I fully expect that the flood of amazing games is going to slow down eventually. To abate somewhat. Maybe even decline. Yet, every year ends up being as amazing as the previous. Until I looked back, I thought 2017 was a fairly average year (it felt horribly below average, at least, for several reasons) however, … Continue reading Best Board Games of 2017
In preparing a review for Osprey Games' The Lost Expedition, I was struck by the inclusive representation of queer characters in the game. This is the resulting brief exploration.
What should I get? There are several wonderful board and card games currently blowing up my world and featured at my library. If you are looking to add some variety to your collection, I think these would be wonderful additions.
In Near and Far, 2-4 players are competing explorers roaming the land in search for the Last Ruins. To accomplish this, the players travel across several maps (and game sessions) hunting for treasure, discovering artifacts, setting up camps, and completing quests. There are two broad choices what to do on your turn: Stay in town … Continue reading First Looks: Near and Far from Red Raven Games
In Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft (BGG, Amazon), the famously super-smart brothers Sherlock and Mycroft are investigating an explosion in Parliament. But like most siblings, they couldn’t possibly work together and are competing against each to be the first to crack the case. Time is limited and they have one week to search and find clues, … Continue reading Board in the Stacks: Holmes: Sherlock and Mycroft
The Mysterious Forest (BBG, Amazon) from Iello may be one of the few memory games I actually enjoy. The game is inspired by the digital graphic novel series, The Wormwood Saga, by Daniel Lieske. It plays 2-4 humans aged 6+ and plays in 10-30 minutes. The players work together to help Jonas, our young protagonist, … Continue reading Board in the Stacks: The Mysterious Forest
2016 was an amazing year in board games with many games popping up perfect for the library. As I stated last year, it is nearly impossible to play and review even a large portion of all of the game that come out in a year. And it is even harder to be able to recommend … Continue reading Best Board Games of 2016
Historically, modern board gamers tend to turn up their collective noses up at party games, considering them less a game and more an activity beginning and ending on a whim or laugh or pulled groin. Any modern board game entries into the party game space are usually dominated with social deduction games (generally clones of … Continue reading Games in the Stacks! Knit Wit
Welcome to Broom Service! Ours is a delivery service where we enlist the services of the finest and most dedicated witches, druids and gatherers, to find and deliver a selection of fine potions to your tower. No matter the location, the distance, or the obstacles, we’ll get it there. Don’t waste your time with the … Continue reading Games In the Stacks! Broom Service
A group of poor explorers. Unlimited riches. Untold Danger. Oink Game’s “Deep Sea Adventure” and “Troll” both play with these themes. They are quick to learn and play. They have minimal components and look gorgeous on a shelf...but, despite the packaging, are they any good? The Game: Designer: Jun Sasaki Publisher: Oink Games Ages: 8+ … Continue reading Games in the Stacks! Oink Games