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Project NOS Review – Real-Time Dice Drag Racing

I was at a local game store recently and heard about one of Peter Newland’s recent games.  The line I was told was that the game takes under a minute to play.  How weird as a concept….. and as a fledgling game designer myself I became incredibly interested in how something like that would even work.  Then the theme came in – Drag Racing…… and it all makes sense now.

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Yukon Salon – Styling Lumberjacks and their pet ….bears.

Sometimes when you play games you feel like there MUST be some kind of weird backstory involved in the creation process of the game in front of you.  With Yukon Salon, I’ve got to assume there is a range of answers here, from someone having a mighty mighty beard to someone else thinking the name makes for a funny rhyme.  Either way, we now have a game for all your Lumberjack beardtrimming needs.  Also, style their pets too, you know, those bears they are always rolling around with. Continue reading Yukon Salon – Styling Lumberjacks and their pet ….bears.

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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