While I was doing some investigating into which game would be the subject of my next review, for you poor reading souls, I discovered something very disturbing, at least for me. For unknown reasons we have never ever talked about one of my favorites publishers, Inside Up Games, here in our good old All Aboard review section (Sorry Conor). But we'll change that! Right here, right now!
Floating along on mother nature's currents, going where the wind takes us, surrounded by the sounds of seagulls and sloshing waves. Now, finding oneself on a small sailing boat in beautiful waters sounds awesome, but we should always be aware of Jagged Rocks, Sea Monsters or Sudden Storms while navigating between so many uninhabitable islands, in search for that one suitable island to live the paradise life.
It's been a while since I delved into my board game collection, dear readers. The fun thing about this is that you always come across games you half-forgot that you had. Especially if you own a great big lot of board games, old and new alike, you might be surprised by what you have. You might find something shiny, something filled with orcs and goblins or something fun, fast and colorful. And if you dig deeper into darker regions of your game collection, you might even find something... undead.
The first board game review of the year is a refreshing one, as we are going to reclaim na-ture in Renature. We played the digital version of the game on last year's Spiel.Digital and we really liked it, mostly because we got a friendly explanation and had a really good time playing it. So it might not come as a big surprise that we tried to get a copy of the game, to review the actual production version and see if it could meet the high expectations we had.
NO MERCY FOR MONSTERS
While night falls on the Mimosa District, a couple of young brave souls wander around the neighborhood together. This is when they stumble upon a group of monsters an catch them red handed, trying to break into a house. It's up to you and your fellow friends, to get rid of these nasty monsters before the residents comes back from their night out, but try not to break anything.
At times when the ancient Samurai were not slicing enemies into teeny-tiny pieces with their razor-sharp katana, they tended to play a game for relaxation and, in doing so, also trained their reflexes and dexterity. The game in question was a game that involved dice and the occasional losing of a finger or two. This is where the ever-handy katana come into the game. The game slash training is called Tatamokatsu.
SMALL WORLD OF WARCRAFT
It's a small world after all, it's a small small world. In this case, it's a Small World of Warcraft or actually the world of Azaroth. When Blizzard and Days of Wonder announced their collaboration to create the Smallworld version of World of Warcraft, lots of heads turned and a few tail bones started to wag at the DumeeGamer headquarters, as we all like a good merger of two already awesome games. Time for my little brother and me to find out what's it all about.
After the arrest of the most fearsome crook Bandido, the cops thought they could go into retirement, eating donuts all day, every day. The crook thought otherwise, making their lives miserable with several escape attempts. Just when they thought things couldn't possibly get any worse, a dangerous lady who calls herself Bandida enters town. And while the cops may have caught this Bandida, the two crooks are now together, and start planning their great lovers' escape.
Well, boys and girls; I have come to an age where I have to start watching my figure and I can't eat whatever I want any more, unless I want to gain weight faster than a chicken raised to be a Kentucky Fried version of itself. That's why I had to change my diet drastically and I started by getting a game about salads. Duh, what did you think I was going to do? Go on a diet straight away?! Baby steps, people... baby steps.
THE CREW: THE QUEST FOR PLANET NINE
Ever since Pluto lost its status as a planet, I feel kinda lost. Like what is the purpose in life without Pluto, what are we all doing stuff for? So, I got very excited when 999 Games needed some good people who wanted to become an Astronaut, for a space expedition to the edge of our solar system in search for the mysterious Planet Nine...
When a board game launches on a crowdfunding platform, with some of your favorite mechanics, a theme and artwork that looks good, is reasonable priced and above all, it is coming from an indie publisher, what else can you do then to support them at an early stage? So that's what I did and, after the game was delivered and stood a while on the shelf of discovery, it was time to build some Fantastic Factories!
