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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Boards & Brews at Home: Mission: Red Planet

Today we return for another home segment with big box games and numerous small components to play the first edition of Mission: Red Planet.  Since this game has a steampunk theme, we had to incorporate Dieselpunk beer.  The refreshing honey amber flavor provides a sweet, and light taste to enhance our gaming experience.  In the year 1888, steam technology has advanced to prodigious heights.  Automated probes have been sent to Mars, and transmitted their latest reports back.  These reports unequivocally reveal the planet's ground is composed of resources of immeasurable value.  The first resource known as Celerium, a new element for the periodic table, and a combustible energy to increase 1000 times the power within a single engine.  The second known as Sylvanite, is a material denser than anything found on earth.  If we can locate ice, we can use this to create an atmosphere, which would allow the planet to be colonized.  As the leader of a mining company, you must control the deposits hidden underneath the surface of the red planet in order to exploit these new resources.  Our trip to Mars cannot wait any longer.  Read on to learn how this process will unfold. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ales & Vales

Today we return to Heady Hollow Brewing Company in Fishers to review the 2 - 4 player card crafting game known as Mystic Vale.  Claire enjoyed the New Day South Cider and I had my usual 60 Horses Scotch Ale, both of which we highly recommend.  Before we played Mystic Vale, we had never heard of the Card Crafting mechanic before.  This game introduced us to a whole new approach of card games.  The idea of card-in-hand modification had never entered my mind before.  Through the use of clear plastic sleeves, you can place other transparent cards within cards to stack abilities.  Even though we already reviewed this game in our Gen Con segment, we take a closer look now at how the game is laid out and executed.  Follow us into the land of Gaia as we forge our strengths to heal and restore the land.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Kona, Kona, Kona, Kona, Kona, Chameleon

Well, it’s not from Hawaii, but it is near the water since we are at Geist again to enjoy white mochas from Mama Bears Bakery & Cafe.  Today we take a look at the classic card game known as Coloretto.  In this strategic game of colors and chameleons players work to collect the largest sets of three different colors and two of the smallest before the final round is complete.  This is a very straight forward, but fun card game so come with us as we sip through the aromas and flavors of sweet mochas and allocate a multitude of multi-colored Chameleons.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Pints & Parties

For this weeks review, we returned to the Heady Hollow Brewing Company in Fishers for another wonderful experience!  Once again, great service, respectful employees and great food and beverages.  Today we look at the newly released Sushi GO Party!  The deluxe version of Sushi GO!  Near the beginning of this blog we reviewed Sushi GO!, and the party version does add a significant amount of new cards to the game.  It’s like we said in our first review of Sushi GO, it’s like a bunch of friends having a party.  Who knew we would see that a year and a half later in the next title of their game?  Read on to see this new version.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Boards & Brews at Home: TTR: Rails & Sails

Greetings all!  Today we enjoy delectable Carmel Hazelnut tea from Adagio Teas while returning once again to one of the most iconic gateway games ever released.  Back in February of this year, we decided to review the base game of Ticket To Ride, originally released in 2004.  It’s what most people refer to as the next Monopoly.  Ticket To Ride has brought a great deal of people closer to the hobby, and the expansions have only continued to pave the road in this magnificent sought after board game of family-oriented strategy.  In today’s at home segment we review the newly released Ticket To Ride: Rails & Sails.  This game made it's debut at Gen Con this year and we are pleased to have purchased it there.  We’ve played this game several times ever since we opened it in the last couple of weeks, and it certainly has some drawbacks, but it’s also not like any other Ticket To Ride game yet.  There’s a lot going on in this game versus the previous Ticket To Ride games, so if you’re ready to ride the rails with us again, and this time, sailing across the globe then read on.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Component Corner: Ep. 5 - Chwazi Mobile App

Have you ever been in a situation, where you and one or more people were trying to decide who would go first for the board game?  How about that large number of modern tabletop games that come with creative, thematic ways to choose the first player?  Well, sometimes those are just silly, and other times just strange, so why not allow something else decide it for you?  Today on Component Corner we take a look at the FREE mobile app created by Cesar Barscevicius known as Chwazi.  We've referenced this app multiple times in our past segments, but for this segment we specifically delve into the app to show you what it's all about. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Long & The Short Of It

Today we returned to Mama Bears Bakery & Cafe in Fishers to enjoy their sweet delectable beverages.  I had a white mocha, which as always was very sweet and flavorful.  Claire had the Passion and Desire green tea which carried a refreshingly crisp taste of fruit that did not overwhelm the green tea flavor, a great balance for a green tea.  How many times have you wanted to work on the farm, tending to the harvest after planting the seeds that would soon become nutritious sustenance for your lovable animals?  Well, in My Happy Farm that is exactly what we are going to do!  Read on to see more than just Steve planking on our game box.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Thoughts About Gen Con 2016

With all of the good things that Gen Con does to accommodate people, it still has some drawbacks that it could significantly improve upon with very little effort required.  This segment is not designed to cause trouble.  We have a lasting respect for the event and are more than grateful that it’s available only 20 minutes away from us.  What we are doing is addressing legitimate concerns that can easily be remedied which would significantly improve the overall experience for every person who attends Gen Con.  There are issues that do significantly impact the people who attend, and that should be discussed.  Please read on and give your thoughts regarding the post and anything else that you want to say.

