Dimension

I first encountered Dimension at Gencon in, you know, the ordinary way -- bumping up against plastic picnic tables and immediately hearing a row of curses. Dimension is a timed strategy game that also relies on some dexterity. Not a lot of dexterity, but more than you get from a flimsy table covered in plastic sheeting. In Dimension, players have seconds to organize eleven or fewer balls in a pyramid, following certain rules. These rules can be not only complicated but even directly contradict each other. Some example rules include:

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Crossfire

A five to ten person party game, Crossfire is a hidden identity deception game with a twist. Crossfire is similar to a combination of "Two Rooms and a Boom" and "Secrets." Players take on roles such as agents, assassins, and bystanders, with competing goals: agents want to kill assassins, assassins want to kill the VIP, and the bystander just doesn't want to get shot.

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Two Rooms and a Boom

Two Rooms and a Boom is a party game in which players take on hidden roles in the form of cards that they hold and keep secret. Players are then separated into two rooms -- one player is the "president," and the other is the "bomber." The Red team's goal is to ensure that the president and bomber are on the same side, while the Blue team's goal is to keep them separate. Three rounds of hostage trading ensue as players try to figure out what each other's roles are. There are over 70 roles in the game itself which can be swapped out to keep every game diffrent.

Rating: 
Average: 8 (1 vote)

Secrets

"During the cold war, you’re the head of a spy agency and must try to recruit the best elements. In Secrets, your team is dire need at the beginning of the game, but it’s hard to know who your allies are. Each turn, secretly send a character to an opposing agency. The player is free to take them in, or to send them back to you. Find your teammates, fool your enemies, and become the most influential agency. But beware the Hippies, they could very well save the world. "

Rating: 
Average: 6 (1 vote)

Betrayal at Baldur's Gate

Betrayal at Baldur's Gate is, at its heart, a re-skin of Betrayal at House on the Hill -- if you know how to play one, you know how to play the other. But because it does have a unique setting, different scenarios, and some different gameplay elements, it doesn't feel like a repeat of the original. 

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Betrayal at the House on the Hill

In Betrayal at the House on the Hill, players cooperatively explore a mansion -- collecting items and triggering events -- until one of them turns traitor. In dozens of separate scenarios, the other players then work together in order to dispatch the traitor and survive.. while the traitor seeks to eliminate them. The addition of different storylines heightens replayability and makes every game new. 

Rating: 
Average: 7.7 (3 votes)

Settlers of Catan Movie in the Works at Sony

Settlers of Catan was initially shopped as a movie idea in 2015 and it seems as though we've gone full circle again. It's not as crazy as it sounds: the Lego Movie film makers Jonathan Elrich and Dan Lin are also reported to be involved, and everyone knows of the absurdity that was Battleship, the movie inspired by, well, Battleship. 

Launching an Indie Game on Kickstarter

Kickstarter is becoming a difficult place for indie games -- both in terms of purchasing them and launching them. It's a weird, uneven market; many people are forsaking Kickstarter's model entirely, while others are using Kickstarter exclusively. Ultimately, Kickstarter's value isn't in its platform, but rather the marketing efforts of those behind a product. Too many consumers have been burned by mindlessly consuming games, and unless a game has a lot of hype it's not likely to breach interest.

Hero Realms Game Review

  • Setup is simple and easy; you can set a game of Hero Realms up in just a few minutes.
  • Replayability is high, especially as you start learning new strategies and synergies.
  • Game is faster-paced and more dynamic than Star Realms. 
  • Expansions are adding even more value to the base game. 
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Clank!

A deck-building dungeon game, Clank features a two-sided game baord through which players progress by drawing their hand, moving, building a better deck, and facing encounters. Players are able to explore the map for artifacts while also continuing to collect treasure, all while trying to avoid the dragon. 

Rating: 
Average: 7 (1 vote)

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