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Build your own kingdom in Kingdomino

Kingdomino board game

Build your kingdom with dominos!

When was the last time you played Dominos?

If it’s like us, it’s been a very long time.

I remember bringing home a set of dominos from the Dominican Republic after living there for 2 years because dominos is like a national pastime. We’d often stop and watch people playing dominos on the street corners and join in when we could.

But I haven’t pulled that domino set out to play for years.

And since we’ve started playing Kingdomino from Blue Orange Games, that domino set may sit untouched for many years more.

That’s because Kingdomino hits a sweet spot with its fun and unique tile-matching play.

If you’re familiar with our game reviews, you’ll know our family loves tile-laying games. We love building and watching landscapes grow as we play.

And Kingdomino is no exception. It’s a terrific tile-laying board game for families!

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6 Games that spell MOTHER

Happy Mother’s Day mom!

Leading up to Mother’s Day this Sunday I’ve been thinking about my mother and the women in my life a bit more this week.

They bring so much richness to life, I can’t imagine being without them.

A fun note many kids write is one where they tell their mom what she means to them by spelling out the word M-O-T-H-E-R.

So I thought it would be fun to do something similar.

Not only are these 6 great board games your mom may love. But they also give a glimpse into what great moms are made of.

Here’s how I spell M-O-T-H-E-R with games.

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Best Board Games 2016 – Nominees are set!

The Dice Tower Awards

So many fantastic board games! The 2016 Best Game nominees are set!

What are the best board games, card games, and dice games from 2016?

We may not be able to say yet because many are still yet to be played. But at least we know where to start.

That’s because the annual Dice Tower Award nominees are set.

With over 4,000 new board game, card games, dice games, and party games published each year there’s absolutely no way anyone could play them all.

But there are hundreds of game reviewers around the world that give it a good shot.

Each year The Dice Tower Awards recognize the best games of the year. A jury of more than 70 Dice Tower staff, prominent bloggers and reviewers go through all the games released in English in 2016 and choose the five best in each category – with ten games nominated for best game of the year.

And we’re happy to be among those who have a voice in nominating and whittling them down.

Without further ado, here’s the list of game nominees for Best Board Games of 2016 (each listed in alphabetical order).
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Star Wars Rebellion – May the 4th be with you!

Star Wars: Rebellion board game

A massive box for an epic game!

Every once in a while a game comes along that totally captures my attention.

Star Wars Rebellion is such a game!

It was released last year by Fantasy Flight Games and once again, the completely knocked it out of the park!

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Ubongo, Tokaido, Onirim, oh my!

Normally I’d wait a while longer between reviews of digital board games. However, time is of the essence if you want to take advantage of a Free board game app.

Just last month we reviewed the very cool digital implementations of Mysterium and Potion Explosion.

Today we’ve got 3 more for you to check out!

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Immersed in Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition

Mansions of Madness second edition board game

Adventure into the madness!

The line between physical board games and digital board games is blurring more and more every day. A ton of physical board games have gone digital over the last few years to great success. Players can choose whether to play the physical version or the digital version depending on where they are or who they’re with.

Well, Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition has shattered this divide!

It’s no longer “either/or” – now it’s completely both. That’s because the digital Mansions of Madness app is the only way to play the physical game. You can’t play one without the other.

And it’s wonderful!

In Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition, players interact with both the physical game components as well as the digital app. Players use boards, cards, tokens, miniatures, and dice while the app unfolds the story before them.

It’s truly an immersive experience that pulls us in and keeps us wanting more.

Mansions of Madness second edition board game

Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition is an amazing blend of physical and digital game play.

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Santorini rocks as a 2-player board game!

Santorini board game

Santorini is a terrific family board game!

Many years ago I was lucky enough to have my wife come along with me on a business trip to Greece. It was the first time either of us had been to Greece and we looked forward to seeing many sites over a few extra days after the business event ended.

One of the things we really wanted to do was to visit one of the Greek Isles. At the top of my list was Santorini

Unfortunately, with the limited time we had, we could only make it to one island — Mykonos. Don’t get me wrong, we loved visiting Mykonos. I just wish we could have seen more. And ever since then I’ve longed for a visit to Santorini.

Well, playing the Santorini board game by Roxley Game Laboratory has only whetted my appetite to visit the popular Greek Isle even more!

I’ll tell you straight out that the game is fantastic!

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Control card game review

Control card game

Can you take Control of your time machine to escape the rupture?

You’re a time traveler caught in a rupture in spacetime and displaced outside time. And to add to your worries, your time machine has been drained of fuel. So you must refuel your time machine using Fuel Cells to escape the rupture.

Yet only one time traveler will be able to do so.

So if you don’t want to be lost outside time, you better be the one to close the rupture and escape.

That’s the premise in a new card game by Keymaster Games called Control.

Doesn’t that sound like a great theme for a game?

We think so too.

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