It’s the end of the year, and so I want to take a page to reflect upon the games we’ve seen in 2014. So many of them! Too many! The easiest way to do it would be by using some kind of list, right? Right? RIGHT.
RPS Feature Concept review
RPS Feature DOBBLE
Dobble comes in a little tin. It’s the kind of little tin that you imagine soldiers might have used during one of the great wars to keep things dry. Like cigarettes and love letters. It’s the kind of tin they’d use to house an expensive pate in a French delicatessen. It would easily fit in a bedside drawer or sit on a mantelpiece. It would fit anywhere, in any home, and it really should.
RPS Feature Mostly news
As we build up to Christmas, and all that Christmas entails (tinsel, trees, supernatural gift-bearing “men”, family fights) it’s time to take another look at the current board game scene to see what the news is. It’s been two months since I let you all know what’s going down right now in a news-style fashion, and you know what? LOADS IS GOING DOWN.
RPS Feature Think Of Fun
This past week, the soon-to-be-extinct human race of universe 34876.5 landed a robotic craft on a comet. To its great credit, that civilisation is fascinated by space exploration, despite the fact that extinction will occur long before any contact with other civilisations with occur. That civilisation is also fascinated by games, and designs many games based around space exploration. One of these games is called “GRAVWELL”.
RPS Feature Can't Go On
RPS Feature Headshot With Dice
RPS Feature News On Board Games
I’m going to try to do a news-style update once a month, to try to keep you all up to date with what’s coming down the line in the wide world of board gaming. It is endless. Games upon games and expansions upon expansions to those games upon games. It is eternal, and if we don’t step out once every four weeks or so to take stock of what’s happening, we’ll get ourselves in an awful state. Read on.
RPS Feature Biker Board Games
You all know how I feel about the Spartacus board game. It came in at number one on my list of the 50 Best Games Of All Time. (It’s worth mentioning that Cosmic Encounter was so high on the list it hovered ABOVE the top spot, as the best board game of all time.) Now, Spartacus was based on a TV show that I’ve never watched. Regardless, it was a slam dunk from the first play.
Now comes Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem. Another board game from the same company who brought us Spartacus. Another game based on a show that I’ve never seen. Can Gale Force Nine do it again?
RPS Feature They Have Many Sides
What is a die? Let’s take a look at the standard 6-sided die. Six faces, yes? Numbered, usually with pips, from 1 to 6. One pip means failure, six pips means success. That’s how we usually understand it.
It is an object of pure chance. You take a die in your hand and shake it. The shaking means nothing. It does nothing. It creates the illusion of agency. You let the die loose and it tumbles, cracks open its chaotic secret. Failure. Success.
Today, I review dice.
RPS Feature D10 + 1
The RPS gang have been playing with dice. Our Dungeons & Dragons campaign (DM’d by Jim) has been slaying goblins and exploring sinister caves for a few months now, so we thought we’d have a chat about it, and consider how it reflected on our many years of playing videogames.
RPS Feature DEATHBAW
KAOSBALL. In Scotland we call it KAOSBAW. It’s a sports game – that sport being a futuristic sport of endzones and punching and crunching. It seems like future sports are going to be really violent, doesn’t it? I bet, in the year 2300, even golf will allow you to pound your opponents to death with a 9 iron. Darts will have explosive tips, and the bullseye will be marked on your opponent’s forehead. Boxing will be inside a volcano. Gymnastics will feature barbed-wire leotards.
Oh yes, the review. Sorry.
RPS Feature All the boards, all the games, all the news
There is SO much board game news right now that we really have to do another column that is about BOARD GAME NEWS. Company mergers, massive releases, re-prints, you name it – it’s all happening in the wide world of sports we call “Board Game Sports”. (We don’t call it that.)
RPS Feature Normandie Reverie
War, eh? It’s no laughing matter, really. It seems like every single time a war happens, somebody ends up getting hurt. Since the beginning of recorded history, wars have caused a catalogue of injuries from a little finger boo-boo all the way to a blasted into dust by a mad big bomb. Say what you want about wars – you have to agree that they come with their fair share of inconveniences.
If you want to have a wee war on your table, you’ve come to the right place. Let Grand Side-General of the Ambassador Florence (I don’t know anything about military ranks) tell you all about HEROES OF NORMANDIE.