Episode 298: Boom, Bang, Gold!

Release Date: June 4, 2018

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Designer: Alexandre Emerit

Publisher:  HABA

2-4 pl  | 20 min  |  ages 7+  |  MSRP $30

 

Things have never been the same since they found gold in the old mine at the edge of this frontier town. Prospectors, hunters, even the undertaker and the cook at the hotel are trying to get in on the action by tossing sticks of dynamite down the hole and sifting through the rubble. Be careful, though, there are critters – bats, rats, snakes and ghosts – lurking around and looking to cause trouble. When the dust settles, can you avoid the sheriff and collect the most gold in a day?

Boom, Bang Gold! is a dexterity game for players with sharp eyes, quick hands and ears that are always on alert.

Written review continues after the break.

Episode 297: Decrypto

Release Date: May 28, 2018

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Running Time:   80 min.

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Your team of spies intercepts a secret transmission... 3 words... a code tied to a sequence of numbers. There it is again! Another transmission, but this time with 3 new words.

Can you decipher these words into the proper sequence when the pressure is on? Remember, the other team is listening and trying to unravel your words and your seuqence at the same time!

Decrypto is a wonderful call and response party game where the challenge is to come up with clues that are just enough left of center to keep the other team from connecting the dots AND not so crazy that you fool your own team in the process. 

The more clues you give, the harder this becomes and the more laughs you'll have. And that's a sequence that spells Major Fun!

Listen in for a full review and discussion.

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Episode 296: Spirit Island

 

Release Date: May 16, 2018

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Designer: R. Eric Reuss

Publisher:  Greater Than Games

1-4 pl  | 90 min  |  ages 13+  |  MSRP $80

 

Spirit Island is a cooperative game where each player becomes a force of Nature, hellbent on forcing European invaders to abandon their colony. Each Spirit has its own set of powers and playstyle that will help stem the invaders' progress.

Fear is your ally but time is short. Can you build enough terror in the hearts of these would-be conquerors to send them home before the island succumbs to Blight? Can you Spirits save the Island, the last place of true magic on Earth?

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Episode 295: Professor Evil & The Citadel of Time

Release Date: May 10, 2018

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Running Time:   105 min.

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High atop a mountain in his castle, Professor Evil uses his time machine to rob the world of priceless antiques: the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone, even Excalibur. He revels in his private gallery, the most secure one-person museum in the universe… his very own Citadel of Time.

Your small group of adventurers has been sent to sneak in to the Citadel and rescue at least four treasures before they are locked away. You must work your way past traps and locked doors and avoid Professor Evil himself as he wanders through the castle.  

Whether you play Destiny Bradshaw, Mistress of Randomness, or Edward Wire, Lord of the Gears, the clock is ticking and time is not your friend. Get in and get the treasures before they are lost forever!

Professor Evil & The Citadel of Time feels like a game from a bygone era mixed with the care and thought of modern design. It's charming, engaging, great for players young and old, and sure to provide many hours of Major Fun.

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Episode 294: Linkee

Release Date: May 4, 2018

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Designer: D. Tempest, T. Hyatt-Williams, Ben Drummond

Publisher:  Bananagrams, Big Potato

2-200 pl  | 30 min  |  ages 12+  |  MSRP $22.50

 

Linkee is a party game that asks each team to find an off-kilter link between four questions/clues. First to find the link wins a letter card. The first team to spell Linkee wins the game!

Linkee is simple, addictive, collaborative fun that builds as you play. It’s a game that will bring lots of laughs to any party – a game where it’s easy to lose yourself in the fun of playing, no matter who wins or loses. And that’s the measuring stick of any great party game that calls itself Major Fun.

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Episode 293: Azul

 

Release Date: Apr. 30, 2018

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Designer: Michael Kiesling

Publisher:  Plan B Games

2-4 pl  | 30-45 min  |  ages 8+  |  MSRP $40

 

In the late 15th century, King Manuel of Portugal visited the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. He fell in love with the beautiful decorated tiles called azulejos (borrowed from the Arabic word az-zulayj meaning polished stone). Manuel ordered his royal buildings, including his palace at Évora, to be covered with these beautiful tiles. The tile artists who traveled from Spain followed the Islamic stricture prohibiting any depictions of people or animals in the design. The result was a vibrant geometric style that is part of the soul of Portugal’s art and culture even today.

