Daily Archives: 08/09/2015

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 [...]

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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. 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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Battletech: Classic & Alpha Strike

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 [...]

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Android: 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. 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 [...]

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Love Letter and its derivatives

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. 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 [...]

By |2019-12-11T23:55:22+08:00September 8th, 2015|Reviews|

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

By |2019-12-11T23:56:00+08:00September 8th, 2015|Reviews|

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. 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 [...]

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