Recommended Game – Qvadriga

by A.J. Coltrane

Qvadriga: It’s turn-based chariot racing for your android phone!

Do you like old-school strategy games? Like, really old school?

Back in the dark ages of board games there existed Circus Maximus.

Published by Avalon Hill in 1979(!), Circus Maximus was cool because you could select and train your horses and riders, […]

Recommended Game — Power Grid

by A.J. Coltrane

Title:  Power Grid

Game Type:  Auction/Territorial Expansion.

Number of Players:  2-6

Complexity of Rules:  Medium

Time to Play:  120 minutes

The Concept:  Players bid on power plants, with more efficient plants becoming available over time. The object is to be the player […]

Recommended “Game” — Untappd

by A.J. Coltrane

Drink beer, receive badges!

That doesn’t sound like an “enabler” app at all, does it?

From the Untappd website:

Explore Nearby Popular Bars & Beers

Not sure where to grab a pint? Untappd shows you popular bars nearby and what’s on tap.


Discover What Your Friends Are Drinking

The best recommendations come from your friends, so […]

Recommended Game — Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign

by A.J. Coltrane

Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign uses Bejeweled-style tile matching and skins it as a superhero combat game.

To put it another way, you match (say) red tiles. After you’ve matched enough red tiles you can power a superhero ability, such as Iron Man’s Repulsor Blast — doing a great deal of damage […]

Recommended Game — Bad Piggies

by A.J. Coltrane

Bad Piggies. If you’re not already familiar, here’s a pic:

It’s another physics-based game by the same folks that created Angry Birds. The object is to build a very silly machine and pilot it to the finish line. Crossing the finish line in one piece is optional, usually. The vehicle in […]

(Mostly) Recommended Game — Galaxy On Fire 2 HD

by A.J. Coltrane

I’m always looking for a good free game to play on the cell phone. Emphasis on “free”.

Galaxy On Fire 2 HD fits that bill. It’s a space opera/ combat/ trading game. You can fly your ship to many different star systems, shoot space pirates, and mine asteroids. You can trade with, […]

Recommended Game — Small World

by A.J. Coltrane

Title:  Small World — “It’s a World of SLaughter After All”

Game Type:  Irreverent High Fantasy-Expansion/Territorial acquisition. Vaguely reminiscent of games like “Risk”. (Well, there’s a board with a map, and you’re trying to take it over. The similarities end there.)

Number of Players:  2-5

Complexity of Rules:  Medium

Time to Play:  […]

A Few Thoughts About Diablo III, A PS3 Review

by A.J. Coltrane

Love Diablo 1 & II? You’ll *like* Diablo III, probably.

Diablo III is different.

1. Instead of a skill tree you get skills, then sub-skills to choose from. Evidently it was simplified because the developers felt that the skill tree concept was too complex for this day and age, or at least […]

10 Recommended Gateway Boardgames For The Holidays

by A.J. Coltrane

Since we’re now in the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of the top 10 games that we use as “gateway” games — games that are not found on the Fred Meyer Wall Of Games, but are not too hugely strange, complicated, or time consuming. Stuff […]

Recommended Game — Starship Catan

by A.J. Coltrane

Title:  Starship Catan

Game Type:  Exploration/ Euro-style resource allocation, shares traits with the other Catan titles.

Number of Players:  2

Complexity of Rules:  Low-Medium/ Medium

Time to Play:  60 minutes

The Concept:  Each player controls a spaceship. In the quote box is further explanation from boardgamegeek (I can’t improve on it, so here it […]