Broken Meeple Videos - Dinosaur Island Review

Do you go big and create a pack of Velociraptors? They'll definitely excite potential visitors, but you'd better make a large enough enclosure for them. And maybe hire some (read: a lot of) security. Or they WILL break out and start eating your visitors, and we all know how that ends. You could play it safe and grow a bunch of herbivores, but then you aren't going to have the most exciting park in the world (sad face). So maybe buy a roller coaster or two to attract visitors to your park the good old-fashioned way? Check out the review for one of the most hyped games of 2017 - did it live up to it? Is the theme really that captivating and is there enough game to back it up?



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Pulsar 2849 Guest Review - It's Dry Space Salad And I Don't Care!

You know that feeling when you want to play a game to find out more, but you're worried that it could be one of your worst experiences ever? Maybe that's just me, but Pulsar 2849 was one of those titles that gave me a lot of dread. I saw Tom Vasel's review and he raved about it, which I wasn't expecting. I then watched a live playthrough and laughed my head off as Zee Garcia trolled the show while hating the game. And I know my history of not being a fan of "most" super-dry cube pushing, point salad Euro's - most of which come from Stefan Feld who, as nice a man as he is, doesn't design games that appeal to me personally. Even Czech Games Editions as a publisher haven't wowed me with many games, though I respect Through the Ages and Tzolkin and quite liked Dungeon Pets.

Now assuming that didn't just push away half the people reading this review, let me continue on. Even if at first glance I wasn't getting hyped for this, there were some aspects that drew me in. The variation in setups and options made it sound like almost a sandbox style game, something I do like a lot. Even though I knew the space theme would be tacked on with 5 year old sticky tape, I'll take it over Trading in the Mediterraean or <insert generic Medieval village setting here> any day.

And sometimes I'll be surprised with a hidden gem that shines through regardless - I made a whole Top 10 list on the subject (Exceptions To The Rule) and could easily go beyond that. We all have expectations or preconceptions about everything in life whether consciously or subconsciously and anyone who believes that it's possible to blank a mind totally clean of such things is living in a dream world and should expect Mr Charles to make an appearance. So with all that said, is Pulsar 2849 an unexpected pleasure?

CHECK OUT THE FULL GUEST REVIEW AT GAMES QUEST!



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Vengeance Review - Revenge Is Never A Straight Line

Hold up, where's the Vengeance video?! Well on a recent podcast I mentioned that I need to get my work/life balance in check and part of that means not trying to do 6 videos a week every week for every game that looks even remotely good! Trust me, as a hobby, it's a difficult task. So I want to balance videos with written reviews and it will essentially be a personal "play by ear" thought process as to what games I believe are popular/complex enough to warrant a full video discussion. Plus some people have requested some more written content so I'm pleasing both worlds. Now with that out of the way. . .REVENGE!!

Any game that comes out where it's a giant box full of miniatures, I always have a slight worry. Ever since the days of Zombicide and CMON blitzing us with giant Kickstarters, there seems to be an evergrowing trend of these types of games now. And usually the issue I've found is that they don't differentiate enough from each other or rely too much on the quality of their miniatures over the quality of the mechanics or even theme in some cases. Vengeance from first appearance gave me that Zombicide-esque vibe. But the theme was infinitely more appealing and one I don't believe I've seen represented before. Could Vengeance be something new and fresh?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Bunny Kingdom Review

One of the most bizarre themes to see in an area control game, but it makes a refreshing change from vikings! :P IELLO is known for great gateway games, high quality production and light themes, so does Bunny Kingdom continue the trend?



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Bloodborne Guest Review - That Still Only Counts As One!

