My son and I were the last two alive in an epic, back-and-forth battle which included sniper head shots, perfect grenade lobs, armor-piercing assault rifle retaliations, and throwing knife kill shots. I climbed up into a tower to increase my range, ready for the final, pre-explosion kill shot when he pulled out a rocket launcher and took me out with the tower for the win. Little did I know then that rocket launchers gain two extra hit points when targeting a player in a tower. =-)
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This game is a give-and-take balancing act of attacking, defending, and investing (in your characters, in resource gathering, in spell casting, etc.). Play as a group of heroes, each which his or her own special abilities, bent on defeating your opponents as you earn prosperity points for the victory. And then come the monsters! You may need to team up with your enemies for a time to defeat these vile creatures from the underworld or they will quickly take over the land.
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My first game playing Carthage was with my son which turned into one of my top ten all-time game experiences with my kids. It was SO much fun. We both felt transported to an ancient, sandy arena surrounded by screaming, blood-thirsty fans trying to outmaneuver, attack, build armor, gather weapons, and be the last to survive!
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A seed is planted, a young tree sprouts, its roots start to crawl deeper into the earth, its branches begin to reach toward the sky…then it gets crowded out by surrounding bigger trees and dies. =-( Your job is to be those bigger trees by hungrily soaking up the lion’s share of sunlight at the expense of other trees around you!
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I’m hosting a giveaway for an awesome new game just launched on Kickstarter! A full review will come when the campaign is fully funded.
“Last One Standing is the battle royale board game where up to 8 players find themselves on an ever-shrinking map where they must shoot, move, and loot to be the last one standing.
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I fully admit, I love zombie horror games. Student Bodies takes a fresh new twist on the many classic, co-op, shoot-’em-up zombie games out there. You play as one of several high school students in a zombie-infested school. Here’s the catch: you’re already bitten! The clock is ticking for you to race across the hall to the science lab, find your antidote, and make your way back to the exit, shoving your fellow classmates aside (and hopefully into a zombie!) along the way. The winner makes it to the exit first, locks the door behind him or her, and gleefully skips away with his life while the other students get eaten alive.
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Essentially, you take turns adding fish to the “pot.” Once you add a fish, you then have the option of declaring a purchase of all fish in the set. One component I love about the game is the chance to affect other players’ purchases. When a player declares he/she will purchase the set of fish on the table, all other players may then play cards to affect the fish in the set or the cost of the set or both! Want to be a jerk and double the cost? Do it. Want to trash the fish the purchaser wants the very most? You got it. Want to halve the cost and get a coin in return? Sure thing. In my view, the swap-one-fish-for-one-of-your-fish is the most valuable card in the deck!
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This is a race game on the surface, but there is a whole lot bubbling underneath that makes it a fun, dynamic, competitive strategy game. You need to manage several different aspects at once: resource management of food, gunpowder, and doubloons in your limited hull; movement to the optimal board spaces for your current situation; stockpiling enough resources to get by but not so many that you waste them; using up precious gunpowder attacking or defending; and much more. Race as your favorite plundering pirate to discover invaluable treasures, steal from your competitors, feed your crew, pay for port services, attack other ships, and curse your competition!
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