Meet my other kitty.

Greetings All,

Most of you should by now be familiar with my cat Saint, whom has been featured on all of my reviews posing with my games and turned 1-year-old this month. Well we got another cat some time ago that keeps trying to get his picture taken with Saint, so I figured I’d introduce him today since he’s a black cat and it’s Halloween. You’ll probably being seeing him in future reviews. 🙂

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Meet T’Challa he was 3 months old in the picture above, he’s about 8 months old now. He’s named after the superhero Black Panther and was a gift from my husband. I got him only a few weeks before I found out I was pregnant. Is he a good luck charm or a curse? You decide! I’m kidding he’s awesome. Have a great Halloween. Until next time… Live by the Board.

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The Village Crone

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I know I said I would be doing a series of Sentinels of the Multiverse characters, but I figured it’s Halloween and I should really do something to compliment the holiday. I will still be continuing my SotM series in the future. 🙂

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The Village Crone by Fireside Games

1-6 players, 60-90 minutes

This game takes place in the village of Wikersby, where you will be competing to be The Village Crone. There are six different locations in Wikersby, but there only four that contain different ingredients for your spells. This game has six different witches to choose from as your character, however, the only thing that differs between characters are their familiars. Each witch receives a spell book which contains the same exact spells in each one. The goal of this game is to be the first witch to earn 13 points. Points are earned by completing tasks from the three different Scheme card decks. The three decks are arranged by points – 1, 2 & 3 point cards. All of the Scheme cards involve a variety of tasks that can be completed by getting ingredients via your familiars and casting spells. Most of the spells have to do with the villagers whom all have specific places they start in the game. Ex: Blacksmith starts in The Forge. The biggest thing about the spells is that you actually have to say the spell out loud for it to take effect. If another player catches you not saying the spell they can call you out and your spell fails.

Now admittedly I’ve only played this game a handful of times and the first play through was mostly spent trying to figure everything out, but I can honestly say I already love this game. I love Fireside Games (Castle Panic) and this game is a nice change from Fireside’s usual co-op to a game where you’re competing. Once you get the hang of everything the game goes really smoothly and you really start to get into the idea of being The Village Crone. It’s a great competitive game because you can make it as relaxed or as intense as you’d like. If you want to be cut throat at the game it is extremely possible and if you want to occasionally work with another player to move forward in the game you can do that as well.

The Village Crone is more affordable on Miniature Market, BUT I am very much so about supporting Fireside on their website not to mention if you buy the game from Fireside you always get the Silver Piece coaster promo for free. The promo is not currently available anywhere else.

I hope you enjoyed this mini review. Have a safe and Happy Halloween. If you liked this review and want to be kept up to date please follow my page and like me on Facebook. Until next time… Live by the Board.

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Sentinels of the Multiverse – Base Set Characters pt1

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This is the start of my Sentinels of the Multiverse character series. Today is all about the Heroes of the base game. For those of you who are unfamiliar with SOTM, please refer to my prior post regarding the base set. Below you will find all base set heroes and mine and my husband’s opinions of them, as requested by several of you. 🙂

Sentinels of The Multiverse Base Set Characters by Greater Than Games

absolute zero

Absolute Zero – Complexity of 3. Similar to Mr. Freeze, whom you’d know from Batman.  His nemeses are Iron Legacy and The Proletariat. He is the most complex hero of the base set. You have to spend a lot of time building him up; if you do he can be quite formidable. (Building refers to adding equipment and ongoing cards to your cards in play; this allows characters to do a number of different powers and such.)

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Bunker – Complexity of 2. Similar Iron Man.  His nemeses are Iron Legacy and Fright Train. He is a very heavy hitter and serves as the best and most simple tank in the base set.

fanatic

Fanatic – Complexity of 2. Similar to Arch Angel, from X-Men. Her nemeses are Apostate and The Seer. She is a heavy hitter as well, although in her case she damages herself to cause such heavy damage to others. She really isn’t that complex, but if you’re not looking for a risky character she’s not for you.

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Haka – Complexity of 1. Similar to The Hulk. His nemeses are Ambuscade and The Hippo. He is a very simple character and you can practically just throw his strength around to win the game. He can deal and take damage like no other character and he even heals himself a bit.

