See You At The UK Games Expo!

As you know, content has been non existent since my Marvel Legendary Villains review, well don't worry, more classic reviews are in the pipeline, but I've been busy with not only visiting my long distance girlfriend in Glasgow, but also preparing for the UK Games Expo which starts tomorrow, although technically they have some games going tonight.

I will be attending the Expo from Thursday late afternoon all the way through to Sunday evening and will be staying at the Hilton itself. I am featuring on Go Halves On Games Twitter Bingo card and I hope to attend a couple of interviews as well. But of course I want to buy, sell and play a ton of games with all of you great people out there!

You'll find me either in a blue polo shirt, a Broken Meeple T-shirt or a GamesQuest T-shirt during the event most likely. I hope to see some of you there! And naturally I'll do a write up of the event or a podcast special shortly after.

Take care!!



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I Will Never Be Good And That's Not Bad! - Marvel Legendary Villains Review

Who doesn’t like superheroes? Ok, that’s a sweeping statement, they’re not for everyone, but the geeky kid in me adores them. Since my childhood, I’ve enjoyed many superhero cartoon shows and the occasional comic. In fact, I’d say Spiderman is probably my favourite at the moment. I definitely prefer Marvel to DC (uh oh flame wars!) but these days I highly enjoy every single blockbuster movie that comes out with superheroes in it. I’m still foaming at the mouth from watching Age of Ultron recently.
Naturally, board games have appeared that are strongly superhero-based. In fact, you probably already know that my favourite game is actually Sentinels of the Multiverse - a comic book superhero Co-Op that includes characters that parody mainstream superheroes. There’s also Marvel Legendary which has been a huge hit and sticks solely to the Marvel heroes. It also, now, has many expansions and is naturally also in my collection.
Typically these games are about the heroes’ and their fight against the villains. But, with Marvel Legendary: Villains that’s been turned on its head. Now you can take control of the villains and lay the smack down on a legendary hero like Nick Fury or Dr Strange. Certainly appealing to the geek generation here, but at first glance it looks identical to its predecessor and boasts a lot of potential about mixing up the cards. But, whether you already own Marvel Legendary, or not,  is Villains worth the high price tag?

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Episode 30 - Surprise!!

It's Episode 30 and to balance things out with the negative banter from last week, this is a much more positive episode with my Top Ten Surprising Games. As well as that there is also the news, first impressions and discussion topic as normal. But to celebrate reaching 30 episodes and in theme with this episode, you might notice a rather surprising change of your own..........




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Board Game Bling - Daedalus Productions - Caverna: The Cave Farmers Insert Review

You want to see wooden tokens and tiles spilling out of your ears, play this game! The sequel to Agricola has so much real estate in that gigantic box it’s insane! With the amount of table space the game uses up and the sheer plethora of components, it’s no wonder that many have designed their own insert for this game already.

Daedalus has gone for simplicity (and for some reason a change of wood) with this design sticking to the standard rectangular trays with compartments for the various bits. There’s not much to say about this particular tray so this could well be my shortest article ever!



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From Your Devoted Lover....Ewww! - Batman Love Letter Review

Batman Love Letter...................riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight! This is one of the most strangest variations for a game I've seen to date. Not content with milking the cash cow that is Love Letter, AEG have gone one step further and merged it with the Batman franchise. Yet they've called it Batman Love Letter when really it should have the last part in brackets or written as "A Love Letter Game" because as it's currently shown, that's just weird!

Pretty much every gamer out there knows what Love Letter is and we've seen plenty of spin offs for the game which at first glance appear to be exactly the same game, just with a different veneer. That being said, the original game is very popular being one of the few micro games to make the BGG Top 100. Some will scoff at micro games thinking that there is a fad going on or that micro games don't count for high rankings and I'm on the defending team for this argument. If a game is that much fun or ticks so many boxes that it's appealing to a wide audience of gamers, then it deserves to be given credit for it. Size really doesn't matter at the end of the day, nor does the production price point. 

So we have two sides of a coin with regards to this version. Those who have never played Love Letter and those who own a copy, but are wondering if this is worth getting to replace the original, which was more my line of thinking. Given the small size of the game, this shouldn't take long......



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Monks Have Obviously Never Heard Of A Kindle! - Biblios Review

Auctions…………..god I hate auctions. I don’t even like waiting for Ebay auctions to finish as nothing happens until the final 5 seconds of “sniping” tactics. But in board games it gets worse for me. To date there has been no game that uses auction mechanics that I’ve thought more than “meh” about. For Sale and Modern Art are relatively straightforward examples, but I find them boring. 20th Century was a recent game that used bidding which I put in the same category as auctions and I found that to drag on a bit. Power Grid is on the other end of the scale, but if anyone knows me or my podcast, then they’ll know that Power Grid is one of my Top 10 most hated games. Dull, tedious, long and boring, but I digress!

I should probably explain my reasons though. I don’t find auctions much fun in general but there’s a bigger problem I have. For me they just drag on endlessly with no satisfying conclusion other than “you can have it”. And players seem to take forever when considering their responses causing the worst case of downtime boredom imaginable. Now in Power Grid you’re dealing with such high values that analysis paralysis is inevitable, (one of many problems I have with it), but even in something like 20th Century where you’re bidding no more than 3-6 gold for any tile typically, how hard can it be to decide what you’re going to do with such a low value? Just bid or pass already!!

But fillers seem to do a better job because the auctions are quick and frequent. I mentioned For Sale, which is a popular one among non-gamers, but it’s a bit too simplistic for me. Then I hear Zee Garcia of The Dice Tower talk a lot about Biblios, another filler that involved auctions and I thought “oh boy here we go again”, but the more I read up on it, the more I was intrigued and I chose for one of my many board game rewards for assisting GamesQuest at Insomnia 54 this year, a copy of Biblios. So will curiosity be my downfall or could the unthinkable happen with me actually enjoying an auction game?



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