Android: Netrunner

Netrunner

Android: Netrunner 
Written By: Mokan
Edited By: Simon Joseph
Date of Review: 21/9/2015

Android: Netrunner is an asymmetrical Living Card Game (LCG) for two players. The theme of the game is cyberpunk.

Before the start of the game, the two players decides amongst themselves as to which role they will be utilising, the Corporation, or the Runner. For both the sides the winning condition would be to reach seven points.

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If you play as the Corporation, your goal would be to score agendas by advancing the agendas. The Corporation would need time and credits to advance this agendas to their desired state. To act as a layer of protection and time buying measure, the Corporation would need to install “Ice”. “Ice” is in simple terms a security program that the Corporation has in order to stop any attack from the Runners.

As for the Runners, they need to spend time and credits to acquire a number of different resources, such as hardware and “Ice” breaking software. Runners are playing against the time, as the Corporation would be hard to stop once they have fully established their defences. To make up for it, Runners are given an extra click (action) every turn compared to the Corporation. When a runner attempts to attack the Corporation, they run a risk of losing their acquired wealth, like hardware and resources.

Android: Netrunner is an extremely popular card game that is played by teens to adults. It’s easy to pick up and hard to master making it a perfect game for players to enjoy every time they play it.

We run Android: Netrunner nights at our store on Tuesdays! Find out more here.

Love Letter and its derivatives

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Love Letter

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

Love Letter, is a quick and easy to learn card game. Love Letter is primarily a strategy game that requires players to make careful deduction of their cards and also that of their opponent. Love Letter caters to 2 to 4 players, and should not take more than 10 minutes per round.

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Love Letter revolves around a plot where the player has to deliver their love letter to the princess to gain her love. The winning condition would be to get their love letter closest to the princess . There are only sixteen cards in the game. The cards represents the different characters and they all have varying degree of influence towards the princess. In the end, the player with the character that has the highest influence rating would win the round. Each character has a different card effects that might cause players to be knocked out of the round. Each round is fairly quick and the outcome of the game is decided over a number of rounds.

Other derivatives of Love Letter would be Love Letter: Legend of Five Rings, Lost Legacy (The Starship), Love Letter (Batman), and Loot Letter (Collaboration of Munchkins and Love Letters).All of this has very similar gameplay as to the original Love Letter. These games however do have small changes in terms of art and gameplay to cater for the theme that they are designed in.

For a game that comprises of a mere 16 cards to cater for its gameplay, it is quite diversified and it does evoke a number of emotions along the game. Needless to say, keeping you entertained the whole time. This is a great game that cater to almost all kinds of players. Anyone who is looking to have a quick game session with a group up to four people, would definitely enjoy this game.

Resistance, Coup and its derivatives.

Avalon
Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 16/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

Avalon is the revamp of Don Eskridge’s The Resistance and is a standalone game. It can be played by 5 to 10 players and on average lasts around 30 minutes of game time.

Like The Resistance, Avalon has similar gameplay and mechanics, however, it aims to create a different feel to the environment during the gameplay with the introduction of new characters. Example like there is a new character called merlin, merlin knows everyone’s role other than tone specific role. No one else knows who merlin is. Avalon and The Resistance are compatible therefore you can combine them.

Some would ask ‘if Avalon is a stand-alone game that is similar to The Resistance, why should I buy The Resistance?’ Each of the game has its own unique features. In the case of Avalon, it is placed in medieval timeline whereas The Resistance is set in a futuristic timeline with corrupted government.

If you think you got what it takes to protect Merlin and the innocent villagers or be the most evil person and remove everyone, Avalon will be the choice for you.


Coup
Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 17/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

Rikki Tahta’s Coup is a deduction and deception card game requiring players to outwit their opponents. While Coup d’état is a French word that means to overthrow or force seizure of a state, Coup has the players representing the states. It has slight similarities with the game The Resistance and Avalon. It can be played by 2 to 6 players with the play time of 15 minutes.

