Board Games

Board games that WiscoDice has played and wishes to review.


Episode 71: Operation Sting

Episode 71

Ready for some more Bolt Action coverage? Here we go! In this episode, the Conesy is joined by special guest host Robert Elmer to talk about Robert’s experience at the tournament Operation Sting. This is a two day tournament hosted in Northbrook, Illinois. Also, the hosts talk about the World at War event that was hosted in July of 2016 and talk a little about tactics and game play in the new Bolt Action 2nd Edition.

Topics on this show include:

  • Conan by Monolith Games
  • Dropfleet Commander
  • Bolt Action
  • Conesy’s Invitational Bolt Action Event
  • Operation Sting
  • World at War (Bolt Action Tournament)

If you are interested in Bolt Action, the rules, the game, or just more information make sure you check out the website where all of the info is available at Warlord Games

With that, let’s roll those dice! Wisco’s for the win!!!!

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Gen Con 2016 in Photos

Gen Con 2016 was great and I had a blast. This year was the busiest year that I have ever had with three True Dungeon runs, seminars, hobby events, and other craziness. My biggest three highlights for the show were:

  1. Going in with the rush at the opening of the vendor hall and buying the new Malifaux Crew Box, The Queen Returns for Neverborn.
  2. Doing the Hirst Arts resin casting class. Short and fast, but I learned so much about resin casting. Both safety tips and product tips.
  3. Being a part of the Infinity Seminar for what’s new that was done on Saturday and then walking away with a model for free. I had no idea how cool the seminar would be and actually walked out of their pumped about my PanOceania troops (which then got me to buy more models…..hmmmm…I see what they did there!!! Hahaha)

So we’ll be talking about this on the show I am sure, but in the mean time here are a ton of really quality pictures to tie you over!!!


Gaming Spotlight: Dungeon Lords

dungeonLordsI had an opportunity to play one of the greatest board games I get to play last night, Dungeon Lords. In the game you play the evil (or not so) Dungeon Lord to try to build your dungeon. You add tunnels, rooms, recruit monsters and set traps to try to score the most points and thwart those pesky heroes. The game is tough and to the not initiated, it can be a real struggle. Last night was my best play of the game yet, and I still ended up losing by 2 points!
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Gaming Spotlight: Among The Stars

2015-08-05 21.34.46Among the Stars is a drafting card game where you play an alien race that is trying to build a space station and score the most points during the game. It’s become one of my new favorite style games and really replaces another, similar game for me in 7 Wonders. It’s theme is very strong and you really do feel like your building a space station. Yes, I know we love our Fantasy stuff here on WiscoDice, but the theme here is super cool and captured very well in the design of the game.

How many players? The base game plays 2-4 players, but with expansions goes up to 6 players. IMHO you need a minimum of 3 players, though the 2 player variant rules do seem to work pretty well, though it’s putting in 2 dummy players essentially.
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Gaming Spotlight: Cthulhu Wars

Cthulhu Wars is a mythos game based losely on the tales of H.P. Lovecraft. You know, those great short stories that he wrote. Ok, if you don’t know them, think gribbly horrifying monsters, mind bending creatures and general horror usually written pretty dryly. I will recommend though, that if you are new to the mythos that stories like Dunwhich Horror are a great place to start. Needless to say, I am a fan.

So, like a lot of folks that watched the kickstarter for this game, I was a little unsure of dropping the kind of money they wanted to buy the core game. I figured it was probably better just to hang out, wait for it to hit stores and see what people think. Not to mention, then at least some of the money goes to my FLGS which needs it as much as this company making this game needs it. So when it hit the shelves at Pegasus Games, after a few minutes of indicision and staring at the box it was mine. Ok, so I did read a few reviews and watch a couple of how to play videos before I bought it.

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Gaming Spotlight: Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar

One of my favorite board games ever, I was able to play it again this weekend and it reminded me just how cool this game is. The game has a loose, Mayan theme. The best part of this game, in my opinion, is the board. There is a lot going on with the board, but it’s pretty intuitive and every turn you interact with it by moving the board. The board is made up of giant gears that all interconnect. While still being a worker placement/earn resources type game, the dynamic board and great art adds to the feel and theme of the game allowing players to immerse them into the experience of the game. This is something that I find so lacking in so many great games, particularly these worker placement games.
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Dungeon Roll Review

Dungeon Roll

Dungeon Roll is an interesting game with some unique components. In the game, you muster an adventuring party for 3 ‘delves’ into the dungeon. Your party is built from a set number of dice that you roll at the start of your turn. One of the other players then takes control of the monsters. You then start your delve with level 1 of the dungeon and try to see if you can make it through level 10 of the dungeon. For each level, the player controlling the monsters rolls one dice for each level. If you can defeat what is rolled, you can choose to advance or take your winnings and run. In order to defeat monsters and open chests, it requires using up your hero dice in your party so you have a bit of limited resources.

On top of that, each player starts the game as some unique character. It could be a tough as nails viking or a stout and stubborn dwarf. There are a lot to choose from, especially for those of us that originally backed the Kickstarter. This character gives you special abilities that you can use while you are on your delve. Perhaps when the dragon is woke up, you can escape for free or you get to use an extra dice when generating your adventuring party!

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Gaming Spotlight: Battlestar Galactica, The Board Game

Folks, you may have heard of this game, or if your not a frakkin’ toaster, then you have at least seen the show. Battlestar Galactica is a cooperative game where the players assume the roles of the most recent series Battlestar Galactica to try to survive with what is the last people in the human race. With one warship and a fleet of civilian ships to protect, limited resources and no time to lose, the players have to try to work together to overcome the game.

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But, there is a twist…..

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Gaming Spotlight: Dominant Species: The Card Game

Dominant Species – The Card Game

All right, Jason from episode 5.5 and 26.5 picked this game up not too long ago and I have gotten a few plays of it. I have to say, the game is pretty great. The game I think scales fine with more players, even becoming a bit more interesting without too much downtime between turns. It’s been great and it was so good, I had to pick up a copy for myself.

The game is limited to 10 rounds, in which players draw cards that are either an event or an animal. Animal cards go towards your dominance score in the round as well as producing resources such as grubs, meat and grass. Events play towards giving you a key advantage during the round, such as being able to produce more or force opponents to have their animals suppressed! Great game, not too complicated mechanic. It really comes down to getting a feel for when you need to hold your cards and when you need to push.

It is a great game and a great filler game for in between other larger games. It is especially great for evening game nights where you might want to play 3 or 4 shorter and faster games.