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Geoff Barton

Board Game Review - Arkham Horror

Arkham Horror, published by Fantasy Flight Games, is the core product in a series of board games based on the works of acclaimed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. The board layout itself is a map of Arkham, Massachusetts, the central city of the Cthulhu Mythos where the specter of Ancient Gods and their followers are played out in the early twentieth century in tales of dark mystery and intrigue.

Published:
2/6/2013
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6778
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Strahd
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Geoff Barton

Evolution Of Modern Board Gaming

Most of the general public, not necessarily affiliated with the gaming hobby, have played at least one or more board games in their lifetime. It may have started off with Hi-Oh Cherry-O, Candyland, or Chutes and Ladders. Later on they may have graduated onto Checkers, or Chess, perhaps even coming perilously close to hobby gamer status with titles that many believe to be 'gateway games' such as Clue, Stratego, or Risk. But in the last twenty or so years, board games have come into their own as a standalone gaming genre with just as much gravitas as collectable card games, roleplay, and miniature wargames.

Published:
8/1/2013
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6791
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Strahd
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Geoff Barton

Board Game Review: Warhammer: Invasion

In 1983, Games Workshop of Great Britain created what would later become one of the most commercially successful fantasy settings of any medium. We’re talking about something comparable to J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth found in his legendary Lord of the Rings series, and Gary Gygax's multitude of settings in his Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying franchise. The Warhammer fantasy setting has mixed the traditional races of men, dwarves, and elves and added more depth and mystique than anyone at the time could possibly imagine. Drawing elements of Lovecraft-ian influence with a strong backing from Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champions saga, this world has proven most resolute in its ability to amaze and satisfy the bloodlust of would-be adventurers.

Published:
7/19/2013
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8442
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Strahd
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Geoff Barton

Board Game Review: Civilization

Civilization the Board Game, published by Fantasy Flight Games, is the latest incarnation of the computer based simulation, for use at the gaming table.

Published:
7/12/2013
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6102
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Strahd
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Geoff Barton

Board Game Review - Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica, published by Fantasy Flight Games, draws its influence from the television show produced by the Sci-Fi, or Syfy, channel in 2004. Both the show and the board game deal with the conflicting interests and outlooks of the remnants of humanity, following their near extinction brought upon them by an attack from the cybernetic race that they created called the Cylons. As if being felled from a population of tens of billions to a scant 50,000 across a small fleet of ships wasn't enough, humanity is forced to come to terms with power hungry politicians, religious fervor, a potent military, and Cylon sleeper agents who are among the people of the Colonial Fleet. While the television series covered many of these conflicting interests in great detail, the board game has a unique insight into this ongoing crisis, which makes Battlestar Galactica special in its gameplay and its longevity.

Published:
6/27/2013
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4727
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Strahd
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Geoff Barton

Board Game Review - Axis and Allies: 1942

Axis and Allies: 1942 stands as a signature title in the world of board gaming. Over the last quarter century many hobby gamers have at one time or another cut their teeth on this recreation of World War II. Its longevity hinges on its quality components, easy to follow rules, and the essential elements of tactics, logistics, resource management and technology development. This title, reprinted by Wizards of the Coast under the Avalon Hill brand has over 400 individual component pieces representing the various armies, navies, air forces, and armored units of the major powers during the Second World War. Included in this set is a large world map showing the various territories of both the Axis and Allied powers, paper money for resource production, and a very helpful reference table that allows players to roll with relative ease, without overcrowding the board.

Published:
6/22/2013
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7016
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Strahd
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Guildmage Meeting 805: Modern Masters Booster Draft

Modern Masters has created nothing less than a frenzy in every store where Magic is sold. That frenzy reached the Guildhall tonight as we drafted Modern Masters for what might be the one and only time. The format is delicious and fun, the only issue is the cost of the packs. Tonight we are using the only box I have bought so far, and I sell the packs for just what I paid for them, $24 for a draft set of three packs.

Published:
6/22/2013
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3029
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Zanman
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Geoff Barton

Board Game Review - Settlers Of Catan

Settlers of Catan, produced by Mayfair Games, is one of the most widely recognized and popular board games in the world, selling millions of copies both in Europe and in North America. The core set, game expansions, and multiplayer options can be found in game stores, comic shops and mainstream retailers like Target and Barnes and Noble Booksellers. This euro-style game has become a 'gateway drug' into gaming, capturing the interests of many fair weather gamers, and acting as a bridge between hobby gaming and casual play with titles such as Risk, Monopoly and Clue.

Published:
5/2/2013
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6337
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Strahd
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Geoff Barton

Board Game Review - Munchkin

Munchkin by Steve Jackson Games has become iconic as an ongoing franchise, as well as a non-collectable card game in and of itself. This game’s simple rules, easy set up, and low price point have given it broad appeal to gamers of all ages, interests and abilities. The game itself can be learned in less than ten minutes. Munchkin certainly falls under the category of 'minutes to learn, a lifetime to master.' Its popularity has made it a 'go-to' game for many retailers, in hobby stores as well as game stores, in addition to general retail settings including but not limited to book stores, video-game retailers, comic shops and big box stores, thus making it one of the most available games on the market.

Published:
4/5/2013
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7357
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Strahd
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Geoff Barton

Board Game Review - Talisman

Originally released in 1983 by Games Workshop, Talisman continues to be one of the best-selling, most popular board games on the market. Its innovative in-game mechanics as well as its well-rounded fantasy setting give it broad appeal to general gaming enthusiasts and fans of the adventure genre.

Published:
4/3/2013
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6737
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Strahd
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