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Your source for reviews of various board games, game play information, or even strategy tips then this is the right place. This is where you will find coverage of all things board games. Whether it’s a meaty Euro game, fun party game, or an Ameritrash adventure game we play as many as we can and tell you about them here.

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Ark Nova – The Zoo Game Stunner

Ark Nova Game Box
Ark Nova

Ark Nova, a game about building a zoo, was a game I had heard quite a bit about. I had walked into my local friendly game stores, saw it sitting on the new games shelf, and then passed it by. How could a game with a giant picture of animals in a bubble be a game I would love?

Then I got a message from Misty Mountain Games about the last copy sitting on the shelf. He wasn’t certain when there would be copies coming back in. I broke down and said sure, I will grab it. I stopped by, bought the last copy, and now here I am.

  • Players: 1-4
  • Playtime (with Setup): First time – 3 hours, Repeated Play 2 hours. About 45 minutes per experienced player
  • Publisher: Feuerland Spiele and Capstone Games (US)
  • Designer: Mathias Wigge

Board Game Brunch: Back and Saving Our Oceans

After a short hiatus, Board Game Brunch is back. This week we’re exploring one of our GenCon2022 impulse buys. Conesy and I try to control the oil spill, rescue marine animals, and enjoy some ocean inspired treats.

The Game…The Spill

The Spill, By Smirk and Laughter has you cooperatively trying to contain an oil spill, remove oil from the ocean, and rescue marine animals.

Reminiscent of Pandemic by ZMan Games, The Spill, has each player performing the role of a different specialist with unique abilities to aide in the ultimate goal. Even with a limited amount of action points per turn, the game can lull you into a false sense of competency, until the oil spill starts spiraling out of control. This is aided by the randomness of the dice drop before each turn.

This game was an impulse buy at GenGon 2022 for us. We enjoy playing cooperative games as a couple and and this one caught our eye with the oil rig dice tower and colorful marine animals. Initially, I was not expecting much from it, but a fun, medium weight game to pull out occasionally. Well, I have now played it 5 times in just under 2 weeks. I’ve only won twice, but the losses have not kept me from wanting to try again. Next game I plan to crank up the win conditions to the hard level.

The Food…Ocean Inspired Treats

Brunch consisted of various snack like foods with inspiration from multiple websites. We had banana dolphins playing in a sea of blue gelatin. An orang octopus surrounded by krispy treat star fish covered in oil (chocolate0 and sand (crushed graham crackers). We also enjoyed some fish swimming near the beach (pudding with gummy fish). And of course, a cup of oil (coffee) to wash it all down!

And Beyond…

Looking for other Board Game Brunch Games and Food Parings? Check them out here: http://wiscodice.com/category/games/board-games/board-game-brunch/. Have a game or food you would like to see paired for an upcoming Board Game Brunch? Let us know via social media.

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Blast Off With Artemis Project

I was introduced to Artemis Project by Grand Gamers Guild at Gen Con 2019. It was Saturday of the convention and my wife was taking me from booth to booth checking out those last vendors that had something we really wanted to see. I don’t know where she heard of Artemis Project, but she knew I liked games that used dice as workers in a worker placement role. Walking up to the booth, we spoke with the designer and within moments I was sold. I needed to have a copy of this game!

  • Players: 1-5
  • Playtime (with Setup): we find it around 90-150 minutes
  • Publisher: Grand Gamers Guild
  • Designer: Daryl Chow and Daniel Rocchi

Board Game Brunch: Floriferous and Sweet

April showers brought May flowers to us. Enjoy a flowery game of Floriferous and some sweet cupcakes decorated like flowers.

The Game…Floriferous

Floriferous by Pencil First Games has you walking through your garden, collecting flowers for your arrangements. The game says it is a relaxing game, and it does feel like a nice relaxing set collection game.

Even is another player takes a card you want, there are still at least 2 other good options to choose from. Our game was close, with scores of 25 (Consey) to 31 (Suzanne). I envision Floriferous being pulled out as a nice filler game on game days or when we are playing with less competitive gamers.

The Food…Cupcake Flowers

Brunch consisted of delicious coffee and cupcakes. Fun, sugary, giant cupcakes decorated like flowers. Nice and relaxing brunch.

And Beyond…

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Board Game Brunch: Sharing Donuts with Iron Man

What better way to spend Sunday morning than with sharing a Randy’s donut and coffee with Iron Man? No Randy’s Donuts here in Madison, but we enjoyed some delicious donuts from Greenbush Bakery. After fueling up, we went and had Iron Man and Hulk battle Ultron in Marvel Champions.

The Game…Marvel Champions

Marvel Champions, by Fantasy Flight Games, is a cooperative card game where each player is a Marvel superhero, working to defeat a villain. This is a great game where you are immersed in the role you choose and each player deck is built to maximize the hero’s strengths. I played as Hulk and had fun smashing the villain each round. Consey played as Iron Man and spent the early part of the game building his tech up.

Our game seemed to be going pretty well and we felt as if we were gaining ground, until Hulk died. Once that happened, it was up to Iron Man to finish off Ultron. Unfortunately, the suit hadn’t been fully built up before Hulk died, which gave him an uphill battle. He fought valiantly, but ultimately Ultron got away.

The Food…Donuts and Coffee

Brunch consisted of delicious coffee and donuts. The best donut place around here is Greenbush Bakery. We picked up some great donuts and enjoyed our Iron Man inspired breakfast.

And Beyond…

Looking for other Board Game Brunch Games and Food Parings? Check them out here: http://wiscodice.com/category/games/board-games/board-game-brunch/. Have a game or food you would like to see paired for an upcoming Board Game Brunch? Let us know via social media.

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