Posts Tagged ‘Cardboard Children’

Cardboard Children – Betrayal At Calth Session Report

Sit down. Let me tell you a story.

The game on the table is The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth. It is the beginning of a story. It’s a snake uncoiling. It is quick and frightening. There are two people at play, but the play is a fight, and a bloody one.

From start to finish, 34 minutes pass. There is noise – laughter, gasps, roars. There is a thump on the table. Tiny plastic warriors tremble.

This is a Cardboard Children session report.

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Cardboard Children – Analysis of a Session Report

Hello youse.

Last week I told you I was going to do a session report of the new Games Workshop game The Horus Heresy: Betrayal At Calth. In the process of writing that session report – the first session report I’ve ever done as part of this column – I realised that I don’t really know how to write a session report. And now I’ve said “session report” about a million times. So today, before I lay my session report upon you next week, an analysis of the mysterious beast we call the board game session report. A million and two now.

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Cardboard Children – Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth

Hello youse.

Most of you who read these pages will be aware that the Games Workshop board game Space Hulk is one of my favourite games of all time. In fact, it was re-buying Space Hulk that brought me back into board gaming in a big way. So I’ve always had a soft spot for Games Workshop’s line – in particular, I’m always impressed by how lovingly the stories behind the games are told. Games Workshop’s “fluff” is second-to-none, and they’ve always tried to make sure that every die you roll has a backstory of some real weight. And when it comes to backstory, there’s nothing quite like The Horus Heresy, the tale of how the events of Warhammer 40K came to pass.

And now there’s a brand new board game about one of the key battles in the time of The Horus Heresy. I’ll be covering it in two parts – today, those first impressions.

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Cardboard Children – Dungeon Saga

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When it comes to board games and Christmas (look, shut up, it IS nearly Christmas) I always think about good old HEROQUEST. “Fire of ROFF!” and all that. So I thought it might be good to check out a brand new board game from Mantic that tries to recapture that old HeroQuest feel, right down to the plastic furniture.

READ ON!

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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 – Gen Con News

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Gen Con Gen Con Gen Con. Gen Con Gen Con Gen Con. As any fool knows, Gencon is the world famous game convention thing, with the Con in Gen Con standing for “Convention” and the Gen in Gen Con standing for I don’t know what. Today I want to tell you the stuff from Gen Con that IN MY OPINION is of interest to board game fans.

But first!

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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

Hello youse.

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

Hello youse.

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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