Episode 263: Ninja Camp is Major Fun

 

Release Date: May 28, 2017

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Designer: Adam Daulton

Publisher:  Action Phase Games

2-4 pl  30 min ages 10+  MSRP $20

 
 

 

It’s a little known fact that animals make the best ninjas. In fact, there’s a secret camp where they go to train. Whether you’re a hamster, a camel, a sloth or a platypus, Sensei Saru can teach you to master the arts of the shadow warrior.

Today, the Sensei has a special challenge for all his students. Each animal clan will enter the arena and face each other in a grand melee. You must use your skills combined with the opportunities you find in the arena to remain standing while others fall.

Do this and Sensei Saru will name your clan to be his personal apprentices, and the best students at Ninja Camp!

Written review continues after the break.

Episode 262: Picassimo is Major Fun

 

Release Date: May 15, 2017

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Running Time:   41 min.

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There’s trouble brewing in the small town of Forgerville. The night before the new abstract art exhibition at the museum, all the paintings have gone missing!

Luckily the museum employees have a plan. Overnight, they will paint furiously and replace the paintings with abstract works of their own.

Picassimo is a party game where players create, disassemble and reassemble works of art. You'll use a 6 part canvas to create your drawing and then mix up some of the parts and present your masterpiece to the other players, your critics. They must then try to guess the subject of your artwork, even though the pieces are out of order, by mentally reassembling the parts.

Best of all, you really don't have to be an expert artist to do well at Picassimo. That's because Picassimo allows you to look and draw each work of art in a new way.

That's what we call innovation. And it's also what we call Major Fun!

Listen in to learn all about the game and discover whether Picassimo should be hanging in your gallery at home.

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Episode 261: The Spiel on Lorenzo il Magnifico

 

Release Date: May 1, 2017

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Running Time:   66 min.

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The Medici family ruled the Florentine Republic for nearly a century. They controlled the largest and most trusted bank in Europe and used their enormous wealth and influence to gain political power. But they ruled as citizens, not royalty.

A diplomat, poet, collector and patron to artists and scholars, Lorenzo de Medici was the greatest leader of Florence and a father of the Renaissance.

But he didn't do it alone. Maintaining Florentine power and status was a family business!

In the game, each player is the head of a noble house in Florence. You hope to guide your family to prestige and power by sending each member of your family to different areas of the city. They will gather resources, sponsor new developments, hire characters and fund economic ventures. 

Every player must also be mindful of the Pope. If you do not demonstrate enough loyalty and faith to the Vatican, you risk excommunication! Without the support of the Church your family may struggle to rise to the top.

Listen in to learn for an in-depth look at the game, learn more about the history of the Medicis and discover why it has earned the Spiel of Approval Award!

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Episode 260: Great Dinosaur Rush is Major Fun

 

Release Date: April 24, 2017

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Designer: Scott Almes

Publisher:  APE Games

2-5 pl  60 min ages 10+  MSRP $50

 
 

 

There’s little doubt today’s world is dino-crazy. Few things fire our imagination like seeing the bones of these massive reptilian beasts. And yet this was not always the case. Dinosaurs became part of popular culture due to the Great Dinosaur Rush over 120 years ago!

In the late 1800s, rival paleontologists scrambled to be the first to discover and promote new species of dinosaurs. They often stooped to devious and underhanded means to compete with and embarrass anyone who happened to get in the way. This race for bones led to the discoveries of over 142 species of dinosaurs. And this flood of new bones to museums sparked public interest and the dino-craze that still rages on today.

In The Great Dinosaur Rush, each player is a famous fossil hunter searching the American prairie for bones. You will use these bones to physically build your own dinosaur each turn, either real or imagined, hoping to score big in the museum exhibit.

But beware, your opponents may try to sabotage your efforts along the way. You may need to play a little dirty to win, but if you gain too much notoriety, it will cost your dearly!

Read on to explore our in-depth review of the game and learn why we think it is worth of the Major Fun AND Spiel of Approval Awards!

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Episode 259: Kingdomino is Major Fun

 

Release Date: April 17, 2017

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Running Time:   43 min.

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Being King is a tough job, especially when your subjects need more land. Some like the forest, others the desert, some even like the swamp. And it's your job to make sure they all have a place in your realm. To do this, you'll expand out from your castle, laying dominoes of different types of land, hoping to create the highest scoring tabletop kingdom.

Kingdomino mixes the time tested classic tile laying game with several simple, clever modern twists. Easy enough for kids and families to learn quickly but deep enough to provide a fun challenge every time you play.

That's a surefire recipe for Major Fun!

Listen in to our full review of the game and discover why Kingdomino might deserve an honored place on your shelf, too.

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Episode 258: The Spiel on Black Orchestra

 

Release Date: Apr. 3, 2017

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The shadow of war looms over Europe in 1936.

Hitler’s election and rise to power brings with it unprecedented aggression. Yet as the military and political machine prepare for conflict, there are those in Germany who understand he must be stopped at all costs. These conspirators were hunted by the Gestapo. Some were part of the military or intelligence service. Others were civilians. Collectively they were known as the Black Orchestra. They plotted to assassinate Hitler and overthrow the Nazi regime.

In the game, each player is a member of the Black Orchestra. Together you work toward your goal, trying to set in motion a series of events through daring actions that will lead to Hitler’s death. You must do this by gaining enough motivation and courage to go through with the deed without drawing too much suspicion to yourself and your compatriots.

This is not a task for the faint of heart. But if you succeed, you'll save millions of lives by ending the war early or perhaps before it begins in full!

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Episode 257: Double Play is Major Fun

 

Release Date: March 29, 2017

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Designer: Alvin Sanico

Publisher:  INversion Games

1-6 pl  10-20 min ages 10+  MSRP $10

 
 

 

Double Play is a set of word games with a twist.

Every card in the deck is actually two letters depending on the direction you play the card. This rotating letter system will turn some of your assumptions about word games on their heads. You have an amazing variety of letters available in every hand, which means there's almost always a better word just waiting to be discovered. It's up to you to find it!

Read on to learn more about Double Play and why it's Major Fun!

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Episode 256: Tak is Major Fun

 

Release Date: Mar. 13, 2017

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"No one wins a dance. Why would I want to win anything other than a beautiful game?”

     - Bredon  The Wise Man's Fear  by Patrick Rothfuss

Tak comes to us from two beautiful and beautifully different minds.

First from writer Patrick Rothfuss. In his epic fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicles, Kvothe, the protagonist, learns the game of Tak from a courtier named Bredon. The game becomes the basis for their friendship and the foundation for understanding Bredon's worldview.

Second from game designer James Ernest. Inspired by the novels, James brought Tak from the page to reality. But creating a game that is supposed to be on par with the likes of Chess or Go is no small task!

And yet Tak is just that. A game that feels universal, simple, elegant and accessible. A game that you can play anywhere and with anyone. A game that is beautiful because HOW you play matters as much as winning or losing.

And a game that is worthy both the Major Fun and Spiel of Approval Award!

Listen in to explore Tak - it's backstory, the game itself, and why we think it deserves an honored place on your table, too.

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