OK, straight up, I’ve never played Bloodborne. I barely know about it. I know it’s an impressive looking, very dark, very difficult 3rd person action game where you go and slay some admittedly, impressive looking monsters  with lots of blood and gore – sounds cool really, maybe I should go download it!
So when Bloodborne: The Card Game was announced, I didn’t go nuts for it. Eric Lang as a designer was interesting though as usually his games are more “grandios” style behemoths with a ton of miniatures or plastic in some form or another. So a small card game seemed outside of his comfort zone. And Cool Mini or Not’s for that matter – not a single miniature in the box – mind blown!
What actually drew me to Bloodborne was the claim about it being a shortened version of Cutthroat Caverns, an entertaining semi co-op game I used to own where you battled monsters in a dungeon, but while screwing over other players at the same time. Essentially you played a giant game of kill-stealing and it was great fun, though very fiddly in places, a bit too long and chaotic as hell with too many players. I eventually sold that game to make room for others, but I wouldn’t say no to a shorter, more compact alternative. Does Bloodborne fit the bill?
CHECK OUT THE FULL REVIEW AT GAMES QUEST HERE!

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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Games of 2015 (Retrospective)

You requested this so I answered! I'm going to do 4 videos on this, covering 2016 all the way to 2013 when I first started blogging. How have my tastes changed in that time? Let's continue with 2015!!



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Not Alone Guest Review - I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Meeeee!

Most hidden movement games have a bunch of players hunting down one poor soul or bad guy. It's not often that the concept gets flipped on its head and has one hunting down all the others such as Not Alone. The only issue with a lot of hidden movement games is the length - they can go on a bit if the hidden party is adept at what they do or even in general. Fury of Dracula and Letters from Whitechapel are classic examples where you're going to be sitting there for a while before you finish.
Not Alone was a surprise hit at Essen Spiel a couple of years ago - nobody saw it coming, it just turned up and made a big splash, enough that even I acquired it at the time. So I've had a fair amount of experience with the game to see how it's stood the test of time.
Am I still holding on to my copy or did the love fade over time?
Check out the full guest review on ZATU GAMES!






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Custom Heroes Guest Review - Tricky Trick Taking

Mystic Vale brought us the “card crafting” mechanic – a revolutionary new way of putting a spin on traditional deck building. Rather than build a deck, you build the cards themselves. So you never end up with more cards, just better looking ones! This worked well in Mystic Vale despite AEG demanding a heftier than appropriate price tag for the expansions that came after it. But I was looking forward to more games that would use this mechanic and so we have Custom Heroes.

Check out the full review on Games Quest!



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Game of Thrones: Catan Guest Review - The Night's Watch Will Stand!

So I wasn’t jumping for joy over a Catan take on the intellectual property, but it certainly looked the part and I am a fan of the Catan series of games, so that was enough to peak my interest and look further. But I get wary these days of publishers pasting IP’s onto everything when they hold the sole license. As Tyrion said: “it’s hard to put a leash on a dog once you’ve put a crown on its head”.

Check out the full review on Games Quest!



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Season 2 Episode 23 - HANDYCON

After a brief hiatus, it's time to get back into podcasting! In this one hour episode I run through my experiences at Handycon  - the new convention in the UK that's building up every year. Allow me to talk to you about some specific games I played such as Welcome to Centerville, CO2 and Nemesis.

After that I continue the Broken Memories segment with a talk about one of my first ever purchases, Citadels and then I have a lot to talk about regarding the future ideas I have for reviews, podcasting and new potential ventures, but I need your feedback and thoughts to assist.



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Broken Meeple Videos - Kingsburg: 2nd Edition Review

The realm of Kingsburg is under attack! Monstrous invaders are gathering at the borders, aiming to invade and plunder the realm! Your king has chosen you to take charge of a province on the border; you will manage your province and help defend the realm. To accomplish this, you must influence the King's advisors and the Royal Family to obtain gold, wood, stones, and soldiers to expand and defend your lands. But you are not the only governor seeking the aid of the advisers! The other players also seek to collect the best resources for their own territories.

How does the second edition compare to the one before? Would you be wise to dispose of the original and obtain this one, or should you think a bit more carefully about it?



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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Games of 2016 (Retrospective)

You requested this so I answered! I'm going to do 4 videos on this, covering 2016 all the way to 2013 when I first started blogging. How have my tastes changed in that time? Let's start with 2016!!



