On The Underground Review

The London Underground is the world's first underground passenger railway, having opened in 1863. Its 11 lines move about 5 million passengers a day to 270 stations, along 400 km (250 mi) of track. The massive network of London Underground stations makes up one of the most complex transportation systems in the world, and On the Underground challenges you to develop it. Build the most successful lines, connect them to landmarks, and attract passenger traffic! First published in 2006, this has been long awaiting a reprint. And now we have a beautifully produced, streamlined version. But was it worth the wait? #ontheunderground #ludicreations #review #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower


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Top Ten of 2019

TOP TEN OF 2019!! Ok, so the year wasn't as good as previous years, but there was a very hard list of 10 to rank so all of these are still belters! What ten games drove me to high levels of excitement? #2019 #topten #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower



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Paladins of the West Kingdom Review

Paladins of the West Kingdom is set at a turbulent time of West Francia's story, circa 900 AD. Despite recent efforts to develop the city, outlying townships are still under threat from outsiders. Saracens scout the borders, while Vikings plunder wealth and livestock. Even the Byzantines from the east have shown their darker side. As noble men and women, players must gather workers from the city to defend against enemies, build fortifications and spread faith throughout the land. Fortunately you are not alone. In his great wisdom, the King has sent his finest knights to help aid in our efforts. So ready the horses and sharpen the swords. The Paladins are approaching. Architects is one of the best games of 2018, but can Paladins come close to the same level? Or will the solitaire nature of the game hurt it? #paladins #garphillgames #renegade #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower



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Obscurio Review

Obscurio is a family game, an original mix between an image-based communication game and a secret role game in which the players have to be careful when sharing ideas with their team. Supported by rich contents, Obscurio proposes a fresh new experience in its genre by putting the emphasis on the details of the images and the constant doubt created by the presence of the traitor.
Communicate efficiently and avoid the illusions on your way to escape the Sorcerer's library! WHY DOES EVERYONE WANT TO REPLACE MYSTERIUM?!?! #Obscurio #libellud #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower




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Cooper Island Review

In the age of exploration the players arrive at a new home far away from their homeland. They try to colonize the big island and each player tries to explore one part of it by placing landscape tiles. Landscape tiles grant resources and those are used to erect buildings with special abilities. Barriers on the island have to be removed in order to explore the island even further. Players build valuable statues and supply ships get them the supplies from the old world they need to be a successful settler on Cooper Island. The special thing about Cooper Island is the way the players mark their victory points. They take small ship markers around the island to show their progress. On their way around the island they find smaller islands inshore that grant valuable benefits. After five rounds, a game of Cooper Island ends and the player who developed the best and went on furthest with their ships will win. #CooperIsland #capstonegames #frostedgames #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower



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Pharaon Review

A tense point salad in 60 minutes? With a solid solo mode? Is this an unexpected gem for the year? #Pharaon #blackrockgames #catchupgames #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower




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Catan: Starfarers Review

Twenty years ago, the settlers started into the depths of the galaxy to discover unknown planets, the undiscovered universe lying before them. Maybe they'll find planets with good ore or carbon deposits — or perhaps only barren ice planets. They might encounter alien folks and start lucrative trading, with pirates and wormholes being a constant challenge for them. Catan: Starfarers is a new version of Starfarers of Catan, originally released in 1999, that contains completely revised graphics and game materials, revised rules, and (most importantly) a variable game board that brings even more variety to the exploration of space. But is 2-3 hours a lot to ask from a more meaty version of Catan?? #Catan #asmodeeuk #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower



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Winners Circle & Code 777 Reviews

Two games from the old days........yes games were still good in those days guys, it's not all Cult of the New. Well DiceTree Games have started to bring some of these classics back in a nice new blinged format. How do they look and are the games good in general? #WinnersCircle #Code777 #dicetreegames #brokenmeeple #dicetower




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Reavers of Midgard Review

Reavers of Midgard is a single worker placement game with elements of set collection, dice combat and engine building set in the Champions of Midgard universe. In Champions of Midgard, your quest was to become Jarl. You battled back the trolls, draugr and some of the epic monsters that once threatened the sanctity of your humble port town. Now it's time to go on the offensive. The second game in the Midgard lineup. A point salad with a ton of colour and a huge box! Not 3 things that usually go together. Will this combination result in a solid Euro even if the theme is a little.........lost? #reaversofmidgard #greyfoxgames #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower



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Terramara Review

Terramara is the name of the villages founded around 1500 B.C., mid- to late Bronze Age, in Northern Italy. People lived, travelled, and traded between the Alps mountain range and the river Po. The main occupations of the Terramara people were hunting, farming and metallurgy, casting bronze tools like axe heads in stone molds. The houses in the villages were built on piles, meaning each house is built above the ground, supported by wooden stakes.

In Terramara, you play as the chief of a clan living in one of these villages. Your goal is to develop your clan, exploring lands farther away to trade with other villages, and reach sacred places. You improve your battle strength and discover new technologies to create useful artefacts. The player who develops the best clan by gaining more development points becomes leader of all of Terramara and wins the game!

I love a good twist on worker placement and anything that Michael Menzel touches in terms of board art is beauty to my eyes. The first ever QUINED GAMES title to hit my blog, can they debut on this channel with a bang?

