Once Upon a Time 3rd Edition

Once upon a time

Once Upon A Time (3rd Edition)

Written By: Mokan
Edited By: Simon Joseph
Date of Review: 21/9/15

Have you ever thought of how fairy tales are created? Have you ever wanted to create your own fairy tales? That’s what Once Upon A Time (3rd Edition) allows you to do. Once Upon A Time is a story-telling card game meant for 2 to 6 players. The game initiates collaboration and creativity amongst players.

Players would receive an ending card at the start of the game,and the objective is to steer the story towards the ending that is stated on their ending card, while getting rid of all other story cards in hand.

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The players come to a conclusion on who becomes the first story teller. Other players might try to steal the role of storyteller by playing a card that contains a word that the storyteller made used of in their story, or by having the current storyteller end their turn. Either of this action would cause a change in story teller and the new story teller would have to continue the story from where it was last left off. All the cards, including the ending cards, have a fairy tale theme which makes the entire storytelling family friendly.

Once upon a time (3rd Edition) is a great storytelling game that can be played by a wide variety of age groups, that guarantees endless joy and fun new fairy tale creation that the player will experience when they play it.

Savage Worlds RPG

Savage Worlds

Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 22/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

A mighty barbarian leads a horde of savages against his blood-sworn foes. A crazy rebel pilots his fighter against a galactic empire. A party of adventurers raids the tomb of an ancient lich. If you like the sound of that, then start exploring the never ending of Savage Worlds.

Savage Worlds is a role-playing game and miniatures wargame. Like Dungeons and Dragons, it allows the player to create their very own fantasy characters. This also means that players starts literally nothing but just a short story given by the dungeon master. From there on, let your imagination take you where it leads. The theme maybe also varies depending on the dungeon master. Savage World focus on speed of play and does not require much preparation as this game is solely based on imagination.

An example for Dungeons and Dragons is that it uses the D20 system for skills. For Savage Worlds, the dice used are varies depending on how good is that character’s skill level. In the deluxe version, there are more new powers, setting rules, situational rules. If you’re ready, then get savage!

Pathfinder Roleplaying

Pathfinder Role Playing
Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 22/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

Take on the role of a fighter, a vicious warrior that cuts through enemies with power melee attacks; Wizard, with various range magic attacks to decimate the enemies; Cleric, that heals and protects those who are in danger with the magical buffs or a Rogue, the sneaky walking trap that can defuse many kind of traps that stand in its way. Join them in a quest adventure to fight to survive in a world that has been engulfed by magic and evil in Pathfinder.

Pathfinder is an imaginative role-playing game that is similar to Dungeons and Dragons where there will be a dungeon master or game master to start off the game with a short story. But for the character making, the game itself have already premade a few for the players. Players have to use that instead of having the freedom to create on their own. Here’s the catch, there is a core rule book that state otherwise. The core rulebook allows players to create the characters freely like you would in Dungeons and Dragons, however, the core rulebook is not included in the starter pack and is sold separately.

It’s fairly easy for beginner to understand. For those who have experience in playing Dungeons and Dragons can look forward to Pathfinder as it also gives a different feel and environments. The only limit of this game is your imagination.

Star Wars Roleplaying

Star Wars Roleplaying Game

Written By : Mokan
Edited by: Simon Joseph
Date of Review: 22/9/15

Star Wars Roleplaying Game comes in three variants. The first variant was the Star Wars: Edge of Empire. It was later followed by Star Wars: Age of Rebellion and Star Wars: Force and Destiny. Although all three variants were released separately, they can be used with each other, or as a standalone.

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As in other Roleplaying games, Star Wars Roleplaying Game also requires the player to take on the role of a character and perform certain actions to emerge victorious. Star Wars Roleplaying Game also allows the player to create a custom character if they wish to. Players can also build their their own characters. They can specialize their characters for specific roles and by doing so they could gain “talent” which will power up their character even more.

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A unique feature that exists in the Star Wars Roleplaying Game is the Obligation System. The Obligation System helps the Game Master (GM) to add more depth to the story and to the characters as well, and is more important in new character creation. Another feature, the narrative dice, is a robust mechanic that is present in all three section of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game. There are seven separate dice with eight distinct symbols. The seven dice are 3 positive dice, 3 negative dice, and a force die. Each die can be interpreted differently by the GM which creates room to diversify the story. Each of the 3 sections have different general theme in it and given adventure that goes with it.

