Thursday, 28 July 2016

Across the Seven Kingdoms chapter pack for A Game of Thrones LCG 2nd edition unboxing and review

Its been too long since we delved into the world of A Game of Thrones, but that is now changing with a new cycle in the game. The War of Five Kings cycle starts with Across the Seven Kingdoms.

As you may all know A Game of Thrones the card game 2nd edition is my favourite card game, so im pretty excited to see what this new pack brings us.

With all the expansion packs you get 20 new cards, with 3 copies of each for a total of 60 cards per pack.

The comet’s tail spread across the dawn, a red slash that bled above the crags of Dragonstone like a wound in the pink and purple sky.
–George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

In the aftermath of Robert and Eddard’s deaths in King’s Landing, the Great Houses of Westeros have pulled away from each other. Joffrey Baratheon has been crowned king, and now sits the Iron Throne, but Robb Stark has already been proclaimed King in the North, and Stannis plots in his fortress of Dragonstone, brooding on a throne that should have been his. It is the calm before the tempest: war in Westeros is imminent, and above it all, the Dragon’s Tail burns a blood-red trail across the sky. 
Enter the War of the Five Kings with Across the Seven Kingdoms, the first Chapter Pack in the War of Five Kings cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game! As the War of Five Kings cycle moves forward to highlight the thrilling battles and intrigue of A Clash of KingsAcross the Seven Kingdoms invites the Houses to call upon their loyal bannermen as a multitude of new Kings arise to claim the Iron Throne. What’s more, this Chapter Pack begins to introduce effects based on the Summer and Winter plot traits, allowing the long-lived seasons of Westeros to play a more integral role in your combats. With new King versions of Robb Stark and Viserys Targaryen entering the game alongside characters like Arry and Janos Slynt, this Chapter Pack marks the explosive beginning of the War of Five Kings cycle!

Lets pop it open and take a look at what we get.........

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Zombicide from Cool mini or Not unboxing and review

Zombies..... done to death? (see what i did there?) or still a fun genre for games?  I think that depends on the people involved in playing, i know there has been a long deluge of zombie games coming out, so it seems people (well not everyone) has been burnt out by the shuffling dead.

I for one love zombies, being a huge fan of the George Romero classics like night, Dawn of the Dead, and Day in particular.  I also like games that tell a story.... and today's look at Zombicide from Cool mini or not, lets you tell you your own epic tale of zombie survival.

Zombicide is a collaborative game in which players take the role of a survivor – each with unique abilities – and harness both their skills and the power of teamwork against the hordes of unthinking undead! Zombies are predictable, stupid but deadly, controlled by simple rules and a deck of cards. Unfortunately for you, there are a LOT more zombies than you have bullets.
Find weapons, kill zombies. The more zombies you kill, the more skilled you get; the more skilled you get, the more zombies appear. The only way out is zombicide!
Play ten scenarios on different maps made from the included modular map tiles, download new scenarios from the designer's website, or create your own!

Its a big hefty box.... with some pretty epic and graphic artwork on it, really i really like.  Was i worried Olivia may be put of by it? no.... as was proved when she saw the box and said.... zombies!!!! coool... can we kill them?  she may only be 7, but she knows her zombie lore, telling me they could only be killed if they where shot in the head, or had there head cut off, or bashed in until their brains ooze out.... yeah... enough of that Olivia.....
Of course, if you are going to play it with children, or younger players just be sensible if they can handle it or not.
An excellent overview on the back, showing the boards and models.  it can play 1-6 players.... yes 1 player!!! which is excellent for me, and scores extra bonus points.  It is a cooperative game where the idea is to work against the AI controlled zombies to complete different missions, be they escaping, or gathering up food stuffs with all sorts of variety the 10 scenarios int he provided booklet will keep you gaming for many many hours.

Thats quite a component list!!! plenty of goodies in here to be discovered, so lets take a look and see whats inside this big old box.....

Monday, 25 July 2016

Plot cards focus for A Game of Thrones the Card Game Second Edition LCG

What plots you add to your deck are an important choice in A Game of Thrones LCG 2nd Edition.  The income, and effects need to be balanced to your deck, and provide you effects you can make the most of. 

With the above in mind we are taking a look at the plot cards that come in the core box set, and what effects they have, and when may be the best time to play them......

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Star Trek Attack Wing Scorpion class Fighters ship build

The Scorpion attack fighters are in the ship yard on Romulus today as we look at how we can outfit them best for battle.  As always the same rules apply, no more then 50 points, and only using the cards that came in the pack as well so you never need to worry about where they may have come from.

