First off, the team discuss stress-testing some of their favourite games from the last year at the 2018 Game Developer's Convention in San Francisco. Did Ethnos, Fog of Love, Azul or Barenpark buckle under pressure?
But wait, there's are new games too! Matt has thoughts on the as-yet unpublished Puzzlegami, Leigh joins the team to describe the as-yet unfinished Four Empires, and Paul provides some thoughts on Star Wars: Legion and Age of Steam.
Enjoy, everybody! And if you'd like to hear the team record a live podcast in person, we're recording two of 'em at the UK Games Expo in June. Come stop by!
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Quinns: That’s right. Our artisanal news is of the very highest quality and proven by science to be extremely good for your health. Ah, I see the first course is being served now! A light soup full of tiny boats, representing the latest expansion for legendary drafting game 7 Wonders- 7 Wonders: Armada!
Paul: Of course! What is the ocean if not a really, really, really big soup?
I first felt the tingle of that power when I was seven years old. It was an open house at a local technical school. Back in a corner, away from the admittedly-modest crowds, was a little display for a “flat screen” television, cutting edge technology of that long, long time ago. The exhibit had just started, and as I walked up, two droids were surveying the blasted landscape of Tatooine. Perched on a ledge, I sat for the next six hours and watched the entire trilogy, lost in a galaxy far, far away.
That makes Star Wars: Legion, the new miniatures game from Fantasy Flight, hard to review. It tempts me to be too generous – just putting a lightsaber in someone's hand provokes the ghost of a chill. At the same time, it makes me worry I will set the bar too high. To have expectations no collection of cardboard and plastic could ever meet. I say this to acknowledge that I come to this game as the farthest thing from a blank slate. I am a fanboy, with all the enthusiasm and critical nitpicking that entails.
Quinns: AAAAAA at last! After so long! Is it a girl? Is it a boy?
Paul: IT'S NEWS.
Quinns: I... hmmm. Oh! A new version of the Avalon Hill cool-as-cucumber classic History of the World? What a fascinating way to start the week!
Don't let this game be "The one that got away," everybody. Take a look at our definitive review, and see if it's for you.
Quinns: OH NO A MAN HAS BEEN CRUSHED.
Paul: Such is the weight of Games News and the danger of not taking things easy. We should all relax with Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea (seen above).
Some turbulent discussions of board games, that is!
In this one and only 74th episode of the SU&SD podcast, Matt and Quinns discuss their weird wooden mates in the Journeyman expansion for Isle of Skye. They chat about stabbing nightmares with pencils in Stuffed Fables, which might be best described as "Toy Story directed by Tim Burton". There's a discussion of the grand game of War of the Ring (second edition), and the real-life backache it gave Quinns. Finally, the two offer their smokin' hot first impressions of Rising Sun, a beautiful game about Japan (but not) where you fight wars (but you don't) and negotiate alliances (but not really).
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As this site’s #1 expansion fan, I’m thrilled to say that today we’re looking at Isle of Skye’s first expansion! It’s Isle of Skye: Journeyman. With it, no longer are you just mapping an island. Journeyman adds a wooden “best mate” who waddles around your island, diligently studying everything from cows to ponds.
But the first thing to say is that this expansion changes the tenor of the experience faster than a fart at a funeral.
Batman™: Gotham City Chronicles is the smokin' hot, spandex-spangled new Kickstarter that launched this week, and at the time of writing it's raised some $2.5 million (plus shipping). It could end up being one of the biggest Kickstarters of all time.
That's hardly a surprise. Not only is it offering more than 100 Batman-related miniatures, it's also the sequel to Conan, which we reviewed and loved. Kickstarters this exciting are as rare as bat's teeth. Not only that, publishers Monolith have stated that unlike Conan, Batman will only be available through Kickstarter, so the pressure's on! Should you buy it?!
...I'm afraid that I'm not 100% sure you should.