Review: Pipeline

rude oil, there will be love, peter piper
Today we're very proud to present our review of Capstone Games' Pipeline. A game of pipes, lines, and... erm... the stuff that goes inside of pipes?

You mustn't let Pipeline's lack of theme bother you. Where we're going we don't need theme. Playing Pipeline, you're going to feel the rush of seed money, the thrill of turning a profit, the rollercoaster of handling each new round at greater and greater speeds. In fact, this could be the year's single best economic board game.

Have a great weekend, everybody!


Review: Crokinole

damn it feels good to crok a nole, crokinolispurts, killer croc
Today, we're proud to present the finale of Chronicles Month, as we poke our flag into a most elusive game in the BoardGameGeek Top 100.

Crokinole is big, it's bold, it's 150 years old, and a good board will cost you $300. Those are some very frightening numbers. Could this ever be a reasonable consumer purchase? Click play, and find out.

Huge thanks to the fine people at Woodestic Crokinole for providing us with a discount on our board. If you live in Europe and were interested in a Crokinole board of your very own, make them your first port of call.

Have a great weekend, everybody.


Review – Batman: Gotham City Chronicles

mr. riddles, the jokerman, batman's carmobile
It's time for the second review of Chronicles month, and oh boy, have we got a chronicle for you.

With a price point of $130, Batman: Gotham City Chronicles is the second most expensive game we've ever reviewed. If there's a bat-thing you love, you're bound to find it sequestered in one (one!) of this game's many, many boxes.

But could some boxes of fictitious bats ever be worth that much money? Click play, let us tell you what we think.


Review: Chronicles of Crime & the Noir Expansion

follow the money, enter the holocupboard, accuse the boy
Oh boy, have we got an exciting announcement! Today marks the start of Chronicles Month on Shut Up & Sit Down, where we'll be celebrating all things chronicled (as well as the general art of chronicling).

To kick off proceedings, we're reviewing Chronicles of Crime together with the brand-new Noir expansion. Is it a better crime-busting game than Consulting Detective? Or a better disposable game than Unlock? Did Matt write this whole review just to play with noir grading? Click play, and follow the money.

Have a lovely weekend, everybody.


Review: Gùgōng

that gets my scrote, a greasy bribey baby, we don't eat pears here
Oof! When was the last time a game let you get jade, AND sail boat, AND great wall?

Gùgōng is the new game from venerable designer Andreas Steding, and we think it may well be worth your time. This game is a teasing web of tricky economies and corrupt cardplay, and we absolutely can't wait for the expansion to be revealed later this year.

Have a great weekend, everybody.


Review: Blood on the Clocktower

troublesome fuzziness, impterns, unless i'm drunk you are my grandchild
Brace yourselves, because Quinns (maybe) has a new favourite board game of all time.

Blood on the Clocktower is live on Kickstarter right now, and for the first time in Shut Up & Sit Down history we've published our review to coincide with that Kickstarter to help to get this game into the hands of as many people as possible.

What makes it so special? Is it the haunted gerrymandering? The frightening complexity? The fact that, under all of the lying and murder, it's a feelgood experience?

It's all of that, and much, much more. Have a great weekend, everybody!


Review: Altiplano & The Traveller Expansion

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Since a quick'n'shifty discussion on podcast #68, there hasn't been much discussion on this site of Andean carpet-crafter & bag-builder Altiplano... until TODAY!

This game has recently been gifted with The Traveller expansion, which Matt is convinced turns a good game into a great one by... adding a strange man who wanders around in circles? Can that be right?

Read our review of Altiplano's predecessor Orléans here.


Review: The Quest for El Dorado and the Heroes & Hexes expansion

uncle bagface, steamy analogies, chrono trigger, gertrude everdeen
With the release of The Quest for El Dorado, it seems that board gaming owes yet another debt to venerable designer Reiner Knizia. This game is a nail-biting race through a troublesome jungle, and we think it's superb. A solid, simple, clean design.

...But what if you want a wobbly, complex, dirty design? Well, then you could pick up the Heroes & Hexes expansion, which Quinns also investigates in this video.

Have a great weekend, everybody!



Review: Quacks of Quedlinburg

Do you feel a faint stirring in your heart? That'll probably be because of Quacks of Quedlinburg, a game about stirring, excitement, dread, capitalism, and even more stirring. It's also the second game about managing your own personal gambling den we've reviewed recently, following on from the very good Space Base. But this is better.

Special thanks to Wizarding Harry of Wizarding Harry's Child Wizarding School for Top Wizarding Harrys for being such a superb special guest.