Month: September 2019

Team3: A Polyomino Building Good Time

Game: Team3 (Pink/Green) Publisher: Brain Games Designer: Alex Cutler, Matt Fantastic Illustrated by: Reinis Petersons 3-6 players, 3-12 players if combined Ages 14+ 30 minutes “Like This.” “What do you mean ‘Like This’? I’m blind” “Grab the blue one.” “I’m blind. How am I supposed to find anything blue if I can’t see?” Team3 Pink and Green are games that…

Swordcrafters: My Sword is Bigger than Your Sword…

Game: Swordcrafters Publisher: Adam’s Apple Games Designer: Ryan Lambert, Chris Neuman, Adam Rehberg Illustrated by: Rodrigo Camilo Alves De Almeida 1-5 players Ages 6+ 20-30 minutes As I forge my blade, I look over to see a masterpiece, each side of blade made from the gods. Reds, blues and purples to be seen on different sides, rows of four gems…

Interview with Ruel Gaviola

“It’s our way of giving back to the community and it’s also a way for us to stay in touch with our cultural heritage.” -Ruel Gaviola Ruel Gaviola and I spoke on September 9th, 2019 about the hobby and about SIPA, an organization that helps Pilipino Americans. TheCharityBoardGamer: Ruel, thank you so much for meeting with me today. Tell us…

5-Minute Marvel: Squirrel Girl for the Win!

Game: 5-Minute Marvel Publisher: Spinmaster Games Designer: Connor Reid Illustrated by: Alex Diochan 2-5 players Ages 8+ 5 minutes “Does anyone have Tech? We need 3 tech… Tech, People” “Two Minutes Remaining” “Is there a squirrel on the card?” “Yes!” “Now let’s beat Thanos!” 5-Minute Marvel is a real-time cooperative game. There is no time to quarterback. As each enemy…

The Grimm Masquerade: Why Does Everyone Point the Finger at Me?

Game: The Grimm Masquerade Publisher: Skybound Games, Druid City Games Designers: Tim Eisner, Ben Eisner, James Hudson Illustrated by: Mr. Cuddington 2-5 players Ages 8+ 20-40 Minutes There I was. I knew she was Red Riding Hood, and I had just drawn a disguise. This was my moment. She had one disguise already in front of her. I passed it…

Teaching Games: Taking the Competitive out of Me.

I’m a competitive player by nature. I enjoy winning. I love the feeling of accomplishment. When I would lose, I would take it hard and get upset. I didn’t like losing. I liked winning. That changed when I was introduced into teaching games and furthering my hobby. Last year I was invited to a game night. I had not been…

Stacked: A Preview

Game: Stacked Publisher: Mr B Games Designed by: Tim Phillips, LeAnn Phillips, Sean Brown 1-5 players From the Publisher: Stacked is a family game from 1-5 players, that is part card game, and part dexterity. The goal is to place blocks on top of a pre-set base to form a teetering tower. Without knocking this tower over, the person to…

Interview with Sarah Trager

“I am humbled and convicted when I consider my extreme blessings, especially in the face of such poverty.”  Sarah Trager, Tournament Director at Double Exposure Sarah Trager and I spoke with each other about the hobby and Compassion International on September 3rd, 2019. TheCharityBoardGamer: Sarah, thank you so much for meeting with me today. Tell us about yourself and what…

Echidna Shuffle: Stress-Induced Fun

Game: Echidna Shuffle Publisher: Wattsalpoag Games Designer: Kris Gould Illustrated by: Damon Brown Game Pieces: Mike Raabe 2-6 players 10-20 minutes Ages 6+ One move. Only one move to reach victory, but it was not to be. I was near my trunk, my last beetle on my back in hopes to have that sweet end. The leaves were scattered everywhere…

Coup: I’m the Duke. No Really. I am…

Game: Coup Publisher: Indie Boards & Cards Designed by: Rikki Tahta, La Mame Games Illustrated by: Jarek Nocon 2-6 players 15 minutes Ages 14+ I look at our youngest as he pushes seven coins forward. I plead for my life. “Please, Elijah. Not me. Why not go after your mother or Abigial?” A slight grin comes across his face as…