Category: Historical Games

Spyrium Video Review

Spyrium is set in an alternate world, an England set in a steampunk-based universe. Players build factories, needing workers to manage the production of a commodity previously unknown to us called “Spyrium”. Producing Spyrium in one factory, then processing it in the next results in victory points (VPs) for that particular player. Alternatively, Spyrium can be …

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Rise of Augustus Video Review

In Rise of Augustus, you will vie with your fellow players to complete “objective” cards for special powers and ultimately for victory points. Each card has 2-6 symbols which you must populate with legionnaire meeples in order to complete the card. These symbols are drawn one at a time from a bag, with all players gaining …

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Serenissima Board Game Video Review

Serenissima is the new Ystari edition of the 1996 game (Méditerranée in France). The rules have been updated and the game is more fluid. In Serenissima players represent a merchant family during the Renaissance. Players attempt to balance the need of trading and open commerce versus the cut-throat economic piracy of the day. Players create …

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Quebec Board Game Video Review

The year is 1608, at the dawn of New France and the foundation of Quebec City. In this new game, you head a rich family seeking to build the historically rich and architecturally beautiful city of Quebec. You will have four centuries to build the most beautiful buildings while ensuring your legacy among the most …

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The Heavens of Olympus Board Game Video Review

Zeus, the greatest of all gods, has decided to build a universe that he can gaze upon from high atop Mount Olympus. He has enlisted the help of several unknown gods to do this for him – and they have 5 days to finish the job. The god who performs the best while building this …

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Endeavor Board Game Video Review

Designed by Carl De Visser and Jarratt Gray It is a time when the maps of the world are still being filled in. Seagoing empires expand their frontiers by sending ships to the farthest reaches of the globe in search of new lands, new alliances, and new conquests. The wealth of the newly-discovered worlds abroad …

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Mousquetaires du Roy Board Game Review

  “Mousquetaires du Roy” is based on the novel “The three Musketeers” from Alexandre Dumas. The Musketeers (a team of one to four players) are fighting against Milady to find the Queen’s pendants before end of the game. Meanwhile, they also have to defeat the plots in several places (Le Louvre, La Rochelle…). A turn …

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Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan video review

  Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan is a board game from Alderac Entertainment Group. Designed by veteran game designer Fréderic Moyersoen, Ninja features fast play, hidden movement, limited information, bluff and guile. It is sure to challenge players and bring hours of enjoyment. From AEG’s Website: Ninja marks a major excursion of the vaunted …

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Okko Board Game Video Review

  Okko, Era of the Asagiri, is a tactical game for two players using beautifully illustrated modular game tiles, with a large number of characters, cards and dice. Thanks to simple rules, you will be able to lead a group of Demon Hunter or control a clan of Evil Creatures. Gather your band, recruit mercenaries, …

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U-Boat Leader Video Review

“The only thing that ever frightened me during the war was the U-Boat peril.” – Winston Churchill The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous campaign of World War II running from 1939 through to the defeat of Germany in 1945. It involved thousands of ships, stretched over hundreds of miles of ocean, and …

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Baltimore & Ohio Board Game Video Review

With a bright Peep from the whistle, a full Chuff from the pistons and a powerful Clank from the drivers, America’s first steam locomotive moves down the steel rails of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Baltimore in 1830. This strategic railroad game extends from the first of America’s railroads through the golden age of …

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Pantheon Video Review – Rio Grande Games

In Pantheon, players enact the comings and goings of various peoples in the Mediterranean: Egyptians, Romans, Iberian, Germans, etc. They accumulate as many raw materials as possible to build monuments to the gods, but the ways of the gods are unpredictable. On a turn, a player has a number of options. He can choose to …

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Fortune and Glory Game Video Review HD

Fortune And Glory Board Game Video Review Introduction It is the late 1930s and the world is in turmoil. Humanity is on the brink of war as imperialist nations in the Far East and Europe work aggressively to expand their domination. The Nazis have taken control of Germany and now spread darkness across the globe …

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Ninjato Board Game by Zman Games – HD Video Review

    Designed by A.B. West and Dan Schnake IN 12TH CENTURY JAPAN, the Minamoto and Taira clans vie for power while retired Emperor Go-Shirakawa plays his rivals against one another. One of the three factions will triumph to impose the coming social order. In the shadow of these elite powers, a few ninja scheme …

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Hornet Leader Board Game – DVG

  “Hornet Leader – Carrier Air Operations is a huge game based on the material seen in our Vassal/PDF games. This new game takes a huge step forward in artwork created by Wan Chiu. Wan also created the fantastic artwork for our Frontline game, Alexander game, and the box art for our Phantom Leader. We …

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Memoir 44 Board Game Video review

      Published in collaboration with the Mission for the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings & Liberation of France, Memoir ’44 is a uniquely fun, simple and engaging game. Designed to commemorate the efforts and sacrifices of the men & women of the Second World War, we trust it will provide all who …

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Duel of the Giants Board Game Review

1943. The sun rises above the Russian steppe and the war on the Eastern Front pauses for a moment. Everything has been quiet since the latest offensive and your tank crew has had a chance to recover. However, the hopes for another day without a mission vanish as reports from your reconnaissance planes filter in, bringing with them the first photos of the enemy’s armor build up. Fortunately, during your refit, you trained your crew well and can fully rely on them.

