Black Friday Board Game Sales!

Greetings All,

Just a quick post to put up some links for Black Friday Board Game Sales!

Ravensburger – Makers of the game Labyrinth.

Noble Knight Games – Known for supplying out of print board games. One of my favorite sites.

Miniature Market – Has a wide variety of games. Best prices on the internet!

Cool Stuff Inc – Has a lot of the popular and most demanded games.

Cardhaus – Good collection of games.

Toys R Us – Do I really have to explain them?

Amazon – Again, do I need to explain?

If I come across anymore board game deals I’ll update the list. Happy hunting! 🙂 Until next time Happy Thanksgiving and Live by the Board.

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Labyrinth

Greetings All,

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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My Slow Return

Greetings All,

So… I’ve been gone for three months. I apologize for my absence and I appreciate all of the encouraging emails I received during my break. As I mentioned back in June, I am pregnant. I’m expecting a little boy in January and pregnancy has not been kind to me thus far, but I’m starting to feel better.

I’ve been trying to figure out what game I should open up with for my return, but I have decided that instead of a game as my returning post, I’d post a few news points.

This year I am participating in Extra Life and I will be playing Video Games, Board Games, and RPGs all day November 7th 2015 in support of Childrens Hospital. I am including my personal fundraiser page so that you can check out all of the details and hopefully donate to the cause. My fundraising goal is $100. I also encourage you all to join the rest of us supporters in playing some games on November 7th. Feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions.

Also, Board Game Geek holds a Secret Santa every year with its users. Participants must spend $50 minimum on a game(s) for whomever you’re assigned, however, you will be assigned to someone as well. So it’s a neat little exchange. Check it out, Registration ends mid-November.

One more tiny mention… Todays Deal of the Day on Amazon is 20% off Cards Against Humanity.

Thank you for tuning back in and sticking with me through my absence. I will begin posting board game reviews and news again. I’m hoping for at least weekly postings. Thanks again and until next time… Live By The Board.

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Games for Fools!

Greetings All,

I thought since tomorrow is April Fools Day, I’d post about some board games that really make people feel foolish. These descriptions will not be horribly in-depth, as there are so many and they have been featured here before. I hope you enjoy!

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-Fluxx by Looney Labs

2-5 Players, 5-30mins

Fluxx is a fantastic game in which the rules are always changing. All games start with standard rules like draw one, play one. The objective is to finish goals based on what goal is on the table at that time. Keepers are cards that you collect to win the game. I love this game, because as soon as you have the proper Keepers to finish the current goal… the goal gets changed, leaving you feeling quite foolish. There are many different versions of Fluxx available. When we first tried, we purchased Family Fluxx, and have now added Cthulhu Fluxx and Regular Show Fluxx to our collection. I highly suggest picking your favorite subject in the collection. Having a Fluxx version that fits your personality makes it just that much better. Miniature Market has a great deal on them! 🙂 Enjoy!

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-We Didn’t Playtest This by Asmadi Games

2-15 Players, 1-5mins

We Didn’t Playtest This is a nice goofy series of games that are completely based on nonsense. I really do not know any other way to explain it…. it’s nonsense. Some cards say things like “If you’re the last girl in the game, you win.” It’s that simple. I freaking love it. It’s a great way to pass the time and as nonsensical as it is, when you’re in the middle of the game it makes perfect sense. The Asmadi Games site has four of the games and a great deal if you buy all four at once, but if you’re looking for a cheaper route you can check out Miniature Market, although the only have three of the games. Just be warned the Banana is not included. Don’t get that joke? Well, go buy the game and get back with me! 🙂

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-Poo The Card Game by Wildfire-

2-8 Players, 5-15 Mins

Poo is a great little game that consists of Monkeys throwing poo at each other. There a varying levels of poo and cards that can clean poo off of you. When a player accumulates 15 poo, they’re out the game. The object of the game is to be the last smelly monkey standing. This game is incredibly fun and has the funniest names for the cards… Give it a shot, I promise you won’t be flushing your money. 🙂 Get it? Ha… I’m great. 🙂 Amazon has it for a lovely little price and free shipping.