At the beginning, each player will have 2 cards face down (only known to the player themselves). Players will make a certain move like either earn coins or to eliminate player’s cards. Players that do not have any cards left are out of the game. The last player wins the game.

Coup is easy to learn yet challenging and hard to win because you need you know the players well as this is a deception game which they can either be telling you the truth or lying to you. One wrong move will cause you to lose the game, and as Jean Roqua from Never Back Down would say, “The decision is in your hand, you control the outcome.”


Bang! the various games

Bang!
Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 19/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

Both cowboys face each other to a showdown. As the heavy wind blows across the battle arena, tension increases. Bang! Shots fired, who would be the last man standing? If you like the sound of it, then get the guns rolling and ready to rock and roll cause Bang! Is coming to you!

Bang! is a four to seven player fast pace game where the brave and heroic sheriff must eliminate the barbaric outlaws and the sneaky renegade to safe the town. Meanwhile, the barbaric outlaw will have to eliminate the sheriff to rule over the town, the renegade will get caught in the middle and will plan out it’s sneaky plans to make sure that it will survive this ordeal and be the last man standing. The thing about Bang! is that each role has a unique ability and goal in the game.

Bang! aims to create an old western shoot out feel. It’s like the lovely Wild West themed. For those that enjoy games that has this kind of theme, Bang! is the choice for you.

Dixit

Dixit
Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 17/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

Have you ever wondered how a picture is worth a thousand words? Look no further than Dixit as it is a narrative driven game that taps on the player’s imagination. The game is designed for 3 to 6 players and a standard game lasts around 30 minutes or so.

At the start, each player will draw 6 fascinating cards. A designated ‘story teller’ chooses a card and places it faced down. Then the storyteller will be using words, phrases, stories, or even actions to describe the card while others guess and place a card face down, trying to match the card with the storyteller’s description. The cards are then shuffle and place face up in a row. Each player (Other than the story teller) has to guess which card belongs to the story teller and vote. Then the card’s owner will be slowly revealed and that’s when the points are given out. The story teller will change after each turn.

Dixit will test your logic and whether you know your friends from inside out. Therefore, to win the game, you must either know or just roughly guess how that person thinks or how that person imagine if you say or do something.

Do you think that you possess the imagination to rule Dixit?

Gloom

Gloom

Gloom

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

Gloom is a gothic, storytelling card game that caters to 2 to 4 players. Gloom is published by Atlas Games. The game takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

In Gloom, a player takes control of a family of five and the player must manipulate the fates of this family. The goal of the game is simple and a tad bit depressive; the player with the most miserable family wins the game.

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As for gameplay, players take turns to narrate a storyline for the characters with their hand cards. Optimally playing the negative cards like Pursued by Poodles or Mocked by Midgets onto their own line of family and playing joyous moments of life like Marriages to other families. When all the 5 member of a family dies, the game ends. With that the points of all dead members of all players are calculated. The player with the lowest score becomes the winner.

Gloom is a straightforward and easy game to play, with only creativity standing in your way from having a great time with it.

If you’re a fan of the Munchkin series, Atlas Games has also released a Gloom-y rendition of Munchkin! Find out more about Munchkin here!

Munchkin

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Munchkin

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

Teaming up with friends, backstabbing them when they least expect it or just battling legendary monsters is commonplace in Munchkin. If any of the above appeals to you, perhaps you should give Munchkin a shot! Munchkin caters to 3 to 6 players. Munchkin has a game time of approximately 60 minutes.

Munchkin

Munchkin is a fantasy card game in which players would have to embark on an adventure through a dungeon and face mighty monsters along their path. The goal of the player is to reach level 10 before the others do.

In a regular turn, players would have to “break down the door”, and if they encounter any monster, they have to fight it. If the monster are too strong for the player to fight it down alone, player can ask for help from other players, and thats where the player’s negotiation skill will be put to test. Defeating a monster results in the player who encountered the monster to go up level and also gain treasure(s), both of which depending on the difficulty of the monster slain. Treasures are item which can be used to strengthen player’s combat ability. Treasure cards can also contain power up cards which can be applied to monster. So if one of the player is way too ahead of the rest, well you know what to do. Just add this power ups to the monster they encounter and make it hard for them to climb up the levels.

