‘Smash Up’ Gets ‘Pretty Pretty’

Pretty Pretty Smash Up ponies

Just because you love smashing things up doesn’t mean you have to be ugly about it, right? The most recent ‘Smash Up’ set is ‘Pretty Pretty Smash Up,’ and it’s full of sparkles. Continue reading

The Getting Excited for Gen Con 2014 Super-MEGA Post


One of the best things about going to a big gaming convention is, of course, all the cool new games you get to try out (and buy). And another is fun events that are made possible by large groups of people in one place. Here are some of the things we’re looking forward to at Gen Con this year. Continue reading

Valley of the Kings: A Minimalist Deck-Building Game

Valley of the Kings setup

I love the deck-building mechanic. I know some people have gotten tired of it, but I really enjoy seeing the variations on the theme that people have come up with. Tom Cleaver’s Valley of the Kings is a particularly fascinating example of the genre—it involves the least building that I’ve seen in a deck-builder. Continue reading

Smash Up Expansion: Science Fiction Double Feature

Smash Up Sci Fi Expansion

Since the first time my robot dinosaurs systematically devoured my son’s zombie wizards, quickly followed by his robot tricksters eradicating my pirate ninjas, I’ve been a fan of Smash Up. When I heard there were going to be Cyborg Apes in the Science Fiction Double Feature Expansion, I really couldn’t resist. Cyborg Apes, people! What am I, made of stone? Continue reading

Cheaty Mages Is a Good Bet

Cheaty Mages

From Seiji Kanai, the designer of Love Letter, comes another small game that packs a big punch. Cheaty Mages, released this fall by AEG, is about arena battles between mythical creatures: dragons and minotaurs, ghosts and goblins. But you don’t play these fighters; instead, you play the mages who bet on the fights … and cast spells as insurance against your wagers. Continue reading

All Aboard: Deck-Building + Rail-Laying = Trains


Trains was one of AEG’s big releases this year, and I’ve finally gotten a chance to sit down and play it a few times. It’s a great blend of deck-building (like Dominion) and track-laying (not quite like Ticket to Ride), and I have a feeling I’ll be playing this a bit more in the near future. Continue reading

Love Letter: Now Available in Kanai Factory Limited Edition

Love Letter Kanai Factory Limited Edition

Love Letter is a clever little game that consists of nothing more than 16 cards and a few tokens for keeping score. When AEG released it last year, it was part of their Tempest line of games which have a shared storyline and cast of characters. They’re now re-releasing the game in a Kanai Factory Limited Edition which reproduces the look of the original design by Seiji Kanai, with artwork by Noboru Sugiura. Continue reading

Guildhall—Now With Job Faire!

Guildhall Job Faire cards

Guildhall: Job Faire is a stand-alone expansion to AEG’s Guildhall, with six new types of workers that can either be played on their own or mixed in with the original game. Like the original, Job Faire is an engaging and quick card game that offers more depth than you might expect. Continue reading

Smash Up Expansion: Awesome Level 9000

Smash Up Awesome Level 9000

You may have seen Wil Wheaton & Co. playing Smash Up on TableTop last month. The first stand-alone expansion, Awesome Level 9000, adds four more fun factions to the mix. Continue reading

TableTop Finally Plays a Deck-Building Game with the Totally Awesome Smash Up


Wil and friends take on “the shufflebuilding game of total awesomeness”, Smash Up, in this episode of Geek& Sundry’s TableTop. Ninjas, robots, wizards, pirates, and more do battle in this hilarious episode of the tabletop game show. Continue reading

The Game Night Invitation I Wish I Could Write

You’re invited to game night! When: Friday March ______, 7 PM to 11 PM If I meant for this to say 7PM to Just Before Dawn, it would say so. It says 11PM. Thus 10:30 is not an appropriate time … Continue reading

Thunderstone Advance Is a Big Leap Forward

Overview: Since the initial release of Thunderstone, AEG has published expansions for the deck-building dungeon-crawling card game at a feverish pace. (In fact, there have been two more expansions since Dragonspire, the last one I reviewed, but my move last … Continue reading

Board Game Review: Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan

Game Turn Each turn consists of the following four phases. Alert Phase: All previously played guard cards are reshuffled into the deck, and then the guard player draws cards based on the current alert level (between 0 and 3 cards). … Continue reading

Thunderstone Dragonspire: the Onslaught Continues

Overview: Haven’t gotten to play Thunderstone yet and feeling behind with all the expansions? Just released last week, Thunderstone Dragonspire is a new stand-alone expansion, which means you can play it by itself or add it to the existing sets. … Continue reading

Review: Brave the Dungeon to Capture the Thunderstone

Overview: Thunderstone, along with the expansion Wrath of the Elements, is a deck-building game. Each player starts with a few basic cards, which they use to collect new weapons, spells, villagers and heroes. Once they’re sufficiently armed they attempt to … Continue reading