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All things tabletop games: review, thought pieces and more every week.

    Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile (Saturday Review)

    Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile (Saturday Review)

    As the Chancellor, I had the people on my side. The Empire was going to thrive and grow and be beautiful. Yet, there were rumours of Exiles stirring in the Provinces and Hinterland, trying their best to claw back control. They were two visionaries, one stomping through the regions, using brute force to exert their influence and letting the wolves lose on anyone who would get in their way, while the other was biding their time in the Salt Flats, enlisting the help of witches and unnatural powers, trying to glean secrets and waiting for the right moment to strike. Both were intent on taking over the Empire, because they both had sworn an Oath by Cole Wehrle from Leder Games.

    Read the full review here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2021/11/27/oath-chronicles-of-empire-and-exile-saturday-review/

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    Music Snippet: Hotel California by Eagles (https://eagles.com/)

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    • 8 min
    Zenobia Award (Topic Discussion)

    Zenobia Award (Topic Discussion)

    I think something that many of us in the hobby feel very bad about, are the many board games that are set against historic events, but that make no attempt to respectfully represent what happened and often sweep under the carpet the atrocities that were committed during the time that the games are set. So it's very refreshing to see people come together to create an award that tries to redress the situation and encourages the creation of historical games designed by people from marginalized groups. The hope is that these games will be much more representative, respectful and diverse. That's the Zenobia Award.

    Read the full article here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2021/11/23/zenobia-award-topic-discussion/

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    • 7 min
    Fluttering Souls (Saturday Review)

    Fluttering Souls (Saturday Review)

    Takahama was dying. We were tending to him and tried to make him as comfortable as possible. The windows were wide open and a warm breeze filled the room. Takahama was muttering about how he was too ill to visit his love Akiko's grave and how she would miss the white rose he brought her every day. We told him that he would visit again as soon as he was better, when suddenly, a pure white butterfly flew in through one of the windows and landed on his pillow. We tried to shoo it away, but to no avail. The butterfly would keep coming back, so we relented and allowed it to stay. Takahama looked at the butterfly, smiled and then his final breath left his lungs, as he died in peace. The butterfly saw this, lifted off the pillow and flew out of one of the windows. We didn't know this at the time, but it flew all the way to Akiko's grave and when it landed, it disappeared. The butterfly was one of the Fluttering Souls by Joel Lewis from Good Games Publishing.

    Read the full review here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2021/11/20/fluttering-souls-saturday-review/

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    Music: Eternal Hope by Purple Planet Music (https://www.purple-planet.com)

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    • 5 min
    All tied up (Topic Discussion)

    All tied up (Topic Discussion)

    Someone once said that board games are basically just a framework to arbitrate a victor. Even though that sounds quite cold, at its heart, it describes how many of us, especially competitive players, feel about board games. There needs to be someone at the end of the game who has won. The emphasis here is on the singular victor rather than winning as a team. In this article, I want to look at what it means not to have a single victor.

    Read the full article here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2021/11/16/all-tied-up-topic-discussion/

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    • 6 min
    Golems (Saturday Review)

    Golems (Saturday Review)

    There was darkness everywhere. The surface of the Earth was empty and cold. There was no noise, nothing stirred or moved. It was an arid place, void of everything - a blank canvas - but you would change all that. You would command the energies of the Earth and mould lifeless piles of mud into creatures that would populate the world. It was the time of the Golems by ThunderGryph Games.

    Read the full review here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2021/11/13/golems-saturday-review/

    Links


    Golems: https://thundergryph.com/golems/
    ThunderGryph Games: https://thundergryph.com/
    Matchbox Collection reviews: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/category/matchbox-collection/
    BBG listing: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/303734/golems

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    • 7 min
    The Metaverse (Topic Discussion)

    The Metaverse (Topic Discussion)

    Learning a new game, playing it for the first time, probably with a few rules mistakes, then playing it again, now with a better understanding of how the game works, then playing it once more, after having formulated a rough strategy and feeling you know what the game wants from you is a lot of fun. We've all experienced this, I'm sure, but there is another level to playing games that only becomes apparent after several plays. It is what is often called the "meta" of a game.

    Read the full article here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2021/11/09/the-metaverse-topic-discussion/

    Links


    Scythe review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2019/01/19/scythe/
    Stonemaier Games: https://stonemaiergames.com/
    Dune review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2020/02/08/dune-saturday-review/
    Gale Force Nine: https://www.gf9.com/

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    • 7 min

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