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Ruthless

Ruthless is a perfect example of a modern card game. A game that has suits and poker hands but, because of its theme and setting, the rules make sense to me. It’s a card game that uses poker-style hands as a mechanic but bids adieu to the Royal suits of traditional playing cards. Replacing them instead with amazingly illustrated pirates. The standard four suits we’ve come to know are supplanted with swashbuckling swords, skull and crossbones, and bleeding hearts.

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Flashlights & Fireflies

So, I am definitely a little late to the table with this “review” as Flashlights & Fireflies was originally published in 2015 and is currently out of print (yet still available in places). Designed by Jeff Johnston the game was originally published by Gamewright Games. I started considering it for our daughter in 2016. She was four at the time. We didn’t actually get a copy of the game until 2019 and so I was worried we had probably missed the window for it since our daughter was now 7. I was wrong though.

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10 out of 2020 Part 2

Here is part 2 of my messy messy list of the Top 10 games I played for the first time in the very messy messy year of 2020. This part of the list might be a bigger mess than the first part. Ah well. Onward to 2021.

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Eila & Something Shiny

Eila and Something Shiny is a unique and clever solo experience. I had a blast playing this game and my 6-year-old had just as much fun watching my adventure with Eila. As an avid solo board gamer, this is one of my most highly anticipated games of the year. I can’t wait to continue adventuring towards the promise of “something shiny” this April when the game launches on Kickstarter.

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Squire for Hire

Jon Merchant’s Squire for Hire, published by Letiman Games,  caught my eye on Kickstarter for a couple of reasons. The first, as always, is the artwork. Hard to imagine a game getting traction on KS nowadays that doesn’t look good and Squire for Hire looks adorable. Anthropomorphized forest creatures, dressed up in their finest adventuring gear each with their own backpack crammed full of gear, and snacks.

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