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-Nuts by Wildfire-

2-6 Players, 5-15 Mins

Nuts is a great little game that is also by Wildfire Games. In this game you are Squirrels stealing each others nuts. It’s fairly similar to Poo. This is also a fun way to pass the time.  Every turn you draw a nuts card and then you get the opportunity to steal nuts from one or more players. There are cards that allow you to block these attempts as well. Check it out and go…. Crazy, thought I was going to say Nuts didn’t you? I was… 🙂 Amazon has a good deal on Nuts, unless you’d like to wait for Miniature Market to restock.

Enjoy you April Fools Day shenanigans! Until next time… Live by the Board.

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Merry Christmas

Greetings All,

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope all of you have/will manage(d) to get in a board game or two in today. Our Christmas celebration was yesterday, we only played three games between dinner and gift giving. I just wanted to share them with you.

Christmas Trivia by Greenbrier-

-2+ Players, 5+ Mins-

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We played with five us and said the first one to ten got a candy cane. There are three questions on each card and the range from very easy to fairly hard. It’s definitely a kid friendly game, but they made it with enough complicated questions to be fun for adults as well.

Munchkin Loot Letter by AEG and Steve Jackson Games-

-2-4 Players (We played with five), 20 Mins-

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This is “Love Letter with a face lift.”, as my husband says. It’s Love Letter meets Munchkin. It is a great play and easy to learn. All of the cards originate from the game Munchkin and they all have the same abilities as the one from Love Letter.

-Glow Stick Ring Toss-

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This is one you can make yourself, but I bought mine at Dollar Tree. It was too cold to play outside. We waited until it was dark outside and turned off the lights in the house. We played ring toss in the living room. Originally we had planned on playing first to five, however, the task of making one ring proved so difficult that it became the first to one. It took us twenty minutes of playing before my son finally made one ring, but it was really fun.

One last thing I’d like to share with you is the idea of family gifts. We make a small list of family gifts, which are usually board games or movies. This year we had the games mentioned above as well as Munchkin Panic and a Uno variant. I will review these two later as we have not yet played them. Thank you so much for reading, have a Happy Holiday, and until next time… Live by the Board.

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Day 1 (of 3): Takenoko and my 8 year old daughter! :)

Greetings All,

Today I start a three-day segment about my children and their favorite board game. I did mini interviews with all three of them.

-Takenoko by Asmodee Games-

2-4 players (We’ve played with 5), 30-45mins

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Above you can see standard Takenoko and all of it’s components. My daughter is 8 years old. She wishes to let everyone know that Takenoko is pronounced “Tah-Keh-Noh-Koh”. 🙂


Me: What is your favorite board game?

Daughter8: Takenoko!


Me: If Takenoko was a story what would it be?

Daughter8: Well, I’ve read the comic so I kind of already know the story. (In the rule book is an adorable mini comic). The Emperor figured out that the Panda keeps eating all of the bamboo and the Gardener keeps having to regrow it. The Gardener is upset and tells the Emperor he wants the Panda gone. The Emperor says that the Panda represents peace and he will not make him leave.


Me: Can you give me a short summary of the rules?

Daughter8: You have to grow bamboo and eat bamboo in order to finish cards. The first person to finish 10 cards gets the Emperor card that gives you an extra 2 points. Everyone adds their points up to see who wins.


Me: Who do you think this game is for?

Daughter8: Families all across the world!


Me: Why is Takenoko your favorite game?

Daughter8: I like to work together, even though it’s a competitive game you can help people. I like to work together to finish my cards. I only like competing when I’m in the mood.


Me: Why should people buy/try Takenoko?

Daughter8: I feel like people would appreciate being able to help others with their cards.


Amazon has the best pricing thus far, it’s $35 and free shipping. 🙂

You can also check out the Asmodee website to see more information.

You can see a good review from The Dice Tower and a great play through on Tabletop.

I hope you enjoyed my daughters take on Takenoko! I will be back tomorrow with my 13-year-old sons take on his favorite game! 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.

Thanksgiving Games!

