U-Boot Surfaces!

It seems its feast of famine with Kickstarters being delivered. Here is a few pics of U-Boot, the WWII submarine simulation which was just delivered the day after Batman Gotham Chronicles. Now to try to get the both tabled by the end of the week…

LOTR Journeys in Middle Earth

So Descent meets Mansions of Madness Second Edition meets Lord of the Rings? Yeah, it was pre-ordered!

The special edition mats did not arrive yet but the game is here and tabled.

It looks a little sparse setup, truth be had. That said it plays so well that its glorious.

Fantasy Flight really knows what they are doing when they set out to craft clever little new mechanics to add to games to make them slightly different.

The management mechanics to this look like Mansions of Madness as a casual glance but they are much different and more elegant. Diceless combat is the first big difference, for example. The way abilities and test are more congruent in this one as well as the over-all predictability really makes for a less random experience.

At the end of the day its still a Fantasy Flight release so its still not going to impress or not annoy Euro purists, but that is totally fine by most fans of these kind of games. I don’t know it it will totally fire Mansions of Madness but it if Fantasy Flight Games expands this one like they do everything like it I can see taking up huge chunks of table time leaving a lot less for things similar to it.

Everdell

We know we’re late to the party with Everdell, but we’ve had it since its release. Its a wonderful and beautiful game. And fun. “Enchanting” isn’t too strong a word to describe it. Its an instant hit and likable at first play being accessible with a shallow learning curve yet intriguing due to the sheer number of possibilities it presents.

That said it seems oddly enough that it might be too “soft” to end up being an evergreen title. Only time will tell but we’ll play it a bunch more for sure.

Games!

Got some new games to check out! Only played Heroes of Land, Air, and Sea so far and it was pretty well done. Most 4x games pretty much are the same affair and take some time to play but this felt that same as most 4x games but was way more elegant that the ones we’ve played. It felt a lot like the original Warcraft: Humans vs Orcs PC game which started the crazy way back when even though the mechanics are not similar at all. Worth a look if you are into 4x games.

We will get to the others shortly!

Another Midwest Gaming Classic has come and gone and we did not take nearly enough pictures as this one was the busiest one yet. We entertained countless attendees of the 10-12k who stopped by to chat and play board games as well as video and console games, and pinball machines.

Talked to lots of celebrities, saw lots of cool cosplay, and did lots of unique things that only can happen at a show like this.
Our “Publisher’s Row” got lots of attention and we directed lots of interested gamers to the retail vendors to buy the games they were interested in.