In Azul, players are artists decorating the walls of Manuel’s palace at Évora. Each turn you select colored tiles, hoping to fill rows and build part of a larger pattern to score points.

Azul’s simple elegance and beauty make it accessible to many while its ornate patterns hint at amazing layers of depth and strategy to explore each time you play.

Written review continues after the break.

Episode 292: Cursed Court

Release Date: April 16, 2018

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Running Time:   74 min.

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Each year, a different group of nobles comes to court, hoping to curry favor with the royals. From Spring to Winter, you and your fellow players watch from the shadows and try to predict who will appear, hoping to increase your fortune and power in the realm.

Cursed Court is a clever and wonderfully accessible auction game that draws its inspiration from an unlikely source: stud poker.

Each season, you will place a bid on a noble or grouping of nobles based on hidden and public information.

You share two face down noble cards, one with each neighboring player. The rest of the nobles are revealed one at a time, face up to all.

The problem is, your knowledge is always incomplete. You must place a bid after each card is revealed.

Do you bid on a sure thing, bluff to keep others from claiming the best nobles on the board, or take a risk hoping for a big payout?

Bid wisely and you'll gain power and influence at court. Bid poorly and you might be scrubbing pots!

Nearly anyone can enjoy this inventive and beautiful mashup. It's quick, simple, engaging, and full of tense moments with each new noble revealed. 

Listen in to explore the game. You don't have to have a royal pedigree to discover why Cursed Court is Major Fun!

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Episode 291: Candygrams

 

Release Date: Apr. 10 , 2018

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Designer: Johnny Landers

Publisher:  Candygrams LLC

2-4 pl  | 15-20 min  |  ages 6+  |  MSRP $25

 

Candygrams is a colorful crossword game that offers fun and challenging twists to a traditional word game.

Roll dice, build words from the colors rolled. Use all your tiles to win and reuse tiles already played, if you're clever.

Young players can play on one level and word nerds can appreciate it on another. The magic is both groups can enjoy playing together without the game bogging down. 

This makes Candygrams a delight and most surely a delicious helping of Major Fun!

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Episode 290 - Pioneers

Release Date: April 2, 2018

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Running Time:   82 min.

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Westward ho! Immigrants from around the world have flocked to the United States to start a new life. As the country expands its territory to the Pacific, more and more pioneers set out, using stagecoaches and wagon trains, to reach new cities and towns along the way.

Each town has its own needs - a barkeep here, a farmer there, bankers, merchants, soldiers, innkeepers, and even a gold digger or two. Your job in Pioneers is to help these folks find a place that suits them by building roads and using your stagecoach. The player who does the best job settling this new generation of Americans will win the game

Pioneers is a gateway game to a new generation of players just discovering the hobby. It’s easy to learn, easy to teach and each time you play, you’ll discover new layers of depth and fun by charting a different path, literally. Each decision and each road and pioneer you settle will give you a new way to see the game. And best of all how everyone else plays will change your decisions. Their choices will let you see the game in a new light every time.

Listen in for a full review and discover why Pioneers deserves BOTH our Spiel of Approval and Major Fun Awards!

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Episode 289: Santa Maria

 

Release Date: March 19, 2018

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Running Time:   84 min.

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It's the 16th century and you're in charge of a fledgling colony in the New World. Here's your chance to write a new kind of history: one where you keep *all* the colonists in your community happy!

Santa Maria is a dice-based action selection game. Each turn you place a new tile in your colony and use dice to activate a row or column. Your goal is to create chains of actions and resources through production, religion, conquistadors and shipping.  And when you retire at the end of each round, all the work you've done will reap even greater rewards. 

The game offers a fantastic variety of strategy without being needlessly complicated. This makes Santa Maria constantly challenging and consistently fun - and a worthy winner of our Spiel of Approval!

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