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Mystic Vale – A well executed “new” mechanic in deck building

Another Deck Builder??!  This era of board gaming sometimes feels similar to the time that Magic the Gathering was released, where everyone and their dog was releasing a new TCG into the market.  Everyone has a deck builder game, or a twist on the deck builder mechanic.  Heck, WE (at Junk Spirit Games) even have a deck builder coming down the pipeline…..  But for me, this style of game is about the only type of game that my wife will play with me, so I madly buy every deck builder that looks like they half tried to keep from having to play 15 billion rounds of Dominion (which I love).  Mystic Vale from AEG hits a lot of the best points of deck building while adding a bit of tableau building.

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By Order of the Queen – officially announced from Junk Spirit Games

We’ve been teasing #projectbaroness here, on facebook and on twitter for a few months now and today is the day that we can officially get rid of the hashtag name.  We at Junk Spirit Games are happy to announce our next game: By Order of the Queen. Continue reading By Order of the Queen – officially announced from Junk Spirit Games

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Star Wars Rebellion Review – Epic Asymmetrical Gameplay

I’m enough of a Star Wars and Fantasy Flight fan that Star Wars Rebellion was easily a day one purchase for me.  In fact, it’s been a long time since I pre-ordered a game and I was quite happy when it was delivered to my door.  Having to wait four days until my game group’s next game night was the hardest part for me.  After playing two rounds of the game I went online to find comments from the gaming community on Rebellion and I was surprised to find a good amount of them were negative.  After playing more and studying the game at length, I have my review, and an explanation of why I think so many gamers found this game lacking…. Continue reading Star Wars Rebellion Review – Epic Asymmetrical Gameplay

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Dead of Winter – Game Mechanics Review

I brought Dead of Winter to our game group during a time when we were playing various cooperative games and having a great time trouncing the AIs of different thematic games.  We had been playing a lot of Zombicide so another zombie game wasn’t really what we were looking for though.  But this game is less about zombies and more about human interaction, which is what makes The Walking Dead such a great comic book series (Huge fan).  Besides the psychological aspects of the game there are multiple mechanics from other games in here, but the Crossroads system is something awesome and unique.  Let’s discuss all of it: Continue reading Dead of Winter – Game Mechanics Review

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Scoville Review – Just the Euro-style game I was looking for.

It’s not often that I miss awesome games on Kickstarter, but in the case of Scoville it definitely happened.  Fortunately for me, the game did well enough that they ran an expansion Kickstarter that had a pledge level with the original game in it.  After getting it in the mail and reading the rules, I was really happy that the game seems like something my daughters would enjoy playing.  Besides Castles of Mad King Ludwig, I don’t really have many Euro-style games to offer them, so this fit into my collection perfectly.

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