NORTHGARD: UNCHARTED LANDS
Unexplored bountiful lands on the horizon. Only the boldest warchiefs sent out their bravest warriors to explore and exploit this lands full of mystery and dangers. While expanding their lands and fighting other clans, to claim the uncharted lands of Northgard, will they be tough and smart enough to survive the cold Winter?
EILA AND SOMETHING SHINY
Once upon a time, a little bunny called Eila sees something shiny up on a hill. Normally, there's nothing shiny about that hill, so now, the bunny is curious. very curious. And you all know that, when that happens, you are in for a journey of a lifetime. From deep within the forest, floating out on the tide, this bunny travels to the Shiny Something on the hill. Will Eila find out what this shiny object is, or will our little bunny friend follow the river of death downstream? As you can probably imagine, the latter of these two options is not the one we're hoping for...
KING OF TOKYO: DARK EDITION
This Dark Edition of the well-known King of Tokyo still remains, like the original edition of the game, a cool Push-your-Luck Dice rolling game, with some card drafting to obtain Power Cards. The monsters in this game are basically based on familiar creatures from infamous adventure stories or disaster movies and with them you'll fight to the DEATH !!! Or, as the case may be, the most victory points.
ADVENTURES IN NEVERLAND
The second star to the right and then straight on 'til morning to get to a world made of faith, trust, and pixie dust... a magical place called Neverland. The place where Peter Pan lives and the place where he brought Wendy Darling dozens of times. It's an awfully big and adventurous place, locked in the fantasies of everyone who do not want to grow up. It is that place between sleeping and being awake, the place where you can still remember your dreams.
Today, we fast forward to the year 2755 of the galactic calendar. As expected, the human race fucked up our own Mother Earth and we are now on our way to suck all the life out of some more planets. Because after we molested our own beautiful Earth, we immediately grabbed our shit and took the first space bus that came by...
During the early twentieth century, the golden age for museums, people like Indiana Jones explored the farthest corners of the continents and raided forgotten tombs in search for the most exotic artefacts and rare antiquities (and eyeball soup) to bring back to the civilised world. Here the curators of the world's most prominent museums then get to argue over who gets the forgotten wonders of the world to proudly display in their exhibitions.
KUNG FUR FIGHT
The moment is here and now! Finally, the everlasting battle between Cats and Dogs is being decided. Team Cats and Team Dogs are gathering good souls and reliable allies to settle this everlasting conflict in the arena, once and for all. As a dog lover, born in the year of the Dog, you bet I will battle on the side of the loyal Monk Dogs.
In the early ages of civilization, during the Bronze Age, around 1500 before Christ, there were people living off the land, hunting and farming in what is now known as Northern Italy. They were also known as good traders and therefore often travelled between the Alp mountains and the river Po. The houses in the villages they lived in, were built on stilts. These typical villages were named: Terramara.
In a city where electricity is in extremely, it is up to us mayors to manage our electricity networks and choose which directions we are going. Are we going green or are we going to stay the course and keep polluting. To pollute or not to pollute, that is the question! But just say we choose to go green, can we then still supply for enough energy to meet demands? And what does the public opinion say? I say: "Just NUKE the hell out of it!". With some fine nuclear power plants and proper nuclear waste facilities, of course. What else were you thinking I meant by "nuke it"?
THREE GAME SHOWDOWN: SPRAWLOPOLIS, CIRCLE THE WAGONS & STEW
In this episode of Three Games Showdown, ladies and gentleman, the newest Masterprint Mini series by Quined Games are going to battle head to head, mano e mano, cardboard to cardboard to the proverbial death. In this ultimate Three Game Showdown, three titles will do battle to see who comes out victorious. Every game will be reviewed separately and is judged for their strengths and weaknesses. These three lucky participants are all published in Europe by Quined Games and are: Sprawlopolis, Circle the Wagons and Stew.
Ancient China is under the reign of the Longqing Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Left with his father's heritage, he finds his beloved country in a terrible state, molested due to corruption. Determined to bring back stability and honour to his reign, the Longqing Emperor reforms his government and puts the death penalty on corruption...
