Posts Tagged ‘board games’

Being a bad dad in Crusader Kings The Board Game

Crusader Kings

It didn’t take long for the deals to start flying across the table. We hovered over the weathered map of medieval Europe, shouting out offers and threats between excursions to the Holy Land. There were marriage proposals, bribes and even an assassination plot or two. Like its PC progenitor, Crusader Kings The Board Game has a knack for generating stories, but it does it in a couple of hours, not a couple of days.

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Terraforming Mars but without the fiddly bits

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Bits are both the joy and bane of board games. You know, bits – those fiddly counters, miniatures and cubes of plastic, wood or metal (oooh, fancy). On the one hand, the tactile sensation of slamming down a plastic train in Ticket to Ride, cutting off your opponent’s train route to their howls of anguish, is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and a feeling that’s near impossible to replicate in videogames. On the other hand, what a motherclucking pain in the posterior they are. When they’re not being eaten by the dog, they’re being ricocheted off the walls by a careless dice roll or nudged into oblivion by inebriated players slamming into the table on their way back from the loo. “Harold, you absolute numpty, what have you done? Can anyone remember how much wool I have?”

Terraforming Mars suffers more from calamity Harolds than most board games. This massively popular strategy game was released in 2016, and it’s currently sitting at number five in the BoardGameGeek top 100. Now, it’s coming to PC. Read the rest of this entry »

Lovecraftian board game Mansions Of Madness coming to PC

Fantasy Flight’s Lovecraftian board game Mansions Of Madness, which cardboard dad Rab Forence has praised so much in these pages, is getting a video game adaptation next year. Publishers Asmodee Digital yesterday announced Mansions Of Madness: Mother’s Embrace, which will send a team of investigators to investigate a spooky mansion, being waylaid by traps, monsters, and other terribleness. Asmodee have a lot of experience in the field, having published digital adaptations of games including Talisman, Ticket To Ride, Mysterium, and Pathfinder Adventures. Read the rest of this entry »

Board game Terra Mystica rolls onto PC

Terra Mystica

I’m not a big board game lover, but friends who are keep telling me there’s two in particular I must try. There’s The Resistance: Avalon, a game about figuring out other players’ identities, and Terra Mystica, a strategy game. As it happens, the latter has dropped on PC this week. So now I have no excuse.

In Terra Mystica [official site] you control one of 14 factions, each with their own unique ability, and the idea is to transform the landscape of the board so that you can build the type of structure that’s specific to your faction. Rab actually wrote about the cardboard version on this site back in 2014, calling it “superb”.

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Wot I Think: Mysterium

Books and syringe boxes both open. Obviously.

Mysterium [official site] is one of my favourite board games. It’s somewhere between Dixit and Cluedo in that you’re a psychic trying to find a murder’s culprit, location and weapon but the only clues you have to go on are these wonderfully illustrated cards given to you by the “ghost” player which form your psychic visions. The game now has an official online version so I’ve been checking it out to see how it translates.

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Mysterium: Ghost-Bothering Whodunnit Coming To PC

Mysterium

In the last week I’ve recommended ghost-bothering board game Mysterium [publisher’s website] to two different people asking about which board game they should pick up for a family Christmas present and I think at least two other people have picked up their own copy of the game having played it at my house in the last month. It’s one of my favourites and now it’s heading to mobile and to PC via Steam. Read the rest of this entry »

Riot Announces League Of Legends Board Game

Riot have announced Mechs vs Minions – a co-operative boardgame based on their mega-popular MOBA, League of Legends [official site]. The game will launch in October (October 13th, to be exact) which makes sense given October is the month of the League of Legends World Championships so millions of eyeballs are on the game at that point. But what does a board game that riffs on Summoner’s Rift look like?

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Cardboard Children – August Board Game News

Hello youse.

It’s safe to say that some of the news I’m about to share with you is the most exciting news that I’ve shared on this site in a long, long time. If you’re deep into board gaming, you’ll probably know most of this news already, but have you heard my incisive analysis? No. If you’re only casually into board games, all this exciting news might just drag you much deeper into our cardboard world. And if you don’t care about board games at all, some of this might change your mind.

Take a few minutes of your day to read more.

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Quantum Quest Is A Cyberpunk Tabletop Sim

Have you ever dreamed of a game where you scour the darkest, seediest corners of an over-populated, neon-saturated cyberpunk metropolis? Was that game a virtual board game with lots of deck building and dice rolling? Well, the good news is it might not be a dream after all. Spanish team Quantum Goose are working on a cyberpunk virtual tabletop game called Quantum Quest [official site] and it’s on Steam Concept now.

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Cardboard Children – Game of the Year 2014

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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