“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power (grid).” Power Grid is a classic game, one that rightfully deserves a place in any serious gamer’s collection.  Something funny about board games, sometimes a really well realized theme can save a particularly clunky game.  Other games […]

“How beautiful was the spectacle of nature not yet touched by the often perverse wisdom of man!” Worker placement games.  Some people love them, others can’t stand them.  I’m firmly in the “love them” category, although I do love many different types of games.  When it comes to a beginner level work placement game, Ora […]

“The best things in life are beyond money; their price is agony and sweat and devotion.” One of the very first “grown-up” games I played, shortly after High School, was a great space fighting board game called Twilight Imperium.  It was a bit clunky, the rules a touch convoluted, but it was a lot of […]

“Lucite… hardening… must… end life… in classic Lorne Greene pose… from… Battlestar… Galactica… Best… death… EVER!” Maybe you’re like me.  Maybe you’re skeptical of a board game based on a hit-or-miss TV series from the Syfy channel, with one of the worst TV series endings of all time.  When my good friend first brought the […]

“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.” There are a handful of games that I play obsessively.  Games that no matter how many times in a row I play them, I want to play them again, do a little better, see if I can squeeze more points from the game, master […]

War of the Ring Review “The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.” If you were anything like me as a kid, you enjoyed the crap out of the board game Risk.  But as you grew older, and your tastes matured, you realized you wanted a bit more […]

“If Napoleon from the cover art isn’t Mads Mikkelsen, I’ll eat my hat.” If you are a nerd who grew up anytime after 1991, you are more than likely familiar with the Civilization video game series.  I have fond memories of playing the game on my Dad’s crude laptop while I was in Jr. High […]

“We are already dead. We are Robot Jox!” When I was a kid, growing up in the late 80’s (yeesh, am I really that old?), one of the few pleasures I had in life, was sneaking out of my room late at night, after my parents had fallen asleep, and watching the experimental animation shows […]

“Wipin’ it off here, Boss?  Yeah, wipe it off, Gambler.” Welcome to the land of Terra Mystica.  It’s a strange place, where lush forests sit next to deserts and volcanoes, and by using some shovels you can turn a mountain into a verdant grassland.  So maybe realism isn’t this games’ strong suit, but man-o-man, if […]