Showing posts from October, 2016

Skull King + Epic Funky Beer

Skull King is an excellent trick-taking game. Don't know what tricks are? Don't worry, neither does the average Eric. The point is that this is a simple card game on the surface, but there is a lot of strategy and depth hidden throughout.  This game is played in rounds, and the key is that you have to bet (in advance of the round) how many tricks you will win. Therefore, you need to analyze your cards and bet which ones will win in each trick. If you are right, there can be a major payout. If you are wrong, you lose points. I highly recommend seeking out this game if you enjoy card games and are looking for one with more depth. Note: I got the German version (since it was highly recommended) instead of Grandpa Becks one you can find in the States, so I had to order it off a German website and pay for international shipping. #WorthIt

Above you will see a slew of epic beers alongside Skull King (yes, I put my game in my friend's refrigerator without asking). From the several…

Castle Panic + Boulevard Brewing Sour Ale

Castle Panic is a cooperative game for up to six players where everyone must work together to defend a castle from monsters that attack from the forest at the edges of the board. Players can trade cards, attack monsters, and work together to fend off the ugly beasts. Players either win or lose together, although there is a variant where the person who slays the most monsters is declared the Master Slayer.  In that variant, the players would then need to balance the survival of the group with their own desire to win. We played the standard way since winning as a group is fulfilling enough. If you enjoy cooperative games like Pandemic, definitely check this one out!

Boulevard Brewing Company is a solid brewery from Kansas City, Missouri. With the plethora of West Coast Beers, I don't get to taste too much of the MidWest on a usual basis, but this beer was excellent. Love Child #7 is the seventh in their series of sour beers, where each subsequent batch they increase the amount of Fl…

Quiplash XL: Apples to Apples for the 21st Century

Quiplash XLdeviates from our usual table top game theme. This web-based, TV-projected game is unrivaled as a large group party game. It is similar to Apples to Apples, but everything is faster-paced and digital format. 
Your party host will pull up the game on a TV screen and a game code will show up. Anyone in the room (or actually anyone on earth) with the code can enter it at on their smartphone. From there, players join and give themselves a nickname. Because answers can get exceptionally raunchy, some players opt for anonymity. But you can’t stay anonymous for very long as other players will quickly figure out who is who.
Like Apples to Apples, Quiplash rewards you based on funny answers to hypothetical questions. Or more precisely, players in your group are more likely to award points for responses that are creative and relate to the group itself. Inside jokes and current events tend to score better than average. We find that just as in games like Balderdash, the more …

Machi Koro meets Wurstkuche

Machi Koro is a popular family drafting game where you are the mayor of the city Machi Koro, and you must grow the city into the largest in the region! The citizens are demanding jobs, theme parks, cheese cake factories, pizza joints, and more! On your turn, you role a die, collect income, then purchase new property. As the game progresses, you start earning more income on each die roll since you have more properties (somewhat similar to Monopoly but way more fun). The first player to construct all of their landmarks wins!  The original game is only 2-4 players, but the expansion allows you to play with a much larger group. Highly recommended if you're looking for a family-weight drafting game. However, if you're playing with your family, you may not want to drink as much beer as we did while playing.

Wurstk├╝che is an epic restaurant that has locations in both downtown Los Angeles, as well as Venice.  The place is known for exotic sausages (everything from pork to rattlesnake t…

Last Night on Earth + Draughtsmen Aleworks

Zombies, so hot right now! For our first zombie game review, we are starting with Last Night on Earth.

Last Night on Earth is a 2-6 person survival board game that pits small-town Heroes vs Zombies!  Most of the group are heroes, and they compete against 1 or 2 players who control the zombies.  Each hero has its own special abilities, but the zombies lack all skills except eating flesh.  The game comes with several scenarios, which include simple survival, rescue, or escape. Differing combinations of heroes, scenarios, and board configurations offer a lot of replayability.  The game also comes with a CD Soundtrack of thematic music, so if you still live in 1995, it will be awesome! 
Overall, this is a fun group game that can support up to six people.  It's fun being on either side, trying to kill the opposing group, and even more fun if your group gets into character.  If you like Zombies, you should enjoy this game. It's only $40 online, which is fair based on the number of com…