Posts Tagged ‘Boardgames’

Cardboard Children – Skull

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In the run-up to Christmas I’ll be banging out reviews of board games old and new, to flush every last penny out of your battered old wallet or purse. I am going to be reaching into your coat pocket, giving you a Fagin smile, and singing “gotta buy a board game or two, boyyyyyy-ho-ho-hoyyyy”. And you know what? I think you’re going to like it. This week, I finally get around to SKULL.

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Cardboard Children: Portal

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A few years back, there was an obscure little indie game on PC called “Portal”. It was about using portals to solve environmental puzzles, and those of us in the know had an absolute blast with it. It was followed by a sequel, called “Portal 2”, which was also great fun – but too long and with annoying voices. Now, not many people have played these games, but that hasn’t stopped Cryptozoic releasing a board game based on this little-known property. Let’s take a look at Portal: The Board Game.

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Cardboard Children Post-Essen Shakedown

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Well, it was Essen Shpeel (that’s how you say it). Another big games show, and lots more board game news. So let me just cherry pick a few bits of exciting post-Essen news bites, and then we can knuckle down to weeks and weeks of covering new games that will make a dent in your family’s bank account this Christmas. I’m a games man, not a news man. LEAVE ME ALONE, NEWS.

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Cardboard Children – MtG – Arena of the Planeswalkers

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Magic The Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers is a bit of a mouthful, right? But it’s definitely a title worth saying, and definitely a board game worth ordering. I was surprised by how good this one was – let me break it down for you real quick right here in this column today.

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Cardboard Children – September Board Game News

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Oof! Just made it under the wire for the September Board Game News update. Honestly, I keep hoping against hope that there will be at least one month where there’s no board game news, but it just keeps on coming at this point. Games, games and more games, flowing at us like a cardboard river. And I just can’t fight the current. It’s too strong! I’m –

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Cardboard Children – Legendary Encounters: Predator

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Here’s a fun Predator story for you. When I was in my early teens, Predator was on TV late at night. I was over-tired, but I just had to stay up and watch it. About 45 minutes in, I noticed that the jungle had actually started to sprout out of my TV set. My room filled with loops and spirals of jungle foliage, and I could feel a searing heat. I was drenched in sweat, surrounded by weird, psychedelic leaves, and burdened by the terrible notion that something was watching me. I then had a massive seizure. This week we review Legendary Encounters: Predator.

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Cardboard Children – Rab’s Board Game Think Piece

Hello youse. I realised that I’ve never done a board game think piece. You know what a think piece is, right? It’s like – It’s a bit of writing about a thing, and it’s composed of things that you’ve thought about that thing. Or something. I mean, I know that sounds like every bit of writing, but think pieces are different. They must be, because people keep writing them. So what would a think piece about board games look like? Welcome to RAB’S BOARD GAME THINK PIECE.

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Cardboard Children – Valley Of The Kings: Afterlife

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I love Ancient Egypt stuff. I always have, from way back in the day when I had a subscription for a magazine called “Discovery” at my local corner shop and my mum didn’t pick it up in weeks and weeks and it ended up spiralling out of control into a giant bill and we had to avoid the shop for ages and – ANYWAY. Yeah, Egypt. Pyramids. Big gold hats. Mummies. Mad cat things. Dogmen with sticks. It’s the best. So here’s something else that is also kinda bestish.

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Cardboard Children – August Boardgame News

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There’s a grand old maid across the sea, so the story was recalled to me. And from dawn to dusk you hear her call down in front of the Wailing Wall. But we’re here to talk about board games, and I want you to forgive the fact that it’s September already, because we’re doing the AUGUST BOARD GAME NEWS! Just pretend today is yesterday. How hard can that be?

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Cardboard Children – Witness

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Do you like leaning really close to a person and whispering in their ear? So close to them that the heat from your breath makes the fine hair on their neck prickle? Do you like whispering secrets? Do you like it when your lips brush an earlobe and you hear a small catch in someone’s throat? Almost a gasp. Almost a sigh.

Then Witness might be the game for you.

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Cardboard Children – Specter Ops

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As we run up towards the release of what will probably be the greatest video game of all time, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, I thought we should maybe take a look at a recent release that tries to capture that MGS feel. It’s a game called Specter Ops, and it’s about an agent sneaking into a facility to complete some objectives while avoiding a group of bad guy weirdos. Sounds about right, yeah? But is it?

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Cardboard Children – Giallo

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A few weeks back I asked for indie game designers to get in touch, so that I could try to bring some smaller, more interesting games to your attention. Board games are booming right now, but I always feel that one of the best ways to support a scene is to get right down around the foundations of it and scratch around for little nuggets of gold. This week I want to tell you about a little indie card game called Giallo.

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Cardboard Children – July Board Game News

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First of all, thanks for the lovely comments after last week’s column. You’re a lovely bunch. It was very much appreciated. Second of all, it’s time for the July board game news. We’re in the middle of the BIG BOOM of board gaming, and there’s a lot to cover. I’ve chosen some of the most interesting stuff to tell you about today. Dig in, and get your wallets ready!

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Cardboard Children – Return to Port Blacksand

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My ma died on Friday night just past, but instead of curling up into a ball and rolling into a hole at the bottom of my garden I’m going to talk to you all a little bit about games, because I love to do that. The death of a parent is a difficult thing to process, but I find that it helps to keep talking and reminiscing. And we’ve done a lot of reminiscing in this column over the years, so I’d like to do a little bit more of that today, while I’m among friends. I appreciate your patience.

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Cardboard Children – Legendary: Marvel

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When I reviewed Legendary Encounters, the Alien deckbuilding game, I was aware that the game system was already well-established as Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. I liked Legendary Encounters a lot – so much that I called it my game of the year – and promised myself that I would try out the main Legendary line as soon as I could. Well, you know – seasons come and go, and life intrudes, and selfish game designers just won’t stop designing new games, so it’s taken until now for me to get to Marvel Legendary itself. The upside is that I look at the game in a form that is well-expanded, well-supported, with mountains of content.

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Cardboard Children – Sadness: Into The Rays

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“Sadness: Into The Rays” is an indie board game, with an intended print run of 10. I’m lucky enough to have a copy, and I’d love to show you some pictures of it – but I can’t. Right there in the manual, on page three, it says this – “The designer asks that you do not share any images from this game. Your personal copy is yours, and yours alone. You may talk about Sadness, and relate your experiences with Sadness. But please do not share any images of Sadness with anyone else.”

Needless to say, Sadness: Into The Rays is a solitaire game. I review it here today.

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Cardboard Children – Expansions Round-Up

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

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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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How Do Boardgame Creators Feel About Tabletop Simulator And Infringing Mods?

We asked Paul Dean of splendid boardgaming website Shut Up & Sit Down to investigate the future of the enormously successful boardgame software, Tabletop Simulator [official site]. He spoke to the creators, as well as boardgame designers, to discover their feelings towards copyright-infringing mods that replicate their games, plus the possible benefits of paid mods and licensed DLC.

The first time I saw anyone playing Tabletop Simulator, I was pointed toward a jury-rigged version of the hidden identity game Mascarade, cobbled together using Dota 2 art for the cards. My immediate response was, “Well, this definitely isn’t going to last.” What I saw in this new software wasn’t just an explosion of interest in board games, but also the potential for so many copyrights to be infringed.

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Cardboard Children – Warhammer 40K: Conquest

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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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