 Here's the cards used, so lets look a bit more in depth about what I have picked, and what uses the fighters can perform.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Marvel Legendary Villians from Upper Deck unboxing and review

Time to delve into the Marvel universe, with Marvel Legendary Villains, a card game set in the Marvel universe.

Players can work both with and against other players to overcome the protectors of the city using the greatest Super Villains in the Marvel Universe! The game will feature some of Marvel’s greatest Villains, including Venom, Magneto and Thanos, as they go to battle against some of the most heroic characters in the Marvel Universe, including the X-Men, the Avengers and Spider-Friends!

So this is a solo, or cooperative game, which is really nice, i love the addition of a solo mode on a game.

You get a ton in this box, 550 cards!! plus rulebook and a lovely mousemat material  style play mat. I will only show a few examples of the cards.  I do have to say though, open the subject of the cards, they are excellent quality, some of the best I have ever seen in terms of printing and how they feel.

Lets take a look at whats in the box, and a run down of the characters we can expect to see....

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Interview with Steven from Intensify Forward Firepower Star Wars Armada Podcast

I am a pretty big fan of Star Wars Armada, and I am sure like many others like to look for a good podcast to keep me up to date, hear different ideas, and keep me entertained.  Intensify forward Firepower does all of those things in spades for Star Wars Armada.

You may know Steven From WWPD, a network that hosts a series of podcasts on gaming in general, Flames of War, Bolt Action and more.


I was lucky enough to get a bit of Steven`s time for a few questions regarding Armada and the podcast........

Monday, 18 July 2016

Quadropolis from Days of Wonder unboxing and Review

Today we look at Quadropolis from Days of Wonder.  Its a city building game with lovely artwork that takes me back to many happy hours playing the Sim City series of games, and in my mind really reminds me of Sim City .  Take a look over at the video on Esdevium games channel to see it in action.

 I really like the cartoon style artwork, its bright, colourful and characterful.
the back gives you a nice clear overview of the game and contents, and lays down the ideas.  Its recommended for 2-4 players, and ages 8 and up. but Olivia (7) was fine with it.  Its not a "kids" game exactly, its more of a game suitable for everyone, with a very non offensive theme, no violence, little text on the cards, but plenty of subtle tactics and strategy whilst playing.

Lets pop it open, take a look whats inside, and see what its all about..............................

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Wings of Glory WW1 Duel packs From Ares Games unboxing and review

As many of you readers know I love history, and what some of you may not know, but my long suffering wife does is i love military aviation.  Years spent building Airfix (and other manufacturers) model kits as a youngling, trips to the imperial War musuem, Duxford, Manston, Biggin Hill and Hawkinge airbase museums and airshows.  Hours of pouring over books on planes, and hanging them from my ceiling (not now, the Wife wouldn't have it), and my Grandfather having flown Hawker Typhoons has just let me with a deep love of aviation.  I did have models of all these planes hanging from my ceiling as a youngling, so the chance to actually play with them (instead of just making noises and running around with them, which is still acceptable) was too good a thing to resist.

wings of Glory has its own boxed set that contains the full rules, but no planes.  It has a lot of extra bits in there, different decks for running bombers, and 2 seater recon/fighters, different  damage decks to reflect how different planes where armed.  The duel packs though are a taster of the game, and an ideal introduction.

A pack for beginners with two miniatures at 1/144 scale, fully assembled and fully painted and all the rules needed to start and to go deeper into the system: both Basic and Standard rules are included, plus several scenarios and special rules to go with them (both for trench cards and for AA machineguns).

Two version are available:

- one with Richthofen's Fokker Dr.I and Brown's Sopwith Camel;

- one with Paul Bäumer's D.Va and Frank Luke's SPAD XIII.

The game uses the original flightpath system, which so many other games Xwing, Attack wing etc have used, but instead of dials you have cards which allow for a larger diversity of moves.

Lets take a look in the box.....

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Marvel Vs 2PCG from Upper Deck unboxing and reveiw.

 Time to take a look at another card came, and this time its a Marvel one unlike the Game of Thrones I have been playing lately, but it will still have its share of villains! Its a deck building game where I can pull from characters from Avengers, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy or Marvels most notorious Super villains, super villains are always fun.  As i am not an expert on superhereos, and still going through my journey to leanr about them, i was pleased to see it has some of my very favourites in it, Deadpool, Rocket Racoon, Captain Amercia, Iron Man, just to mention a few.  Magneto, Loki, Green Goblin,  and more with 400 cards in this box, all with stunning artwork there is plenty to look at, and keep you busy reading and deck building.

