  today we are looking at the "main core" starter for the Ascension game.  It plays the same, so head on over here to take a look and get the ideas down on how its played.

And then I took at the 3rd edition core here

Now its time to take a look at another self contained expansion for the game with Dawn of Champions, like the others you do NOT need the core set, or any other expansions, it plays perfectly out of the box, but they are there to add more variety for you.  This one also has some new features that will add to the game.
It does say on the back 2-4 players, but the manual, which is fantastically laid out and easy to read by the way, does also include a SOLO mode, and you know I like games that have as an option.

30 min play time, seems about right from games I have played, they can go quicker or about that, rarely longer though.  Ages 13 and up again seems ok, Olivia isn't so interested in the card games, it means she has to read a lot, though she does enjoy watching them and helping where she can.

So what comes in the box? lets see.......

Monday, 16 January 2017

Quests of Valeria unboxing and reveiw from Daily Magic Games unboxing and review

I have only personally come across one other game from Daily Magic Games, and that was Mana Surge which though an interesting idea, had some problems, such as poor manual, making it a challenge to learn, and some on occasion stunning, on occasion downright awful art.  Now taking a look at Quests of Valeria.. will it be different?  Its a different type of game for sure so lets take a look.

In Quests of Valeria you play the role of a Guild Master, recruiting and dispatching Citizens to complete quests posted in a tavern in the Capital City of Valeria to earn Victory Points. The player with the most Victory Points at the end of the game wins.

Quests of Valeria is a unique set collection game where players gather Citizens to fill requirements on a Quest. Hire Citizens from the line in the Tavern that provide you with additional actions to build combo's of free actions, and i mean where better to find willing recruits for your adventures then the pub.
It plays 1-5 players, yes it comes with a solo option, which is always appreciated of course. Ages 14 and up, it can be played by younger players but they may not get the chaining of cards you can do so judge with your smaller ones to see.  Playtime 4 minutes... games i have tried have run at about 30 minutes on average. Its really not a hard game to learn and teach either so the first game may be around 45, but it will get a lot faster than that.....

So lets pop it open, take a look and see how she plays.....

Friday, 13 January 2017

Star Wars Armada Imperial fighter squadrons II unboxng and review

Star Wars Armada is a great game, but tis not all about large ships of the line clashing, there are still small snub fighters and other ships darting in-between the ships during battle, and these are handled with squadrons.  When you get the armada core box you get the iconic Xwing and TIE, but we all know there plenty more fighters than that, and this adds a load more, and with me being primarily an Imperial player I'm looking forward to seeing what new ships I get to crush the rebel scum with.

The Empire’s most advanced attack craft bring monstrous power into battle in the Imperial Fighter Squadrons II Expansion Pack for Star Wars™: Armada. Elusive TIE Phantoms ambush Rebel squadrons, while elite TIE Defenders outmatch the enemy with fearsome capabilities, and hulking VT-49 Decimators leave only wreckage in their wake. Supported by the coordination ability of Lambda-class shuttles, these eight miniature squadrons and eight squadron cards work hard to crush the Rebel opposition.

Right... lets crack the pack open, and see what we get inside!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Legendary encounters Alien expansion from Upper Deck games

Ah Alien, and Aliens (not so much the sequels) excellent sic fi films and some of my favourites, so that should make gaming in that world good right? well yes.. and hard too, as it should be.

This is an expansion for the Legendary Encounters Alien game, so make sure you take a look at that as it will show you how it plays, and give you an idea of what this will add... in short... a lot!
More facehuggers, more ALIENS and, finally, more ALIEN QUEEN!

  • The roster of characters grows with this expansion to include Lieutenant Gorman, Superintendent Andrews, Captain Elgyn, and Kane!
  • New unique playmat to allow players to play as the ALIEN Queen!
  • 400 new cards featuring all original art.

  • All of this sounds pretty cool right? I mean I never thought I would end up wanting to be a Queen! but in this case its perfectly good fun.
    Lets pop it open, see what we get then take a look at what's new.....