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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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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Relic Expedition—A Double-Take Review

28 01 2014

reliccoverSeptember 13, 1997–I brought the machete down again and again today–cutting a swath through the dense jungle. It’s been days since we’ve seen anything besides this oppressive jungle and more bugs than I thought existed in the entirety of the world. As the son was setting, we did run across a pair of giant paw-prints. I pray we don’t meet their owner…

It’s been a few years since an exploration game broke any new ground. But newcomers Foxtrot Games are hoping to change that with their first game: Relic Expedition. So how is it? Let’s see…

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Zeppeldrome—A Double-Take Preview

24 01 2014

ZepeldromeYes, they’re chaotic, and unpredictable, and sometimes full of take-that mechanics, but race games are also pretty stinking fun.

12SP Entertainment has just launched a new racing contender on Kickstarter—Zeppeldrome: A Humorous, Hazardous, Dirigible Relay. So is it worth your money to back this project? Or will it crash and burn, Hindenberg-style? Let’s find out.

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Emu Ranchers—A Double-Take Review

13 12 2013

emuThe poor, misunderstood emu. Large. Flightless. Tiny little wings. They’ve been overshadowed by the ostrich, and out-cuted by the kiwi. But you—YOU—see the emu for what it really is: $!

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Ultimate Werewolf: Inquisition—A Review

23 10 2013

WerewolfCoverBy Firestone

I’ve never been a big Mafia/Werewolf fan. It can be an incredibly fun time, but the player elimination means some people are always sitting on the sidelines waiting. And the bigger the game, the longer you’re waiting… So when The Resistance came out—and there was no player elimination—I jumped at it. And it’s now my favorite game.

Ted Alspach and Bezier Games recently released Ultimate Werewolf: Inquisition, which promises some of the hidden roles and gameplay of Werewolf, with no player elimination. I’m intrigued. Will it knock The Resistance off the throne? Let’s see…

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Railways Express—A Double-Take Review (Plus a Video Review)

17 09 2013

RailwaysCoverWhen a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. ~Corrie Ten Boom

Today we’re taking a look at the new game from Eagle Games, Railways Express, which is a stripped-down version of the Railways of the World series. So what do we think? Let’s find out…

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Pigpen—A Double-Take Review

8 08 2013

pigpencoverFor today’s review, we’re giving you a look at a cute card game from Kevin Kulp and Jason Tagmire that’s nearly finished its campaign on Kickstarter. If you don’t want to bother reading the review, just go there and back it. If you need some convincing, read on…

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Fluxx: The Board Game—A Double-Take Review

5 08 2013

FluxxWe adore chaos because we love to produce order.” ~M.C. Escher

Looney Labs has turned their hit card game into a board game. Is it as chaotic as the card game? Is it completely different? Will Firestone actually like this game?! Let’s find out!

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Qwixx—A Review of the Spiel des Jahres Nominee

19 07 2013

qwixxcoverBy Firestone

There were three games on the nominee list for the German Game of the Year award (or Spiel des Jahres). We reviewed the eventual winner, Hanabi, last week. But what about the others? Well I don’t know anyone who owns Augustus, so we might not get to that one for a while. But I did manage to snag a copy of the third nominee—Qwixx. Was this dice-fest deserving of a nomination? Should it have won? Let’s find out!

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