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BGS Member Spotlight: Krista Cox

By |2017-09-27T01:39:20+00:00September 27th, 2017|Categories: Member Spotlight, Reviews|Tags: , , , |

BGS Member Spotlight is our way of saying thank you to top contributors in our Facebook group. These are the people who step up to help others with questions about games and provide other input that makes our community great.

Krista resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and was introduced to the hobby about a year and a half ago. Her brother brought Carcassonne over one night, and from that moment on, her and her kids were hooked. She has been a member of the BGS Deals group, practically since the beginning.

Do you have a favorite game or game mechanic?
Currently, that would be Sagrada.

Which three games hit your table the most?
I would have to say Santorini, Hive, and Kingdomino!

Do you have a grail game, one that’s nearly unattainable. If so, have you acquired it yet?
Carcassonne: The Castle. But, it is sadly out of print.

What do you like best about the BGS Deals group and if you have purchased games through those links, which one was your best find?
I love seeing deals on games that are on my wishlist, as well as discovering new games I had not heard of before. My best find was probably when Amazon Prime Day went live. All of the deals were going really fast but I was able to get six games off my wishlist at 60% off or more!

BGS Reviews: Game Haul: Game Night Board Game Bag

By |2018-01-10T23:39:56+00:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , |

Item: Game Haul: Game Night Board Game Bag
Manufacturer: Top Shelf Fun
BGS Rating: ★★★★★

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Like most people, I attend a weekly game night and usually tote my games around in one of the blue Ikea bags. It’s spacious and gets the job done, but it doesn’t offer a lot of protection. After recently seeing that I dished in the cover of Terraforming Mars sometime during the night, I decided to pursue a better board game bag. The re-purposed cajon/ChromaCast bags are nice for the price, but were much too large for the typical three or four games that I usually bring and aren’t truly designed as a board game bag. I ended up stumbling upon the Top Shelf Fun’s Game Night Board Game Bag.  This was prior to it’s official release and my only option was to pre-order. I took the risk and received the bag yesterday. Let me tell you: this board game bag rocks!

Space:
When I purchased this bag, I knew what I was getting into. It’s described as capable of holding four Ticket to Ride sized games, and it does. As you can seen in the pictures, I was able to fit Small World, Blood Rage, Ethnos, and Bloodborne into the main compartment, as well as two smaller card games on the side (Oh My Goods! and The Game). This is the perfect size for me since I usually know exactly what I want to play before I leave the house. However, if you like to bring half your board game library, you may want to spring for a […]

BGS Reviews: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition

By |2017-09-01T13:22:35+00:00August 27th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , |

Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game
Designer: Christian T. Petersen
Players: 3 – 6
Playtime: 2 – 4 Hours
BGS Rating: ★★★★★

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Disclaimer: Game of Thrones: The Board Game is an emotional game. There are moments where players are ecstatic that they didn’t get attacked and other moments where they are cursing in anger at their former ally who just back-stabbed them. I want this review to be as accurate as possible. For that reason, parts of the text below contain language that might be considered foul by some, and justified by others. Please consider this piece a bit NSFW if that is something that may offend you.

“Don’t you fucking dare!” Joe screamed at the top of his lungs inside his one bedroom apartment. His voice was angry and serious. In most local game stores, we would have been kicked out hours ago. Nick, the target of Joe’s anger, nervously dropped his Baratheon units next to Joe’s and proceeded to attack House Stark; breaking an alliance that had lasted three turns. As the combat round finished, it was clear that House Baratheon would conquer this territory. Joe paced back and forth, taking quick drags off his cigarette. Every now and then he looked at Nick and said “That’s bullshit! Such bullshit! Never ask me for help again.” We weren’t even half way through the game.

The mighty Stark empire which at one time controlled a total of six castles and strongholds was crumbling. By the end of the game, they would only be left with ships that aimlessly wandered Westeros’ lonely seas.

Overview:
Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition […]

BGS Reviews: Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu

By |2017-08-29T02:35:25+00:00July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , |

Game: Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu
Designer: Matt Leacock, Chuck D. Yager
Players: 2 – 4
Playtime: 40 Mins
BGS Rating: ★★★✩✩

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Often times toted as the ultimate gateway game, there’s no question Matt Leacock’s Pandemic has had a massive impact on the board game industry. Its success opened opportunities for several expansions and spin-offs. So in 2016, Z-Man Games seized one of these opportunities to create Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu. It’s no secret the Lovecraftian mythos is well received by the gaming community. From Arkham/Eldritch Horror to Elder Sign to Cthulhu Wars, people go gaga for the tentacled titan. So it seems like a no-brainer to marry one of the most popular board games of all time with the beloved Cthulhu mythos. But does it work?

(Disclaimer: Much of this review is written as if the reader has some familiarity with the original Pandemic.)

Overview:
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Other-worldly gates have been opened by cultists, and the Ancient Ones are preparing to–Oh, so you have heard this one. Of course you have. This is the same idea as nearly every Lovecraftian game. Defeat monsters, fight back the acolytes, and seal the gates before Cthulhu arrives.

Playtime:
The box shows 40 minutes. Our longest game came in right around there, while our shortest was about 30 minutes. I have heard some people mention losing even before all players had a turn. The decks, constructed randomly, have a strong impact on the game’s length and difficulty.

Rulebook:
My biggest gripe is more of a personal matter, but perhaps I’m not the only one. Due to a lack of flow, the set-up page trips me up every time. The graphic design just isn’t intuitive. Again, this one might just […]