The Broken Meeple - 24 - The Sci-Fi Episode

Sorry for the delay, life has been very busy as I've been offered a job in a new Chartered Accountancy firm...........which I proceeded to accept! Happy days and hopefully some prosperous times ahead, but I can't neglect my blog duties!

Here we have Episode 24, focusing on technology, the future and science. We kick off with some first impressions of Warhammer 40K Conquest and Battle at Kemble's Cascade, then discuss the importance of apps in board games and finally end with my Top 10 Science Fiction Games.


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Artistic Skills: An Advantage But Not Essential - Telestrations Review

I feel like reviewing something a lot lighter today and for that I need to delve into the realm of party games, a genre that is sadly overlooked by many hardcore gamers. I think that a lot of effort is needed to get a party game to work right just as any other Amerithrash (using Zee Garcia's phrase now, I hate using trash) and Euro game. I've played some complete duds in my time so it's not a simple case of going "here's some funny cards, now get laughing".

I'd held off from playing Telestrations for a long while as I was concentrating on other genres and it's hard to get a party game played at clubs - they are more for playing at your own home I find or on holiday. Well I acquired this game in preparation for a large group holiday and also showed it to some friends in Portsmouth after hearing US reviewers praise it a lot. I needed a refreshing change from Dixit as well (also a great party game, check out my review on that). I can't draw for toffee, but I expected that this would be a benefit in playing this game.


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Fantasy Is The Only Myth - Mythotopia Review

Check out my guest review of Mythotopia as featured on Games Quest, our friendly, local, gaming.............online site??




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Board Game Extras Demo Day - 8 November 2014

Today I got to indulge in more gaming fun as Board Game Extras hosted another Demo day at the Highfield Church Centre in Southampton.

This is an event that the online store hosts usually about 3-4 times a year for people to come along and play demos of their new games in stock as well as a few popular favourites for the young ones. The staff hire out the hall for 5 hours and introduce gamers both new and experienced to the new hotness in their stock line as well as sell the games there and then.

Now personally I think it should be longer than 5 hours, but then I'm biased, I'm a gamer who has completed a 36 hour marathon of gaming before ending on Twilight Imperium 3. Trust me when I say I can game for a LONG time and still enjoy myself!



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Never Forget................



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Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding...........Brian, Where's The Pollen? - Waggle Dance Review

Never judge a book by its cover. That's a phrase that many of us live by and one that should be applied to board games on a regular basis. A decent box cover will help sell a game and a dull one will make someone hesitant to pick it up off the shelf or click on the picture icon.

There's also a slight deviation to that though with how weird the box looks. A box can look insanely pretty but if it makes no sense or is odd then you're going to get a mix of reactions from intrigued to "what on earth". Well this is a poster child for such a feeling because even though it's very colourful, it really does make you think the latter of those two options and either I'm being thick or there's no reason why this cover is relevant to the game!

However it was getting a lot of Essen buzz and it's made by a publisher from my home country, in fact they're in Cornwall which is next door to my original home county. So why not, I thought I'd give it a look as it's nice to find some board games made closer to home. It's touted as "worker placement with dancing bees"....................did I really just say that?


"A flashy cover, but what in the world???"

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I Really Don't Know A Lot About History - Timeline Review

Board games with the family started off great when I was younger but then degenerated into the same old boring stuff time after time again. And it got worse in recent years as the only games that they felt like playing together before I got back into board gaming were the pub quiz and similar trivia games..........yawn!! Hate them!!

It essentially seemed as if the only games they would play at the time were either simple party games (Taboo was a good favourite but the cards got stale quickly) or games that tested general knowledge. I got lucky when I showed them Dixit but again you can only play that so often. So I had to find something that would not only be appealing to them, but also be worth my time to play and I tend to go for thematic games so "intellectual" or "historical" games don't feature much with me.

But then I came across a reprint of a game I'd heard mentioned on The Dice Tower called Timeline - a simple card game that tested your knowledge of dates - when items were invented, when historical events happened or when scientific discoveries were made. Now this sounded promising - it's intellectual so it appeals to them, it's short and it's a subject area that frankly most people aren't actually experts at - could you tell me right now when the sextant was invented.............I think not! So does it fill that niche? 

"Asmodee's logo means you're getting quality - not sure I approve of the tin though"

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