#terramara
#quinedgames
#lukehector
#brokenmeeple
#dicetower



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Abyss: Conspiracy Review

A sequel to one of my Top 10 Games!??! Hang on, a filler card game? Not exactly what I was hoping for in a sequel, but hey, it looks gorgeous and it's a quick 30 minute game, let's dive in and see what it offers!
#abyssconspiracy #bombyx #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower


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Marvel Champions Review

"With great power, there must also come great responsibility." –Stan Lee, Amazing Fantasy #15 Iron Man and Black Panther team up to stop Rhino from rampaging through the streets of New York. Captain Marvel and Spider-Man battle Ultron as he threatens global annihilation. Do you have what it takes to join the ranks of these legendary heroes and become a champion? Jump into the Marvel Universe with Marvel Champions: The Card Game, a cooperative Living Card Game for one to four players! Marvel Champions: The Card Game invites players embody iconic heroes from the Marvel Universe as they battle to stop infamous villains from enacting their devious schemes. As a Living Card Game, Marvel Champions is supported with regular releases of new product, including new heroes and scenarios. Is this another LCG to add to my growing roster or was the hype train not worth the ticket price? #marvelchampions #fantasyflightgames #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower



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Tapestry Review

Tapestry is a two-hour game for 1-5 players designed by Jamey Stegmaier. Create the civilization with the most storied history, starting at the beginning of humankind and reaching into the future. The paths you choose will vary greatly from real-world events or people — your civilization is unique! In Tapestry, you start from nothing and advance on any of the four advancement tracks (science, technology, exploration, and military) to earn progressively better benefits. You can focus on a specific track or take a more balanced approach. You will also improve your income, build your capital city, leverage your asymmetric abilities, earn victory points, and gain tapestry cards that will tell the story of your civilization. The most hyped game of 2019. And I'm standing in the middle of the railroad track vs this speeding bullet train to tell you if lives up to the high standards its set itself. #tapestry #stonemaier #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower




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Top 10 of 2018 (Retrospective)

Continuing the Retrospective series before I head into the Top 10 of 2019 video later this month. There are too many games to play each year and I can't play them all before the end of a calendar year. So 1 year later I like to look back and see what games have faded out and which other titles have managed to earn their place in the list. Here is my Top 10 of 2018 (A Retrospective Look). #2018 #retrospective #topten #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower



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It's A Wonderful World Review

In It’s a Wonderful World, you are an expanding Empire and must choose your path to your future. You must develop faster and better than your competitors. You’ll carefully plan your expansion to develop your production power and rule over this new world. #itsawonderfulworld #luckyduckgames #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower



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The Magnificent Review

The Magnificent is a tightly designed Eurogame from the creators of Santa Maria set in a mystical world beautifully illustrated by French artist Martin Mottet. In the game, players are competing to attract the largest audiences to their shows, featuring magnificent performers. In the process, you must expand your camp by placing Tetris-style tiles on your player board, gather elements needed for the shows, and set up performances in your tents. Is the game as magnificent as the title hints? #themagnificent #aportagames #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower



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Geometric Art Review

Geometric Art is a party game which is a drawing game in which everyone take turns to drawing and guessing, The simple goal is to let the guesser understand the name of your artwork. Remember, you may only be able to finish your "Art work" with a few geometric symbols. In Geometric Art , every round will exchange a guesser who guess questions. Each round there will be a theme. Within this theme, the artist can complete the artwork with the symbols specified above the dice. The guesser can guess the name of the artwork of every artist, If it's right, both get more rewards, but if guess wrong, both will be punished. Those who first get 10 points to win, but If you have too many penalty points, you will be eliminated. Compared to traditional painting games, there is no need for painting talent, but need more wonderful inspiration. #geometricart #empersors4 #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower



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Maracaibo Review

Maracaibo, the new strategy game for 1-4 players by Alexander Pfister, is set in the Caribbean during the 17th century. The players try to increase their influence in three nations in four rounds with a play time of 40 minutes per player. The players sail on a round course through the Caribbean. E.g., you have city tiles where you are able to perform various actions or deliver goods to. One special feature is an implemented quest mode over more and various tiles, which tells the player, who chase after it, a little story. As a player, you move with your ship around the course, managing it by using cards like in other games from Alexander Pfister. This was a beast of a review. It's a lengthy one because there is so much to discuss. But it was a highly enjoyable one to record and edit. Now my history with the heavier side of Pfister's games has not been.......perfect to say the least............but do we now have a heavy Pfister game that I enjoy? #maracaibo #capstonegames #alexanderpfister #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower



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Expedition to Newdale Review

Expedition to Newdale is the new Oh my Goods! game from renowned designer Alexander Pfister. In this board game adaption of the successful card game, 1 to 4 players from 12 and up compete in different chapters to experience the world of the Longsdale kingdom once again. The story of Expedition to Newdale starts about five years after the events from Oh my Goods! Escape to Canyon Brook, but you don’t need to know the prequels at all. Each chapter of the game lasts about 90 minutes which adds up to around 12 hours of exciting campaign gameplay. And when you found your favorite chapter while playing the campaign, you can always come back and play it again to have even more fun! When you already have OH MY GOODS as a card game, is there much call for a board game version? Is the story progression interesting enough to warrant a campaign playthrough? #expeditiontonewdale #alexanderpfister #lookoutgames #lukehector #brokenmeeple #dicetower



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