Gaming Bits: The Reviews
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Recommend
10 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Greetings all, I'm Jonathan, and these are my board and card game reviews!

The aim of my reviews is to give you the reader a look at the rules, mechanics and overall fun factor of the game. Each review provides a look at the components, rulebook, gameplay and my overall thoughts on the game.

I try to cover lots of different genres, mechanics and themes. However, if there's a game you'd like to see me cover, feel free to hit me up with a geekmail or you can even leave a comment below.

I appreciate all the support and feedback from each and every one of you. Thanks for reading. Game On!

Links to other media:
https://twitter.com/jononelson17
https://www.facebook.com/jnelson.jono
https://www.google.com/+JonathanNelson-GamingBits

Also...be sure to check out my original blog site where all my reviews are posted as well, along with some other fun and interesting things from time to time.

https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: review [+] games [+] board [+] card [+] dice [+] list [+] bits [+] gaming [+] [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
1 , 2 , 3  Next »   | 
1. Board Game: Tower of Babel [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1324]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1126952/gaming-bits-tower-b...

My first foray into the world of reviewing was a little rough around the edges. It was fairly short and not quite as detailed as my reviews now. Still, you have to start somewhere.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
2. Board Game: Choose One! [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:10227]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1133836/gaming-bits-cho...

Another rough around the edges review that really needed better phrasing and spacing. The reviews do get better...eventually.

A really fun game that can be played with the family.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
3. Board Game: Paradise Fallen: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:9361]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1134422/gaming-bits-par...

A nice card game with lots of hand management and some exploration thrown in.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
4. Board Game: Compounded [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1125]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1134990/gaming-bits-com...

A scientific game of set collection that is mildly educational as well as fun.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
5. Board Game: Piñata [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1854]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1137245/gaming-bits-pin...

A really great game from Rio Grande Games that combines both set collection and hand management. It appeals to both adults and children alike.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
6. Board Game: Renaissance Man [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:7440]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1139026/gaming-bits-ren...

A game that has very little player interaction but a really nice solo version. It's more like solitaire on speed.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
7. Board Game: El Caballero [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1970]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1141166/gaming-bits-el-...

Really fun game of tile laying and area control that works well with 2-4 players. Carcasonne players will enjoy it.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
8. Board Game: Capo Dei Capi [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2913]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1142349/gaming-bits-cap...

Super fun game of dice rolling and area control with a press your luck feel. Yahtzee wishes it was this cool.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
9. Board Game: Ristorante Italia [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:2284]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1145184/gaming-bits-ris...

An overall fun game with an Italian restaurant theme that packs a lot of stuff into the box.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
10. Board Game: Think Again! [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:8212]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1146847/gaming-bits-thi...

A trivia style game with a bit of a twist from two of the best game designers around, Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
11. Board Game: Risk: The Walking Dead – Survival Edition [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4091]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1148417/gaming-bits-ris...

The classic Risk Game with a Walking Dead theme that is quite enjoyable.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
12. Board Game: Raid the Pantry [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:9713]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/raid-the-pantry-...

Hand management with a food flair.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
13. Board Game: Loonacy [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:4048]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/loonacy-review/

Fast paced card game of matching symbols and slapping cards.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
14. Board Game: Burger Joint [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:4654]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/burger-joint-rev...

Two player game of set collection with a fast food theme.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
15. Board Game: Kings Under Mountains [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:11641]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/kings-under-moun...

Hand management with a fantasy theme from Russia
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
16. Board Game: Cinque Terre [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1309]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/cinque-terre-rev...

Pick up and deliver with some set collection thrown in for good measure. Great introductory game to the mechanic.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
17. Board Game: Founders of the Empire [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:6218]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/founders-of-the-...

Tile placement and city building from Russia
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
18. Board Game: Castle Rising [Average Rating:6.46 Unranked]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/preview-review-c...

Preview of this worker placement style game
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
19. Board Game: Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1572] [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/boss-monster-and...

Great game of hand management with an 8-bit video game feel. Tools of Hero Kind expansion was also reviewed in this entry.

1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
20. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/380/

Broken Token organizer for King of Tokyo. Great product!
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
21. Board Game: Corporate America [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:2641]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/corporate-americ...

Auction based game of politics with a great theme
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
22. Board Game: Enchanted Cupcake Party Game [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:10058]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/disneys-enchante...

Cute game of cupcake making that every little girl will love.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
23. Board Game: Ascension: Rise of Vigil [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:989] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/ascension-rise-o...

Great deck building game!
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
24. Board Game: Justice League: Axis of Villains Strategy Game [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:11454]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/justice-league-a...

Tower defense in the DC universe
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
25. Board Game: Medieval Mastery [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:9401]
Jonathan Nelson
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/medieval-mastery...

Area control, hand management and modular pieces make for a great tactical game.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
1 , 2 , 3  Next »   | 
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
1 , 2 , 3  Next »   | 
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.