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For those who feel that the game is too content heavy and complex, there is always the Star Wars: Edge of Empire Beginner Box. In Star Wars: Edge of Empire Beginner Box the adventure are pre-set and it comes with a simpler rules. This helps to reduce the amount of mastery and skill needed to play the game. By the time they are done with the adventure, the players would be experienced enough to understand the basic rules and they can then choose to create custom characters and play on the Star Wars: Edge of Empire Beginner Box or they can choose to proceed on to one of the three main sections of Star Wars Roleplaying Game.

Star Wars Roleplaying Game is a great game that can be played by many players and is very much diverse so that no one game session would be the same ever again. It’s new and captivating mechanics, along with custom characterization and huge number of adventures would definitely be appreciated and wanted by many role playing game fans.

 

Shadowrun

Shadowrun

Written By: Mokan
Edited By: Simon Joseph
Date of Review: 22/9/15

Shadowrun is a cyberpunk fantasy role playing game that is set in a fictional universe. Shadowrun has a unique and dynamic universe, with overarching storyline twisting and shaping the universe.

Shadowrun role playing game is a very successful game that has made its impact across many platforms like video games, action figure game, magazines art book, and novels. In Shadowrun, the player takes on the role of one of the pre-made characters or a custom made character, and go on adventures with other players.

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Shadowrun Beginner Box Set provides players with pre generated characters, a simplified ruleset, and a ready to run adventure, a solo adventure for one character, adventure hooks and non-player character to throw into any situation. All this would add up to hours of excitement and adventure on the mean streets of the Sixth World. The Shadowrun Beginner Box Set is recommended for players who are new to the game or any other RPGs, as it limits the creation of characters and have lesser adventures as compared to others. This helps to keep it simple and be gentler on the learning curve for the new players.

Shadowrun Fifth Edition, is the latest edition of the highly anticipated role playing game. Besides the normal additions like more adventures. Shadowrun Fifth Edition, has rules for character creation, magic, combat, matrix hacking, rigging, and many more. This opens the doors for a more diverse gameplay. Shadowrun will appeal to those who like cyberpunk fantasy themed role playing games.

Shadowrun has everything a player would expect from a role playing game. Great storyline which evokes greater passion and drive to complete mission and the movie like feel when doing it, ever changing and evolving universe, which leads to variety of changes every edition and new feature to look forward to, and also a variety of adventures to play and succeed.

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons
Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 21/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

Have you ever wanted to create your own stories, or your own roleplaying character? Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game provides you with the tools to bring your fantasies to life. Imagine confronting majestic dragons in long forgotten ruins that are obsessively guarding their hoard.

Dungeons and Dragons is essentially a sandbox but also can be structured game where player choose its own story as the game goes on. The stories are narrated by a player that assumes the mantle of the Dungeon Master (DM), and is tasked with controlling certain things like the Non-Player Characters (NPC), environments, or monsters that will allow the players to embark on their own adventures. Player will also interact with the world to complete their quest.

Players are given the freedom of creating their own character like the races and class. They also can create a certain traits for the races. Once complete, the DM will announce a bit of the starting story. From there on, players will proceed to the game and do anything they want. The DM will also add stories into the player’s storyline to make it interesting.

Catan

Catan
Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 20/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

The famous resource, building, and trading board game by Klaus Teuber, Catan, is the rebranding of The Settlers of Catan first introduced two decades ago. The game can be played between 3 to 4 players, or 5 to 6 if you own the extension pack.

Players assume the role of settlers, each attempting to construct buildings while trying to gather resources by trading with the other players, in order to achieve the objective. There are several winning conditions; players can either acquire 10 victory points, having the largest army, or building the longest road.

Catan comes with a rulebook that contains images to assist newcomers to understand the game in a short amount of time. It implements the aspects of trading, building and gathering resources. It teaches players about risks and rewards as well.

This fast learning game has a family edition which is also the game as the original Catan but not applicable for any other expansions. For the junior edition, it’s for younger age that wants to learn as a head start. There is also a travel edition that allows 2 players to play, but it does not work with the other expansions.

Star Wars: X-wing, Armada & Imperial Assault

STAR WARS: X WINGS, ARMARDA, IMPERIAL ASSAULT

Written By: Mokan
Edited By: Simon Joseph
Date of Review: 22/9/15

Star Wars X-Wing Miniature Game is a miniature war game that features tactical ship to ship dogfighting between various Starfighters. As for Star Wars X-Wing Miniature Game, they are two particular elements that separates itself from the other competitions. Those two elements are the unique maneuver dial and the attack and damage system.

