Reviews in a Nutshell: Castle Panic

Reviews in a Nutshell: Castle Panic

Castle Panic By Fireside Games Designed by Justin De Witt with Art by Justin De Witt Gameplay For one to six players, Castle Panic takes roughly sixty minutes to play. It is a cooperative fantasy board game. An oncoming horde of goblins, orcs, and trolls advance from the forest, intent on destroying the castle in the center of a clearing. The players work together to defeat the monsters as they attack the castle from all sides by deploying swordsmen, knights, and archers. Strategy changes from one turn to the next, so the players must have clear communication to win. Planning ahead and trading cards for a future turn may help to make sure that a monster is slain before it reaches the castle walls, but luck and chance can affect any semblance of a plan very quickly. There is the possibility that a plague could wipe out all the knights. Maybe each monster feels suddenly compelled to move an extra step forward. Perhaps a boulder comes along, demolishing everything in its path. These random events could drastically hinder any strategy; forcing the group to reevaluate and change tactics. Of course, the random events could also end up working in the favor of the players. That is the beauty of a luck aspect in a board game. The board has different colored and numbered zones. Each type of troop targets an area within these zones; swordsmen closest to the castle walls, knights in the middle, and archers farthest away from the castle. Cards other than troops (such as “Barbarian” and “Nice Shot”) add to the variety of strategies available, making it possible to have a...
Reviews in a Nutshell: Garden Dice

Reviews in a Nutshell: Garden Dice

Garden Dice By Meridae Games Designed by Doug Bass with Art by Josh Cappel Gameplay For two to four players, Garden Dice takes about sixty minutes to play and is a dice/tile placement strategy game centered around a gardening theme. Each player takes turns rolling four dice. The dice are used in a variety of combinations to complete actions. You may choose from buying seeds, placing tiles, watering seeds, harvesting plants, flipping special tiles (to gain their abilities), moving critters, or removing critters. Each action costs dice and you can complete as many actions as your dice allow. Once all of your dice have been spent, your turn is finished. Some actions, like watering your seeds and harvesting your vegetables, can set off an action chain, allowing each player to build on each other’s turns. If I choose to water my eggplant seeds (worth five points), any seed tile situated orthogonally beside my eggplant tile that is worth equal to or less than five points will also become watered, regardless of who the tile belongs to. The same happens while harvesting vegetables, allowing each player participating in the chain to score a few points along the way. Scoring occurs during your turn as you harvest your vegetables, with bonus points awarded at the end of the game for collecting beneficial combinations of harvested vegetables. Bits and Pieces  The pieces in this game are of high quality, with colorful and whimsical garden themed artwork on the tiles, wooden pieces, and board. You get to play as one of four colors: yellow bees, green grasshoppers, red ladybugs, and blue butterflies. I had a great time looking at...
Reviews in a Nutshell: NinjaDice – TotalCon 28

Reviews in a Nutshell: NinjaDice – TotalCon 28

Ninja Dice By Greenbrier Games Designed by Justin De Witt with Art by Justin De Witt Gameplay Ninja Dice is a lighthearted game with an interesting twist. Like all fun dice games, it is part luck and part strategy. You are a ninja, encountering guards, residents, and locked areas. Your goal is to collect as much treasure as you can by pacifying as many obstacles as possible, solidifying your rank as the best ninja who ever ninja’d. As you try to collect the right dice combinations to gain treasure, your opponents are attempting to steal treasure and make your time run short. The player with the most treasure at the end of the game wins. This game is for two to four players and runs for about thirty minutes. The most refreshing part of Ninja Dice was the dice location aspect. You get to choose where you place the dice that you are keeping on the table. This is important because when you or your opponents wish to target specific dice, the targeted dice have to fall within the proper territory to become affected. For example: the luck dice have a line along one side. If the luck dice were to add a boost to another dice, the other dice have to be in front of that line. Any dice behind that line are not available to receive a boost of luck. It is the same for when an opponent receives the symbol that allows them to steal treasure. If your dice are in front of the line, your opponent may steal treasure from you. If your dice fall behind that line,...
Holiday Shopping Guide 2011 – The Next Step

Holiday Shopping Guide 2011 – The Next Step

Tired of the usual? For the last list this holiday, I am going to link you off to the quintessential board game database on the internet, Board Game Geek, to read more about each game. These games are not necessarily harder, but they have intricate strategies that can only be learned by playing them multiple times. Some are “Classic Eurogames,” some are from the currently popular “Deck Building” genre, and some are just uncategorizable. So dig in and enjoy, and, as always, if you have a question or need a game suggestion just drop us an email!   On each of our Holiday Shopping Guides all photos link to the game on Amazon.com. I ask that if you are not buying from your Favorite Local Game Store and are purchasing online that you buy from our website and support gaming in the Seacoast community. Deck Building Dominion – $31.04 on Amazon – Board Game Geek (BGG) Link Ascension  – BGG Link Quarriors – $34.99 on Amazon – BGG Link Classics Settlers of Catan – $33.60 on Amazon – BGG Link Carcassone – $21.99 on Amazon – BGG Link Puerto Rico – $31.19 on Amazon – BGG Link Cooperative Pandemic – $26.79 on Amazon – BGG Link Shadows over Camelot – $46.39 on Amazon – BGG Link Castle Panic – $24.39 on Amazon – BGG Link Semi Cooperative Cutthroat Caverns by Smirk and Dagger – $21.59 on Amazon – BGG Link This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the great party games out there, just a few suggestions to get you started. If you are in ever...