 What is the Vs. System?
f cards so you’ll have everything you need to play The Vs. System is a card game where 2-4 players each build a deck of Characters, Plot Twists, and Locations, and try to knock out their opponents. Each Vs. System set comes with a full playset othe full game right out of the box. If you never played the original Vs. System, don’t worry: You’ll pick it up fast.
Gameplay Overview
Each player starts with a Main Character such as Iron Man, Star-Lord, or Thanos. During the game you’ll play resources and recruit Supporting Characters. You’ll organize your formation between your Front and Back Rows, and you’ll make solo and team attacks against your foes in order to stun and KO them. You’ll play Plot Twists to enhance your team or hurt your opponent’s. You’ll use your Locations to activate your team’s Super Powers. Your Main Character will earn Experience Points and Level Up to dominate the battlefield. Finally, you’ll KO your opponent’s Main Character (or they’ll KO yours).
Card Types
Main Characters
Supporting Characters
You start the game with a Level 1 Main Character. During the game, when it levels up you’ll switch it with its Level 2 Version.
During your turn you can recruit Supporting Characters into your Front or Back Row.
Lets take a look in the box at the cards, and what you get, and see how it plays.....

Monday, 11 July 2016

Star Wars X-Wing Imperial Veterans unboxing and review

Imperial Veterans brings two repaints of a pair of Imperial ships.  The TIE Bomber comes in sporting a white stripe, and looking very cool, whilst the star (in my opinion) is the TIE Defender in all red, she just looks great.  These twin packs have always been a great way to fix issues with ships that do not always see the table, and these where unfortunately not top of the pile.  Will this set make these ships into Ace hunters to take on those pesky rebels?
As always with Fantasy Flight Games, the art and packaging is fantastic, and really show off the ship models.

So What comes in this pack to enhance the Imperial arsenal? lets see......

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Colt Express unboxing and review from Asmodee games and Ludonaute

Time to head off into the Old West with Colt Express.  In this action packed game for 2-6 players we play bandits, robbing a train, holding up passengers, and generally causing all sorts of mischief.

With a string of awards to its name, its time to have a look, and see just how much fun can be had with this game.
  • 2015 Tric Trac Nominee
  • 2015 Tric Trac de Bronze Winner
  • 2015 Spiel des Jahres Winner
  • 2015 Spiel des Jahres Nominee
  • 2015 Lys Grand Public Winner
  • 2015 Lys Grand Public Finalist
  • 2015 Hungarian Board Game Award Winner
  • 2015 Hungarian Board Game Award Nominee
  • 2015 Gouden Ludo Winner
  • 2015 Gouden Ludo Nominee
  • 2015 As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année Winner
  • 2015 As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année Nominee
  • 2014 Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Nominee
  • 2014 Golden Geek Best Innovative Board Game Nominee
  • 2014 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
  • 2014 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork & Presentation Nomine

The game plays 2-6 players, and comes with plenty of goodies as you can see from the back!
So lets take a look in the box and see what the game is like........

Monday, 4 July 2016

Histrio from Asmodee games and Bombyx board game unboxing and review

I will admit, I am not particularly theatrical, in fact the only time I have ever been to the theatre was a school trip to see Macbeth many, many years ago.  Luckily Histrio is not about acting (I would be awful) its about managing a theatre troop of animal actors and acrobats.
"Come, sit down, every mother's son, and rehearse your parts."
   –William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Munificent Theatrical Festival takes place once a year and all the producers in the kingdom bring their most talented actors and most extravagant shows to impress the King at Court. Leading up to the festival, recruiters search far and wide for performers of the highest caliber, in order to put on the best show the kingdom has ever seen. However, it is not just the quality of the performance that matters, but also whether it satisfies the King's ever-changing mood. There’s no way to tell who will come out on top until it’s time to take the stage, when only luck, influence and time will tell who earns the most acclaim… and the most gold.

Histrio is a strategic card game in which two to five players compete to put on the best theatrical performance. Over the course of two seasons, players recruit performers, send managers to influence the King's mood, and carry out secret requests. At the end of each season, Ecus are given out to the players with the most successful shows, as it relates to the King's mood. After the second season, the player with the most Ecus wins the game. 

The box art is charming, really full of character, but do not let it deceive you, this is a game for all ages, with plenty of tactics and strategy.

So whats in the box?