Review: Walking in Burano
Burano, Italy is a beautiful island that attracts a large number of tourists who seek the famous lace or maybe stroll the town looking at the colourful buildings. Walking in Burano has you refurbishing a section of houses, trying to attract the tourists and Burano inhabitants.
First Impressions: Paris
Michael Kiesling and Wolfgang Kramer are at it again. They have, once again, joined forces to give us a classic, but elegant game, all about expanding Paris right after the World’s Fair in 1889.
Born among the wealthy, with a silver spoon in my mouth, I was made for a game about the aristocracy. These are my people, so of course I had to play Aristocracy by Dr. Reiner Knizia and Tasty Minstrel Games. The secret is, I’m not really part of the aristocracy, but what they don’t know won’t hurt them. Join with me to take the place of the aristocracy and con your way in among the elite of society.
Review: Mississippi Queen
The Mississippi river flows for 3730 km from Lake Itasca to the gulf of Mexico. The river’s derives its name from the native word Ojibwe “Misi-ziibi”, meaning “great river.”
When picking up my copy of Mississippi Queen by Keep Exploring Games / Super Meeple, I was confident to find a great board game inside the box. It being a winner of the Spiel Des Jahres award (1997), such an assumption is safe sailing, right?
First Impressions: Chronicles of Crime – The Millennium Series
The original Chronicles of Crime remains my absolute favourite “solve the crime” style game. I’ve enjoyed all my plays of it and its expansions. So I was delighted when I found out that Chronicles of Crime – The Millennium Series was coming. At first I thought it would be “just” another expansion, with a new setting. But The Millennium Series offers much more than that.
Review: The Magnificent
Ever thought about running away and joining the circus, or perhaps starting your very own circus? No? Well, me either. But just in case you want to see what it would be like, The Magnificent can show you. In The Magnificent by Aporta Games you are running your own traveling circus, going from town to town, setting up tents, hiring performers and making the greatest show on Earth.
Review: Jetpack Joyride
Jetpack Joyride, designed by Lucky Duck Games, is a real-time competitive puzzle game. It’s an adaptation of the same-titled side-scrolling endless running mobile game by Halfbrick Studios. Its story and esthetics have been copy-pasted to cardboard and plastic. So again players find protagonist Barry Steakfries trapped in a lab with a stolen jetpack strapped to his back.
Review: Point Salad
It is well known that points salads are my game groups favorite kind of salad. We love to play games where the points come from a bunch of different options. In Point Salad, the game, that is exactly what happens, but what is unique is everyone chooses for themselves how their salad will score them points.
Top 6 Games of 2019
2019 was a massive year for the hobby. So many new and incredible games were released, some by veterans of game design and others by newcomers. 2019 was an incredible year and selecting only 6 games was very tough, but here are Peter and Jacob’s Top 6 Games of 2019!
Become a human cell, gathering the necessary macromolecules and ATP to complete what you were born to do in Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game. In Cytosis you find yourself inside a cell attempting to gather resources that combine to create cell components such as enzymes and hormones.
Review: Endeavor: Age of Sail
Endeavor: Age of Sail is a remake of Endeavor by Carl de Visser and Jarratt Gray from 2008.
Burnt Island Games and Grand Gamers Guild held a Kickstarter for this edition which was a great idea, because is was hard to get a copy of the original version. I never played the original so let’s see if the gameplay matches the beautiful production this version has.
Top 6 Games of SPIEL ’19
SPIEL ’19 was full of games and Tabletop Together was there first-hand to check out what games would be our favorites. Peter and Jacob will give their top 3 games from this years SPIEL, but this is by no means exhaustive. There were over 1.000 new games present at the fair and we obviously haven’t played them all. These 6 games have risen to the top for us.