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Legacy – Complexity of 1. Similar to Superman. His nemesis is Baron Blade. Legacy is fairly easy as well, his cards are straight forward, and quite the hero as well. He is only slightly less strong than Haka, but has the ability to build up his strength and be the strongest by the end of the game.

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Ra – Complexity of 1. Similar to Marvels Thor. His nemeses are The Ennead and Calypso. Ra is simple and has the ability to deliver huge hits with his One Shot cards. He has a way to heal himself as well. My biggest complaint with Ra is that he is ALL fire damage; I mean he’s the Friggin’ God of the Sun.  So if somehow Fire Damage can be prevented… he’s almost useless. Other than that he is a great character. (There are multiple types of damage in the game, most heroes have more than one type in their repertoire.)

tachyon

Tachyon – Complexity of 2. Similar to The Flash. Her nemeses are The Matriarch, Friction, and Iron Legacy. Tachyon has “Burst” cards that when discarded can be used for a beautiful effect, she literally has a card that allows you to damage someone for however many burst cards are in her trash. Although it takes a while to build up the numbers, it is so worth it. She is a very simple character to use.

tempest

Tempest – Complexity of 1. Resembles Aquaman. His nemeses are Grand Warlord Voss, Vyktor, and Iron Legacy. Again, a very simple character to play. He has tons of heavy hitting cards that allow you to hit multiple characters at once. He can also heal himself and other heroes.

the visionary

The Visionary – Complexity of 2. Similar to Jean Gray, from X-Men. Her nemeses are The Dreamer and Major Flay.  She is a great support character in that she has lots of cards and powers that benefit the whole group of heroes. For example she has cards that allow you to destroy those pesky environment cards and ongoing villain cards.

The Wraith

The Wraith – Complexity of 1. Similar to Batman. Her nemeses are Spite, Iron Legacy, and Ermine. She is difficult to inflict damage with, but she is also hard to damage. With luck of the draw you’ll get some cards that allow you to do decent damage. She is a great support character.

And for this last bit, I thought I’d just mention that from the base set my favorite character is Ra. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that he was my first hero or that I just love playing him, but regardless he is usually my go to despite the fact that I actually have had fire damage blocked rendering him useless. My husband’s favorite is Haka, because he can complement any strategy and is just all around a huge tank.

Thank you for reading next week I will post more about SOTM. If you liked this review and want to be kept up to date please follow my page and like me on Facebook. Until next time… Live by the Board.

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Labyrinth

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Today I will be doing a quick review of a game called Labyrinth. It’s very cute, very simple and yet strategic enough to keep high attention and focus not just for kids, but adults as well.

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Labyrinth by Ravensburger

2-4 Players, Ages 8+

Labyrinth is a really fun family game that utilizes randomly placed tiles to create a Labyrinth. There are some affixed tiles on the board that create a makeshift grid. Everyone gets a little figurine to place on the board and they traverse the Labyrinth. There is always one tile left over that is used to change the layout. Players on their turn can place the rogue tile into the Labyrinth which changes the layout and pushes another tile out for the process to continue. There are several rules with tiles placement: 1) You can’t push out a tile that was placed the turn before yours. 2) There are allocated spaces on the board from which you can enter the tiles. 3) You can push yourself or another player off the board by placing tiles and that character will pop back up on the other side. At the start of the game the players are given treasure cards with pictures of the treasures they must seek out in the Labyrinth in order to win, which is where tile placement comes in handy.

I for one loved playing this game with kids and adults. The game is very relaxed and easy to grasp, however, the strategies that go into the tile placement is more than enough to make the game intense. Ravensbuger put up a video that allows you to see the components and rules a bit better. The only issue I had is that it is only a four player game and there are five of us, soon to be six. If you have a larger family you may want to look into the card game variant or the electronic variant, which are both 2-6 players. I haven’t played either yet, but if I do I will let you know how it pans out. They also have a version called Junior Labyrinth that is for ages 5+.

There are many places you can purchase this game, most places offer a preorder option because it was out of print for quite some time and has grown fairly popular. I would suggest going to Amazon to buy it. It’s by far the best price and it’s always in stock. While you’re there check out the Anniversary Edition, which is what we got. It comes in a nice tin box and has upgraded miniatures.

Now, if you’re like me by the end of the game or even the end of this review you’ve already started singing some David Bowie from the movie Labyrinth and if you haven’t… shame on you. 🙂

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