You are the paparazzi of medieval Japan -- painters. Hiding behind bushing, sneaking around tree, jostling for position to get a quick sketch maybe even a watercolor study of someone famous. As you lay in wait behind the garden gates you hear the clink of an easel. The soft scrape of a gentle brushstroke. The … Continue reading Board in the Stacks: Sakura
Osprey Games (Samurai Gardener, The Ravens of Thris Sahashri, Escape from the Aliens from Outer Space, The Lost Expedition) has published a second edition of Martin Wallace’s seminal tableau builder, London, and it is absolutely gorgeous. Just to start off on a high note this game is elegant in presentation from the book box (it … Continue reading Board in the Stacks: London Second Edition
In Samurai Gardener — first published as Edo Yasiki in Japan — from Osprey Games and Hisashi Hayashi, 2-5 players quickly grab and then place cards to construct impressive gardens and score points and bonuses by having rows/columns of similar areas. Each card consists of six sections with different types of features (pond, tatami mat, garden, and … Continue reading Board in the Stacks: Samurai Gardener
British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon and discovers evidence of a previously unknown civilization. The scientific establishment baulks at this discovery and mock him. Percy, unperturbed, returns to the jungle to prove his case. He is never to be seen again. This is where The Lost City of Z by David Grann drops the story and where The Lost Expedition picks it back up.
Join Shahrazad and tell stories to survive another night by playing tiles featuring gorgeous fairy-tale art and construct the best story.
Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space is a minimalist game of bluffing and secrecy set on the damaged research ship -- the SELVA. All systems are down and the entire ship is dark. Captain and crew are trying to make their way to escape pods and an unknown, alien virus is transforming the crew … Continue reading Board in the Stacks: Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space
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The Ravens of Thri Sahashri is a tarot-sized, 2 player, cooperative card game with some legacy elements thrown in for added spice. In the game you alternate between playing the psychic Feth and the terminally unconscious Ren. Feth will build a tableau of cards for Ren to choose from and, communicating only through card play, … Continue reading Board in the Stacks: The Ravens of Thri Sahashri