March 2013


Emperor’s New Clothes (Video Preview)

Emperor’s New Clothes is a game inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale.

In Emperor’s New Clothes, players pretend to take on roles, and pretend that each role card indicates the types of resources (and sets of resources) required to score points. Dice are rolled (three rolls per turn) to pretend to acquire resources, and cards may be played by the active player and opponents to affect dice rolls, card plays, etc.


In a Pickle (Video Review)

Does a sofa fit in a shopping cart? It all depends on how you size it up in this game of creative thinking and outrageous scenarios. Try to win a set of cards by fitting smaller things into bigger things – a baby goes in a bathtub, which is in a house, in Hollywood. Play the fourth word card to claim a set, unless one of your opponents can trump with a larger word. The player with the most sets at the end is the winner.


Battle for Stalingard (Video Preview)

The Battle for Stalingrad lasted 200 days, from July 17, 1942 to February 2, 1943. Hitler himself had ordered the capture of the key Soviet city, and his armies were determined to carry out his orders. Opposing the German armies were the civilians and armed forces of Russia. In desperate house-to-house fighting the two sides fought, bleed, and froze in the chilling Russian winter.


Tammany Hall (Video Review)

Tammany Hall is a game of backstabbing, corruption, temporary alliances, and taking power at all costs. If you want to rule New York, you are going to need to play the city’s growing immigrant populations against one another. Help the immigrant groups who owe you political favors, call in those favors to slander your rivals, and win elections.


The Road to Cheren (Video Review)

Cheren is a game where the movement of each piece is critical. After movement your opponent may react but with only a few units, making player decisions difficult; do I go to the aid of a unit likely to be attacked or use my reaction to push troops forward in an area where I am on the offensive.