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Review Doubleheader – Cash ‘n Guns and Sheriff of Nottingham

Sheriff of Nottingham

Review Doubleheader – Cash ‘n Guns and Sheriff of Nottingham Dan Bidwa, Play Unplugged Whatever your preference of winter holiday—Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Getting Loaded With Friends—chances are good that, unless you are a bear headed for hibernation, you will end up trapped at a party full of strangers. (If you are a bear trapped in…

Further Review – The Agents

"Would you believe this is a worthwhile variant?"

Further Review – The Agents   Matt Snodgrass, Play Unplugged If you’ve not yet heard of The Agents, my first question to you is: have you been in a bomb shelter for the past year? I’d then tell you that the creator of The Agents, Saar Shai, had been updating his kickstarter from an actual…

Preview – Crop Cycle

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Preview – Crop Cycle Jasmine Davis and Pete Butler, Play Unplugged As a reviewer, you get to do a lot of things. You can entertain the reader, or steer them toward something cool they might not have known about. You can help them understand the rules, or offer insight into card design. You can illuminate…

Review – Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem

Sons of Anarchy

Review – Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem Dan Bidwa, Play Unplugged The problem I have with reviewing games based on television shows is that, if I haven’t seen the show, I end up basing at least part of my opinion of the game on my wild-ass guess at what the show is about. Based…

Pre-Kickstarter Review – Operation F.A.U.S.T.

Operation Faust

Pre-Kickstarter Review – Operation F.A.U.S.T Matt Snodgrass, Play Unplugged Update: You can catch the Kickstarter here. Operation F.A.U.S.T. (Fine Art Underground: Stolen Treasure) by Robert Burke Games is a bluffing game for 3-8 players that, at its core, is a not-too-distant cousin of the classic game Cheat. (You may know this game by another name,…

Review – Level 7: Invasion

Level 7: Invasion

Review – Level 7: Invasion Jasmine Davis, Play Unplugged I have A Thing for the end of the world. Apocalypse books and zombie movies are absolutely my cup of tea. As a philosopher once said, “Some people just like to watch the world burn.” I’m one of them, I guess. Ask me sometime about my…

Review – Regular Show Fluxx

Regular Show Fluxx

Review – Regular Show Fluxx Dan BidwaDan Bidwa, Play Unplugged Does a game need a goal? Should that goal be constant? What if players could change the end condition at the same time that they’re working towards it?Fluxx has been posing those questions to gamers for seventeen years now. One of the kings of the chaotic…

Mage Wars: Forged in Fire – A Blacksmith’s Review

Mage Wars Box Matt Snodgrass

Forged in Fire – A Blacksmith’s Review Matt Snodgrass, Play Unplugged [Check out Rico’s take on Forged in Fire during his unboxing, too.] OK, so to be fair, I’m not actually a full-fledged blacksmith; I took one ten-week class on metalsmithing. But that’s not going to stop me from reviewing Mage Wars’ newest offering, Forged in…

Review – Ars Victor

Ars Victor: The One-Hour Wargame

Review – Ars Victor Damian Mastrangelo, Play Unplugged Ars Victor bills itself as the “one-hour wargame” prominently on its box cover. Is it? Well…yes, it can be played in an hour, but that description belies the depth present in the game. This is a simple, fast-playing game, but it also presents players with many difficult…

Review – Mindjammer

Mindjammer

Review – Mindjammer Scott Pyle, Play Unplugged The publication of Fate Core marked one of the most successful RPG “small-press” Kickstarters in recent memory. Not only did it make gobs of money, it was well run and delivered the goods both literally (in terms of rewards) and figuratively (in terms of quality products). It also…