Games that want to advertise themselves as being like Magic seem to be quite common. There is a high interest in games that have the same strategy or feel, but at half the time and/or money investment. Whether the game also brings a somewhat interesting theme is also to be considered. The micro-game format, energized […]Read more
Who doesn’t like food? There are tons of great food games, and we can’t play them all. We rank our top 5, from preschooler-friendly to adults-only.
Play along as we try a food-themed round of Order of Invention. You’ll be surprised which food innovation came first!
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Quick Look: ROLL for Your Life, Candyman!
- Take a face-down Special Treat token from the middle and place it on their own Candyman, thus making their Candyman immune from future attacks,
- Remove a face-down Special Treat token from another player’s Candyman (thus rendering it vulnerable to attack), and follow the directions on the token, or
- Remove a Candyman’s torso or head; however, torsos and heads may not be removed from a Foe’s gingerbread fighter if there are still other appendages waiting to be plucked off.
- Fast, frantic, and fun
- Easy to learn and great for all ages
- That candy cane looks SWEET!!
- The cookie warriors are just wonderful to look at and make jokes with throughout the game
|I can’t begin to describe my disappointment when I discovered the candy cane was not, in fact, candy.|
The candy cane isn’t real, and it doesn’t taste like anything. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’d chip my teeth on it if I tried to eat it. (Guys. Don’t eat components. It’s bad form.)
Benjamin Kocher – Editor and Reviewer
Benjamin hails from Canada but now lives in Kentucky with his wife and kids. He’s a certified copyeditor through UC San Diego’s Copyediting Extension program. He’s a freelance writer and editor, and covers everything from board game rule books to novels. An avid writer of science fiction and fantasy, it comes as no surprise that his favorite board games are those with rich, engaging themes. When he’s not writing or playing games, Benjamin loves to play ultimate Frisbee, watch and play rugby, and read the most epic fantasy books available. Follow him on Twitter @BenjaminKocher and Instagram @Kocherb, and read his board game-inspired fiction at BenjaminKocher.com.
See Benjamin’s reviews HERE.
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This is a Partner review with The Board Game Family.
Quick Look: Charley Harper’s Spot the Birds Board Game
Designer: Cory Mimms
Artist: Charley Harper Art Studio
Publisher: Pomegranate Communications, Inc.
Year Published: 2019
No. of Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 30-60 min.
From the publisher:
Grab your binoculars and keep an eagle eye to the sky with Charley Harper’s Spot the Birds. It’ll be a hoot! Peregrinate through the board’s five habitats—the Backyard, the Desert, the Woodland, the Wetland, and the Shores—and track each bird you spot by collecting the tokens for each space you land on and placing the token on your birder’s journal. Roll the die to see how many spaces you move along the outer loop (the habitat loop).
Along the way, you’ll discover how to be a good bird steward. But watch out—you’ll need to dodge storms, avoid falling in a river, and beware of birds that poop on your head (it happens). All of these will negatively impact your turn, in some cases sending you backward or in other cases making you put a token back, and some will have a global impact on all players.
The game has three different levels to play at, from standard to more difficult. Once you spot the required number of birds, which is determined at the beginning of the game, then the game becomes a race to the finish. Turn up one of the four trails to the Bird Sanctuary and be the first to reach the end and you’ll rule the roost!
Find more info on BoardGameGeek.com
I received a copy of this game for the purposes of this review, but all opinions here are mine or those of my family and friends, and not of the publisher.
Review: Charley Harper’s Spot the Birds Board Game
Overview and Theme:
If you are a fan of Charley Harper (like my family is!), you are in for a treat with this new game… if you’re not a fan, just wait… you will be!
Charley Harper was an American modern artist who used a style he called “minimal realism” to create prints, posters, and illustrations of the natural world, mostly birds, in a brightly charming style. He described his work this way:
“When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures.”
See the entire review over at The Board Game Family.
Alexa Chaplin– Reviewer
My name is Alexa: I’m a life-long game player and homeschooling mom to two awesome kids. I’ve loved board games since my early days playing Scrabble and Gin Rummy with my grandmother, and life only got more interesting when I married a Battletech enthusiast and fellow game lover. We’ve played games with our kids since they were small, and I helped start a thriving homeschool co-op where we have weekly sessions of board games with kids. In a family with kids raised on Catan and Pandemic, life is sure to be fun! You may run into me on Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and other social media as MamaGames. Be sure to say hi!
See Alexa’s reviews HERE.
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There is little argument to be made that Zombicide has been a cash cow for board game publisher CMON. Since the original kickstarter in 2012, Zombcide has seen numerous expansions and two different rethemes (fantasy and scifi). After playing countless hours of Heroes of Nomandie on my iPad, I always thought more tactical minis games […]Read more
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