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Castles of Mad King Ludwig board game review

Castles of Mad King Ludwig board game

When I heard about the board game Castles of Mad King Ludwig — where you get to build crazy castles — I was very anxious to give it a try.

While I didn’t do very well on my first play, I was totally hooked. I left wanting to play again and again.

Well, it’s finally time to post our full review of Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Enjoy!


Love Letter: The Hobbit – We’re in love

Love Letter: The Hobbit card game

A few months ago we posted our review of Love Letter: Batman.

It’s a card game we’ve really loved playing.

Yet as much as we enjoyed playing it, we were very disappointed in the card art of the female characters. So we took our marker to those cards and made our own art adjustments to cover them up a bit.

It also prompted me to buy another version of the game — a version I was sure I was going to enjoy even before I bought it — Love Letter: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies.

And I’m not disappointed at all with this edition. We love it!


Put your Magic Minds to the test!

“I bet I can guess what you’re thinking about before you can guess what I’m thinking about.” While we don’t actually say that at the start of a game of Telepathy Magic Minds, we probably could. Because that’s really what the challenge in this board game is all about — being the first to guess the opponent’s secret […]


Ready for some Brain Freeze?

Brain Freeze board game

Are you thinking of a Chocolate Milkshake?
Or a Cherry Snow Cone?
Or a Lime Popsicle?

In Brain Freeze players are trying to guess which treat their opponent is thinking of before that opponent can guess what they’re thinking of.

It’s a great 2-player deduction game that everyone in the family can enjoy.


Best Board Games 2015 – Nominees are set!

Dice Tower Awards 2015

What are the best board games and card games from 2015?

We’ll soon find out because the annual Dice Tower Awards are upon us.

The annual awards recognize the best board games published every year and the 2015 nominees were just announced.
Over 4,000 new board games, card games, dice games, and party game are published each year. So finding the best board games and card games takes a bit of time.

Lucky for you, board game reviewers from around the world take part in The Dice Tower Awards.

Check out this year’s nominees!


Crossing is a fun game for families

Crossing board game

If you’re looking for a light and quick game your whole family can enjoy playing together, we’ve got a game for you — Crossing.

While the name of the game may sound very generic and non-descript, the game play is rather fun.

Actually, even the objective of the game is a very common goal for games: Collect sets of valuable gems to get the most points by the end of the game.

However, the fun of the game is the way in which players go about snagging the gems — or “life stones” as they’re called in this board game.


How awesome is Awesome Kingdom?

Awesome Kingdom card game

“If I’m going to rule a kingdom, you bet it’s going to be Awesome!”

Of course that’s what we all thought when we dove into Awesome Kingdom: The Tower of Hateskull.

After all, the game title is pretty compelling for a bunch of boys.

Just seeing the game title, the boys were intrigued. But they were also a bit skeptical. (Because they’re sure they know what it takes be to super awesome.) And they were ready to see if the game fit the bill.


The Last Spike board game review

The Last Spike board game

The Last Spike is a pretty straight forward and easy to learn game.

In the game, players cooperate to build a continuous railway from St. Louis to Sacramento.

Yet this isn’t a cooperative board game where everyone works together to beat the game. Instead players are competing against each other to earn the most money by the end of the game.


The Little Prince: Rising to the Stars game review

The Little Prince board game

Are you kids familiar with the story of The Little Prince?

If so, here’s a great game for you to check out — The Little Prince: Rising to the Stars.

The modular game board allows players to reconfigure the route among the clouds differently each game. And kids will enjoy moving their plane from cloud to cloud on their way to The Little Prince’s planet.


Steampunk Rally building & racing fun!

Steampunk Rally board game

Playing Steampunk Rally reminds me of building crazy contraptions with LEGOs as a kid and racing them around the room.

Sure they could have some wheels hooked on like you’d expect in a race car. But wheels weren’t required because I’d just imagine they were rocket-propelled and could fly instead.

And I could lose a part here or there and it wouldn’t really matter because I’d adjust and keep on flying.

If you’ve ever done such imaginary races, then you’ll have a good feel for what it’s like to play Steampunk Rally.