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Games News! 22/09/14

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By Quintin Smith on Sept. 22, 2014

Quinns: Morning, everybody! For the second week running we're leading with our Kickstarters, this time with action movie RPG Feng Shui 2.

I know about the original Feng Shui because of the time my friend was breathlessly espousing one of the mechanics. Your character is more likely to pass a check if they're doing something ludicrous. So, shooting two bad guys is a harder check to pass than throwing a bottle between them, then shooting it so it explodes. Or dodging a falling rock is harder than uppercutting it in half.

If that hasn't sold you on it, I'm not sure there's anything else I could say. But I'll try!

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Donations, and forums, are now open!

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By SU&SD on Sept. 19, 2014

Hello everybody!

It's an exciting day for us. First off, our fourth ever donation season is now open but will close at the end of September, so if you'd like to support us or want in on the 4th Gold Club please pledge in the next 12 days. Unless you're a subscriber, of course, in which case you can sit back, crack your knuckles and feel a sense of harmony with the universe.

But wait! There's more! An early test version of the official SU&SD forums is now open to anyone who's ever made account with us by donating. There's no need to be in the Gold Club to get an account. Whatever donation you like will get you in there if you'd like to chat about board games, roleplaying games, or just how to fix Finland.

Thanks so much for the support, everybody.

-- Team SU&SD

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Review: Samurai Spirit

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By Quintin Smith on Sept. 19, 2014

One of the first reviews we ever wrote was of Antoine Bauza's Ghost Stories, back when SU&SD was little more than a twinkle on our camcorder's four gig SD card.

Clearly we're getting old. This year will soon see the release of Samurai Spirit, an all-new Bauza game of protecting an all-new village. What will Quinns make of it? More importantly, what will he make of that box?

Have you heard about the box? Oh dear. We have some bad news. Are you sitting down?

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Review: 1944: Race to the Rhine

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By Matt Thrower on Sept. 18, 2014

(Images courtesy of BoardGameGeek.)

Thrower: General Patton chewed his cigar and look East, over the Rhine, into Germany. He'd done it. By loading his divisions down with fuel, he'd stolen a coup on the other Allied commanders and made it to the river first.

Now, only the 155th Panzer Brigade stood between him and the history books. Disorganised and demoralised, they were no match for his crack US corps.

Suddenly the field telephone crackled into life. "Sir? Sir! We can't action that advance order. The troops have no ammunition. Montgomery requisitioned the lot."

"WHAT?" bellowed Patton, spraying out a mouthful of cheesy wotsits. "That British f*** took EVERYTHING? Jesus!"

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Games News! 15/09/14

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By Quintin Smith on Sept. 15, 2014

Quinns: Morning, everybody! I know these pieces usually appear at about 5pm GMT, but I like that greeting too much to change it. As such, I'm now ruling that it is never "midday" in England until after the Games News. Please update your calendars accordingly.

I'm gonna lead with the week's Kickstarters, but only because our first one has just four hours left! Rogues to Riches looks just lovely. This is storytelling & card game hybrid that casts the players as thieves sharing stories of last night's exploits. Can you explain to the other players how you used nothing but your hat to steal the pub's most valuable sandwich?

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Review: Dead of Winter

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By SU&SD on Sept. 12, 2014

In one of our most anticipated reviews of the year, Paul and Quinns have hunkered down in their rubbish-strew hideaway for a spoiler-free analysis of Dead of Winter (which isn't yet available at Amazon so that link takes you to the publishers' own shop).

Like SU&SD favourite City of Horror, here's a zombie game that isn't about zombies. Rather, Dead of Winter wants to tell you a story of a freezing cold colony where men and women are exiled over a lost tin of beans, and the degree to which you trust your friends could save you as easily as get you killed.

Did we mention it's the first board game we've reviewed with a sex scene? Oh, yes.

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Review: Camel Up

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By Quintin Smith on Sept. 10, 2014

Quinns: As you’d imagine, we take our time with the games we review. There are tea breaks. Pee breaks. We’ll pass around a bit of cardboard, saying things like “Feel how thick that is!” and “That’s quite thick actually”. But yesterday? Yesterday, we were in a hurry.

“PUT YOUR FINGER HERE,” I ordered. Matt cautiously slipped a forefinger into the recess of my toy pyramid, letting me wrestle a rubber band around its neck.

“OK," I began. "We’re going to bet on some camels now. It’s going to be fun, OK? This game won an award. Now everybody sit down and listen to the rules because we only have half an hour oh jesus is that the time let's go let's go”

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Games News! 08/09/14

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By Quintin Smith on Sept. 8, 2014

Quinns: Morning, everyone. The bad news is, you're all going to die because the end of the world is coming. The good news is, you can pick your flavour of ragnarok.

I'm referring to Fantasy Flight's new range of pen and paper role-playing games! From left to right they'll cover zombies, angry gods, aliens and murderous machines. In a great little twist, though, all the players control themselves. So, Paul Dean and Matt Lees having to use their real-life skills to survive when their fridges and lawnmowers start wanting them dead.

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