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MattDPMattDP   June 19, 2017   1615  
As a worker placement game, I didn't have much hope for the engaging theme of Alchemists. All the rich, wacky art, plastic potion bottles and player screens in the world couldn't make up for the thematic drag of worker placement. At least, so I assumed. Turns out that I was very wrong. Each turn, players place their cubes across various action spaces which are then resolved in strict order. The key ones at the start of the game are gathering alchemical ingredients, selling them for gold and using them to brew potions. This latter action can...
Boardgame Reviews
MattDPMattDP   June 12, 2017   1783  
The latest in my series of reviews on super-creative games is live, and it's the best of the lot so far. So good, in fact, that I wanted to showcase it on Shut Up and Sit Down. It's Millennium Blades, the collectible card meta-game about playing collectible card games. It's a super-intense real-time game which feels a bit like Galaxy Trucker and Space Alert. But I think it's better than either of those and mechanically it's full of innovation. The design is smarter and packed humour. It's competitive and there's never a dull moment as you...
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Black BarneyBlack Barney   May 31, 2017   1464  
Well that wasn't very good. Not necessarily bad, just not very good at all. It's a weird mix of great action sequences (second half) with some really lazy screenwriting. That's my biggest beef with the movie, it offers absolutely nothing new and is highly predictable. The first half of the movie is a nice build-up and somewhat intellectually-stimulating, and the second half is some really tight and exciting action sequences. There are just too many shortcuts that were taken in order to link elements together later on. Best performance I've ever seen from...
Boardgame Reviews
MattDPMattDP   May 29, 2017   2353  
Historical wargames are often a terrible waste. All that wealth of history, all over the world - political, social and economic - and games choose to focus on violence. Such a shame, especially when turning history into a game is such a great way to get inside it, to learn it and understand it. Now the case for the prosecution has a new exhibit to showcase all these points: An Infamous Traffic. It's a game about the British opium trade in China. What drew me in was the premise, the example of a non-military historical game....
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ubaroseubarose   May 21, 2017   1661  
I hosted our game group's Saturday game day for the first time since the fire. Francie Pants finally kicked me in the tush and made it happen. This kick also forced us to deal with finally getting the big-ass table up to the game room. Fortunately Joey Joe Joe the drummer stopped by Wednesday as Engineer Al and I were puzzling over how to get this table up two flights of switch-back stairs, and declared that that it would be a piece of cake compared to hauling around 90 inch TVs, which is something he does on the regular...
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