The Board Gaymer Reviews – Mansions Of Madness: Second Edition

The advent of new technologies has brought an interesting time for board games. How long will cardboard and dice be the core of the tabletop experience when we’re all increasingly tied to our portable computing devices of various sizes and holographic technology seems to be the next big thing. Until the day we have table sized tables and ubiquitous holo-lenses our smartphones, tablets, and PCs have the potential to become a powerful component to enhance tabletop gameplay. When revising Mansions of Madness for its second edition, Fantasy Flight Games took the bold step of replacing a major part of the original game with a free-to-download software application. Does this gamble pay off and improve the experience or is it just a gimmick?

 

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Mid-play with Mansions of Madness. The tablet is running the Android version of the app with the matching map displayed.

 

 

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Not-So-New Review – Arkham Horror

On occasion, instead of looking at a relatively new release, I’ll talk about a game that has a special place in my collection. These won’t be a traditional review of the game, but more of a look back at why it’s important to my collection or the tabletop gaming world at large. First up, one of my favourite games…

There’s a point for some people when a hobby suddenly goes beyond a mere interest and develops into a passion or even an obsession. Those people can usually pinpoint the event that made this happen for them. For me, it wasn’t the first games I remember capturing my attention –  the original “Survive!” and “Stop Thief!” (which subsequently have and are being remade) which my parents owned that fascinated me as a child. Maybe I had something for exclamation points?  It wasn’t even the first non-mass-market game I purchased either, which was Age of Mythology to which I often subjected my confused and drunk roommates. No, the moment my interest in tabletop gaming overflowed was a little over a decade ago when I decided to pick up Arkham Horror. Continue reading “Not-So-New Review – Arkham Horror”