Review: Machi Koro Bright Lights Big City

“Mayor of Machi Koro” is an ambitious title. As you look over your solitary wheat field, over your lonely bakery and your optimistic city hall, you dream of airports and train stations and restaurants and cafés and airports. You dream of a moon tower. Yes, a fricking moon tower. Someday, you think, it will all be real. Someday my Machi Koro will be better than all the other Machi Koros.

Maybe you cackle a bit. Everybody round the table will look at you.Read More »

Review: Cat Tower

As a cat lover there’s nothing I enjoy better than stacking my 42 cats. Sometimes I stack them in a really tall tower, which is good. Sometimes they fall over, and then you just have cats all over the place. Sometimes I stack some of the cats upside down, just because I want to. Some of my cats are really fat and lazy, and stacking them leads to all manner of unforeseen consequences. But as every cat lover knows, cats are notoriously resistant to being stacked, which makes cat stacking a difficult and time-consuming exercise.

Fortunately, I can now indulge my love of cat stacking with IDW’s Cat Tower.Read More »

Review: Colt Express

Do you remember that scene in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, when Clint Eastwood hops a train and starts stealing loot from the passengers? And then Lee van Cleef punches him in the face and Clint flies into another carriage where a marshall is waiting; and the marshall shoots Clint, so Clint escapes out the window and onto the roof. But then he forgets what he was doing so he climbs back into the carriage and gets shot by the marshall again, so Clint has to climb back out the window and back onto the roof. And then he pulls out his gun to shoot somebody except there’s nobody there so he puts his gun away. But then Eli Wallach climbs out of the carriage and punches Clint so hard that Clint flies onto the roof of the next carriage and drops the loot he was carrying.

You remember that, right?
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Review: Ticket to Ride

John Lennon said that the ticket of Ticket to Ride was actually a card that granted 1960s Hamburg prostitutes a clean bill of health. Thankfully, Alan R. Moon’s board game, which shares a name with the Beatles song, takes Paul McCartney’s more literal interpretation as its inspiration. In other words, it’s definitely about trains. And thank goodness: Ticket to Ride is supposed to be a family game.Read More »

Skull

Review: Skull

Once upon a time, the story goes, biker gangs elected new leaders by stringing candidates to the backs of motorbikes and seeing who could hold on longest. But more liberal-minded biker gangs thought that stringing people to the backs of motorbikes was maybe a bit draconian. So they created Skulls & Roses, the humane and less-chafing alternative to biker gang leadership elections. Plus, you could drink while playing. Today, Skulls & Roses is called Skull, and it comes packaged in a small, portable, rectangular box with colourful cards. But it’s still the same game.

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Review: Love Letter

Political intrigue is afoot in the fantasy world of Tempest. The king has imprisoned the queen for treason, the princess has locked herself away in her grief and in her tower (metaphorically and literally, respectively) and the empire is having a not-so-great time. Into these turbulent times come 2-4 opportunistic suitors who, in order to ease the princess’s suffering (for which read “seduce the princess in her moment of weakness”), are all vying to get their love letters into the hands of the palace’s most influential denizens.Read More »