Mysthea Preview

There’s an island in the sky, and it’s yours if you want it. Just remember where you left it, because it might not be there next time you look. Certainly one of the more unique mechanics we’ve seen in a board game, Mysthea by Tabula Games allows players to alter the board itself, by...

Guardian’s Gambit Preview

Guardian’s Gambit is a tight two-player tug-of-war. Each round, a player will have 6 cards at their disposal: 2 Swordsman, 2 Shieldbearers, and 2 Special Guardians that you get to choose from out of a larger pool of Special Guardians. Each round, you will attack and defend against your opponent’s attacks until only one player has cards left and wins the...

Castles of Caleira Preview

If “draw a card & play a card” sounds like the basis for a shallow 18-card micrograme, think again. Castles of Caleira has a unique wrinkle that becomes the main highlight of this small card game about building castles. You get to choose whether to play your cards face-up or face-down each turn, significantly...

Our Favorite Games of 2017

It’s February! What better time for a list of our favorite games of 2017?! The Board Game Barrage tanks got together, argued for hours, and came up with a selection that’s more or less representative of us as a group. It was a good year for games, so it’s criminal how many greats we...

Warriors of Jogu Preview

  Warriors of Jogu is a new 2-player dueling card game now live on Kickstarter (Check it out here). Each side will play one of five different factions,  sending your troops to the battlefield. Similar to games like Battle Line, Piñata, and Omen, you never quite know which battleground to focus on. What makes...

Black Hole Council Review: How to Play Your Friends

Note: Orange Machine Games provided us with a pre-production review copy of Black Hole Council. All imagery depicted is pre-production and will change for final release.  Listen up, councilor. Take a look at your agenda. That’s right—we need you to settle green planets, tax yellow planets, mine black planets, conquer blue planets, and send...

Talk About CrossTalk

CrossTalk: A New Kind of Party Game The widest genre that exists within boardgaming is a “party game.” It encompasses games like Cards Against Humanity, where everyone gets to feel clever but the game makes all the jokes for you. It includes games like the ever-hilarious Time’s Up: Title Recall where you play charades...

4 Board Games I’ve Gotten Rid of – It’s Not You It’s Me.

In the quest to have a manageable library of games in a 1-bedroom Los Angeles apartment, you have to be quite selective in curating your games. Sometimes, there are good games or better than good games that you have to put into the trade pile. A game takes up space both in your house,...

Spiel Essen 2017 – Top 9 I’m Looking Forward To

Spiel Essen 2017 is right around the corner. Here is my top 9 most anticipated games that I would check out at Essen (if I was going)   When I Dream – This game is going to be *the* party game of the upcoming year. One player dons a blindfold, and everyone gives them...