During our own "Let's Celebrate of Five years of DumeeGamer" event, we had the privilege of meeting up with the good people of Quined Games, who were good enough to come over and party with us. This, of course, made for a good opportunity to try a few of their newest upcoming board games, one of which is a cool game called La Stanza.
BARPIG: AFTER HOURS
What the hell happened last night? The pain in my head is unbearable; the world seems to be turning in all the wrong directions and there are cards all over the floor. We were just supposed to go out for a quiet drink at the bar. And why am I now the proud owner of medieval clothing, a Viking helmet and what can only be described as a PINK PRINCESS DRESS?!
UNTAMED: FERAL FACTIONS
These are uncertain times, ladies and gentlemen. Deep in the dark woods, the nine mighty animal factions decided to take up their weapons and battle for supremacy of the Wilds. As the battle rages on, these factions are always on the lookout for strong allies among each other in order to rule over the all the strongholds once and for all. Bonded by the same goals, the fearless fighters valiantly do battle in this seemingly endless conflict.
What do you get when you decide to take a pet, let's say a dog... a Dachshund, for example. You can pet it, give it water and food. Give it a rubber chicken as a toy for all I care and it will play with it. Very cute right? And while this might be true, your beloved pet will also most probably will poo on your floor once in a while or hide your undies, if it doesn't eat them first, that is! But what if...
These are troubled times, dear readers; Mount Fuji is on the verge of erupting and the hidden sacred temples are in grave danger! They are soon to be consumed by the seemingly unstoppable flow of red-hot lava. The shogun send out his most noble and gifted samurai warriors on a quest to go inside the volcano in order to save the precious relics and sacred scrolls from these secret and sacred places...
In the Kingdom of Gloutama, it's a feast, because it is the eve of Festo! Therefore, all the halflings in the kingdom are preparing for tonight's festivities and are busy cooking and baking their very best recipes. I like board games and I like food so, to me, this looks like a match made in heaven. Let's see what all the halflings in the Kingdom come up with when they create the most delicious recipes to celebrate the beginning of autumn.
Welcome to the colourful forest, where bugs try to make their way home and very friendly Echidnas roam the forest floor, happily giving the travelling bugs a ride to their destination. These Echidnas don't mind taking these bugs along, who jump on and off like tourists on the double-decker busses in London. Only without the actual London, busses and tourists. Besides, busses in a forest would just be silly, wouldn't you agree?
As a kid, growing up in the 80's, there were just some things you needed to have. But alas, no matter how much you begged, pleaded or even threatened your parents with total and utter disobedience, some things just managed to stay out of reach. Then, many, many years later, you're leisurely strolling through a flea market when a vision of the past catches your eye. No. can it be. is it really. after all these years? Okay, how much? Two Euro?! Shut up and take this ludicrously small amount of my money!
TINY EPIC QUEST
While still recovering from a zombie apocalypse, I decided to go on a colourful adventure in the Mushroom Realm for this All aboard. Travelling by horse or gryphon as one of the realm's hero masters, I will explore dangerous temples in search for legendary items and encounter nasty goblins spewed forth from the underworld!
EVOLUTION: THE VIDEO GAME
How awesome would it be if you favorite board game would come alive? All the crazy creatures and amazing adventures you enjoyed while playing the board game, alive and kicking on your TV screen or mobile device? For everyone who knows and plays the board game Evolution, this dream has come true!
TINY EPIC ZOMBIES
"Brains, I need to eat brains!" That is all our board game reporter can say and think about nowadays. Why? Well, because the last time he played Tiny Epic Zombies he was completely overrun at the Echo Ridge Mall and turned into a horrifying zombie, so now he's always on the lookout for a pair of juicy brains. He will be dearly missed... oh well! Luckily, he was able to finish this DumeeGamer review before meeting his untimely demise.
