Posts Tagged ‘Cardboard Children’

Cardboard Children – Mission: Red Planet (2nd Edition)

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It’s the month of May. And if I may (get it) talk to you for a bit about board games I may (get it?) be able to tell you about a cool board game. That should maybe have been a “might” there, instead of a “may”. I may be mistaken, though. Or might be mistaken. No idea. Anyway, Mission: Red Planet. Second Edition. Yep. Let’s do this. By the way, the Red Planet is Mars.

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Cardboard Children: WWE – Superstar Showdown

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It seems like WWE Superstar Showdown is a board game that hasn’t made much of an impression upon release. It’s by Gale Force Nine, the team behind the excellent Spartacus and the strong Sons of Anarchy, and it’s about wrestling. Yeah, wrestling! The wrasslin’! WWE! The squared circle! It’s a board game set inside this very ring, featuring a selection of current WWE Superstars. And they’re having a Showdown!

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Cardboard Children: Quadropolis

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Quadropolis from Days of Wonder is a board game about building a city. Well, it’s not really. It doesn’t really feel like building a city at all. It feels like you’re laying out buildings, yes, but you’re really just meeting conditions, netting points. But that’s okay. I’m going to tell you why that’s okay.

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Cardboard Children: April Board Game News

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It’s April, and like a fool (get it?) I’m going to line up some cool board game news for you. This might be the biggest year yet in terms of releases, again, as usual, so let’s see what’s coming down the line.

All the new announcements and updates BELOW!!!

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Cardboard Children: Star Wars Rebellion Part Two

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Last week I told you how great Star Wars: Rebellion is. Today I dig into why, in a bit more detail. I’ll be focusing on a few key elements of the game, and how they work together to tell a thrilling Star Wars story every time you sit down at the table.

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Cardboard Children: Star Wars Rebellion Part One

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Star Wars: Rebellion is a two-player board game from Fantasy Flight Games, re-telling the story of the original Star Wars trilogy in about four hours. The game can also be played with more players, in teams, but the best way to play seems to be head-to-head. It’s the Empire vs The Rebel Alliance, across the entire Star Wars galaxy, and it encompasses strategy, tactics, combat, deception and good old fashioned trash talking. It’s an absolute slam dunk of an experience.

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Cardboard Children: Filming Star Wars Rebellion

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In two days time, from publication of this piece, I’ll be filming a board game segment for a BBC TV show, and as ever the question is going to be – “how do we best cover board games in video form?” Further than that, the question is going to be – “how do we do it in a 4-minute segment?” Because while board game coverage on video is common on the internet these days (some might say too common), most of these videos are long and sprawling things. But in two days, I film a piece on the upcoming Star Wars: Rebellion, and it has to be good and short.

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Cardboard Children – Zombicide: Black Plague

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ZOMBICIDE has been hangin’ around for some time. There’s been ZOMBICIDE and ZOMBICIDE: Zombie Biscuits and ZOMBICIDE: Attack of the Zombies and probably one called ZOMBICIDE: Attack of the Biscuit Zombies Part 2. In this Kickstarter-fuelled era of boardgaming, ZOMBICIDE is the poster child. ZOMBICIDE is the one pulling in the big bucks. But where is ZOMBICIDE now? Well, it’s in the Middle Ages, obviously, with the fun and, well, fun ZOMBICIDE: BLACK PLAGUE.

I promise I’ll stop writing “ZOMBICIDE” now.

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Cardboard Children: March Boardgame News

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My name is Rab Florence, and I am here with your March blast of board game news. There’s going to be a lot of news over the next few months, because we’re moving into the period of the year when news happens all the time. In fact, I don’t remember the last time news stopped happening. Wouldn’t it be nice to read about the Olds sometimes, instead of this constant News?

Anyway…

MARCH BOARD GAME NEWS

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Cardboard Children – Shadows Of Malice

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Shadows of Malice is a bizarre thing. It’s like a board game that fell out of time, something that tumbled through a warp rift from the 1970s. But then – no, it’s modern enough in places that it can’t be something from the past. It’s a hybrid, then, of times and styles. But it looks like the kind of thing the kids might have been playing at the start of ET. It has that early D&D feel, that crude-art, high fantasy feel. It certainly feels RPGish. There’s a lot of text to read, not BULK-wise maybe, but certainly in terms of spread. There is crucial text on cards, and there are a lot of cards. And it all feels a bit unwieldy but read on read on–

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Cardboard Children: Boardgame News Roundup

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It’s February, and it’s time for another blast of board game news. Did you have a good Valentine’s Day? Did you play some good board games with your beloved? I hope not. I hope you just had sex instead.

