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Posted on May 31, 2016 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Odyssey: Wrath of Poseidon Game Review – Release Your Inner Kraken!

Odyssey: Wrath of Poseidon Game Review – Release Your Inner Kraken!

Odyssey: Wrath of Poseidon  Game Review.    Publisher: Ares Games   Designer: Leo Colovini  Price  $39.90 By Rick Martin Passed Inspection: Great, family friendly game play. Excellent Concept. 1 hour or less per game! Easy to learn. Failed Basic: Rules are a little unclear at times. No solitaire capability. Ares Games should be respected for continually branching out in to new genres of the wonderful hobby of board gaming.  Best known for their amazing World War I and II air craft game Wings of Glory aka Wings of War, and for their outstanding age of sails game Sails of Glory, Ares Games has released games based upon the Lord of the Rings and Conan the Barbarian as well as science fiction, family and now Euro Games! Euro Games are an interesting, unique style of board games which have their roots in Germany. Per BoardGameGeek.com : Most Eurogames share the following elements: Player conflict is indirect and usually involves competition over resources or points. Combat is extremely rare. Players are never eliminated...

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Posted on Apr 20, 2016 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Wings of Glory, Giants of the Sky. World War I Aircraft Booster Packs – Game Review

Wings of Glory, Giants of the Sky. World War I Aircraft Booster Packs – Game Review

Wings of Glory, Giants of the Sky. World War I Aircraft Booster Packs – Game Review.  Publisher: Ares Games Designer: Andrea Angiolino and Pier Giorgio Paglia. Price $59 (Handley Page) $79 (Zeppelin Staaken) Passed Inspection:  Beautifully painted, amazing detail, new rules Failed Basic:  Nothing at all! Wings of Glory is the successor to the extremely successful line of Wings of War World War I and World War II cards and miniatures game which has been available since 2004.  While the game started as a card game where each card represented one airplane, anti-aircraft gun or balloon, it has evolved in to a non-collectable, non-randomly packaged, air war game where players could purchase a starter set and then purchase “booster” packs with individual airplanes or even large models of observation balloon and bombers. (For previous World War I Wings of Glory reviews see  http://armchairgeneral.com/wings-of-glory-world-war-i-rules-and-accessories-pack-miniatures-game-review.htm) Ares Games new Wings of Glory air plane packs integrated with their tactical airplane combat system makes for a wonderful gaming experience.  Their new 1:144 scale World...

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Posted on Apr 18, 2016 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Silent Victory – Board Game Review

Silent Victory – Board Game Review

Silent Victory — Board Game Review.  Publisher: GMT Games and Consim Press   Game Designer: Gregory M. Smith.  Price  $55.00 Passed Inspection: Easy to learn but complex and immersive game. Role playing elements. Tense historical action.  Well laid out rule booklet with index. Tons of value for the money. Failed Basic: Zip lock baggies would have been nice to include in the box. Dud torpedoes are very frustrating but accurately depicted. “April 1942: Capt Martin of the USS Pike, a Porpoise class American sub, on their third war patrol; this time patrolling the Northern Marianas Islands. In our sixth week of patrol we encountered the 11,600 ton Japanese armed freighter Hie Maru with one smaller ship and a Japanese Destroyer. We engaged at medium and close range from submerged position. During our two hour attack, we fired 15 torpedoes at the Hie and the destroyer. Most torps hit but of those that hit all but one were duds except for the last torpedo which caused the Hie to explode. The...

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Posted on Oct 15, 2014 in Boardgames

Gauntlet – Boardgame Review

Gauntlet – Boardgame Review

"Gauntlet" from High Flying Dice Games covers a worthy topic, Operation Pedestal, the British naval relief of Malta, but a rulebook in desperate need of editing keeps the game from being as worthy as its subject.

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