I am totally in the baby phase of my life; We had a new born last September and a two-year-old walking around, utterly destroying things. That's why I think my sister, Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee, didn't have to think for too long about who she was going to give Fetus Feud to in order to get a decent Kickstarter preview. Being in for a good laugh, I dived in this card game full with pregnancy cravings, mood swings, overdue babies and contractions until it is finally labor day!
Legends tell of a disastrous event on the Night of Doom, which started a dark and grim era for Blue Moon City and her inhabitants. The Golden Dragon has fallen, their god Blue Moon has abandoned them, the King is dead, Blue Moon City is ruined and their Holy Crystal of Psi is shattered into a pile of small crystal fragments. This place has seen so much shit that even Bruce Willis would have said "Yippee-Ki-Yay motherfucker, I am getting the hell out of here!" and would have retired immediately (while, at the same time, staying extremely dangerous, of course).
Every time I need to darn my socks I have to go to my parents' house and I ask my mom to do it for me. Of course, my mother, being the lovely mommy she is, tells me go somewhere else with my bloody socks! This approach made me the big boy I am today, albeit with slightly battered socks. I still just buy a new pair of socks whenever necessary, but I am starting to become pretty "darn" good in making some nice patchworks nowadays.
Every second Sunday of the month, DumeeGamer.com hosts a board game afternoon in a local pub in Roermond. We have a selection of board games, but visitors can also bring their own game. Last week, one of our regular guests brought Roar, a hybrid board game which you play with a board and... an app!
Welcome to the jungle, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Please keep your arms and legs inside of the vehicle at all time, because dangerous creatures roam these dense forests. Now, not a lot of people know this, but the single most nefarious and aggravating creature that lives here is... the common louse!
CRIMIBOX: CASE 2
Our regular readers knew this review was coming, because of my (Dutch) unboxing video of the second Crimibox case, sometime last month. So, naturally, it's time for another round of crime solving. Gather all your detective buddies, because it's time for the second case of Crimibox!
MAGIC: THE GATHERING ARENA (CLOSED BETA)
Ok, I'm back again after being away for a long long long long long loooooooooooooong time. Oh, how I missed my old comfy dungeon. Even without my minion (who probably cried a lot when I left), it feels like home! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Gaz the Dungeon master is back! Well, I say back but, for the time being, it's only for a one time review about an amazing card game!
With the Holidays on our doorstep, we're all busy finding the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family. The developers of Crimibox make an excellent suggestion; a criminal gift. We took a sneak peak, to see if this gift will make your Christmas a criminally good one!
Let's get spooky, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Come with me and let me take you on a trip to Canterville Castle! Never heard of it? Well, that might just be caused by the fact that not a lot of people visit the castle anymore. You see, besides the naturally creepy vibe most old castles give off, Canterville Castle is actually haunted... by a ghost named Max!
KILLER BUNNIES AND THE QUEST FOR THE MAGIC CARROT
Most of us like bunnies. They're cute and cuddly and wouldn't harm a fly, now would they?! Well, okay; Watership Down had some pretty evil bunnies, but even they weren't total psychopaths. But I have discovered there is also a dark side to this long-eared species of fur balls...
FRUTTI DI MARE
Who among you has ever eaten a big plate of Pasta Frutti di Mare? Well, I sure have! But I had never seen a fully fledged battle take place on said plate... until now! The King Crabs are gathering their forces, the Mussels are marching and the Salmons are setting up their attack!
CA$H 'N GUNS
It would seem, dear readers, that DumeeGamer's very own Dennis "CallMeBackDraft" Aspers has chosen a life of crime. We have it on good intelligence that he is in a warehouse with some other gangsters right now, dividing the loot of their latest heist! This can only end in tears...
The time has come for us to take to the skies and conquer the galaxy! Blow your enemies into tiny smithereens and let the remaining spacedust float away into infinity on your quest to become the supreme ruler of the universe! "How", you ask? Well, by playing a few rounds of Mag Blast: the game of screaming space battles!!!
