Board Game Review: Tell Me a Story

The box, about 3 centimetres by 7 centimetres by 5 centimetres, with the game Tell Me a Story. The box is black with various white line drawings all over it, and a large speech balloon with the title n the front and the lid.A brand new company called Escape Hatch Games had just released their first game a month or so before Gen Con. As I was wandering around the exhibit hall, I saw their booth, with the name of this first game proudly displayed on a banner behind them, and I knew I had to check it out. I stopped to ask them about it, and they did a quick one-round demo with me, and I knew I had to have it. Last week, I finally got to play a full game for the first time with three of my friends. It was epic. So now I shall review for you, my loyal readers, the wonderful game called Tell Me a Story.

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Board Game Review: Oceanos

A game of Oceanos in progress at Gen Con. Four people sitting around a table with their first row of ocean cards in front of them, and their modular submarine tiles nearby.One of the great things about attending Gen Con was getting to play new releases, or preview games that were about to be released. Oceanos is one of those games. It’s a new release from Iello, the company that publishes the King of Tokyo line. In this game, players control whimsical submarines exploring the depths of the ocean to collect animals for their aquariums. You also gain points for other items, such as treasure chests and coral reefs.

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Video Game Review: Sonic Adventure

Sonic AdventureBefore I get started on the review, I’d like to give some background information on my feelings on this game, and some quick info on the port.

I was first introduced to Sonic games with Sonic Heroes and Sonic Adventure 2 when I was 7 or 8, and before that I would watch Sonic X every morning on the weekends. As a kid, I knew those games had flaws and shortcomings, but I never cared, because they were video games, and they were fun. As I got older, the shortcomings of Sonic Adventure 2 became more and more apparent to me, so when I heard that the Game Grumps were going to be playing Sonic Adventure DX (the first in the Adventure series), I knew I had to watch it and see how terrible it would be. They focused a lot on glitches, and constantly got lost and didn’t know what to do. They made it look like an absolutely horrible game. When I saw Sonic Adventure DX in the Humble Bundle, I had to get it to experience for myself just how bad it was for myself.

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Board Game Review: Between Two Cities

A game of Between Two Cities in progress: the scoring board is in the centre, with the square tiles that form the cities in groups around the edge of the playing area. Stacks of unused tiles, marked with player pieces, sit nearby.We have come to the time in which I review yet another board game. This time around, we will look at a very enjoyable game called Between Two Cities. This city-building game has elements of both co-operative and competitive games, using a hand turning mechanism like 7 Wonders or Sushi Go. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves… we’ll look at the numbers first, and go from there.

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Board Game Review: 51st State

A game of 51st State in progress, with the game box visible in the background.I recently got to play an interesting card game called 51st State. It’s a neat little game, set in a post-apocalyptic North America. I had fun playing it, and working out the strategies involved. Now the time has come for me to write a review of it so that you can decide whether it’s worth picking up a copy for yourself.

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