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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.

Nunami

When an article appeared on Steve’s computer screen one day announcing that Nunami was the first Inuit- designed board game and that it had a positive environmental message, he immediately wanted to know more. Steve reached out to the designer of the game, Thomassie Mangiok and he was kind enough to answer some questions about himself and his game.

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.

10 out of 2020 ain’t bad

I’m pretty sure that my top 10 games of 2020 were ones I have yet to play. I am not sure if you noticed at all but the past year was a bit, well, awkward at best. For me, it included losing my day job as a graphic designer which meant my game budget evaporated as I...

Steve’s Top 10 Games of 2020

2020 has been a lot. Saying it’s been a tough year would be an understatement for some folks. For those of us who got by ok, there were still stressors that you couldn’t avoid. Despite the chaos, it was nice to be able to escape into a board game every now and then. So here my favourite “game getaways” that I enjoyed throughout this tumultuous year.

Losers of Midgard

We are here for the vikings. In particular we are here for the Champions of Midgard. A game by Ole Steiness game from 2015 that combined worker placement and combat dice into a beautiful rich thematic gem of a table top adventure. The games central mechanic has players using workers rushing about their viking village running errands to get their warrior pals ready to battle Trolls and Draugr, and packing supplies to head over the sea on heroic journeys to fight mythical monsters.

Interview: Jon Merchant

A short interview with Jon Merchant. An artist from Barrie, Ontario, who spends his days as a project manager for an IT Solutions company and spends his off-hours as an illustrator and graphic designer, designed the game “Squires for Hire” and also put together the adorable woodland art.

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.

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.

Board Game Expo 2020

YOUR FRIENDLY LOCAL GAME STORE IS WHERE IT’S AT!
I have been noticing pre-release announcements for games from a few publishers like Red Raven, Pandasaurus Games and Renegade that have been a little bit different. They all mentioned that this game (Deep Vents by Red Raven) or that game (Sonora by Pandasaurus) will be available at BGX on April 4.