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A central location for all my video reviews. While my video reviews run long, my goal is to cover as many aspects of the game as possible. From components, game play, sample game play, family friendliness, and player count, these are all important aspects in my opinion and topics I'll cover in each review.

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1. Board Game: Clash of Cultures [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:345]
Board Game: Clash of Cultures
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A 2-4 player civilization building game.
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2. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:135]
Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
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A pretty good remake of the original game. Not perfect but still a good entry to the Dungeon Crawler genre.
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3. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:454] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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Hands down the best super hero board/card game on the market.
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4. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:265]
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Great worker placement game that uses dice and has a fun theme.
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5. Board Game: Zpocalypse [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:6405]
Board Game: Zpocalypse
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Another Zombie survival game, very luck dependent but it gets the feel of impending doom right and adds an interesting tower defense aspect to game play.




Click here to watch an unboxing video of Zpocalypse
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6. Board Game: Dungeon Command: Blood of Gruumsh [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:2703] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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Fifth but not the final release in the Dungeon Command series of fantasy skirmish games!
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7. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:529] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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Co-op Zombie survival game, comes with a few odd game play balance decisions, but overall it's fun to play and comes with fantastic miniatures.
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8. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:76]
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Great gateway worker placement game... oh and it was my top game of 2012!
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9. Board Game: DreadBall: The Futuristic Sports Game [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:2362] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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A few more teams and the release of season 2/3 are all that separate this game from encroaching dangerously close on Blood Bowls venerable crown.
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10. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:346]
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My first video and a little bit rough but that doesn't stop this from being a fun press your luck and party game for up to 6 players!
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11. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked]
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Galaxy Trucker Anniversary Edition un-boxing video.

Full review coming soon!
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12. Board Game: Super Dungeon Explore [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1786] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Super Dungeon Explore part 1


Super Dungeon Explore is a miniatures game for 2-6 players age 13+ with an average play time anywhere from 30 - 180 minutes.
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13. Board Game: Super Dungeon Explore [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1786] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Super Dungeon Explore Part 2



Super Dungeon Explore is a miniatures game for 2-6 players age 13+ with an average play time anywhere from 30 - 180 minutes.
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14. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked]
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A compilation of everything Galaxy Trucker all in one monstrous 10 pound gaming box!
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15. Board Game: Ace Detective [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:10233]
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A great story telling game with a great theme.

Truly a more free form story telling game then other games in the genre, which for me, was a good thing!
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16. Board Game: DreadBall: The Futuristic Sports Game [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:2362] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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Dreadball Season 2




Dreadball Season 2 adds 4 more teams to bring the total up to 8, new league rules, and even new rules for coaches and cheerleaders!

If you like Dreadball you owe it to yourself to get Season 2. These new teams are a heck of a lot of fun and add some variety to the 4 base teams.

If you are a fence sitter.. watch this video!
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17. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:235]
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Seasons is a great strategy game using cards and dice. It can get a little finicky when you play with 4 players but it is definitely up there in my list of favorites for 2 or 3 players.
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18. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:20]
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A fantastic hybrid of Euro with asymmetrical powers, plenty of replayability, and a combination of worker placement and area majority all rolled into a strategy game!
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19. Board Game: Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:6106]
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A quick playing family game with a fun theme, younger player friendly mechanics, and decent depth!
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20. Board Game: Family Vacation [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked]
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21. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked]
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The 2013 must buy expansion to the 2012 must buy worker placement game!
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22. Board Game: Krosmaster: Arena [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1503] [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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A lighter, more simplistic, and faster playing miniatures game with some fantastic miniatures for 2-4 players.

While I know many will say this game offers some good strategy (and I agree) it does sacrifice complexity in an effort to make it a faster playing game. I think the trade off is worth it but make sure you know what kind of game you are getting into before you take the plunge!
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23. Board Game: Pirates vs. Dinosaurs [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:8461]
Board Game: Pirates vs. Dinosaurs
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Definitely a game that will require a certain kind of mind set when you play but with the right group it can be a pretty entertaining back stabbing kind of game among friends.
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24. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:70]
Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
Michael Off The Shelf Board Game Reviews
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If you are a fan of the co-op genre, you owe it to yourself to play this game. Yes it can be brutal and occasionally swingy with the difficulty level but it is a fantastic representation of the co-op genre and marries theme to game play very well!

The video is in 2 parts pending popular opinion, please give feedback if you prefer the videos broken in 2 parts like this!
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25. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:488]
Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set
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One game that has created a heck of a love/hate relationship with me.

It can be fun, I really do like the concept of "Leveling up your heroes" but the game can be so darn random and illogical at times. When it works, its fun, when it doesn't work though it's painfully not enjoyable.

I know I'll get a lot of flak for the negative comments I put in the review but I stand behind how I feel, the game has a sweet spot but out of it's sweet spot I would rather play LCR. It feels that random.
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