Alright, I never doubted for a minute that working at DumeeGamer was going to be totally cool and amazing. However, even I was surprised by the memo I received a couple of days ago. It said (and I quote): "get your ass over to the bar and make sure you got your drinking cap on!". Drinking on the job'? Now, I don't know about you guys, but that has never been said to me before by a boss... but who am I to disobey? So before I knew it I was sitting at the local pub with some of the more brave colleagues from the DumeeGamer crew around a table filled with beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages. Something was different though... something else was also on the table: a card game.
Don't you just hate it when those righteous, goody, goody two-shoes heroes ransack your newly renovated dungeon, kill all your monsters and steal the treasures that took you aeons to collect? I sure do. But now, the time has come for some bloody payback! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is time to be as evil as we can possibly be. It is time to be... the Boss Monster!
Because Gaz the Dungeonmaster is still struggling with unruly orcs and goblins, and is redecorating his cave (again), it is up to yours truly to take a stroll through the world of board gaming and see what there is to see. So, what did I see...? A lot, I can tell you that! So just read on and find out.
ONE NIGHT ULTIMATE WEREWOLF
Well, it's time for another edition of All Aboard. But this time, the game we're playing is more of a card game with app support. I can hear all of you yelling: "blasphemy! A board game without a board!!!" Well, my friends, let me enlighten all of you!
As you may aware of by now, I absolutely love D&D. At this point, you're probably thinking that I have played every D&D game out there, but you would be mistaken. No, there's much, much more, as you will see right here in this review.
ASHES: RISE OF THE PHOENIXBORN
Well, my brilliant plan to set-up a new lair in a far-off country didn't exactly go as planned. Even though the weather was better and the monsters and food were definitely more exotic, there is nothing better than the awesome monster-infested lair where I was raised.
THE SETTLERS OF CATAN
Somewhere in 2000's I played The Settlers of Catan for the first time. As always when you play a new game, you'll have to learn the basics first and in my family, this usually results in one big shouting contest. But, after two rounds of arguing and practice, I got the hang of it and realized I loved this game!
Last week we had a scoop in our weekly Top 3. For the first time in DumeeGamer history, it featured a brand new board game: Hong! So, having told you guys about last week's release of this game, naturally, we needed to try Hong for ourselves.
REVENGE OF THE DICTATORS
Have you ever wanted to rule the world? Well, this may be your chance! Of course, the world is a big place, so we'll start off with something a bit smaller, say... The United States of America? Although this might seem a bit far-fetched, this is exactly what you are going to be doing when you play Revenge of the Dictators; an awesome upcoming board game by Black Box Adventures, a gang of game enthusiasts from the south of the Netherlands, who take their gaming very seriously!
MICE & MYSTICS
People of earth rejoice, and witness the glorious and triumphant return of the Baron of the Board, the Duke of Dice, the Majesty of Miniatures. Please give a warm welcome to the almighty and incomparable Lex "Gaz the Dungeonmaster" Ansems!
This week, Diana takes a look at a game she has played since she was just a little princess. And although she still isn't the epitomy of tallness, this is actually quite some years ago. Nevertheless, it's time to enter a dangerous ever-shifting maze... It's time to play Labyrinth!
It is time to have a look at a game I thought I'd already covered when we first started DumeeGamer.com, but am ashamed to say I didn't. It's a game about heroes, dungeons, and evil. There are glorious battle to be had and vast treasures to be found. Welcome... to Heroquest!
Discover the hidden struggle of the little known creatures called Gubs. In order to build the largest Gub colony possible, you will have to outsmart your opponents and protect your Gubs. Plan ahead, but be careful, because this game can be over before you know it!
THE DUNGEON REPORT: PART 2
Ah, cowering human, I see you have returned for Part 2 of my Dungeons & Dragons 4E and 5E comparison. You have earned my utmost respect for being so brave. Not a lot of you would be so valiant as to appear before the almighty Gaz the Dungeon Master twice in as many months! Are you ready, mortal? Then let us continue our tale...
