Category Archives: Reviews


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


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…

Review – High Command: Immortal Tales

Hordes High Command Immortal Tales

Review – High Command: Immortal Tales Matt Snodgrass, Play Unplugged Hi, fellow Hordes fans. I’m just popping in for a quick review of another High Command expansion from Privateer Press. This one is Immortal Tales. By now, you know the format of these expansions packs: 84 cards (21 for each faction) and a rule-reference card…

Review – Unita


Review – Unita Dan Bidwa, Play Unplugged Like any proper red-blooded gamer, I like dice. While weird n-faced polyhedrons are certainly fetching, I have a special fondness for the plain old omnipresent six-sided die. And, possibly due to the fact that D6s are as prevalent as cats on the internet, I’m especially fond of games…

Review – Fidelitas

Fidelitas Missio Cards

Review – Fidelitas Matt Snodgrass, Play Unplugged Fidelitas is a quick little filler game from the brand new Green Couch Games. Created by Jason Kotarski and Phillip DuBarry, it’s billed as a “game of medieval meddling for 2-4 players,” and is currently up on Kickstarter. Read the full review below, and then check it out!…

Review – Rat King and Rat Queen Theme Packs (Ascension)

Rat King Theme Pack

Review – Rat King and Rat Queen Theme Packs (Ascension) Enrico Nardini, Play Unplugged I’ve had the opportunity to review a number of games in the Ascension family from Stone Blade Entertainment. I’m happy to say that I’ve enjoyed them a great deal. The intuitive but deep gameplay, the variety of factions, and the evocative Eric Sabee…

Preview – Teratozoic

Teratozoic card game monsters

Preview – Teratozoic Mike Eaton, Play Unplugged What I learned about genetics in school covered some basics. Gregor Mendel, red hair is recessive, cancer is DNA gone nuts. I am disappointed to learn that we didn’t cover nearly enough about horrifying monsters. Maybe if I hadn’t gone on to pursue English instead, I would have…

Review – Allegiance


Review – Allegiance Enrico Nardini, Play Unplugged It’s never fun to have a rival gang move in on your turf… Almost never… Allegiance is a fast playing card game with a unique hook: An established temple vies for influence over a city’s population with an upstart thieves guild. Digital Capricorn Studios’ pitch really grabbed me. Will the…

Review – Shroud of the Ancients – Part 3

Shroud of the Ancients RPG Core Rules

Review – Shroud of the Ancients – Part 3   Matt Snodgrass, Play Unplugged Welcome to the final installment of a three-part, deep-dive review series. We’ll be concluding our review and leaving you with some parting thoughts on Shroud of the Ancients, from Dark Tavern Press. Make sure you check out Part I and Part II….

Review – Song of Shadows and Dust

Song of Shadows and Dust

Scott Pyle, Play Unplugged Ganesha Games has been producing outstanding, fast-playing skirmish battle games since the release of its now classic Song of Blades and Heroes (SoBaH) more than ten years ago. Since then, this versatile, D6-based rules engine has been bent to many different genres. In Songs of Shadows and Dust (SSD) author Nicholas…