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Game Night: Pixel Tactics

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Second edition of Game Night here at The Card Gamer. Tonight we play Pixel Tactics the new strategy game from Brad Talton at Level 99 Games.









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Game Night: Risk 2210 A.D, Subtilla

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Welcome to the first Game Night video from thecardgamer.com . Tonight some 2-player action with one of my game testers Jesse. The dice didn't roll my way but I still had a good time. Come join us on Game Night.
FYI, these are not reviews. They're just a bit of fun and a way to invite you to our game night.

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Risk 2210 A.D.


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Gaming News and Other Good Stuff

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New Sentinels of the Multiverse



Greater Than Games, makers of Sentinels of the Multiverse and its first expansion Rook City have announced a second expansion called Infernal Relics. Game Designer Richard Launius is currently involved in the making of Infernal Relics and it sounds as if they are excited to have him on board.

Christopher Badell of GTG:
"Adam, Paul, and Christopher were excited to collaborate with Richard to make the characters and challenges of Infernal Relics come to life through story and gameplay."



Infernal Relics will first be available for preorder now through their Kickstarter campaign which will run until May 17th.http://kck.st/HUPvnB

Greater Than Games will also be funding an "enhanced edition" of Sentinels of the Multiverse (core game) which can also be ordered through their Kickstarter campaign.:

CB:
" The new box will hold all Sentinels of the Multiverse cards, including the core game and expansions, and divider cards to keep things organized.  There will be tokens for tracking hit points and various modifiers!  Even the rulebook is getting spruced up."


It looks like enhanced base set will remain the same price as well. So better quality for the same dough.



Sunrise City Shipping



Those who backed Sunrise City on Kickstarter will be receiving their games shortly as Clever Mojo Games has begun the shipping process.
Sunrise City is a fun city builder with simple rules that takes about 30-45 minutes to play. You can see my two part review on my Geeklist.


More Speicherstadt



Kaispeicher the first expansion for The Speicherstadt has started shipping from the fine folks at eggertspiel and Pegasus Spiel in German and yes, even an English version can be found if you look hard enough.


New from Small Box Games



Tooth & Nail: Factions is an all new title from John Clowdus designer of some of my recent faves Omen A Reign of War & Hemloch.
It looks to be a 2-4 player card game with 6 faction decks used to wage war with your buddies. The rules should be up soon so have a look and check out some of the early card previews on their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Small-Box-Games/239608711408.




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Kaispeicher Preview

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Kaispeicher the expansion to The Speicherstadt



The Speicherstadt is one of my favorite games. You could call it an “auction” game and leave it at that, but you would be doing it a great disservice as the game is much more than a simple one mechanic title. The incredibly unique bidding system where you strategically place your workers and cards that actually affect how you earn points make The Speicherstadt much more refined than your average bidder. The only issue I had with the game was that there wasn’t more. More cards, more cubes, more MORE MORE! Yes, I understand what is there is fantastic; but more would be even fantastic-er.



EGGERTSPIELE TO THE RESCUE!



Little did I know that Stefan Feld had been cooking up an expansion and is almost ready to unleash it to the world. Not just more cards and cubes (of which there are plenty), but a whole new addition to the bidding mechanic, new ways to score points, and cards that let you mess with other players. On top of all that you get some shiny metal coins to make it even more thematic.

In The Speicherstadt you count how players you have and set out that many cards +1 on the water slots on the board. With Kaispeicher you lay those cards out plus an equal number of cards above the board creating a Reserve area.

Reserve Cards

"now you also have the option of reserving a card of your
choice from the row above the board. For this, you take one
of these cards, place it next to the lower left side of the
board, and put one of your workers onto it. If there are
already one or more reserved cards, the new card must
always be placed above the last reserved one."



These reserve cards are how you'll use the 1 extra worker you get for each color. This new mechanic gives you more options for clever worker placement on a turn. You also receive 2 coins in the Income phase instead of 1. The extra money should make it a bit easier to get what you need.


The good stuff:

Ok guys enough jibber jabber and on to the eye candy. Here are some of the new cards and bits.





New goods cubes scoring cards



New scoring buildings



New mechanics



New way to mess with your opponents



More contracts, more ships, more cubes more of almost everything. I personally can't wait to get my hands on the new cards and bits.


I'll have more when I receive the final copy.

Full disclosure; I was sent the files of the cards and rules to help with the English version (revisions, ect.). So my name will be on the instructions.





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Some of the best stocking stuffers you've never heard of.

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The holidays are creeping up on us so I thought I would take some time and talk about games you might want to give that special gamer in your life. There are some great games to choose from this year. Most people have titles like Dominion Hinterlands and the Legend of Drizzt on their list. And the "hardcore" gamers probably have stuff like A Few Acres of Snow (hint), Troyes (hint), or an imported copy of Trajan (HINT!) as well. I definitely have those on my (way too) long list of things I want under my tree.
My goal here is to illuminate some of the lesser known titles that may have slipped under your nose. The games that come from independent developers who sometimes go unnoticed when the big boys show up with a sparkly new "million dollar" production.