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Each craft has a unique maneuver dial given to it. The craft would have to make use of this maneuver dial to secretly plot its movements. This element adds a sense of suspense and also adding strategic decision making with it. This design element does path gateways for power play to be made.

The other new design element would be the attack and damage system implemented in it. Unlike other miniature war games, Star Wars X-Wing Miniature Game calculates the damage sustained by a unit by having both parties, the attacking and the one being attack to roll numerous dice based on their stats. The outcome of the dice rolled would determine the damage sustained by the unit (if any).

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Star Wars Armada is very much similar to Star Wars X-Wing Miniature Game. One major difference you can see between both would be that Star Wars X-Wing Miniature Game had simplified rules and made it easy to learn it but Star Wars Armada is adding more rules in now to make it more complex and diversify the gameplay options and the strategies. Besides that most of the features are similar between Star Wars Armada and Star Wars X-Wing Miniature Game.

Star Wars: Imperial Assault is a two to five players, strategy board game of tactical combat and missions which also require miniature figures. Star Wars: Imperial Assault offers two distinct games of battle and adventure in the Star Wars universe.

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There are two specific game mode. Player can either choose to play Campaign mode or Skirmish mode. Campaign mode shows off the Imperial which is controlled by 1 person against Heroes of the Rebel Alliance which is controlled by 1 to 4 players. Skirmish mode will be a typical 1 vs 1 game. The rules are similar if not the same for both the Campaign Mode and the Skirmish Mode.

In a Campaign Mode the player playing as the Imperial would have to delay the progress of Heroes of the Rebel Alliance and make sure that they are not able to complete their campaign mission. If they can delay long enough, Imperial will see victory in the game .The heroes of Rebel Alliance would have to fulfil their campaign mission within the time limit (number of turns). In Skirmish Mode, it’s old school style. Deploy your troops, fight and eliminate your enemy, last remaining troop or unit will win it for their team.

All of Star Wars miniature war games are very well designed and are a favourite among miniature war gamers. All the Star Wars miniature war games does help in giving options as all the games are different in playstyle, troops, and cost. It’s unpredictable gameplay, along with new and unique mechanics , not to mention the well-defined universe of Star Wars , makes it a must have for all miniature war gamers and Star Wars followers.

Dropzone Commander

Dropzone Commander
Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 22/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

Both the Earth and the cradle worlds have fallen into the hands of the scourge, a neuro-parasitic lifeforms with the intent to thrive on conquest and the assimilation of other races. Now, Mankind has finally created United Colonies of Mankind (UCM) for the purpose of ridding havoc and taking back their homeland from the scourge. Who will win this glorious battle in Dropzone Commander?

Dropzone Commander is Sci-fi warfare RPG game that is designed for efficient and dynamic games which can be played on a standard table. This make it easier to set up as the map is not very big. Dropzone Commander has this concept that players are allow to deploy their troops and redeploy them again by airborne. It create a fast pace tactical and intensify the gameplay. Whoever has faster analytical skills will be advantageous and bring victory to the battlefield.

Will you play as the scourge and erase mankind from existence or as mankind and chase these foul creatures back to where they come from and reclaim earth? The choice is yours.

Battletech: Classic & Alpha Strike

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BattleTech: Classic And Alpha Strike

Written By:Mokan
Edited By: Simon Joseph
Date of Review: 22/9/15

BattleTech is a turn-based multiplayer miniature war game which simulates combat between futuristic mechanized forces in the fictional BattleTech universe.

Like other typical miniature war games , the major chunk of gameplay consist of moving units across the map and deploying them to attack and take down the opposition .

A turn consists of four different phases; Initiative, Movement, Combat and End Phase. Initiative Phase is where both the players roll two D6 dice and the player with the lower result would begin their turn first. The second player would given an advantage as they would know their opponents moves and can counter them. Movement, Combat, End phase are just as what the names suggest, players move their troops, attack, calculate the damage dealt and end their turn. After the End phase, players return to the Initiative Phase, and the cycle begins anew until a player meets the victory condition, which is to destroy all the opposition’s army.

Hexagon shaped tiled, great looking miniatures, and awesome strategic gameplay options will definitely attract not just diehard fans of the BattleTech series, but will also please all other miniature war gamers/hobbyists. As for new miniature war gamers this would be an option for them as it’s simple to understand mechanics will definitely appeal and suit them more as compared to some other board games.