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Posted on May 20, 2013 in Boardgames

Bloody April – Boardgame Review

The board game “Bloody April: Air War over Arras, France, 1917” is unusual. Instead of the one-on-one air battles found in most WWI aerial games, it pits flights of multiple aircraft against each other in the skies over France in 1917.

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Posted on Sep 7, 2012 in Boardgames

1989: Dawn of Freedom – Boardgame Review

1989: Dawn of Freedom. Boardgame. GMT Games. Designers, Ted Torgerson & Jason Matthews. $65.00 Passed Inspection: Variant of tried-and-true Twilight Struggle system is used particularly well here. Streamlining of some game mechanics help the game to play briskly, and in general, it’s easier to teach the game to new players. Great insights on a recent period of history, with a lot of period flavor. Power Struggle element brings back welcome memories of card-driven games like Hannibal. Failed Inspection: Because of its tighter focus, 1989 doesn’t have quite the range of Twilight Struggle, and fans of TS may miss Headline Events and blowing up the world (or forcing their opponent to do so). Tiananmen Square track works, but doesn’t quite seem to fit. There are also a few minor quibbles about game tracks and icons. Any time that a designer, no matter how clever, does a game on a topic that deals with recent history, some folks are going to find themselves uncomfortable with the subject matter, regardless of how...

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Posted on Jun 30, 2010 in Boardgames

Washington’s War – Boardgame Review

A review of the Washington’s War card-driven boardgame finds it is much more than just a rehash of its progenitor, We The People, with enhanced tactics, variable leadership factors, beautiful components, and more.

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Posted on Jul 14, 2006 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Sid Meier's Pirates! Strategy

Sid Meier’s Pirates! offers the promise of riches and fame, sailing and buccaneering your way through the Spanish Main during the 17 th Century. Part of the game’s appeal is that it is incredibly open-ended and replayable. However, while Sid Meier’s Pirates!is easy to pick up and play, the game can seem so free-form to newcomers, that it’s sometimes hard to know what to try first. So, here are a few tips to put you on the right career path to achieve legendary pirate status.

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Posted on Jun 7, 2006 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Twilight Struggle Strategy

Twilight Struggle marks a return to a simpler, more accessible card-driven strategy boardgame, appropriate for a genre which began with We the People. Let’s face it: even veteran Paths of Glory players want something a little less involved on occasion.

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Posted on Feb 2, 2006 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Battles of Alexander – Boardgame Review

…as I picked the new version of Deluxe Alexander up off the shelf, I had to wonder: After the changes made to the game system in such recent games as Devil’s Horsemen, could a re-release of the original game in the Great Battles series stand up? Or was I, like many hex-based wargamers, simply living in the nostalgic past?

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