The Board Gaymer Reviews – Dark Souls: The Board Game

The Dark Souls video games, a dark fantasy action RPG hybrid, have been played by millions, would seem ripe for a tabletop interpretation as part of an elaborate pen and paper RPG. Steamforged Games took the risky move of bringing the beloved IP to Kickstarter as a full-fledged miniature-based board game. Dark Souls: The Board Game’s Kickstarter looked extremely promising and broke backing records for tabletop games, bringing with it the high expectation of quality and fidelity to the source material. Does Dark Souls: The Board Game meet its lofty goal of bringing the on-screen experience faithfully to cardboard or is it destined to die a quick death?

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The Board Gaymer Reviews – Rum & Bones: Second Tide

The MOBA, or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, is currently one of the hottest trends in competitive online gaming. Games like League of Legends are a cornerstone of the E-Sports world but very little attempt has been made to bring its more recognizable aspects to board game form. Known for a cast of colorful characters and simple yet deep mechanics it would seem like the elements of the genre would be ripe for cardboard plunder. In swings Rum & Bones: Second Tide by CMON Games, recently released sequel and re-implementation of the original swashbuckling MOBA based board game of pirate ship duels on the high seas that aims to bring the same kind of experience as the genre of online game around the table. Continue reading “The Board Gaymer Reviews – Rum & Bones: Second Tide”

Kickstarter Spotlight – Clash of Rage

Here’s another Kickstarter that hits all my game buttons: lots of great looking minis, unique art style, a campaign mode, and solo play! Clash of Rage looks attractive and easy to learn while having lots of strategic depth and replay-ability. The cartoony yet edgy art style certainly grabbed my attention and the Kickstarter page contains an inexhaustible store of information about the design. Also for a mini heavy game it has very reasonable exclusives and add-ons. I’m going to be watching this one very closely!

Here’s a how to play video:

Check it out Clash of rage on Kickstarter HERE and on BGG HERE.

Kickstarter Spotlight – Ursa Miner

Time for something a bit lighter on this week’s Kickstarter Spotlight. Can’t have a collection that is full of epic, 4 hour long extreme board games can you? So here we have Ursa Miner which caught my eye because, well, bears! Simple and quick game play with some strategic variety, cute art and components and tonnes of bear puns! All for a very reasonable price. Sounds like a good time to me!

Here’s a how to play video:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/SpDtDZ5Lx8o?feature=oembed_wmode=transparent

Check it out Ursa miner on Kickstarter HERE, on BGG HERE, and at Room And Board Games’ official site HERE.

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”