Munchkin is a success story of Steve Jackson (Designer of Munchkin). The success can be seen in the number of other Munchkin titles they have released. Munchkin Apocalypse, Munchkin Axe Cop and Munchkin Bites!, are just some of the titles that follows after Munchkins.

If you are looking for a relaxing, fun time filled with laughter with your friends over a board game, Munchkin is definitely a choice to consider.

Ticket to Ride

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Ticket to Ride

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

Ticket to Ride is a game that requires the players to strategize and adapt their moves to the situation in order to outwit, outplay and outscore others .The game is designed for 2 – 5 players and the playtime for a round of this game would range from 30 to 60 minutes.

Ticket to Ride

In Ticket to Ride, players are attempting to claim train routes between various cities. Claiming train routes rewards the player with victory points .Victory points are used to determine the final winner of the game .There are two types of cards in this game, the train card and the destination ticket card. The train card is needed to place the train token onto the map. The destination ticket card gives a train route for the player to build. The player would be able to gather more points if he successfully build the route indicated on the card. When one of the player has 3 or less train cars left, all the player would take one more turn before the game ends. The player would then calculate their points and the highest points win.

Ticket to Ride, is an easy to pick up game with minimal rules to learn and understand, thus making it a game that almost all ages can play and would enjoy.

Warhammer 40,000

Warhammer 40,000

Kew Sheng Yao

Date of review: 23/9/2015

Edited by: Simon Joseph

 

Heavy vehicles rolling onto the peaceful land, goliath walking to the hills, destroying anything in its path. Flying creatures screams, monstrous breeding creature spawning ground armies, all charging towards the heavy metal armies. Missiles launching, guns fired. Turning once a peaceful place into a horrendous battlefield in Warhammer 40,000. Warhammer 40,000 is a Sci-fi role-playing game. It has similar mechanics like moving phase, however, more complicated than the other Warhammer series.

 

The difference between Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is that it Warhammer 40,000 is a futuristic sci-fi, with advance weaponries vs against alien monsters while Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is more from the past with old weaponries. Warhammer 40,000 has more action in terms shooting while Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is more towards melee close range attacks.

 

If the sound of heavy bolters, machines, missiles and advanced weaponry appeals to you, Warhammer 40,000 might just be the calling that you need to answer.

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar

Age of Sigmar
Reviewed by Simon Joseph
Date of Review: September 18th, 2015

If you already are familiar with the Warhammer franchise by Games Workshop, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is the revamp (or reboot) of Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy. For the uninitiated, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is a tabletop miniature war game that has its players to clash their armies in climatic battles.

As with the most tabletop miniature war games, players spend weeks and months (or even years in some cases) collecting, painting, and assembling their armies. With that said, some perceive the Warhammer franchise as more of a hobby than a game.

So how does Warhammer: Age of Sigmar play? Unlike its predecessor, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is really simple to pick up, even for new players. The rules are simple enough for most to understand. With the removal of the point system that was in Warhammer: Fantasy, players can effectively play with as many miniatures as they would like, whether it is a simple skirmish of 10 models or an epic battle consisting of hundreds of models. Warhammer: Age of Sigmar also introduced Sudden Death mechanics to attempt to make things a tad bit better for players that have significantly lesser models than their enemy.

For the veterans of Warhammer: Fantasy, however, Games Workshop’s new iteration might be perceived as a blessing or an abomination. Warhammer: Age of Sigmar plays more like a roleplaying game more so than a war game. Some might also feel that the new iteration has lost its predecessors many charms like complexity or strategic warfare.

So is Warhammer: Age of Sigmar fun? It is definitely much easier than its predecessor for new players to pick up the game, and this is much needed for any franchise to stay alive. Players can ask their opponents in advance as to the size and scale of army that they should bring to the table, effectively creating their own balance, although some might perceive this to be a flaw. An advice for both new and old players; you’ll probably have more fun with your friends or at your local hobby store.