Awkward Guests Review

Awkward Guests is a one of a kind deduction game with infinite re-playability. Based on the innovative Brilliant Deck System! It can recreate Mr. Walton’s murder in so many different ways that you won’t ever play two similar games! Its engaging Brilliant Deck System will actively involve you in the investigations, allowing you to use genuine detective abilities to solve each case. To solve a mystery, you will have to interrogate the suspects, question the household staff, examine the crime scene, search for clues around the Walton Mansion, consult the police reports… You will do all of this while exchanging information with your opponents or hiding it from them. Get ready to use all your gumshoe skills! WHO killed Mr. Walton? HOW did the murderer end his life? WHY did the murderer killed him? Was there an ACCOMPLICE? Will you be the first to solve the mystery? Is this truly CLUEDO done right?? #awkwardguests #megacorpin #brokenmeeple #lukehector #dicetower





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VLOG - Recovery & Airecon

Now back in the saddle after a week of illness, not 100% recovered but enough to at least speak and record a video! Thanks to those who wished me well, t'was appreciated. Just to give you a quick update on proceedings and talk about my upcoming visit to Airecon 2020! #vlog #brokenmeeple #airecon #convention #dicetower



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The Hadal Project Review

Got at least one done before I caught Tonsillitus! The original Time Stories ended on a bit of a low note after a downhill spiral...........can The Hadal Project rejuvenate the franchise or will this be like a Disney live remake? For the Time Stories veterans - did you enjoy the entire series or was there a point where the magic died? Your favourite scenario? (Mine's Arkham)



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Podcast - Season 4 Episode 2 - Consistency Is Key

Bumper episode tonight! A quick first impression of Awkward Guests in advance of an upcoming review in the future. My thoughts on a Twitter discussion where gamers were asked which publishers have the best consistency in making good games? Some more Q & A from the Patreon mailbag!




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Crystal Palace Review

In Crystal Palace, players take on the role of a nation at the time of the first World Fair in London (1851), trying to create a buzz with spectacular inventions and the support of famous and powerful people.

Crystal Palace is a dice-placement game in which the players themselves determine the stats of their dice at the beginning of each round. The higher the number, the better — but it comes at a price. In the course of the game, dice are placed on eight action locations (Patent Office, Reform Club, London Times, Port of London, Waterloo Station, British Museum, Bank of England, Westminster) in a competition for the best resources, patents, and brains.

In a world of slightly weird inventions, you will meet people like Phileas Fogg, Levi Strauss and Amelia Edwards, and invent gadgets such as the Thinking machine, the Beer glass counter or the Climate changer.

—description from the publisher

I had never even heard of this game before I was told about it. Didn't know it was on the horizon, who was making it and had you not shown me the cover or the publisher blurb, I would have imagined this was a football manager game. And even if you showed me those, I'd have likely passed it by.

But a fellow mate on the UK Facebook groups recommended this game to me and said I had to grab it when I visited Essen. Not sure why I caved in to that alone especially with the stiff competition for other heavy Euro's that year, but I was at Essen, I had spare Euros and figured, what the hell, let's see if I can find a hidden gem in this heavy Euro....

....were mistakes made?

Let's go into more detail........



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Chocolate Factory Review

Set in the early 20th century of entrepreneurs and chocolatiers experimenting with new ways to create and market chocolates, YOU are assigned the task of chief chocolate maker! Chocolate Factory is a euro game of literal factory building and moving (using a pushable conveyer belt component) chocolates you must complete the largest number of chocolates required by retailers for the best value. The game also features wooden chocolate pieces and a movable conveyer belt making the physicality blended with euro mechanics a unique experience. Who doesn't like chocolate right? There's a lot of promise in this to be good and it's getting the buzz. So why don't I see it being played more? Let's see if I will partake in a chocolate finger or prefer to stick to my diet? #chocolatefactory #alleycatgames #brokenmeeple #lukehector #dicetower



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Top 10 Game Reprints

Sometimes a game goes out of print and it's lost to time. People remember the game but others can only hear about it and never get to play it. And it's always sad...............but then a reprint gets announced and suddenly everyone loses their mind in excitement. I personally love a good reprint if the game justifies it. So here are 10 reprints/editions ranked not just by which ones I enjoy the most, but also taking into account how eventful the reprint was - did it really change the old game for the better, did it improve the rules ten fold, did it add tech to the mix etc. Note, it can't be simply a cosmetic upgrade and nothing else. Not every game on this list is one that I enjoy. . . . What game got you most excited for a reprint?





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VLOG - Portalcon

Fresh back from a weekend in Poland to visit Portalcon by invite of Ignacy, Merry and the gang, I give my spiel on what the con is all about, how my second visit to Poland was, some first impressions and most of all, my thoughts on what I'm excited for from Ignacy's Keynote seminar. #vlog #brokenmeeple #portal #portalcon #dicetower




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Sierra West Review

In the late 1840s, thousands of pioneers headed out West to seek wealth and opportunity. Many of these brave souls traveled by wagon over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, into what would soon become the Golden State of California. In the game Sierra West, you are an expedition leader who must guide a party of rough-and-ready pioneers—employing a clever mix of strategy and tactics with each step. Sierra West comes with four sets of special cards and parts, each of which can be combined with the game's basic components to create a unique mode of play. During setup, the players choose a mode, then build a mountain of overlapping cards with the corresponding deck. Each mode adds new thematic content, alternate paths to victory, and interesting twists on the core mechanics. Replayability and puzzle solving as well as a cover you just want to lick? It all sounds amazing so far. Hold up, is it my turn yet? #sierrawest #boardanddice #brokenmeeple #lukehector #dicetower




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Warpgate Review

Warpgate is a fast-paced game of hand management and area control. As a leader of a unique race of aliens, lead them towards triumph. Move your fleets of star-ships on a hex-based modular game board, establish colonies and outposts and engage your enemies in battles for the control of prized commodities. Research new technologies and grow your galactic empire. 20 minutes per player? Easy to learn? Tactical and strategic gameplay as well as thematic integration? . . . . . . 20 minutes per player??..........these are some bold claims. What better person to tackle them head on? Can Warpgate provide the 3X formula in a fraction of the time of other behemoth space games? #warpgate #wolffdesigna #brokenmeeple #lukehector #dicetower




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