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Board Game Brunch: Exploring Alien Frontiers

My favorite board game theme is Space. Because of this we have a plethora of space themed games. One of these games that we enjoy is Alien Frontiers by Starling Games. We enjoyed playing it this week and paring it was a simple space themed breakfast.

The Game…Alien Frontiers

Alien Frontiers, by Starling Games, is a resource management game where you are working to develop an alien planet. Dice are used as ships and the randomness of your roles each turn as some unpredictability to the game.

Our 2-player game was a nice back and forth on the scoring track until Conesy pulled out ahead and placed his last colony, while I just couldn’t get my last couple out. There are was to mitigate poor dice rolls, but I just did not get the synergy going as well as he did. Even when you lose, it’s still a good game that we can’t help but enjoy

The Food…Breakfast Crescent Moons and Spaceship Fruit Kabobs

Brunch consisted off a loose interpretation of the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast sandwiches and fruit rockets made out of strawberries and cantaloupe with fruit dip vapor trails.

And Beyond…

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Board Game Brunch: Battle for Dominance

Board Game Brunch is back this week with a life or death battle. Dominant Species with a food chain breakfast. Which species came out on top and did Orla (the dog) succeed in getting the steak? Read on to find out!

Dominant Species - Board Game Brunch
Dominant Species – Board Game Brunch

Board Game Bruch: Playing and Eating in the Slammer

Board Game Brunch this week featured members of the WiscoDice crew playing and eating in the slammer. No, we didn’t really get locked up. Instead we played Lock Up by Thunderworks Games and ate Jailhouse Rice from South Your Mouth.

Image is of Board Game Brunch - Jailhouse Rice and Lockup game box
Jailhouse Rice and Lockup game box

Kickstart Monday: Breakout Games that Won’t Make You Panic

Welcome to Kickstart Monday our weekly blog series about crowdfunded games and other gaming products. On this week’s Kickstart Monday we’ll dive into two projects that you just might be excited to play and support!

Lockup: Breakout Expansion

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Lockup is a board game from Thunderworks Games that features the players playing one of the more villainous races in a fantasy game world locked up in prison. Each faction is struggling for prison supremacy. Using silent bidding mechanics, players take turns placing workers of various values on the game board. Those workers are then revealed when all of the workers are placed for a round. Those players who have winning bids at various locations will get the opportunity to gather resources or acquire useful cards and abilities for future rounds.

In the Breakout Expansion you will now have a chance to not only play the original game, but give your faction a chance to break out of the prison. Adding a new catacombs board, players will have new actions to select from as they struggle with all of the challenges of the original game and explore these new actions.

Of course, if you didn’t have a chance to pick up the original Lockup game you can pick both it and the expansion up for a very reasonable price. This is a game that if you like worker placement and bidding mechanics you should definitely check out.

Castlescape Deckbuilding Board Game

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In Castlescape from Praetorian Board Games you will via for territory on the game board while managing and optimizing your deck of cards. You will play cards from your hand to add recruits to your supply as well as building walls from the quarry. You can also use gold to pick up new cards from the market giving you new options in later rounds. Some of your cards will let you make back alley deals that could lead to corruption while other cards will let you gain infamy. Manage to have the most points at the end of the game to win.

The best thing with this game is that you are actively constructing a fortress while you play this game. It’s something that feels very rewarding to see come to life as you play. If that sounds exciting to you then you may want to check out this project!

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Gaming Spotlight: Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar

T’Zolkin – Check out those Gears on the Game Board!

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.

  • Players: 1-4
  • Play Time: 60-90 minutes
  • Publisher: Czech Games Edition
  • Designer: Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini

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