Voodoo Island–A Preview

22 04 2014

VoodooCoverA few weeks ago The Flux Capacity sent me a prototype of their new game, Voodoo Island. There are multiple modes of play in this little tile-laying game, but I was sent the rules for the 2-player game. So what did I think? I’m glad you asked…

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Bullfrogs–A Double-Take Review

10 04 2014


Jeremiah was a bullfrog,

was a good friend of mine!
Never understood a single word he said,
but I would help him drink his wine!

– Three Dog Night

Bullfrogs CoverIn Bullfrogs players take command of their frog forces in a battle for supreme power and control of the pond! Bullfrogs is a tactical area-control game with a constantly changing game surface. So how does one control an army of frog forces and reign over the pond? Glad you asked; let’s jump in!

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A Preview of Tuscany, the Viticulture Expansion

8 04 2014

TuscanyBy Firestone

A few weeks ago Jamey Stegmaier sent me a preview copy of Tuscany, the Viticulture expansion, and I was able to get in a few games with it. So is this expansion worth your money, or is it just sour grapes?

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Fear Is the Mind-Killer: A Review of Forbidden Desert

25 03 2014

DesertCoverdBy Firestone

The storm is relentless—making movement, visibility, and clear thought impossible. The water is nearly gone, but so are you. You decide to drain the last of it, but just before you put the bottle to your cracked lips you see a dark outline through the sandstorm. A cave!

Forbidden Desert is the follow-up to Matt Leacock’s hit cooperative game Forbidden Island. Is it just the same game with a new setting? Or is there something more to explore here…?

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One Night Ultimate Werewolf–A Double-Take Review

19 03 2014

OnenightCoverWerewolf (or Mafia) is a classic party and youth group game. But it has its problems: Sometimes people get carried away with the backstory, so it takes forever. Sometimes people have a “boring” role, so don’t really have much to do. And finally, people are eliminated from the game, so they get to sit out and wait. But what if you could eliminate those problems, and boil the game down to its essence and play for just one night? What if…?

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Gone Viking!—A Double-Take Review

12 03 2014

GoneVikingCoverVikings seem to be the new pirates. There are TV shows, an upcoming reprint of the great Kiesling game by that name, and now we’re seeing a few new games added to the fray. Gone Viking! is a trick-taking game with a pantheon of twists on the genre. Is it a longboat of fun, or should it be sacked? Let’s find out.

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Choose One!–A Double-Take Review

18 02 2014

chooseonecoverDONOVAN: What… is… happening…?

(His skin turns brown and leathery and stretches across his bones until it splits. His skeletal hands reach for Elsa’s throat, choking her. Indy rushes forward and pushes Donovan away. As he falls the BODY BREAKS INTO FLAMES, then SHATTERS AGAINST THE WALL.)

KNIGHT: He chose… poorly.

 – Indiana Jones, The Last Crusade

Today we take a look at Looney Labs’ latest party game, Choose One! The decisions you make during this game will stir up conversation at your game night, party, or other social gathering.

Let’s take a look!

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Hegemonic–A Double-Take Review

13 02 2014

hegemonicSpace, the final frontier…

Hegemonic is a new 4X game for 2-6 players from Minion Games. For those who may not be familiar with 4X games the four X’s stand for eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate. So maybe they should be called 4-eX games? Anyway. Hegemonic takes place in space, as players act as the rulers of different “houses” looking to expand their reach and control in the galaxy. What did we think of Hegemonic and the final frontier? Let’s take a look!

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oddball Aeronauts–A Double-Take Preview

12 02 2014

oddballlogoYou’re at the doctor’s office. Or the DMV. (Shudder…) Or in line at at amusement park. Or waiting to buy tickets to a Radiohead concert. You’re bored. You don’t have a surface to play a game. But you have the sudden urge to battle it out for pirate-like supremacy of the air. What will you do?! I have just the thing…

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Draco Magi–A Double-Take Preview

30 01 2014

cover“A dragon lives forever, but not so little boys. Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys. One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more, and Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar.”

– Peter, Paul & Mary

Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen an influx of 2-player games come our way, and today’s review is yet another one. Draco Magi is a 2-player battle as the Gold and Green factions seek to claim the recently vacated throne, and become the Dragon King… errr… that is, Draco Magi. Let’s take a look!

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