The first title I want to look at is Jump Gate from Matt Worden Games. Jump gate is a surprisingly polished gem from a small developer that plays just as well as any of those "million dollar" productions. This game was actually picked up by Schmidt Spiele, re-done all purty and renamed Space Mission.
(p.s. I NEED a copy of that versioncry).


Here is my full review in written or in video format:
Jump Gate Written Review
Jump Gate Video Review



The second title I'll mention is Hemloch. A fantastic two player game that immediately hooked me and everyone else I played with. If I had a big board game distribution company the first thing I would do is buy Small Box games and spend money advertising the great two player titles coming from this tiny company. Let me put it this way; 3 of my favorite two player games were made in the last two years, from the same company. That company is Small Box Games and those games are Bhazum, Omen: A Reign of War, and Hemloch. Hemloch is a great two player card game where you take two matching decks of cards and battle over four Locations. Think Battle Line, mixed with Magic, and a touch of area control.


Here is my full review in written or in video format:
Hemloch Written Review
Hemloch Video Review



Finally I'll mention a game that can be played with people of all ages. It's Bears! from Fireside games. Obviously this game is not going to be for everybody but man is it a fun little game of dice. 2-4 people are racing to match up pairs of dice before everyone else. It may get loud but that's probably why it's so fun. You can even add another copy and play up to eight, or another and.....you get the idea.


Bears! Written Review
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Shattered Aegis Quick Look

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Today were going to be taking a quick look at the expansion for one of my favorite two player games Omen: A Reign of War. I’m not going to talk about how you play the game so if you’re unfamiliar with Omen you may want to see my review of that game before looking at this one. In this quick look I’m just going to be talking about a few of the new units and how Shattered Aegis affects the game overall.

First off there is a brand new status effect in Shattered Aegis. Some of the new units have the ability to Enrage another non-Beast unit. When a unit is Enraged it is flipped over and becomes a Beast with a strength of four but it loses all other abilities. At the end of the Offering step an Enraged units owner can turn their unit face up again. This means that you can Enrage not only your own units but your opponents units as well. And they’ll have to wait until the END of their next turn to flip their unit back to normal. This can really come in handy protecting you from some of the nasty business the new Oracles can dish out.


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The Kingdoms of Crusaders Review

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The Kingdoms of Crusaders is two player card game from Rightgames. The box says you can play up to four but you would need another copy of the game. In order to win you must create the most powerful kingdom using soldiers, knights and leaders. The game supposedly takes place during the Crusades and it has nice looking pictures on the cards but it’s mostly an abstract card game.

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Jump Gate Review

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Jump gate is a two to six player space exploration game from MWGames. You play the part of a space ship captain traveling the cosmos looking for new planets and precious resources. There has just been a major scientific breakthrough called the Jump Gate which lets you travel great distances in an instant so the universe is now your playground.

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The Card Gamer: The Speicherstadt Review

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The Speicherstadt is an auction game by one of my absolute favorite game designers Stefan Feld. It’s based on the Speicherstadt which is a huge warehouse district in Hamburg. In it you play the head of a large trading house and your goal is to have the most successful business through the buying and selling of goods with careful bidding and taking on contracts.

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Clever Mojo Games announces Haathi

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PRESS RELEASE FROM CLEVER MOJO GAMES.

Clever Mojo Games To Publish New Game Design by Bruno Faidutti, Sérgio Halaban, and André Zatz

Edmonds WA, USA - October 16, 2011 - Clever Mojo Games announced today that they will publish Haathi, a new board game by noted game designers Bruno Faidutti, Sérgio Halaban, and André Zatz.

Haathi (hah-thee -- the Hindi word for elephant) is a family-friendly board game for 3 to 6 players and depicts a fantastical elephant race through the villages, jungles, and mountains of storybook India. Haathi is light enough to entice young gamers and competitive enough to test experienced game enthusiasts.

Clever Mojo games will begin interviewing artists and graphic designers in the near future and will work closely with the game designers and an assortment of play testers to refine Haathi into a top-tier game. Haathi is tentatively scheduled for release in late 2012 or mid 2013.

Bruno Faidutti lives in France and is best known for his Spiel des Jahres nominated Citadels card game and his recent Lost Temple board game.

Sérgio Halaban and André Zatz live in Brazil and have collaborated on may games together, including the recent Ouro de Tolo card game and the Spiel des Jahres recommended Hart an der Grenze card game.

Clever Mojo Games is a small independent game publisher located in Edmonds WA, USA. Their first major board game release was Alien Frontiers (2010) designed by Tory Niemann. Factions, the first expansion to Alien Frontiers, will be released in early 2012 along with a new city-building game, Sunrise City, designed by Isaias Vallejo.



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