Small Samurai Empires on Kickstarter

The boardgame Small Samurai Empires from Archona Games is now on Kickstarter! It is an area-control board game for 2 – 4 players.

Japan

The game is based in Japan and the players need to lead their Samurai to glory in this action-programming, area-control game. Recruit samurai armies, conquer provinces and build castles to defend them, maintain control of the regions in order to win most points and become the eternal ruler of Japan!

Gameplay

All players are Daimyo, leaders of great houses who want to conquer Japan to become the most powerful emperor ever. To become this great leader you need to recruit samurai armies that will work for you, move them across the Japanese provincies, harvest resources to enhance certain actions, attack enemy armies to take over provinces, and build castles to fortify their position in a province.  At the end of the game, players will score points for each province they controlled at the end of each era, depending on it’s final value in the last era. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game, becomes the Emperor of Japan!

Check their campaign out on: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/archonagames/small-samurai-empires

Throwback to Spiel 19!

So, I went to Spiel for the first time in my life. I didn’t know what to expect; I heard so many good thing about it but also that it was massive. Well, it was massive, but also awesome! I will show you all the games I brought home with me.

Publishers


Before I went to Spiel I contacted a couple of publishers. I thought it would be nice to make some appointments to talk about reviewing their games. What I didn’t expect was that I also talked to a lot of other publishers and people who said they would love me to review their games. I was so happy that when I game to Spiel in the morning I immediately took a locker, because I almost couldn’t carry the games by myself!

All the games

As you van see on the picture I brought home a lot of games:
Alice in Wordland – Drawlab
Gang Star- Qango Verlag
Qango – Qango Verlag
Team 3 – Brain Games –
Hungry Hugo – Jean Claude
Oriflamme – Studio H
Barrage – Cranio Creations
Theosis – Dreamcraftgames
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle – USAOPOLY
Astro Trash – USAOPOLY
The Stars align – Breakinggames
Faktoria – LuTyGo





Review of Rats to Riches


Game: Rats to Riches
Publisher: Accentuate Games
Year: 2019
Designer: Eugene Lim

Rats to Riches is a business strategy game about pour rats that collect money (Swindle). They can do that in all sorts of ways. They can buy extra income cards with cheese, but they can also buy pipes and they can even buy a bank! But players can also buy opportunities that make their game easier or make it harder for other players to win. Whoever is the first one to collect 100 Swindle is the winner!

🔥 Review

This game has won the gold medal for Best Boardgame in the 2019 Toyshop UK Independent Toy Award. I totally understand that, because this is an amazing game. It is fun, quick and easy to learn. Because of the opportunity cards, the interaction is high, en because there are so many ways to win every game is different. I think I will play this game A LOT! .

Score: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review of Soy What?!

Game: Soy what?!
Publisher: Hannes Greschitz
Designer: ’’ ‘’
Players: 2-6
Time: 30 minutes

Soy what?! is a card game full of delicious food, vegan product, allergies and food puns. Each player needs to collect meals, but not more than three. Those meals need to fit your diet. That means that if your role is vegan, only the green and yellow point in the meal count. If you are a meat eater only the red and yellow points are counted. But that’s not the hard part, because everyone has at least one allergy. If a player has a meal with the product which they are allergic for in it, they are dead and have lost the game. The person with the most points wins! .

🔥Review

when I unpacked the game, the first thing I saw where the cards with the food puns. I LOVE THEM! they are so funny. The rules are very simple, so after five minutes of explaining everyone can join this game. The tactics aren’t that simple because of the 3-meal limit. The only thing I didn’t like that much are the food elimination cards that can remove one food card from a meal. Because on those cards is just one word like ‘monoculture’ it tens to be a bit complicated because of all the different opinions. It would be better if the elimination cards would say exactly which products they can remove. .
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Score: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review Ax!om Arena Combat

Game: Ax!om Arena Combat
Publisher: Megacosm
Developer: Spencer Steeves
Year: 2019
Players: 2

Ax!om Arena Combat is a card combat game. Each player has three fighters in the Arena, a deck of cards and three health cards that represent the health of each fighter. The players need to play cards into the arena (some of the cards can only be played in a specific round) and beat their opponents. When all fighters of a player are removed from the Arena or dead, there is a winner!

