Author: Rob Fenimore

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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SAMURAI GARDENER: Building A Path To Fun

I recently got a chance to try out Samurai Gardener, the upcoming release from Osprey Games. In Samurai Gardener, 2-5 players compete to create the best garden, made up of four different types of terrain: water, garden, path, and wood.  To do so, players must choose cards from the middle of the table. Each card has six squares, each containing one of the four types of terrain. Once a card is chosen, it is added to other cards in that player’s garden, following certain rules for placement. The rules for placement are easy enough after a couple of rounds....

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My Gaming To-Do List For Dragon Con

It’s that time of year again. In a few days I’ll be knee deep in nerds, roaming the host hotels, enjoying Hopsplosion at Max Lager’s and certainly attending the best panel in the world, Five Truths and a Lie. Inevitably, I will mostly be in the Westin Peachtree in the ATL, with thousands of friends and my trusty flask. Yes, people, it’s time for Dragon Con. This year will be my eighth straight year attending this amazing convention. Over the years, I have gotten to meet Vork and Zaboo from The Guild, listened to panels by legends William Shatner...

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WHITEHALL MYSTERY – Who’s That? It’s Jack!

Fantasy Flight’s Letters From Whitechapel could be my favorite game of all time. I love its intensity and the pure battle of wits each play provides. There is no luck, few pieces – and really, no excuses. You win when you outsmart your opponents, you lose when you don’t. Here’s a link to my review of Whitechapel. Fantasy Flight Games/Asmodee are about to release a new game, Whitehall Mystery, which is very similar to Whitechapel, but takes place in the Whitehall district of London.  The game is based on the historic morbid discovery of human remains during the building...

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A Look at The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire Board Game

Manhattan Project: Energy Empire is the latest installment in Minion Games’ critically acclaimed Manhattan Project series. According to the Minion Games Website –  “Manhattan Project: Energy Empire is a stand alone game in our “Manhattan Project” line of games. It shares many of the same mechanics from the original top 150 award winning game, but with less “take that” actions. Designed by established game designers Luke Laurie and Tom Jolly.”   “World War 2 has become a memory, and global power is shifting as modernization changes the world. Nations scramble to upgrade their energy production to keep up with the rapid growth. The price...

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Game Review – Zoo Ball: The King of Sports

Football season is about to ratchet up, so Osprey Games’ Zoo Ball: The King Of Sports comes out at the right time, because it is reminiscent of finger football (without the field goals ) or maybe more like finger futbol. Designed by Duncan Molloy for two or four players, Zoo Ball is a quick game where players take turns flicking wooden discs across a 30″ x 30″ felt play mat trying to score goals against their opponent. Each team has 4 discs consisting of three blockers and one scorer. The game comes with stickers of cute animals to place...

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SHERLOCK HOLMES: CONSULTING DETECTIVE – Asmodee Gives This Classic a New Paint Job (and a Little Work Under the Hood)

In March of 2016 I wrote a review of Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, the mystery solving game that lets you and your friends match wits with Mr. Holmes in ten cases as the Baker Street Irregulars. My review was of the previous printing of the game and you can find it here. By the time I got my hands on that copy of Consulting Detective, it was hard to find. And since has become relatively impossible. Thankfully, my sadness was tempered with the following releases of the Jack The Ripper & West End Adventures  and Watson & Holmes.  (See...

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1775: REBELLION – A War Game For Non-War Gamers

I’ve been on an American history kick in my board gaming habits over the last few weeks, possibly due to a recent family reunion near Washington, D.C. Over the last several days I’ve run for president in the 1912 election in Bull Moose a couple of times (unsuccessfully) and fought the American Revolutionary War six times in 1775: Rebellion (sometimes successfully, sometimes not). I’ve enjoyed both games tremendously, but today I am here to review 1775. 1775 is a game from Academy Games for 2-4 players. It is designed by Beau Beckett and Jeph Stahl and takes 2 hours...

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THE LOST EXPEDITION – You’re in the Jungle, Baby – You’re (Probably) Gonna Die

I’m a big fan of games that give my brain a workout. I love it when a game provides tough choices, whether strategic, tactical, or both. The Lost Expedition by Peer Sylvester (art by Garen Ewing) is a game that fits the bill. This (mostly) cooperative game is published by Osprey Games and plays 1-5. I got a chance to play a few solo games and I can tell you, the game is quite challenging. Now I’m champing at the bit to try it out with more players.  The game is simple. All you need to do is get...

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Anything You Can Build – 3 Favorite Civilization Building Games

I love civilization building games. I was hooked back in 1991 when I played Sid Meier’s Civilization for hours on end on my PC with1 MB of RAM, and I’ve played pretty much every iteration of Civilization since. (Side note: I never imagined that I would ever need more than 1 MB of RAM) Since I got into playing board games about 5 years ago, I have been searching for the perfect civ building tabletop experience. There are some good ones out there, but three I have found stand out above the rest, and capture that Sid-like magic that...

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