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Castles of Burgundy Special Edition Was Done Right

I'm firmly in the camp that not all good and classic board games need to have a Special Edition. Far too often we see overproduce special edition games that, while look pretty, are prohibitably expensive and don't really have universal appeal to longtime fans and new players alike. Think, for example, of the 3D Settlers of Catan releases. Beautiful, yes! Practical? Not at all. Accessible to the wider gaming audience? Nope. Castles of Burgundy hits very differently, however, making a few really good improvements to the game table presentation, while also being ...

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Xbox’s Future Rests On a Thursday Evening Podcast

As odd as it might seem, we’ll learn about the future of Xbox through a podcast on Thursday evening. That’s how these things are done now. Gone are the days of corporate press releases and obviously carefully edited talking head videos, replaced with a less obviously stage managed video roundtable. And this isn’t a bad thing. It means we’re going to get the words directly from the horse’s mouth. And those words had better be near perfect. For those not…

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Harmonies Coming from Studio Libellud via Asmodee

"Harmonies is not just any game. Yes, you will draw tiles and compete with your opponents to create the best combinations... But the experience goes much further. Because Harmonies is a real ode to nature, to the balance between fauna and flora. It doesn't play on rivalry between species and essence, predation, or the will to power but on the necessity of harmony among all elements of an ecosystem."

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Why I Don’t Review Games on Board Game Arena

Here at GamesReviews we get approached more and more often by publishers and developers to check out their games and give our impressions of them. With board games, the process of doing a review is a lot more involved than it is with a video game. You have to wait for the game to be shipped to you, wait for your next game night, play it a few times over a few weeks, before even beginning the process of writing a review. With video games, it's generally a very solo experience. With board games, you are often relying on others to get your work done. As more and ...

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What Do We Want From Switch 2?

The evidence is mounting. Switch 2 is coming this year, and could be announced as soon as next month. I’ve been pretty vocal about the need for an upgrade. As someone who has a good 4KTV and little interest in a handheld, visuals have been a barrier for a long, long time. Controversies over issues – especially Pokemon-shaped issues – have done little to make me more interested. My Switch became a Smash machine and, frankly, it’s probably still my…

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Microsoft: How Not To Handle a Crisis

It’s been fascinating to watch the fallout from the Xbox third party rumours this week. But what’s been more fascinating is Microsoft’s complete lack of response to them. The gaming community has hit fever pitch. If I wrote an article about how the next Xbox was going to charge you per hour of gaming time, it’d get picked up and shared by people desperate for any bit of negative news. It would be treated as fact. For context, this is…

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Champions! Review

Champions! offers a unique twist on the party game genre, immersing players in a whirlwind of crazy tournament-style duels where characters chosen by the players battle it out for the coveted title of Champion! The game's play style revolves around predicting which of the eight candidates will emerge victorious through three intense rounds of play, making it an engaging and unpredictable experience for all involved.

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More Thoughts From Me: Staring At the Ghosts of New Eden

New Eden. 1695. There’s a curse and ghosts are everywhere. Banishers are out and about trying to figure out whats going on and getting rid of the ghosts too. Welcome to Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden. The game is coming out next week and I just heard about it. Let’s talk about this game! I was on Twitter (yes I still call it Twitter) and the amazing Bex, reviewer and gamer, mentioned that they were going to review a game…

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The Lord of the Rings 5e – Role playing in Middle Earth?

I’ve never been a huge Dungeons and Dragons fan, nor have I played many 5e RPG experiences. Why? Honestly, perhaps it is a lack of imagination, or a lack of desire to play something I’m not really familiar with. I’m sure I’m missing out on a great time, but it’s really how I feel. When Free League Publishing reached out and offered us the chance to try out the Lord of the Rings RPG, I was instantly intrigued. I love…

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Mythwind | The Merchant | First Impressions

The more difficult the character, the more fun it is to play? That definitely seems to be the case for The Merchant!

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