I Walk in the Rain, in the Rain – A Godtear Review

Godtear is not what I expected. It’s tighter and more succinct than the standard Steamforged Games release. The ruleset is very clean and sensible, surprisingly so. Better yet, it manages to avoid any native sense of sterility that is common in stripped down conflict-oriented designs. All things told, this is a fantastic work. Before I…

Fog and Salt – A 303 Squadron Review

303 squadron was the most effective unit in the Battle of Britain. Of note, it was made up entirely of Polish pilots displaced by the German war machine. Many books have been written about this famous unit and its exploits. Several movies have been released as well. I’d advise you stick to the literature and…

Llama Drama – a L.L.A.M.A. Review

What a stupid card game. You’re dealt some numbers between one and six, and possibly one or more bright absurdist rainbow llamas. You want to get rid of these silly digits because any you’re left with at the end of the round are points. L.L.A.M.A, like golf, is a dignified pastime. It’s also scored in…

Down in the Midnight Sea – A Dive Review

It’s the summer solstice and our rite of passage, so we compete. The sacred stone is tossed from a towering cliff overlooking the sea. Into the depths the artifact plunges. We follow. Dive is surreal. Originally published by Sit Down! and distributed in North America by Lumas games, this is an experience that asks players…

Eccentric Modernism – A Free Radicals Review

Asymmetry in the board game space has existed since Eon Games’ 1977 and ’79 releases of Cosmic Encounter and Dune. It continued being a thing through Chaos in the Old World, Space Cadets, and Vast, among many others. Root really changed everything. Root traversed traditional boundaries, slyly pulling a new segment of players into a…

(PG-8) What Next?

The PG series is a collection of articles incorporating the perspective of my eight-year-old daughter, Lila.   She’s looking over the shelves, her eyes the usual mix of indecisiveness and enthusiasm. I speak up, “how ’bout What Next?” “That’s what I’m deciding”, she gives me a quick jab with those brown eyes. “No, I mean…

Fractional Joule- Kardashev Scale in Review

The best quality of this Wizkids release is that it’s educational. Admit it, you’re unfamiliar with Soviet astronomer Nikolai Kardashev and his model of measuring a civilization’s technology level. His hypothetical scale is bracketed around how much energy a society is able to use, and it extends to a cosmic level. Nifty. And there’s half…

She Don’t Lie – A GoCaine Review

Yes, that’s correct, GoCaine. This indie design from Richard Nguyen-Marshall and Kharitago Games combines cocaine trafficking with the ancient Japanese game of Go. Peanut butter and jelly. GoCaine. Sure, it’s a little nutty. That’s what drew me to it. The systems employed are simple. Up to six players take turns performing a single action followed…

Fathers of Anarchy – A Wise Guys Review

It’s 2014. Jimmy Falon takes over The Tonight Show, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dominates social media, and John Travolta introduces Adele Dazeem. But you know what I remember from that year? Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem. As the follow-up to Gale Force Nine’s killer debut, it established a streak. A series of releases…