Dec 222014

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CUBIST Game Review

CUBIST by Steven Poelzing and Alf Seegert is a game that let’s you aspire to creating grand, modern art by building a series of cube installations made of marbled dice. It is a great gateway game for 2-4 players that’s easy to learn and play. The cool dice and neat angle on the theme makes for a memorable experience.

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Dec 182014

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Ancient Terrible Things Game Review

Ancient Terrible Things by Simon McGregor is an awesome, pulp-fun take on the Yahtzee style, dice rolling, press your luck game. It has a little hand management, a little set collection, and a whole lot of amazon horror. All sorts of fun for 2-4 players.

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Dec 172014

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Cartography Game Review

A twitter fan first told me about the Cartography Kickstarter campaign – and then the campaign page grabbed my attention. Even though they’ve funded, Jon Adams sent along a prototype of the game for a preview. Cartography is a classy take on territory control games like Go or Othello. The presentation is fantastic and the twist is that you can build out your map for a period of time while vying for territory. Once you’ve used up the tiles, you then finish filling out the remaining spaces on the board.

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Dec 162014

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Splendor Game Review

Splendor by Marc André is one of those new games each year that catches everyone’s attention. It is simple to play as players collect Gems and build or buy cards. The gem components feel great in hand and play moves quickly around the table (2-4 players). Splendor is a fun introduction to engine building for new or casual players, but still has plenty of play for vets as well.

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Dec 152014

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Who Stole The Cookie? Game Review

Who Stole The Cookie? by Chris Castagnetto is a wonderful, little, micro card game. It is 18 cards, cost $6, and has already become one of my icebreakers of choice for Game night or mixed group gaming. Who Stole The Cookie? Is a deduction game for 3-8 players where you are trying to be the first player who can declare where the two hidden cookies are. Be careful, if you declare and flip over crumbs – you are out of the game!

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Nov 242014


Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon 2014

The Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon helps kids in need to get the medical treatments they desperately need. Learn how Wargaming Recon raised money by playing games for 24 hours.

The funds are used to provide medical care for kids whose families otherwise could not afford the help.

Listen to this episode to learn more about this great cause, discover some cool new games, and maybe you will be empowered to participate next year!

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About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the CWF Game Cast. He hosts the Wargaming Recon podcast (formerly CWF Game Cast podcast). He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

Nov 192014

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Seven Dragons by Andrew Looney was recommended to me after my Guillotine review and I’m quite happy I picked it up. It is a tile laying game for 2-5 players where each player is trying to be the first to connect 7 dragons of their color on the growing board. Play is fast and straight forward, but there is enough variance in the tiles and action cards that the game stays interesting. This is a great family game and it is worth note that the game comes with instructions on how to play with all age levels down to Pre-K. More games should do this – it is awesome.

Seven Dragons is a blast to play between dinner and homework! I do humbly recommend a simple, color only version be created so it can take over at Target :)

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Nov 182014

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Innovation by Carl Chudyk Is rapidly gaining popularity in various game circles. Carl manages to take all the fantastic elements of Sid Meier’s Civilization and boil it down into cards (no simple task). In order to accomplish this he created a series of icons and a card “splaying” mechanic that is a little nugget of card game magic. Innovation is well worth your attention. This game can be hard to find, so make sure you are getting the second edition published by Asamadi Games (pictured).

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