Posts Tagged ‘Cardboard Children’

Cardboard Children – Expansions Round-Up

By Robert Florence on June 30th, 2015.

Okay, so next week I have a MAJOR REVIEW of a very important indie game. It’s not a new release, but it’s a historically important one, I think. And before we head off into better coverage of indie/small-print releases, I think it’s one we have to cover. Before THAT though, we need to clear the decks a little bit. I realise that there are a number of expansions that I’ve not covered yet, and they’re worth highlighting here. All of them are strong. Very strong.

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Cardboard Children – June Board Game News

By Robert Florence on June 23rd, 2015.

Hello youse!

It’s time for the June board game news. And it’s summer! It’s actually the summer! I can tell it’s the summer because here in Glasgow it has been grey and rainy for weeks. It is absolutely glorious! But at least it’s perfect weather for staying indoors to play board games. Or the perfect weather for staying in to, I dunno, whatever it was that Leatherface was doing at the start of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, before those teenagers turned up.

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Cardboard Children: Theseus – The Dark Orbit

By Robert Florence on June 16th, 2015.

Hello youse.

You move in a circle, and you can only move as far as you can manage. You can lay plans for the future, but you might never get the opportunity to enact them. Your plans will be changed on you. You’ll stumble into traps and dead ends that you never knew existed. You will lose, and the loss will often be sudden – everything will collapse in on top of you.

But enough about life. Today we talk about a wonderful board game.

THESEUS: THE DARK ORBIT

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Cardboard Children – Warhammer 40K: Conquest

By Robert Florence on June 9th, 2015.

Hello youse.

I promise that this will be the last Warhammer or Warhammer 40K related game I cover for a little while. For some reason it feels like there’s a Warhammer everything these days. Warhammer board games, Warhammer lunch boxes, a Warhammer lingerie line at Ann Summers. I don’t want to fatigue you with all this Warhammer talk, so I’ll make sure to cover something a little less Warhammery next week. But what’s a guy supposed to do when Warhammers of every shape and size keep flying through his door? ONLY WARHAMMER.

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Cardboard Children – Super Fantasy

By Robert Florence on June 2nd, 2015.

Hello youse.

Do you have any appetite left for another dungeon crawl game? Yeah, I know. It’s – yeah. I know. But wait – this one is called SUPER FANTASY: NIGHT OF THE BADLY DEAD. And that suggests a little bit of humour at least, right? It might be something a little bit different at least, huh? We should probably take a look, I suppose. I mean, that’s why we’re here. I don’t mean “that’s why we’re here” in any true existential sense, I suppose. Do board games even matter at all? Does anything really matter?

Oh god.

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Cardboard Children – Xenoshyft Onslaught

By Robert Florence on May 26th, 2015.

When Xenoshyft Onslaught spits you out – because that’s what this game does – you’re left scratching your head and wondering what on earth you can possibly do to win at this game. You’re also full of questions. You’re confused about the way certain cards work. Some of the rules in the rulebook are so unclear that you’ve just had to make a call about what the designers actually meant. Okay, so I think that this Quill Monster thing attacks your first guy then does an additional one damage to the first three guys in front of it. I think. I think. It niggles you. You’ve just been battered hard and you’re not sure if you were battered exactly right.

And yet. And yet. There’s something about this game that just gets its teeth and claws deep into you.

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Cardboard Children – Boardgame News

By Robert Florence on May 19th, 2015.

Hello youse!

We’re off the back of a string of five reviews, so it’s time for a NEWS UPDATE. Let’s call this the NEWS UPDATE OF MAY, or the MAY NEWS UPDATE. Of board games, obviously. And you might be thinking – “Well, Rab, you just did a news update last month, called the April News Update or something. Is there even more news about daft board games already?” And I’m all like that – “Well, yes.”

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Cardboard Children – Forbidden Stars

By Robert Florence on May 12th, 2015.

Hello youse.

Forbidden Stars is the much-anticipated board game of galactic conquest set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K universe. It’s a game from Fantasy Flight Games, who used to do these big epic board games that shipped in what we called “coffin boxes”. Twilight Imperium III, Starcraft, Runewars, Descent First Edition – all these games came in big giant boxes, packed full of miniatures. These games launched before the current board game boom, when board gaming was still quite niche, and players were willing to plow through 40-page rulebooks before getting a game on the table.

But things changed. The audience expanded, and board games started to become more streamlined, more simple. The length of time you could expect to play a board game for started to shrink. Fantasy Flight released a Second Edition of Descent, and it was a prime example of how the industry was shifting. It was cleaned-up, stripped down, faster to run through. The rulebooks were improved and slimmed down. Descent Second Edition was a better game, probably, but it was definitely lighter. It had definitely lost a bit of that crunch.

And me? I was waiting for things to tip back a little bit in the other direction. I was waiting for the big, long, deep games to come back – with a little bit of that new-age streamlining in the mix. The perfect mix of the old ways and the new. And the wait, thankfully, is over.

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Cardboard Children – Fauna

By Robert Florence on May 5th, 2015.

Mate.

Mate. I didnae even know there were that many animals.

Sometimes it’s good to look at a board game that has a little bit of an educational slant to it. Board games are great to play with kids, and there’s nothing better than busting out something that can broaden their knowledge while they play. And you can broaden your knowledge too. Because, most likely, you’re an idiot just like me.

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Cardboard Children – Elysium

By Robert Florence on April 28th, 2015.

Hello youse.

Do you have the thing you need to get the other thing? If you want to buy an object, you need money. If you want love, you need to have the capacity to love. If you want to watch TV, you need to have a head.

What if the thing you needed to get the other thing had no connection with the thing you lost when the thing you wanted is finally in your hands? What if you had the capacity to love, and so did love, but then could choose to throw away your money or saw your own head off with a bread knife?

This is Elysium.

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Cardboard Children – Munchkin: Axe Cop

By Robert Florence on April 21st, 2015.

Hello youse.

In all my years of writing this column, I’ve never actually properly covered Munchkin. I think that’s something I should do, because the game is very very popular. I mean – it’s super popular. It’s so popular that you can buy about a million different flavours of Munchkin game. There’s a Conan one. And an Adventure Time one. And a Penny Arcade one. And a million expansions. And sweatshirts. And spin-off games. It’s a whole big corner of the board game industry on its own.

I decided I’d give it a proper chance, and bought one with a flavour I liked. So, today – Munchkin: Axe Cop.

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Cardboard Children: Star Wars – Imperial Assault Expansions

By Robert Florence on April 14th, 2015.

Hello youse.

You might remember my review of the skirmish game for Imperial Assault. If you don’t, you can read it right now by simply pushing your finger down on the button on your mouse while pointing the arrow on your screen at this link.

I want to revisit the game now, one month later, because I’ve been digging much deeper into the skirmish game, and I have gone ALL IN with every expansion. Yeah, like, I bought everything. I went all in, just for you! Well, and me. For me too.

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Cardboard Children – April Board Game News

By Robert Florence on April 7th, 2015.

Hello youse.

I’ve been trying to hit you with a board game news column every month, but I keep forgetting. What a terrible news guy! I just can’t catch a break, because games keep coming out. I mean – they keep coming out, all the time. They never stop coming out. Every single week, new games come out. I was supposed to do a second part of that X-COM review, remember that? Still haven’t got round to it. Why? Because games just keep coming out. Help me.

Help me.

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