Posts Tagged ‘Cardboard Children’

Cardboard Children – Three Kingdoms Redux

By Robert Florence on March 24th, 2015.

“All great powers reunify after long periods of division, wane and break up after long periods of unification.”

Two years ago, in this very column, I wrote this:

“My dream is to design a Romance of the Three Kingdoms board game. What’s YOUR dream design?”

Today I review a Three Kingdoms board game. It’s called “Three Kingdoms Redux”, it’s by two first-time game designers, and I am completely stunned.

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Cardboard Children – Star Wars: Imperial Assault

By Robert Florence on March 17th, 2015.

Hello youse.

Star Wars: Imperial Assault is a giant box of board game stuff that lets you play two different types of game. One of them is a big campaign thing, with side-missions and a developing story. The other is a skirmish game, where you fling lots of little plastic Star Wars toys on a board, roll lots of dice, and try to come out on top. A campaign-based game is a difficult thing to review. Sure, I could just cover the mechanics and the first few missions, but often problems in a campaign game’s structure only become clear as things develop. The skirmish game is different. I can cover that right now.

And I will.

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Cardboard Children – Loony Quest

By Robert Florence on March 10th, 2015.

Hello youse.

It’s always nice to be able to recommend a great new family game, and that’s exactly what Loony Quest is. 2-5 players can sit down to this and the box says the game is for players 8-years-old and up – but I think that kids a few years younger could easily play, as long as they don’t stress out too much about failure. Because you gonna fail a LOT in this little firecracker. It’s a game about drawing lines and circles and dots to complete quests, and it’s great, great fun.

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Cardboard Children: Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

By Robert Florence on March 3rd, 2015.

Hello youse.

Running a live session of D&D Fifth Edition is far easier than you’d think. First of all, you need an audience of nice people – we have plenty of those in Glasgow. Then you need some good, funny players. I had those too, all of them friends of mine, all of them involved in the TV comedy game in some capacity. Then you need Dungeons & Dragons itself. I had the Player’s Handbook, the Dungeon Master’s Guide and the Monster Manual behind my DM screen. Oh, and I also had the new Dungeon Master’s Screen.

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Cardboard Children – On Dungeons & Dragons

By Robert Florence on February 24th, 2015.

Hello youse.

Where would we be without Dungeons & Dragons? A few days ago I ran a live session of 5th Edition D&D at Glasgow Film Festival, and it was a really fun experience. I’ll be talking about that session in some detail next week when I review 5th Edition itself, but let’s spend this week just reminiscing about Dungeons & Dragons, and thinking about everything that Dungeons & Dragons means to people like us.

And by “people like us” I mean people who like Dungeons. And Dragons.

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Cardboard Children – Star Realms/Death Angel

By Robert Florence on February 17th, 2015.

Hello youse.

Last week someone on Twitter said to me “Brother, beloved brother, God of Games, you have been recommending a lot of very expensive board games recently,” or words to that effect. And I was all like – “Have I?” And then I checked and I kinda have been. So this week I want to quickly tell you about two inexpensive little games, one old and one new, that I think are great games for the price. Shall we start with the new one?

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Cardboard Children – Arcadia Quest

By Robert Florence on February 10th, 2015.

Hello youse.

Part 2 of my XCOM: The Board Game coverage will have to wait. I’m yet to sufficiently explore the different player counts. It’s such an interesting game. You can read the first part of my review here, if you missed it. To fill in, I’m going to tell you about a fun new game called Arcadia Quest.

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Cardboard Children: XCOM: The Board Game – Part 1

By Robert Florence on February 3rd, 2015.

Hello youse. With XCOM being a game that is significant in the history of PC gaming, I thought I would do something a bit different with my coverage of XCOM: The Board Game on Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Often, when a board game supports solitaire play, I’m asked how well the single-player aspect works. And I’m often unable to answer, because I rarely play board games alone. But with XCOM, I thought I would make an effort. The PC game series is a real single-player, one-mind-against-the-machine experience. How does the board game stack up?

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Cardboard Children – The State Of Gaming 2015

By Robert Florence on January 27th, 2015.

Hello youse!

Board gaming is booming. Sales are up, and climbing. Kickstarters are launching every week. Board game coverage is blossoming, and people are earning a living talking about these things. Wil Wheaton is rolling in all that Tabletop cash. The Dice Tower (the best board game coverage on the internet) is expanding and being supported by its viewers. The big publishers are launching big games based on big intellectual properties and making big, big money. It is a golden, perfect time for board gaming. We are in the sunshine. But where do we go from here? Let’s talk about the state of board gaming, now, in 2015.

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Cardboard Children – Lords of Vegas

By Robert Florence on January 20th, 2015.

Hello youse.

Sometimes you look at a board game’s box and you say to yourself “I am never going to roar and pump my fist in the face of my enemies playing this thing.” Some games look like fist pumpers, and some just don’t. Lords of Vegas doesn’t look like a fist pumper at all. It’s all BUILD CASINOS and EXPAND YOUR INFLUENCE and MAKE MONEY. Where exactly in all of that are you going to pump a fist?

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Cardboard Children – Game of the Year 2014

By Robert Florence on January 13th, 2015.

Hello youse.

I’m here to tell you about what I think is the best game released in 2014. We will call this column the “GAME OF THE YEAR 2014” column, to get that idea across. A good idea, I think. Anyway – this was a game I played very late in 2014, but it made a huge first impression on me. And then I played it again, in a different way, and I was BLOWN CLEAN OUT OF MY BOOTS. At this point, there is no doubt in my mind – this is the best new game I played in 2014. And that game’s name?

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Cardboard Children – Panic On Wall Street

By Robert Florence on January 6th, 2015.

Hello youse.

I have no idea what happens at the end of Trading Places. It’s one of my favourite films, for sure. I’ve seen it about 50 times, easily. But I have no idea what is going on at the end. I’m not talking about the stuff with the gorilla – I understand what’s happening there. I’m talking about the business at the stock market place with all the shouting and people waving things in the air. And Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd are all like – “BUY BUY BUY” and then they’re all like “SELL SELL SELL”. And I have NO idea what’s happening because it makes no sense. Anyway, a board game.

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Cardboard Children – The Games of NO! CONCEPT!

By Robert Florence on December 23rd, 2014.

Hello youse.

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.

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