Game Of Thrones LCG - Wolves Of The North Deluxe Expansion Review

Deluxe expansions are my favourite part of an LCG because . . . . well you get more cards frankly, what more do you want? Well in my case I also like that deluxe expansions in Netrunner and Lord of the Rings tend to introduce new deck archetypes and ideas while still building on previous ones. They aren't always fully developed, that tends to come in the next cycle of packs, but you get a clear indication of where the game is heading in future development. And of course, you get lots of new cards. The only annoyance here at first is that this is only for one faction, bare in mind there are 8 in existence. I fear this will take a while to get everyone on an equal level but let's see how Stark has fared here.

To repeat a previous disclaimer, I'm a casual player that enjoys the game and can hold my own in a local store tournament despite having MUCH to learn myself. That's all. Take that for what its worth, but maybe that will allow me to consider combos and ideas that will be fun to use rather than simply dismissing anything that doesn't make a Tier 1 level deck or whatever! So that being said, let's start. You can already check out my Game of Thrones LCG review on my site. If you want to see all the images/text for each card, I recommend you visit thronesdb.com and use their search engine - far easier than me regurgitating it here. In addition I'm also not going to review EVERY card in this set because I'll be here until next week Tuesday writing this. I will therefore focus on what the expansion brings as a whole and highlight some specific cards ranging from the useless to the downright overpowered (IMHO).



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Time Stories: Under The Mask (99% Spoiler Free Review) - Quantum Leaping

Time Stories was definitely not a "flash in the pan". Already on its fourth instalment and there are hints of at least 3 more scenarios to come during 2016, including an expedition to Antarctica which I think will be pretty cool, maybe they'll go with a rip-off of The Thing or something. Well, this scenario is the opposite in terms of temperature as we're now in Ancient Egypt, a setting I've been looking forward to since its announcement as I hoped with the rich theme of tombs and mysteries and scribing that we could return to a style of play more akin to the original Asylum, which is still the highlight of the range and not just because of the novelty factor of first discovering what Time Stories was, although I'll admit that does play a part.

Of course I'll keep this free of major spoilers (which also means I can only talk about so much), though there will be a pre-warning to a very MINOR spoiler that some already knew before playing this and even if you don't, you literally find out at the start so don't worry too much. So is the novelty wearing off or will this cool setting be a new lease of life?



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Android Netrunner - Democracy And Dogma Review

So far the Mumbad cycle has shown a lot of promise as one of the best cycles to date. This is surprising as I actually wasn't expecting much from the initial spoilers and felt like maybe we'd be running out of ideas, but I'm glad to be proven wrong in this instance. That means Democracy and Dogma has a lot to live up to so can it carry on the upward trend?

To repeat a previous disclaimer, I'm a casual player that enjoys the game and can hold my own in a local store tournament despite having much to learn myself. That's all. Take that for what its worth, but maybe that will allow me to consider combos and ideas that will be fun to use rather than simply dismissing anything that doesn't make a Tier 1 level deck or whatever! So that being said, let's start. You can already check out my Android Netrunner review on my site. If you want to see all the images for each card, I recommend you visit netrunnerdb.com and use their search engine.



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Dice City: All That Glitters Review - Micro-Transaction Expansion

Expansions for games will come in all shapes and sizes these days. Typically you've got a box about half the size of the original that introduces several modular additions to the game and gives you enough to wet your appetite for playing it again. Some expansions go a bit crazy and hand you everything including the kitchen sink overwhelming you with choices and some are so small they seem more like the equivalent of DLC for games on Steam. Oh and there's the sub-category known as Fantasy Flight where expansions are loaded onto a conveyor belt and sent your way every 5 seconds forcing you to keep up or hide away in a corner and hope they don't know you're there with only the base game.

Dice City is what I call the replacement model for Machi Koro, a game which the most astute of you will notice appeared on my Top 10 Hated Games last year. I really didn't like how you had next to zero control over how it went and you essentially sat there and went along for the ride. Dice City gave me a similar theme of building a city using dice to trigger them, but allowing me much more variety, a decent amount of control and luck mitigation. It wasn't perfect, but I felt it was good and it still sits in my collection as a solid gateway game. I felt it could have used some extra buildings though, oh hello, we've got some now with All That Glitters! Now a word of warning, this might be the shortest review I've ever had to do because.  . . . . . . well you'll see.



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Game Of Thrones LCG - No Middle Ground Review

So far so good on the LCG reviews so let's continue the Game of Thrones saga with No Middle Ground, the fourth pack in the Westeros cycle. The meta scene has undergone some dramatic changes following this pack with some of the underdogs starting to rise up again and one plot in particular killing several archetypes stone dead. It almost feels like the meta is changing too rapidly because it's difficult to keep up with it!

To repeat a previous disclaimer, I'm a casual player that enjoys the game and can hold my own in a local store tournament despite having much to learn myself. That's all. Take that for what its worth, but maybe that will allow me to consider combos and ideas that will be fun to use rather than simply dismissing anything that doesn't make a Tier 1 level deck or whatever! So that being said, let's start. You can already check out my Game of Thrones LCG review on my site. If you want to see all the images/text for each card, I recommend you visit thronesdb.com and use their search engine - far easier than me regurgitating it here.



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Broken Meeple Reviews - Episode 2 - Nations: Dynasties

Episode 2 of my audio reviews continue with Nations: Dynasties - this expansion introduces only a few things to the game, but they promise an unbelievable amount of variety. Despite the low price tag, should you still get this expansion?
Also note, the ten minute clock does not include music intros and endings!



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Android Netrunner - Business First Review

The Mumbad cycle has shown some great promise with Khala Ghoda bringing in some great staples and there are some great things to talk about with the new packs lately so let's continue with Business First (bit late I know, life and all that!)

To repeat a previous disclaimer, I'm a casual player that enjoys the game and can hold my own in a local store tournament despite having much to learn myself. That's all. Take that for what its worth, but maybe that will allow me to consider combos and ideas that will be fun to use rather than simply dismissing anything that doesn't make a Tier 1 level deck or whatever! So that being said, let's start. You can already check out my Android Netrunner review on my site. If you want to see all the images for each card, I recommend you visit netrunnerdb.com and use their search engine.


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Evil Undead, Bruce Campbell Not Included - Zombicide Black Plague Review

Oh look. . . more zombies. . . this is a genre that needs to be put on hold for a while as the board game market has gotten way too saturated with zombie themed games whether it's dripping or pasted on. There are other undead creatures in fantasy lore, I can't see why some of those can't be used! I mean seriously, how hard is it to use skeletons for example? You've got a medieval setting here with copious amounts of blood and violence, could you imagine the amount of hilarious Evil Dead 3 references in every game if you used skeletons instead? Missed opportunity there Eric Lang!

Zombicide is regarded as one of the major players in the genre however, though I wasn't a huge fan of the original. It dragged on for far too long for a dice chucker, had some ranged combat rules that made no sense whatsoever and felt like the same old post apocalyptic setting that lured you in with the prospect of admittedly, awesome looking miniatures.

Now we have Black Plague, which looks very much like the original except it's now set in a fantasy medieval world. Guns are replaced with bows, machetes replaced with swords and explosives replaced with spells. A standalone base set with some rule tweaks and upgrades, but keeping to what Zombicide was like before. However a few small changes can dramatically change how a game plays and I've heard a lot of positive responses for Black Plague. So let's see if the alterations made are enough to bring Zombicide up a few notches.


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