Recommended Game: Darkrock Ventures


Title: Darkrock Ventures

Game Type:  Worker placement. Think Agricola, except that the theme is mining in outer space instead of farming in the Dark Ages.

Number of Players:  1-5. I’m guessing it’s best with 4.

Complexity of Rules:  Low-Medium. The rulebook is awful. Much more on that in a moment.

Time to Play:  […]

Recommended Game — STOP THIEF!



Game Type:  Deduction/reasoning.

Number of Players:  2-4

Complexity of Rules:  Low

Time to Play:  30 minutes. Usually less

The Concept:  [From the inside of the box:]


A crime is being committed…but where?

In the jewelry store? The bank? Where will the thief […]

Recommended Game — 7 Wonders Duel


Title: Seven Wonders Duel

Game Type:  Card Drafting/ Civilization Building

Number of Players:  2

Complexity of Rules:  Medium-Low. Easy to learn if you’ve already familiar with 7 Wonders.

Time to Play:  30 minutes according to the box. I think we’ve been running vaguely longer.

The Concept:  Players take turns drafting cards from the available (topmost) cards […]

A Blast From The Past: Revolt On Antares

by A.J. Coltrane

Back in the early 80’s TSR (the D&D people) published minigames. A minigame would come in a small plastic case with dice, a short rulebook, and a small map:

For scale: An over-exposed nickel on the left

If you look closely at the top of the picture you’ll see the hole used […]

Recommended Game – Deck Heroes: Legacy

by A.J. Coltrane

Deck Heroes: Legacy – An android-based free-to-play collectible “battle” card game.

Basically, you collect creature and hero cards, assemble a mini-deck of 7-10 creatures and one hero, then battle computer-run decks. When in combat the object is to either eliminate all of the opposing creatures, or reduce the opposing hero to zero hit points. There’s […]

Recommended Game: Bang!

by A.J. Coltrane

Title: Bang! (We own Bang! The Bullet, which includes the expansions.)

Game Type:  Shoot ’em up card game.

Number of Players:  4-8. Better with more.

Complexity of Rules:  Low. It’s a party game rather than a “deep” game.

Time to Play:  The box says 20-40 minutes. With our group it’s usually 30 minutes […]

Recommended Game (Assistant) — Roll20

by A.J. Coltrane

Over the years my old D&D crowd has become scattered around the country and around the world, but we can still play, thanks to Skype and Roll20. (Roll20 supports video chat — our group is more comfortable with Skype.)

Roll20 allows for most everything we could do if we were playing over the […]

Marvel Puzzle Quest — Where The Iso Is Going

by A.J. Coltrane

Character Rankings, based on community voting, from this excellent D3 forum post. There’s a cool heat map of the voting results near the top of the thread, and an excellent discussion on all of the characters. I’m going to focus on Tiers 1-3 or 4 going forward, at least until I get […]

Recommended Game — 7 Wonders

by A.J. Coltrane

Title: 7 Wonders

Game Type:  Card Drafting/ City (Civilization) Building.

Number of Players:  2-7

Complexity of Rules:  Medium-Low. With a little explanation it’s a good gateway game. (A gateway game makes for a good introduction to “modern” boardgames, without being too crazy complicated or having a million rules.)

Time to Play:  60 […]

Recommended Game — Star Realms

by A.J. Coltrane

Star Realms — A space-themed deckbuilder available either as an android app or as actual physical cards. The full app version is $5. The base set of cards runs around $15.

Like Dominion, the object of Star Realms is to build an efficient deck from a selection of cards available on the table. […]