(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…

(PG-8) Animal Adventures

The PG series is a collection of articles incorporating the perspective of my eight-year-old daughter, Lila.   Sometimes the game does the work for you. When Lila saw Animal Adventures spread out on the table – an evocative paper mat, bright character sheets, and several well-detailed miniatures – she went gaga. I had a difficult…

Theel’s Feels – A 2021 Top 10

Another top 10 list? Absolutely. People love this stuff. I’m not feeling a lengthy introduction, though. I’ve played almost everything I wanted to that was released over the past 12 months. The gaming year has been kind. There are outliers like Final Girl or Summoner Wars 2nd Edition, titles I’ve been unable to track down,…

Idiosyncratic Bliss – An Unmatched: Battle of Legends Volume Two Review

Uncertainty dominates our lives. Events continue to be postponed or canceled. Kickstarter delivery dates have shifted from optimistic white lies to blatant punch lines. My preferred grocer hasn’t restocked frozen broccoli in three months. But there has been one constant; that is the quality of Restoration Games’ Unmatched. This system, comprised of many standalone sets,…

A Bag of Chex Mix – Dungeon Bowl in Review

Games Workshop’s Dungeon Bowl is frivolous and incoherent in the best of ways. This subterranean take on Blood Bowl was originally released in 1989 and returns this year with a deluxe boxset. It’s an over-the-top zany thing where randomness trumps strategy. Each play unfolds as a silly story with weirdos reliving the glory days of…

This Review Contains Words of Explicit Violence and Gore – A Resident Evil 3: The Board Game Review

Admittedly, that title would work much better if this was a scathing review, which it’s not. In fact, Resident Evil 3 improves in several ways upon Steamforged Games’ mediocre RE2 board game. It’s a very solid, if unspectacular, title that provides a surprisingly relaxed co-operative dungeon crawl experience punctuated by moments of breakout tension. This…

Walkin’ Through the Forest – The Adventures of Robin Hood in Review

This game is innovative. I don’t say it lightly and anyone who’s played this wouldn’t find that statement controversial. But more importantly, Michael Menzel’s The Adventures of Robin Hood has provided the best gaming experience of my daughter’s eight years of existence. And I cherished every second of it. It’s a difficult game to really…