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Vasco Da Gama Board Game Video

Vasco Da Gama: The search for a viable route to India was, since the mid-15th Century, the main goal of almost all expeditions made by the Portuguese Kingdom. In 1488 Bartolomeu Dias rounded the Cape of Good Hope and Pedro da Covilha found a land route, but it was only in 1498 that Vasco da …

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Strada Romana Board Game Review

Strada Romana Board Game: In Ancient Rome there was a lot of trading between the harbour of Ostia and Rome; hundreds of wagons moved along a single road to bring a variety of goods to the great city. The best merchants were able to do business along the road as well, trying to arrive before …

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Albion Board Game Video Review

Albion Board Game: Being almost at the top of its power, the Roman Empire plans to conquer the British Isles, also known as Albion in those times. To be successful in the game, the players have to cleverly choose their settlements, castles and fortifications as well as carefully plan the development of these. They have …

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Egizia Board Game Video Review

Egizia Board Game: The players are builders in the Ancient Egypt, competing to get the most fame building different monuments requested by the Pharaoh (the Sphinx, the Obelisk, the Temple and the Pyramid). The game lasts 5 turns. In each turn, the players place their pawns on the board, along the banks of the Nile, …

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Chocolatl Board Game Video Review

Chocolatl Board Game: “A game set in the midst of the fascinating time of the Aztecs, the legend of Quetzalquatl and of course, Cacao: the fruit of the gods! Your goal: make the greatest offerings to the gods, harvest the best Cacao, help build the pyramid and earn points at the 6 different locations on …

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Genoa Board Game Review

Genoa Board Game: “This is a reprint of the classic Traders of Genoa. It has a larger box and competely new graphics, but the important elements of gameplay remain the same. This is a game of trading, wares, and negotiation. The players take the roles of traders in Genoa in the 16th century. They fulfill …

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Rattus Board Game Review

Rattus Board Game: ” Europe, 1347. A disaster is about to strike. The Black Death reaches Europe, and during the next 4 – 5 years, the population of Europe will be halved. The players settle in the various regions of Europe, while the plague spreads throughout all of the continent. The players gain help from …

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Genji Board Game Video Review

What’s Cool: . Good strategy element. Fun for male and female players. Nice rulebook with good examples in it. Fairly fast paced. Good player interaction. What’s Not: The production quality of the cards and tokens are cheap. Takes a while to teach new players. Luck of the draw can play a huge part in choosing …

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Priests of Ra Board Game Video Review

What’s Cool: Nice production quality. Many ways of getting victory points. Easy to teach to new players. Good rulebook. One of the best bidding games we’ve played. Strategy and luck are well combined. What’s Not: Sometimes, if there is only one player left with bidding tokens, he can win a lot of tiles for free. …

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Macao Board Game Video Review

What’s Cool: Nice production quality. Many ways of getting victory points. Turn order changes often. Great player boards with summaries. Good rulebook. What’s Not: Some cards need to be better explained. Can take a while to teach new players. Neutral Information: Not a very long game, depending on the group. Strategy and luck are well …

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Railways of the World Board Game Video Review

Vimeo Version: Youtube Version: What’s Cool: Really good Production Quality. Random “goods” setting every game. Good player interaction. You can level up your trains. The railway tiles are double sided to offer lots of possibilities. Comes with 2 boards to play with. What’s Not: The rulebook needs major work. The color printing on the board …

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Alea Iacta Est Board Game Video Review

What’s Cool: Nice production quality & you get lots of dice. Fun, fast paced and anyone can play. The artwork is comical. Great rulebook with many examples. It’s a very colorful game. What’s Not: Learning all the Senate cards by heart. Neutral Information: Not a very long game, depending on the group. Strategy and luck …

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Cavum Video Review

What’s Cool: Lots of tiles. Great productions quality. Great player interaction. Nice rulebook with examples. What’s Not: The bidding is annoying and slows down the game. City scoring is too easy. Neutral Information: Very strategic (It’s fun blocking others). User Ratings: [starratingmulti id=1 tpl=12] Overall User Ratings:

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Assyria Board Game Video Review

What’s Cool: Nice Production Quality. Many different ways of winning victory points. Great theme and setting. Very strategic. Good player interaction. Nice rulebook with examples. What’s Not: The highest dignitary is a little too powerful. Neutral Information: Different playing area according to the number of players. User Ratings: [starratingmulti id=1 tpl=12] Overall User Ratings:

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Through The Ages Video Review

What’s Cool: You really go through all the ages from Moses to Albert. It’s a very strategic game with nothing really random to it. Great Production quality. Each player has his own board. The summary cards are very useful. The rule book is good with lots of examples and good explanations. What’s Not: The player …

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Roll Through the Ages Video Review

What’s Cool: Great production value. Huge pad of papers to play hundreds of games. Good concepts. Developments give you special abilities. What’s Not: Not Much, it’s a great game! Neutral Information: Part of the Bookshelf Series. User Ratings: [starratingmulti id=1 tpl=12] Overall User Ratings:

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Cowboys Video Review

[media id=43 width=600 height=350] What’s Cool: You get six reversible tiles, that can also be used in other games. Fast paced and strategic. There are 10  characters and legendary names in the game. It comes with an extra booklet with over 25 scenarios to play You can mount horses and duck for cover. The deck …

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