Greetings all,

Today I wanted to give you a list of Thanksgiving games. I realize that the games may not reach you in time for Thanksgiving, but I tried to make sure I located as many Amazon Prime (free 2-day shipping) games as possible. While I was researching I found a great list from Board Game Geek and it has very extensive information, so I figured I’d link the list and then give you the most affordable links for the game I could find. Please keep in mind I tried to locate only new games, although some of them I wasn’t able to find. Please take a look at the Board Game Geek thread and come back to this post for prices for the games you are interested in.

Here is Board Game Geeks Thanksgiving games post: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/26038/ultimate-thanksgiving-themed-game

And now the price list:

1) New England: http://www.amazon.com/New-England-Game-Board/dp/B0006HCWNA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1416767557&sr=8-3&keywords=new+england+board+game

2) The Voyage of the Mayflower: http://www.amazon.com/Voyage-Mayflower-board-game/dp/B0056PC692/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416767755&sr=8-1&keywords=voyage+of+the+mayflower+board+game

3) Merchants of Amsterdam – http://www.amazon.com/Rio-Grande-Games-166RGG-Merchants/dp/B00005UN1T/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416767854&sr=8-1&keywords=Merchants+of+Amsterdam

4) Jamestown: The Jamestowne Survivor Game: Sadly I had no luck locating this. 😦

5) Electric Football: There are tons of versions of this, you can pick and choose: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Electric+Football&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AElectric+Football

6) The Great Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Game: http://www.amazon.com/Great-Macys-Thanksgiving-Parade-Game/dp/B002TTIIPO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416768076&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Great+Macy%27s+Thanksgiving+Day+Parade+Game

7) Turkeys Wild!: http://boardgamegeek.com/geekmarket/product/638009

8) A Fistful of Turkeys: http://www.ebay.com/itm/A-FISTFUL-OF-TURKEYS-1-A-role-playing-game-1981-brochure-/131330311256?_trksid=p2054897.l4275

9) Cold Turkey: http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/281484076279?lpid=82

10) Don’t Wake Daddy: http://www.amazon.com/Parker-Brothers-0455-Dont-Daddy/dp/B00000IWD3/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416768659&sr=8-1&keywords=Don%27t+Wake+Daddy

11) Monopoly: Dallas Cowboys: http://www.amazon.com/USAopoly-MN016008-Dallas-Cowboys-Monopoly/dp/B000GQ0R0G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1416768745&sr=8-2&keywords=Monopoly%3A+Dallas+Cowboys

12) New World: http://www.ebay.com/itm/111520033790

13) New World: A Carcassonne Game: https://www.gamesurplus.com/product_info.php?products_id=991

14) Cornucopia: https://www.gamesurplus.com/product_info.php?products_id=1319

15) The Thanksgiving Game: http://www.amazon.com/The-Thanksgiving-GameTM-CLS777-Game/dp/B0014WFYPE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416769110&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Thanksgiving+Game

16) New Haven: https://www.gamesurplus.com/product_info.php?products_id=2859

17) Rails of New England: http://www.amazon.com/Rio-Grande-Games-RGG-433/dp/B0054EXG6C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416769272&sr=8-1&keywords=Rails+of+New+England

18) Happy Turkey Day!: http://boardgamegeek.com/geekmarket/product/641539

19) Pizza Box Football, Included this link not because it was the cheapest, but because it included expansions.: https://www.gamesurplus.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=Pizza+Box+Football&x=0&y=0

20) Wild Turkey Opoly: http://www.amazon.com/Huntertainment-WTUR-Wild-Turkey-Opoly/dp/B00104F6OK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416769551&sr=8-1&keywords=Wild+Turkey+Opoly

21) Turkish Checkers, this is a print and play. I was unable to locate it, however, Kongregate offers a free online version: http://www.kongregate.com/games/vfedorov/turkish-checkers

22) Turkey Day: This was also a print and play, I was unable to locate it. 😦

23) Devil Bunny Needs a Ham: http://boardgamegeek.com/geekmarket/product/624377

24) Battleball: http://boardgamegeek.com/geekmarket/product/615767

25) Pow Wow: http://www.amazon.com/Ravensburger-26412-Pow-Wow-Game/dp/B000EWNEGG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416770263&sr=8-1&keywords=pow+wow+game

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed. Until next time… Live by the Board.

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