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Welcome to Red Player One Reviews!

I've always been one to evaluate games, but I've recently started posting my thoughts to BGG in the form of reviews. I'll be taking a detailed look at both newer and older games and providing my honest thoughts as to what I liked and didn't like about them. I hope to be as helpful as possible to potential buyers of a game. Even if a game isn't for me, I'll try to point out what type of gamer might like a particular game (i.e. if your favorite games are X, Y, or Z, you might like this one). The first criterion, of course, is whether or not the designer included red player pieces!

For now I'll be creating detailed text reviews with appropriate visuals, but eventually I'll begin uploading video reviews as well.

If you have any questions or feedback that you don't want to post to this list, feel free to message me, and I'll respond as soon as I can.

Thank you!

- Curtis (Red Player One)

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1. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.41 Overall Rank:3]
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Terraforming Mars is a new game by Jacob Fryxelius and released by Stronghold Games. In this review, I'll show you the gameplay and provide my thoughts on the game.



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2. Board Game: Shakespeare [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:459]
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Shakespeare is a game in which players have six days to create the best play possible. They do this by hiring actors, building sets, and crafting elaborate costumes.



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3. Board Game: Quadropolis [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:287]
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In Quadropolis, players are the mayors of their cities, using architects to build different types of structures. Each type of building will score in a different way.



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4. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:392]
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In this game, players settle the wild west and fight for actions and territory by dueling! Can you gain enough money to score the most victory points? Check out my review of Carson City!



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Council of Blackthorn is a brand new game from the fantastic folks at Great Northern Games. In an fast-paced game of influence and treason, can you be the most powerful councilor without being executed?

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After getting a few plays of Guilds of London under my belt, I've been able to provide a detailed and fair review of this new game by Tony Boydell.

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Scoville is a game of pepper farming for 2 to 6 players. Many different types of peppers will be won at auction, planted, and harvested. Once harvested, they will be sold at the market or used in recipes at the chili cook-off!

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The Grizzled is a challenging 2 to 5 player cooperative game where the team plays as a group of soldiers facing trials during World War I. Can you survive the war?

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Welcome to the Dungeon is a quick press your luck game for 2 to 4 players. You’re not only pressing your luck against the deck, you’re also doing so against your opponents. Can you stock the dungeon full of brutal monsters and force someone else to enter without the proper supplies? Or can you place beatable monsters in the dungeon and gain the glory for yourself?

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Biblios is a game about colors and numbers! (yes there's a theme, but it's 100% irrelevant. It involves bidding and press your luck mechanics. Spoiler: I like it!

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Cacao is a tile placement game wherein players will be harvesting cacao fruit and trading it at the markets for gold/VPs. I'll explain what else makes this game interesting!

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Desperados of Dice Town is a silly dice rolling game in which players must free their gang members from prison and steal enough money from the other players to become the richest gang in town!

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The knight wants to kill the dragon, the goblins want to kill the knight, the dragon wants to wake up and escape, the thief wants to look the cave, and the cave wants to kill everyone. Intrigued yet? This is a very unique and asymmetric dungeon-crawling, tile placement game.

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Colony: the game where players roll a bunch of dice and buy a bunch of victory points. If done faster than the other players, they win!
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Compounded is a game in which each player is a lab manager making sure their lab stays on task to ‘complete’ as many available compounds as then can and scoring atomic points (AP) in the process. This will involve striking deals with the other players, avoiding explosions, and a little luck.

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In Explorers of the North Sea, Players will attempt to lead their Vikings to glory by exploring the seas to collect livestock, raid settlements, destroy enemy ships, and build outposts on islands.

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In Goa, players will be developing their spice reading business by creating plantations, founding colonies, and gaining ships, colonists, spices, and money.

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Viceroy is a game in which the players will recruit allies and pass laws, all while collecting valuable gemstones, to build their pyramid of power. The player whose pyramid is most powerful by the end of 12 rounds is the winner.

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Sail to India is a game about discovery, wherein Portuguese explorers are looking for alternative routes to the East Indies, motivated by the trade of gold, spices, and goods. Each player takes on the role of a noble supporting the explorers in their efforts to gain the greatest wealth and prestige throughout their journeys.

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Joraku is a trick-taking game that integrates area control mechanics. It's a combination I've never experienced, so I had to pick up a copy. Let's see how it plays.

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Ys is a game for 1 to 4 players that is a mash-up of styles; area control, bluffing, and market manipulation. Keep reading to see how the game plays and whether or not I think it’s worth your time!

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This is the new Mangone/Luciani euro game that came out at Gen Con 2018! Read my review for my thoughts on the gameplay.

 
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