Author: Rob Fenimore

RICHARD THE LIONHEART – Shall He Return to My Tabletop?

If you’re a modern day gamer of any kind, I’m sure you’ve heard about CMON’s new release, Rising Sun. With its lavish board, tons of miniatures, and slick game play, it is all the rage (not Blood Rage) these days. But what you may not be aware of is that CMON has another game that just came out with a beautiful double-sided board, excellent miniatures, and slick game play. That game is called Richard The Lionheart, and I’m glad I didn’t overlook it. In Richard The Lionheart, designed by Andrea Chiarvesio, 2 -6 players take a character from the...

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THE FOX IN THE FOREST: Trick Taking Fun for Two

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you may be looking for something nerdy for your special geek. If so, you might want to take a look at The Fox In The Forest, a two player only (who needs more, know what I’m sayin’?) offering from Renegade Game Studios. In this trick taking card game designed by Joshua Buergel, players are attempting to take just enough tricks to score maximum points each round, until someone gets 21 and wins the game.  There are 33 cards in the deck, with three suits having 11 cards in each, ranging from numbers...

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LORD OF THE RINGS: JOURNEY TO MORDOR: Press Your Luck, Mr. Frodo

The desire to immerse myself in endeavors Tolkien ebbs and flows. Recently, I’ve been in a state of flow, and for some reason I haven’t been able to keep my eyes from wandering toward the Misty Mountains and beyond – aka Lord Of The Rings: Journey To Mordor, from Fantasy Flight Games. Designed by Michael Rieneck for 2-4 players, Journey To Mordor is a quick, press your luck dice game that has players racing their Hobbit friends to be the first to destroy the One Ring in the fiery pit of Mount Doom. No journey to Mordor would be...

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Discovering Fun with Explorers of the North Sea

There are plenty of good Viking themed board games out in Tabletop Land these days. Champions of Midgard, Blood Rage, Fire & Axe, Thunder & Lightning, and Raiders of The North Sea are all great games that I have played over the last year. Now I can add Explorers of The North Sea to the list. Part of the three-game trilogy comprising The North Sea Runesaga, Explorers takes 1-4 players on a quest to explore new lands and boldly go where no one in their village has gone before. The game is cleverly designed by Shem Phillips, colorfully “artified”...

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My 12 Games of Gamesmas (Part 2)

Now that I’ve gained a couple of pounds, opened a few presents, had the annual viewing of Christmas Vacation (shitter’s full) and played even more board games, I have returned to give you the remaining list of my 12 (ish) games of Gamesmas. For Part One, click here.  On the 7th day of Gamesmas my true nerd gave to me….. 7) Clockwork Wars (Eagle-Gryphon): I’ve gotten to play this masterpiece twice in the last two weeks. Clockwork Wars provides as an intense a game experience as you will find anywhere. Players engage in espionage, research, and deterministic combat by...

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My 12 Games Of Gamesmas (Part 1)

Any time there is a gathering of my friends and family a board game is likely to appear. Over the last few years this has been even more of a tradition around Thanksgiving. It is usually at that time, sensing year’s end approaching, that I get a little selfish and want to make sure I get in as many of “my” games in as I can before the new year. “My” games are the ones that I am particularly fond of that may not get as much love from my normal gaming group – either they’ve moved on to...

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NEW DAWN – A Most Excellent (Yet Underrated) Game

Twenty years after the Alliance was formed, the cost of constructing new space stations is becoming unbearable. In order to improve the economy, the Alliance has decided to rebuild and recolonize some of the planets and space facilities who were abandoned during the war. By activating them once more, the Alliance is hoping to acquire the much needed funds and resources. In New Dawn … players take the role of Alliance officials. Their assignment is to explore and revive a galactic sector. By developing various technologies and dispatching ambassadors, each player has the chance to visit abandoned planets, military...

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878 Reasons to Love 878 VIKINGS: INVASIONS OF ENGLAND

Game Review – Academy Games’ 878: Invasions of England While I enjoy learning about history – along with its wars, I have never been a war gamer. I think that is because any time I’ve been pulled in by a war game’s theme and concepts, its implementation has turned out to be fiddly and more trouble than it’s worth, at least for me. I admire the grognards out there that love arguing about line of sight and enjoy deploying stacks of counters, but those things just never turn me on in practice. Then I discovered Academy Games’ Birth of...

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BARONY: Put Up Your Dukes

Isn’t it great when reality meets expectations? I’ve had my eye on Matagot/Asmodee’s Barony for a while now, though the game somehow made it past me when it first came out in 2015. The medieval looking box art immediately caught my eye and all the colorful bits and pieces shown on the back of the box only piqued my interest further. So after watching a few game play videos on YouTube, I finally took the plunge. Barony is designed for 2-4 players by Marc Andre’. Players are competing to become the highest ranked royal in the land by taking...

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STAR CARTEL: Dammit, Jim… I’m Just A Smuggler!

Osprey Games is really good at making “thinky” games. Two of my favorites from Osprey, The King Is Dead and Agamemnon both give my brain an excellent workout in a relatively short amount of time. So when I saw the box art for the upcoming Star Cartel, with its neon colored, retro-space look, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I am here to report, however, that Star Cartel is another excellent “thinky” game from this publisher.  In Star Cartel (designed by Martin Boisselle) 3-6 players take turns loading contraband onto their ships and delivering those goods to...

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