🔥 Review:

The game and the box look great. It is nice that all the different cards have different images on it, and that there are special powers. To win this game you need to have a tactic, because with just luck you aren’t going to make it. The downside off the unique cards is that there is a lot of information on each one. Therefor the game can be very slow sometimes and we needed to play it more than once to really understand it.
I don’t know if I’m going to play it a lot, just because combat card games are not really my thing, but if you like those games you need to check out the Kickstarter Page of Ax!om!
Score: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review Block Happy

Game: Block Happy
Designers: Sam Armes, John Ward
Publisher: self published
Year: 2020


Block Happy is a strategic cart game. There are 70 cards and each has an emotion and an action. The objective of the game is to collect Happy cards. Off course you need to make sure your opponents doesn’t get those cards. Whoever collects the Happy cards first, is the winner!

🔥 review
I played this game with 2 players and once with three players. Both of the times I really enjoyed it. The cards look fun, the rules are clear and each card says what special power it has. It’s great that there are many ways to get new cards, so everyone can have a different strategy. In the two player game, luck was a big factor but with more players strategy gets more important.

Score
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Getting curious? Block Happy is live on Kickstarter on the 15th of October!

Review Board Royale – The Island –

Game: Board Royale – The Island –
Year: 2019
Publisher: Arvis Games
Designer: Atakan Cankorur, Tuna Pamir
Artist: Ali Yagiz Kani
Players: 3 – 6
Time: 30/45 minutes

About the game

Board Royale is a card survival game. Every player neet to survive on a deserted island. You need resources to buy items that help you to survive, or you can buy escape points. Just as important as collecting resources and items are your negotiation skills. You need to make deals and pacts with other players and then betray then to ultimate win the game.

🔥 Review

This game has some really fun parts. My favorite part, and I’m sure that most player agree with me, is the negotiation part. You really can win this game purely based on your social skills, and I like that. Also it is fun to see the different tactics from the players. Some try to eliminate others to take their items, but others just focus mainly on the escape points.
The game is easy to learn, and the number of players can be stretched to more than six. Then you only have to wait a long time before it is your turn, because a turn can take a couple of minutes because players can do more actions than only one.
The downfall with the negotiation and forming little pacts is that some players are eliminated fast, and the rest of the game they just sit their.
But in the end this is a really fun and original party game, with a great theme.

Score: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Playing Board Games reduces the change of developing Alzheimer

Playing Board Games is not only fun, but also very healthy! Some scientists discoverd that playing games stimulates the brain, and especially the areas that are responsible for complex thought en memories.

When your husband/wife/friend don’t want to play another board game you can always tell them that they need to play for their health and brain skills. Playing is also great for developing cognitive skills like problem solving and decision making.
It keep the mind sharp! Not only on a young age, but also when you’re older. Board games reduce the change of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Now you always have an excuse to play one more board game!

Review MourneQuest

Game: MourneQuest
Publisher: Backspindle Games
Artist: John Farrelly, Alan H. Perry
Design: Leonard Boyd, David Drashaw
Year: 2019
Players: 1-4

In the board game MourneQuest, based on the Irish novel MourneQuest by Garry McElherron, you are one (in a solo game two) of the characters. Try to battle the BogBeans while you collect the resources that prevent the four nightmares to come into the game. But when you don’t succeed, you have to battle the nightmares to save the Kingdom of Mourne.

🔥 Review

When I saw this game for the first time, I was immediately impressed. The box itself looks absolutely beautiful. Because of the black the image on the front really pops out. I just wanted to open the box to see what’s inside. Also the inside didn’t disappoint me! At first there are some amazing miniatures that really gives this game an expensive feeling and I noticed that the characters come so much more alive because of the miniatures.
The gameplay isn’t that new. It is a coöperatieve game and with a roll of the dice you controle the BogBeans and Nightmares. But despite that, I think there is so much creativity in this game. I love the moonphases that gives the BogBeans and Nightmares their powers.
I think that this will be a game that I’m going to play a lot. Especially solo, because it is truly a magical game.

Score

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Review Salty Dogs

Game: Salty Dogs
Publisher: Berserker Art
Artist: Simon Bisley
Design: Brown, Cairns, McCaugney
Year: 2019
Players: 2-4


In the game Salty Dogs you have to battle other pirate ships, take their crew or make them sick. When you have taken the captain from a player, that ships goes down. The last player with a cree wins!


🔥Review: this game is a very fun card game that is good for adults but also for familys and kids. It lasts for about 20 minutes and their is a lot of interaction between the players. The cards look amazing and all the pirates are brilliant. The only thing I think could be better is the two player game. It could be over very quick because it was all about which card you get in your hand. So luck is a big factor.
Score: ⭐⭐⭐