Gen Con 2016

Another year of Gen Con has come and gone for us.  We've had some ups and downs this year, and for the first time, we will be splitting two separate topics and segments on a convention into two posts.  This means we have more that we can fit into our segments so to hopefully not overwhelm our readers, while still providing a plethora of short reviews.  This year a couple of events fell through for us, and we ended up demoing more games, which is great considering that 2016 has had some excellent games releasing!  This is all the more reason for us to provide an influx of games this year.  We've met some new gamers, caught up with some friends, played a lot of new games, and this year Claire and I decided to celebrate our 10 year anniversary at Gen Con!  As usual though, we will provide plenty of details to showcase our experience and some of the current hot games on the market.  After you've read over your favorite games on this segment, be sure to check out our second portion of this segment where we discuss some issues about Gen Con that really need to be addressed.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Boards & Brews at Home: Roll For The Galaxy

Today we rolled out another one of our large box games, Roll For The Galaxy.  While we were at it, we had some cinnamon spicy flavored Blue Moon ale.  The cinnamon extract really added a nice flavor and gave it a fall-time type of feel to the beverages.  As for the game, we are ready to roll to create galactic civilizations, recruit workers, settle worlds, and build developments in this 2 - 5 player game of space empires and technology. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Winner of the 500 Follower Instagram Contest!

The Instagram contest is over and the winner has been drawn and contacted, congratulations @harlaquinne and thank you for participating in our 500 follower contest!  Please stay tuned for more contests in the future and be sure to become a follower on the blog as well because there will be more contests involving our blog followers too!  

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Malt and Mobsters

Today we stayed close to home and went to the Heady Hollow Brewing Company off of Allisonville Road in Fishers.  The rustic environment is complimented by a modern layout, with prohibition decor along the back walls.  This is a very clean and well managed facility with friendly staff that delivered great customer service!  Claire had the Rowdy Root Beer which was a hard root beer with a refreshing sweet taste.  I had the 60 Horses Scotch Ale which carried a deep copper color with it’s signature malt shining through; providing a strong and sweet melding of toffee and roast.  They also serve sandwiches and an excellent selection of starters as well.  We loved the variety of drinks and appetizers that they had to offer, the enviornment was also very relaxed for a Saturday afternoon which we really enjoyed.  We loved our experience to the Heady Hollow Brewing Company and both of us look forward to returning again!  For this week’s segment we review Speakeasy, the two player strategy game from the prohibition era.  Read on to learn more.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Light Roast

Today we returned to Mama Bear’s Bakery & Cafe to drink white mochas and play Lanterns: The Harvest Festival.  While they may not always keep their menu up to date, their coffee always delivers a sweet and rich flavor unlike any other coffee shop in the area.  In this 2 - 4 player tile-placement game, players will act as artisans decorating the palace lake with floating lanterns.  The player who earns the most honor before the festival begins is the winner.  Lanterns has really earned its spark among the tabletop gaming community so read on to see our thoughts.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Another Giveaway Contest!

Greetings all faithful readers!  We've just reached 500 followers on Instagram.  If you are not following us on Instagram we wanted to take a brief moment to inform you we are doing an instagram giveaway contest for one of the biggest games of the year, Codenames!  This contest is within the US only unless you are going to be attending GenCon which in that case we can give you the game in person.  It'll go on for the next two weeks until the 24th at noon.  It's really easy, and can be done in no time at all.  All you have to do is: 
1) Be a follower
2) Comment your favorite game
3) Repost and Tag us.  
That's it!  Just head over to our Instagram page and follow these three requirements if you haven't already done so and best of luck!  

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Component Corner: Ep. 4 - TableTopAudio.com

Welcome to the 4th installment of Component Corner.  Like many tabletop gamers, we are big fans of theme and we love integrating a game’s theme as thoroughly as possible when we play.  If you’ve been one of our regular readers on this blog, you know from past segments that we are avid users of TabletopAudio.com. Be it our beverages, upgraded resources or the location we are playing, it’s just fun to make gaming a multi-sensory experience.  However, since we are not able to pop over to a haunted dungeon or transport ourselves to Middle-earth, what are we to do?  Head over to TabletopAudio.com!  Tabletop Audio is a free site focused on enhancing your gaming experience with sound.  Read on to see how we use this terrific resource for at home gaming!