THE DUNGEON REPORT: PART 1
Welcome, insignificant mortals, to the All Aboard for this month. This time around, I, the almighty Gaz the Dungeonmaster, will not so much be doing a review about a board game as as I will be doing a comparison between two versions of the mind-bogglingly awesomesame game: Dungeons & Dragons.
DEAD OF WINTER: A CROSSROADS GAME
OK, after these hot weeks here in the Netherlands it is time to cool down. But what's that, winter is coming? With the cold snow, icy winds and generally harsh environments... it doesn't look good. Apparently there is also a zombie outbreak going on, just to add to that jolly winter cheer. And without awesome dragons to save us we'll have to fight the undead on our own... can we survive the Dead of Winter?!
Technically, this game is not a board game... mainly because there's no board involved. You don't even need a table to play this game. "Why", you ask? Well, mostly because this is a computer game. But it's so much like a board game that I've decided to add it to my very own category. So, without further ado, may I present: Armello!
THREE GAME SHOWDOWN
It's time for us to pit three small card games against each toher and see who will come out victorious. Welcome to this card game deathmatch, may the best game win! Round one... Fight!
Rain City... criminals are running amok, trying to utterly destroy what's left of the law. It's up to you to clean up the city and once again turn it into the peaceful place it once was. Arrest criminals, defuse bombs, gather any upgrades you can. In short; do everything in your power to save the city and get rid of the bad guys inhabiting it! Let's play a game of Rogue Agent!
Which ones are cooler, pirates or ninja's, robots or dinosaurs, plants or zombies. This discussion has gone on forever and ever on the internet, but what if you combine them. Pirate ninja's, plant zombies and my personal favorite, the coolest one of them all: ROBOT DINOSAURS! Combining factions is really great and makes for powerful and fun combinations. I mean, zombie bear cavalry sounds like one of the best things ever, right?!
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
Whenever you see a movie that has nerds in it, it's likely to see them playing a game of Dungeons & Dragons. Armed with pen, paper and a buttload of weird looking dice, they sit round a table wearing cardboard armor and wizard robes while telling stories of how they are brutally murdering a dragon... sound awesome right?! So let’s all embrace our inner nerd and play Dungeons & Dragons
Don't you just hate the fact that whenever you play a game you can't help the monsters kill your opponents? Or that whenever you help your fellow adventurers, you get absolutely nothing for it? Well, here's the answer to your problem... MUNCHKIN!
SPACE... it's big, it's cold, it's empty (well apart from planets and stars and meteors) and, according to popular belief, we're alone in the universe... or are we? If we believe movies there ARE aliens around and better yet, they come in different shapes and sizes...
BETRAYAL AT HOUSE ON THE HILL (2ND EDITION)
Every town has one, even yours and mine. That creepy house at the end of a street no one dares to enter. The house where an old man died and still haunts it to this very day... Prepare to enter just such a house and be betrayed at House on the Hill!
LEGENDARY: A MARVEL DECK BUILDING GAME
Did you ever wonder what would happen if The Hulk, Deadpool, Wolverine and Iron man took on Galactus in a battle for the world?.... Sounds pretty awesome right? That's what we thought!
KING OF TOKYO
Oh no, there goes Tokyo. Go, go, Godzilla!
Roll the dice and kill the other players. Okay, please don't take this literally, or your house is going to be one hell of a mess.
A princess, a love letter and the risky business of getting this letter to her. Sounds like a promising movie. Perhaps, but it's also the main concept of the card game Love Letter.
THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND
An Ancient and mystical race, called the Archeans, kept their treasures secretly hidden on Forbidden Island and designed it to sink if intruders ever attempted to claim them. In the centuries since the mysterious collapse of their empire, Forbidden Island remained undiscovered ... until now.