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Cardboard Children: The Cull Part One

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Well, the cull is underway. Actually, I’m going to capitalise this… Yes, The Cull is underway. I have too many board games, not enough time to play them all, and not enough room to store them all. So some of them have to go. And I thought it might be interesting to document that process here over the months ahead. As this is primarily a column about board game recommendations, perhaps it would be a worthwhile thing to explore why certain games will be leaving my collection. What has happened to these games over time? Is it me or them? Why are they facing The Cull?

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Cardboard Children – Best Boardgame Of 2015

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In the first few years of doing this column, I would always do a Game of the Year award thing. It’s the kind of thing you’re supposed to do at the end of a year, right? You look back over the months and follow your heart to the place where everything was magical for you. There was a time when a game would absolutely stand out over all the rest, and you’d feel like you’d seen enough of the rest to make a confident call on what you thought was “the best”. But times have changed.

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Cardboard Children – T.I.M.E. Stories (Spoiler Free)

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We were all sitting at my kitchen table, and I was laughing so much it hurt. I was in physical pain. Sure, I was a little bit drunk. But me and my pal were absolutely roaring with laughter, and it wasn’t just the wine – sometimes wine gets us a little bit melancholy. Believe me on that.

I can’t tell you exactly why we were laughing – that’s the frustrating thing. But something so completely perfect was happening in a board game, something so clever and surprising and awful and wonderful, that we just couldn’t control ourselves. My character in this game had come to life in such a brutally real way that all you could really do was laugh, and laugh a lot.

T.I.M.E. Stories is absolutely fantastic. Let me try to tell you why.

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Cardboard Children – Elder Sign: Gates of Arkham

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I’d avoided Elder Sign, because I’d heard that it was a weak game. A dice game drawing on HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos (more accurately, a game drawing on Fantasy Flight’s other Cthulhu game Arkham Horror), I’d heard that it lacked bite. As much as I love rolling dice, and I DO love rolling dice, I just felt that Elder Sign was a game best left on the shelf. However, last year’s expansion “Gates of Arkham” was said to improve the game hugely. I thought I should probably take a good long look, now that the game was being called “the game it always should have been”. So what did I think?

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Cardboard Children – January 2016 News

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Oof, it’s 2016. We are all so old. I’m almost 40, and so are you. Even if you’re 19, believe me, you’re almost 40. Did you have a nice Christmas? Did you get any board games? Are you loved? Are you in control of your life? Well, bully for you, pantywaist. Shall we look ahead into 2016 in the world of board games and see what the big news might be?

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Cardboard Children – Screwball Scramble

Hello youse, and Merry Christmas! At dinner, just the other night, the TOMY action game Screwball Scramble was brought out as a post-coffee treat. And a treat is exactly what it was. This wasn’t a board gamer’s house, and everyone in attendance was an adult. I played it while beautiful people watched, and it felt like something very real.

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Cardboard Children – Talisman Forever

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Well, they’ve announced yet another expansion for one of my favourite board games – Talisman. And I want to just talk on Talisman a little bit today and what’s important about games like that – particularly as we’re just round the corner from Christmas. Talisman isn’t the most popular game with board game fans. It’s too “”random”, too “light”, too long. But those who love the game – people like me – really love it. And we want it to be expanded forever. And isn’t it fascinating that it probably can be?

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Cardboard Children – Risk: Star Wars Edition

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Today, RISK. Wait, come back! I’m not – Hey, forget I said RISK. Just – can we – hey, come back! Listen, honestly, friend, I just – YES, IT SAYS RISK ON THE BOX. But listen – please, take your coat off. Please. Give me the benefit of the doubt. Will you give me a chance? I just – look, I shouldn’t have started by saying “RISK”. That was stupid. I wish I could change that. But look – THIS IS NOT RISK. I swear to you. This isn’t RISK. I swear it.

How can I make you stay? Well. What if I say “STAR WARS”? Ah, there we are…

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Cardboard Children – Christmas Shakedown

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It’s been weeks of in-depth board game talk on here, digging down into the specifics and mechanics. I thought it might be nice to have a relaxed pre-Christmas chat about the new games on the shelves on the run-up to the Big Day. So, not really board game news, but more of an overview of what’s new and interesting in this beautiful gift-buying season.

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