Games From the Demo Shelf!

As most of you should know by now, I work in a game store (Beyond the Board in Dublin Ohio, come visit!). One of my favorite aspects of the store is the demo wall of games. In this spot will eventually be a picture of said wall…once I remember to take one >_> Almost any…

Rome Themed Games

As we were celebrating the Ides of March on this particular Theme Day, we played a bevy of games that circulated around the city of Rome. There were thoughts of keeping things strictly to the theme of Caesar, but we decided as the day went on to stretch that theme just a little bit (as…

Viking Games

Vikings are wonderful topics for board games. The mythology, the high adventure, the pillaging all lend themselves very favorably to being represented in board game form. Now, we’ve played Viking games before, so I won’t focus much on those that we played again that I’ve already written about. As usual, our first game of the…

Destination Fun! (AEG)

Destination Fun is AEG’s  official name for a series of games based around different modes of transportation. At this time there are games called Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. There is also Trains: Rising Sun, but that didn’t fit the reference. All three of these games are rather quick playing, and share at least some graphical / stylistic…

Stefan Feld-ruary Wrap Up

Well, it’s March 6 already, so the month of Feld is over, and I haven’t finished writing about all the games yet. Instead of several long reviews (since I still have 4 games left to go), I’m just going to consolidate them all like I was doing for the weekly theme articles, so I can…

Feld-ruary #8 – La Isla

First, I need to get this out of the way. Sorry, had to do it. The stupid song starts playing in my head every time I look at the box, for no good reason. In La Isla, players are exploring a mysterious island in search of animals most people believed to be extinct. The player…

Feld-ruary #7 – Bora Bora

Quick status update. First of all, why did I decide to write long form reviews of every Feld game we played this month? Next up, no, we aren’t going to get to every Feld game. For one thing, we don’t have them all in our group (Sorry Pillars of the Earth Builder’s Duel), and between…

Feld-ruary #6 – Rialto

One of the most interesting things I’ve found by playing a whole bunch of Stefan Feld games is that none of them have really felt like anything else I’ve played. There are no other games around that play like Macao, or The Speicherstadt, or In the Year of the Dragon. Rum & Pirates is probably…

Feld-ruary #5 – The Speicherstadt

Translated, the name of this game is The City of Warehouses. The Speicherstadt is an actual 1.5 km long warehouse district in Hamburg, Germany, and was built as a place to trade goods without having to pay customs. In the board game, players use a unique bidding mechanic in order to get resources, marketplaces, other…

Feld-ruary #4 – Rum & Pirates

Rum & Pirates is probably the most un-Stefan Feld game Stefan Feld ever designed. It’s also quite possibly the most controversial game he ever designed. Here’s why. If you look on the lower front corner of the box, you see the name “Alea.” Alea is an imprint of the major German game and puzzle manufacturer…