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Glass Road Guest Review - From Great To Hate In 2 Players

This isn’t the first time I’ve got to play Glass Road. It came out a while ago and I wasn’t bowled over by it then despite the praise it got. However, on those occasions I was restricted to 4 player games as at a game group it’s easy to max out player counts. But it wasn’t that I disliked the game as a whole, it was actually one aspect alone that killed it and it’s actually one that most players love about Glass Road. When I thought about it more, I realised that this might have simply being a player count issue and so I needed to see if at lower player counts it would suit me better.

Check out the full review on Games Quest!



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Broken Meeple Videos - Pandemic Legacy Season 2 (Half Way Review)

Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 is an epic cooperative game for 2 to 4 players. Unlike most other games, this one is working against you. What's more, some of the actions you take in Pandemic Legacy will carry over to future games. No two worlds will ever be alike! Pandemic Legacy Season 1 was a fun game even if I'm not the biggest Pandemic fan! Can Season 2 so far continue the same fun? I'm only half way through due to a infrequent group, but that's plenty enough to give my thoughts.



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Broken Meeple Videos - Pandemic: Rising Tide

In Pandemic: Rising Tide, it is your goal to avert tragedy by constructing four modern hydraulic structures in strategic locations that will help you defend the country from being reclaimed by the ocean. Storms are brewing and the seas are restless. It will take all your guile to control the flow of water long enough to usher in the future of the Netherlands. It's time to get to work. Co-designed by what might as well be my arch nemesis, how do I take to the latest offering in the Pandemic franchise that will never die?



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Broken Meeple Videos - First Martians Review

NOTE - I'm aware that I missed a cut at 9:15 - apologies!! That's a first and I will hope, a last blunder!!! Maybe it was Martian Sickness getting to me!!

Built on the core of the award-winning Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island, First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet pits players against the hostile Martian environment and a whole host of new adventures and challenges. The immersion experience is further enhanced with an integrated app that maintains the balance and challenge throughout. Players have the option of taking on the design as a series of separate games, in a custom campaign mode in which each successive game builds on the last. It had a messy upbringing and doesn't seem to be getting as much buzz as expected. Why is that? Are people being too harsh or are there some important points to be aware of?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Keyper Review

Keyper has similar traits to the earlier Key games: Game actions are positive and constructive, not destructive; player interaction is through the game mechanisms not direct, and like Keyflower, the previous game in the series, there is a lot of player interaction.

But there is one thing that infuriates me with this game.........



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Broken Meeple Videos - Unlock: Mystery Adventures Review

Unlock! Mystery Adventures features three new "escape room" scenarios that you can play on your tabletop. Relax, this is Spoiler Free/Lite. I've started to get into Escape Rooms a lot more now, both in games and in real life. EXIT and Unlock are my favourites. The first Unlock series was a good package although it had issues with the final scenario. This version manages to have the best and the worst scenario to date. . . . which ones are which?



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Broken Meeple Videos - Charterstone (Solo) Review

THIS REVIEW IS IN TWO SECTIONS. THE FIRST IS SPOILER FREE. I WILL GIVE PLENTY OF WARNING WHEN IT GETS TO SECTION 2 WHICH IS SPOILER RIDDEN. 20:28 - Spoiler Review Legacy seems to be the go-to phrase now to get your game hyped beyond belief. However I'm not fooled. Not every game that puts that word on their cover is a masterpiece just by default. Stonemaier Games has had a variable track record - I'm not the biggest fan of Euphoria or Between Two Cities, but Scythe and Viticulture are in my Top Ten of all time. So a "build it yourself" Euro that you play 12 games of and create your own unique board? Ok that sounds pretty good, but did it live up to the hype?



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Broken Meeple Top Ten - Expansions of 2017

As a side arc to the Top Ten of 2017 I felt that some special mention needed to go out to the unsung heroes that are expansions. I always love a good expansion to a great game and here are 10 picks of those that I feel made significant differences to their respective games. If you don't want to hear the intro or honorable mentions then skip to 05:15.



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