The quality is spot on, and it definitely helps with making the gaming table look tidier ;)
I went into the store looking for an easy game I could teach and play with a group of friends at a housewarming party. James recommended this game and we enjoyed every bit of it!
This game is like a leisurely stroll through the various US National Parks. The rules aren't overly complicated and it is relatively low-conflict as there are other ways to gain resources if a particular trail is taken. The components are well-produced (I especially love the wild animal tokens that count as wild resources - clever!) and the artwork is gorgeous. Highly recommend if you feeling nostalgic scrolling through your old travel Instagram posts.
This was recommended to us by James when we were were looking for something ahead of a games night with friends new to the hobby. This was exactly what we were after as it was a simple game to learn and teach, a good laugh seeing how others interpret words and everybody has a good time as there are no real losers.
The fun is in thinking of something unique so as not to cancel each other out but not too obscure that the guesser ends up getting confused.
We actually found it harder to guess correctly when playing with (the max) 7 people, probably because of the higher odds of repeating clues. Even so, still a lot of fun and it has made it to the games night table several times now.
This game plays so much like a bike race feels that it’s impressive!
A really fun game which is a good mix of luck and tactics as well as the mix of factors you get in an actual race of the person at the front getting the downsides of the wind and the people at the back catching up to the group. Hills and corners as well make for a great game play which always has a tense ending of who will actually make it across the line first!
This is a great game for those who love a long gameplay (our first play was about 3 hours). It's fun and stressful (in a good way!) with lots of twists and turns that can either benefit you and your team or ruin your plans entirely. As the game progresses, the ship AI will keep throwing in a bunch of obstacles to throw you off your plans, so it always keeps you on edge!
It's a great semi co-op game with a little bit of backstabbing in the mix, along with of elements of sci-fi horror adventure.
This is a beautiful adventure/storytelling game with plenty of playability. Very different from Above and Below, which generally focuses on building a town from the ground up. Near and Far is a competitive "race to the finish line" style of game. In this game, you will gather resources to recruit other travellers and form a party to go adventuring with across the map, hunting for treasure and encountering quests/scenarios along the way. These quests offer more than one choice/outcome to play out, creating a new story each time you play. Resources are also used for crafting, which can be used for an engine building strategy to further aid the actions you take later in the game. One of the best parts of this game are the various game modes ( 'campaign', 'character' and 'arcade' ) available, which allows you to play this game over and over without the quests/scenarios becoming overly repetitive. Campaign mode is the main "base" of the game, where you have one character throughout and creating their own story along the way. Character mode is a very "story heavy" version of the game where the quests actually follow a backstory of the chosen character. Arcade mode is a variation where instead of reading quests from the storybook, you play short scenarios generated from random cards. This mode is perfect if you just want to pick up the game for a quick play.
While it seems like there's a lot of components to learn about the game, it's very easy to pick up and learn quickly. Overall it's a lot of fun to play, and I always look forward to playing it.
This is an amazing strategy game that is very easy to learn. There are various ways that you can gather victory points, and with having both personal and "end of round" goals to work towards, every game plays slightly differently. So it never feels overly repetitive. While its incredibly fun playing in a group setting, with everybody developing their own strategies of gameplay, the solo mode of this game is awesome. The AI perfectly simulates regular gameplay, so I've found its a perfect way to practice and learn new tricks/strategies. Plus it makes for a very relaxing way to pass time.
This is such a lovely, relaxing game to play. It doesn't feel overly competitive, you are just focused on building up your own vineyard and cellars and selling your wine. The only time it might get heated is when someone takes the spot you want, but the Grande Worker helps with that.
I would also highly getting the Tuscany Essential Edition expansion as the bigger board gives you more placement options and makes the game last a little bit longer (when you've successfully built your beautiful winery, you just want to keep making wine!).
Railroad Ink is a great little unique game! I find it super relaxing to just sit down and draw cute railways and waterways and then to see how everyone else approached it. I appreciate that it is a quick and easy game (great filler game), an affordable price and allows for a decent amount of players. I'm very pleased to have added this to my collection.
This game is one of our most regularly played. So easy to learn, quick to set up and sooooooo much fun! Sometimes the simplest of ideas are best!
A fun, easy to learn card game that everyone from the youngest to the oldest can enjoy. You’ll have lots of laughs!
We brought the game for our daughter 10 & son 7 for when we were on holiday. It was a massive hit with them on the plane, at resturants and during their downtime. Other kids that saw it also had to have a go.
How did James and Geraldine know?? Darkwing Duck - it is a no-brainer. A character that moves fast and has some pretty cool abilities that make playing this character in a game really a lot of fun. His skills and abilities are true to the spirit of the Darkwing Duck character. This addition to the Funkoverse game gives you an opportunity to really have some fun and pit some unique mash-ups together. The production quality is excellent and the play is wonderful. And yes - Darkwing Duck wipes the floor with Harry Potter.
I only wish I could do a better imitation of the Terror that Flaps in the Night.
I played this with a few friends and loved the mechanics of layering up as well as keeping specific items in each row. It is a great new take on the classic tile laying type game where you fill a grid to score as many points as possible. My kids love this game as there are lots of ways to score good points, you can either build up or try to have the most of certain elements showing at the end of the game. It is a well themed game, easy to pull and teach and relatively quick.