Board Game Reviews
Where the American Frontier meets Euro-style board gaming, Oregon is a strategy game where players place tokens and figures in an attempt to maximize their point potential. I have been told that this game is similar to Carcassonne by the same company. I have not played Carcassonne yet, so I am not sure, but on the outset, the game has a strong Euro-feel so I would not be surprised if there are similarities.
Ticket to Ride (TtR) is one of those staple games you can always see at a convention. It is right up there with Settlers of Catan as one of the more popular games to play. Ticket to Ride: Switzerland is an expansion of that great game that takes you into the tough terrain of the famed country. It adds a few new things and challenges the player in different ways.
Mongoose Publishing in conjunction with Wildfire LLC and Black Sky Studios have released a twisted vision of a dark future, combining anime-style mecha with the Cthulhu mythos. This stand-alone roleplaying game uses the Framewerk system and is contained in a full-color hardcover book with amazing art and a compelling premise.
Fading Suns Revised Second Edition marks the resurrection of one of the best RPGs “you have never heard of.” In 2007, Redbrick Limited of New Zealand acquired the Fading Suns license from Holistic Designs, Inc. Upon obtaining the license, Redbrick released a new version of the core rulebook, available in PDF, hardback, and softback versions. Originally published in 1996, the game developed a considerable following, appealing to a variety of role-playing game fans across the world.
Cheesy horror came to mind when I saw Horror Rules. Something with Bruce Campbell (early years) or some Scream Queen was all that I could think about. There are two ways to run a good horror game and I think they are equally fun. There is the serious and brooding game with mood lighting, candles and occasional spookie sound effects. These are fun in one-nighters, simply because the mood can’t be kept more than one or two nights, and are good with the right people. The other kind is good for one night when you don’t have anything else to do and you want to goof around and run around like Scooby Doo. Horror Rules is like the latter.