Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Star Wars Imperial Assault Jawa Scavenger Villain Pack unboxing and reveiw

 Today we are looking at an expansion for Star Wars Imperial Assault from Fantasy Flight Games.  Much uttering of "Utinni!" must be done as we look at the Jawa Scavenger pack which comes in the scum and villains faction for mercenary use.

"I can't abide those Jawas. Disgusting creatures."
     –C-3PO


Almost no one knows what Jawas look like beneath their hooded brown robes—not even on


Tatooine, where nearly everyone knows them by reputation. They are junk droid scavengers and merchants, and they traverse the desert planet in their massive, treaded sandcrawlers, hawking their wares to moisture farmers with few other options.


Not quite hostile, these Jawas aren't truly friendly, either. Because their droids are often hastily refurbished, they push to strike their bargains quickly. Then they roll away in their sandcrawlers before the droids have a chance to malfunction.


It's this combination of mystery, haggling, and droid-focused trickery that you'll find brought to life by the figure, missions, and cards in the Jawa Scavenger Villain Pack for Imperial Assault.



So Lets pop it open and take a peak inside see what we get to add to our games of Imperial Assault.



Thursday, 18 May 2017

Yamatai from Days of Wonder unboxing and Review

Days of Wonder have got a deserved reputation for high quality components, and games that play well and look good.  They have created some great games before like the hugely popular Ticket to Ride , and the charming great fun city builder Quadropolis.  Yamatai is their latest offering, and it certainly does look beautiful, as you would expect from them.



Queen Himiko has tasked every builder in the kingdom with a prestigious mission: build the capital of Yamataï and make it the jewel of the archipelago. Your task: surpass your competitors and build the most prestigious city of them all, using resources from the fleets that travel through the kingdom. Prepare your strategy, recruit specialists, and do whatever is necessary to become the best builder and be rewarded by Queen Himiko for your work. In the end, only one name will be remembered as the greatest builder of Yamataï!

In Yamataï, players compete to earn prestige points using different strategies. Clear the different islands of the archipelago to recruit powerful specialists that will assist you, or use the resources carried by the boats that navigate between them to construct buildings on the islands! And, if you’re skilled enough, try creating prestigious buildings such as high temples or rare torii.
However, you are not alone in competing for Queen Himiko’s favour… will you manage to surpass your opponents?

Players: 2-4 Players
Ages: 13+
Playtime: 40-80 Minutes


Lets pop it open, take a look inside and see how it plays.....


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Runewars Minatures Game from Fantasy Flight Games unboxing and review

Fantasy Flight Games.... makers of some of my very favourite games of all time, in fact a quick browse around the blog will show you how prolific and lovely their stuff is.  Always high quality, and great to play too.  Not that long ago FFG worked with Games workshop (maker of tabletop miniature wargames) in creating boardgames for various GW licenses.  That though has sadly come to an end.  However FFG thought they could do a tabletop fantasy miniatures mass battle game, like the one Games Workshop killed off upsetting a lot of fans, but set in their own Runebound universe, making it simpler to play, easier to teach, and have more depth. They have used a system very similar to the Flightpath system used in the Xwing miniatures game with some tweaks.  Its a big challenge to break into the tabletop war-games market, so have FFG done it? read on and see.




The chill mists have an evil reputation, billowing and moving like a thing alive. But the true terror lies within the mist, a dead kingdom garrisoned by undying legions. These legions now march on the border territory of Roth’s Vale… and all Terrinoth will know war again.


The box art.... beautiful, and double sided too to show the glorious artwork
you get a TON of goodies in the box,it is HEFTY, but do not worry we will come to that :)

a really random touch, that Olivia noticed when she was investigating the boxes is that if you line them up, they form one large picture which is rather cool.

so.. whats inside this mammoth box then?
lets take a look...............

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Arkham Horror The Card Game Undimensioned and Unseen mythos pack unboxing and review

The Arkham Horror card game is excellent, and its really exciting to see another expansion products, to get a feel for where FFG are going with the game, and progress your players OWN story.  The first expansion we got to see after the main game was the deluxe Dunwich Legacy pack, and that was a cracker! then we took a trip into the Miskatonic Museum,
Not to mention some diversions to Venice for  Carnevale of Horrors, then we even had got to trek through the Bayous in Curse if the Rougarou. Then of course a nice gentle ride on the Essex County Express.  A brief stop at Blood on the Altar and now it seems that EVERYTHING is against our investigators in the latest pack.. Undimensioned and Unseen leading us down a route that may lead to madness.



"We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight. We shall see these things, and other things which no breathing creature has yet seen. We shall overleap time, space, and dimensions."
     –H.P. Lovecraft, From Beyond



Things are definitely getting weird. By the time your pursuit of two missing professors leads you through The Dunwich Legacy cycle to the scenario from Undimensioned and Unseen, you'll have traveled far from the familiar comforts of Arkham, and you'll have witnessed things you know no one would ever believe. You'll have encountered strange, extra-dimensional entities, and you'll find yourself neck-deep in furtive cultists and their sacrifices.
Inundated with information about "Ancient Ones" and unholy rituals, you'll suddenly find yourself forced to destroy terrifying, monstrous creatures that are literally impervious to everything in your arsenal…


Lets pop it open and take a look. As always no spoilers of encounter cards, just player cards, I don't want to ruin what may happen.

Monday, 8 May 2017

A Game of Thrones the Card Game Guarding the Realm Chapter pack unboxing and review

After the latest Deluxe set we are back into our regular chapter packs advancing the story in a game of
thrones, and here we have the Latest one... Guarding the Realm.  As Always we get 3 copies of each card and all the factions get some love too.


“The Second Sons are an old company, and not without valor, but under Mero they've turned near as bad as the Brave Companions.”
  
–Ser Jorah Mormont, A Storm of Swords

 As the Great Houses of Westeros scheme and plot their enemies’ demise, the last scion of House Targaryen slowly travels west across the continent of Essos. Daenerys’s path leads her towards the Iron Throne and King’s Landing, but many obstacles remain before her—starting with the garish, opulent cities of Slaver’s Bay. Astapor, Yunkai, Meereen: these are cities that have stood since the days of Old Valyria, growing fat off their foul trade in human lives. But everything is about to change for the Ghiscari, and lead your faction on a new path with Guarding the Realm.

Guarding the Realm, the second Chapter Pack in the Blood and Gold cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, is now available at your local United States retailer and online through our webstore! Like the other packs of this cycle, Guarding the Realm follow the events of A Storm of Swords, bringing key characters like Melisandre and Wex Pyke of House Botley to the foreground. If you’re going to protect the realm, there’s always a price to pay… and with new economical options and the bestow keyword, it’s up to you whether you’ll pay in blood or in gold.

so lets pop it open, and take a look at the cards inside.....