This worker placement game has you taking the role of art gallery owners trying to get people to visit your gallery. You are also in charge of acquiring and selling art, as well as promoting the artists. Why are you doing all of this? Of course you are doing it for the money. The person with the most money at the end of the game wins. I really enjoyed this game. There is so much to do and it all flows very well and works great with the theme. Many different strategies can be used to win and it feels like every person has a chance of winning at the end. I would not recommend this to entry level gamers, but this is awesome those who love deep euro style games. Very epic worker placement game that is in a huge box. This will be staying in my collection and look forward to playing it more.
Dice City has you in charge of your city trying to improve it. Along with improving your city, you are also attacking barbarians and your opponents cities. You can also ship your resources on trade ships for additional victory points. I was very surprised by this game. Dice City remind me of a mix of Dice City and Imperial Settlers. Both games are some of my favorites and this has been a very nice addition to this group of games. There is a level a player interaction of attacking other players which some may dislike but it also did not happen very often. Dice City will definitely be added to my collection and is one of my hits of 2015.
During the schism story line in the X-men comics, the X-Men are fractured and have split off forming their own schools for mutants. In X-Men Mutant Revolution, players are playing as the leaders of those schools. You will be recruiting veteran X-Men and new students. During each round players are cooperating and competing at the same time to complete a mission. The game will feel very similar to those familiar with the Spartacus game as they both use the same game system. I loved all the characters available for this game. Sadly, I did not enjoy the gameplay and this game had a strong snowball effect that was hard to overcome. The game also lasts 2 to 3 hours, which I felt was a little long for this style of game. X-Men Mutant Revolution just did not deliver the enjoyment I had hoped to get from it. This game will not be staying in my collection.
Most people have heard the hype about this game including me. By the time I finally got to play this game I was seeing top ratings and game of the year predictions. Rarely does something live up to that level of hype. Blood Rage in my opinion does so and exceeded my expectations. This is a fun Viking area control game with an element of card drafting. The art and the minis are excellent. This was very easy to learn and had everyone at the table wanting to play another game of it. We of course did and still want to play more to this day. This is one my new favorite games and will remain in my collection. I found that it had a few different strategies for winning and delivers lots of fun in under 2 hours. Highly recommend.
It stinks waking up, realizing you and your crew had been knocked out and your station is having technical difficulties. In Dark Moon, you and your friends are characters aboard a station and something is terribly wrong. You must work together to fix your station and survive till you can call for help. Unfortunately the crew is acting strange and may be infected with something. So on top of fixing the station, you must also survive and figure out who is infected and get them in quarantine before they sabotage the station. I love co-op games with hidden traitors in the game. What makes Dark Moon unique is that everything is done by dice in positives and negatives. This simulates very well the idea that you are trying to do something good but fail and now others suspect you of wrongdoing. If you enjoy games like Shadows over Camelot or other hidden traitor games, you will absolutely love Dark Moon. We yelled, we laughed, and we may have even threw a dice in anger, but in the end we all had lots of fun. This is staying in my collection.