Conspire by Cherry Picked Games

Greetings All,

Today we get to bring you a quick review for a deceptively fun game called Conspire.

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Conspire

4-12 Players

30-60 Minutes

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In Conspire all players create a or act out a situation from any time and place they choose, in this world you’ll be dealing with conspiracies and debating on different topics, essentially trying to sell your beliefs or complete your hidden objectives. Everyone creates characters with hidden objectives and those characters shuffled and passed out to players. You can choose to tell people what your objectives are, however, it is much more fun to keep them hidden. This game can end after you accomplish whatever you were going for or you can keep it going. You can literally play this in “chapters” of your story or you can completely start fresh and I think that is a vert cool concept. The replayability here is just insane.  I’m including a hyper link so that you can see this fun little 3 minute video of game play instruction from Alexander Jerbek (Cherry Picked Games), I found it very helpful and very entertaining.

This is a storytelling game that is so relaxed, we literally sat in the living room instead of around the table. There are so many topics I thought about using, I didn’t even want to make up my own story… do you have any Idea how many fun debate topics and conspiracy theories you can pick up from pop culture? things you’re reading or watching right now. I personally wanted to do this set in the Gravity Falls universe or The Time War from Doctor Who and if I’m being honest, it’s going to happen eventually. It’s too fun to pass up. Instead we ended up going with Mutants as our topic, please check out my husbands take below. 🙂

Imagine that you’re a regular, standard, mundane, innocuous, run-of-the-mill human.  Now imagine, that you exist in the USA.  Alright, now…imagine that you are all of those previous things, except that you exist in the Marvel Comics Universe.  One equipped with superheroes, super villains, space aliens, demigods, and all manner of general calamity.  Now, imagine that medical science has evolved to the point where humans can isolate every wrinkle of the human genome, and alter it whilst in utero…and that frightful humans in political office are seeking to utilize this technology to end one of the largest domestic scourges their great nation has ever seen: “MUTANTS.”  As private U.S. citizens in this reality, you’re tasked with voting for an upcoming bill that would allow mutation to be classified as an unwanted birth defect that can be permanently removed during pregnancy.  Do you believe that mutants should be permanently removed from existence via medical excision, or do you believe mutants are a natural byproduct of a human birth and should be protected?

The Husband’s Quick Take –
This was a lovely RPG experience!  There’s a certain elegance and simplicity to it that is just so appealing to anyone, regardless of their opinions on tabletop gaming.  This game could honestly be practiced in debate clubs across the country, to excellent effect.  It favors an almost contrarian outlook, so long as you have the charisma to back it up.  The added wrinkles this game provides when matched with people you’re extra familiar with can be very interesting, and certainly can provide a very engaging, very social experience.  I very much so recommend this game to anyone…so long as they don’t require their tabletop experiences to come with an actual board and pieces.
I hope you enjoyed this quick review, I promise there will be more frequent topics after Tabletop has ended. 🙂 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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Castle Panic!

Greetings all,

One of my favorite games is Castle Panic from Fireside Games, it is a cooperative Tower Defense board game that is 1-6 players. I won’t include the rules in this post, however, I will include a link to the site where you can see the rules, prices, and several reviews. There are tons of promo items and merchandise. I will, however, give you a short go through. I strongly suggest you take a peak at the website and the short rules before  continuing this post, unless of course you are awesome and have played before. They have one expansion out and one coming out in Spring 2015. The games, expansions, promos, and merchandise can all be seen here: http://www.firesidegames.com/

Castle Panic

You are protecting your castle as monsters are surrounding your towers. Players use cards to defeat these monsters, the great thing about it is that you can trade cards with each other in order to meet your goal and keep you castle safe. There are six walls and six towers, if you lose all of your towers you lose. Now although you can play alone… I wouldn’t. It’s nice to have that game you can do on your own when you’re in the mood, but if you play alone it takes so much away from the game.

This game is so beautiful because you work with people. The feeling of looking several steps ahead and watching your plan come together is fantastic! Even if your plan gets messed up, it’s still fun thinking you almost had it and making sure that next time you’ll get it. The determination is intoxicating. I can honestly say games like this are rare. I love competitive games, but this game… is wonderful. Nothing beats defeating all of the monsters and high-fiving someone so hard that your hand is killing you afterwards.

My kids love Castle Panic, probably because it’s a game where they don’t have to compete against mom and dad. This game is one that works great for families, sometimes kids can be a little stubborn, but I think at one point or another all of us has tried to take on the board with no help. 🙂 It’s great when I’m getting ready to make a move and one of my kids stop me to point out something I might have missed otherwise. We’ve even gotten into the habit of repeating “no whammies” every time we draw a monster! I feel much closer to my family when we are all gathered around a board, holding our breath every time we make a move… and in the end, when we’ve beaten the game we always sit back and take 30 mins to watch a short tv show that we’ve all seen a thousand times. It just feels like you need that reward and relaxation. 🙂

My husband and I play often and we’ve gotten so good at Castle Panic that our moves are darn near robotic. We play the expansion for Castle Panic called The Wizard’s Tower as well. You need Castle Panic in order to play The Wizard’s Tower. When you play The Wizard’s Tower, you are supposed to take out 22 of the 49 monster tokens from the original game and there are six “Mega Boss Monsters” that you blindly choose three of to play with. Not including the six “Mega Monsters” there are 25 monster tokens in The Wizard’s Tower, there are actually 43 monster tokens, but 18 of those are “Imps” and are only used when you draw certain monster tokens or when you have certain Mega Boss Monsters, they are not in constant use. We progressed to the point that we stopped taking any of the monsters out, we’d play with all of the monsters and three of the “Mega Boss Monsters”. Last weekend we decided that we needed a challenge, we put all six “Mega Monsters” in. That means we played with every single monster from both games. Let me just put this in better perspective, here are how may monsters are in each of our steps towards awesomeness…

  1. Castle Panic: 49 Monster Tokens (set up from the rule book)
  2. Castle Panic w/ The Wizard’s Tower: 61 Monster Tokens (18 Imps, not in constant use), 3 Mega Boss Monsters (set up from the rule book)
  3. Castle Panic w/ The Wizard’s Tower: 74 Monster Tokens (18 Imps, not in constant use), 3 Mega Boss Monsters (we needed a challenge)
  4. Castle Panic w/ The Wizard’s Tower: 74 Monster Tokens (18 Imps, not in constant use), 6 Mega Boss Monsters.

Now for those of you that have never played Castle Panic The Wizard’s Tower, #4 might not seem impressive considering the only difference between #3 & #4 is 3 Mega Boss Monsters, BUT you could not be more wrong. Mega Boss Monsters are awful… so awful. The make horrible things happen! Ok, getting carried away on some Castle Panic Mega Boss Monster induced PTSD. What I wanted to say was, we beat it. That’s it, my husband and I beat it. In the end we had all six towers, all six walls, no flames, and two walls fortified. I’d be lying if I said I did not feel like a god by the end of the game.

So to end this little rant of mine, Castle Panic is amazing. If you want a game that makes you remember just how much you love you friends and family, a game that shows you that you can in fact “protect your castle”… please go play Castle Panic. After you play come back and tell me just how awesome you felt working as one to defeat the monsters. 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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