Once again Ronan and Sean climb out of the pit to go in search of future gaming gold.
In this first half of the treasure hunt they look at 12 games that have caught their eye for one reason or another and then try to work out if the game will be a treasure or a trap.
THE GAME PIT: EPISODE 24.1 – TREASURE HUNT
The Game Pit will be hosting some sessions at Loncon 3 in August so if you’re heading there, sign up for the Games Klatches and visit the gaming tent for some games and chat.
In this episode Ronan and Sean head way back to Episode 5 and the first Treasure Hunt episode to see how their predictions turned out.
This is something we wanted to do as the verdicts were based on what might be rather than actual gameplay.
See if their initial thoughts proved true or if they completely changed their minds.
THE GAME PIT: EPISODE 23 – RECKONING THE SPOILS
Belfort is a worker placement game from Tasty Minstrel Games where players are competing with one another to build the city of Belfort. The city is divided into five different districts and each district already has a set layout on what needs to be built. The players will manage a highly skilled group of Elves, Gnomes, and Dwarves to gather resources and build the city up from the blue prints.
Belfort has an amazing theme and really sets a high standard on component quality. We feel that Belfort is going to be a must have for gamers who love games like Carcassone, Settlers of Catan, or Ticket to Ride. This is a great intro game for gamers and one that still provides plenty of avenues for strategy and creative thinking. It may be a few years old now, but if you haven’t played it yet now is the time to go back and (re)discover this great game from TMG.
It’s time once again for a Critical Strike, which means a small set of 3 micro-reviews, of table top games. In this episode, we are taking a look at Dino Hunt Dice (from Steve Jackson Games),Boomtown Tycoon (from Ian Brodie and The Game Crafter) andCthulhu Gloom (from Atlas Games)!
Dino Hunt Dice is a “press your luck” style dice game, very similar to Zombie Dice, where your goal is to capture dinosaurs for your zoo before being “stomped”. Meanwhile Bomtown Tycoon and Cthulhu Gloom are card based, albeit it completely different from each other. In Boomtown Tycoon, you’ll be mining building an old west town and mining gold in a deck building fashion while Cthulhu Gloom will see you attempting to ruin your family’s day, before “offing” them, through a series of creative events.
Critical Strikes – Episode 04
||Designer: Klaus TeuberPublisher: Mayfair GamesPublished: 2013# of Players: 2-4
Play Time: 90 Minutes
It is time to take to the open seas in search of exotic spices and bountiful fishing schools, but beware land lovers pirates lurk in these waters! Catan: Explorers and Pirates is an expansion pack for Settlers of Catan and offers three new unique game mechanics designed to break up the old Catan experience and bring users a fresh perspective on the game. Victory points are gained by successfully gathering Spice, Fishing, and invading Pirate Lairs (YARR!).
Overall I think this expansion could help bring a fresh perspective to the game of Catan, however if you are not bored to death of the game I don’t feel the game will add enough new content for the price / headache of assembling the board. I’d love to hear what you think, overall I score this game a 6.5 / 10.