Broken Meeple Top 10 - Games with Multi-Use Cards

Multi-Use cards are one of my favourite mechanics. Whether it's 2, 3 or even 5 choices for a single card, it's the thought process that you go through consistently throughout the game when making tough choices I love. When it's done well, it's a superb mechanic. Which 10 games do I rank highest in this field?



Read More »

0 comments:

Season 2 Episode 25 - Weights

Sorry guys, I thought I uploaded this last week but apparently I hadn't! Shows how much is on my mind these days! :P But here you go, a new new podcast episode with some tweaks to the musical format as I wanted to give it a little bit of an update since the whole software calamity. I'll try to get the next out a lot quicker guys, maybe after I come back from UNCON 3.0 later in April.
Today I discuss my experiences at StabCon South over Easter including some new games I got to try and then I give my views on the hot internet topic of whether we as gamer's have got the "weights" of games all skewed?


Read More »

0 comments:

Broken Meeple Videos - Empires of the Void II Review

As you explore and interact with planets, you will discover unfolding stories of the fringe. Each inhabited planet is home to a unique alien species, with their own goals, values, and problems. Will you give aid by fighting off pirates, transporting goods, and curing strange diseases? Or will you invade and rule with a cruel hand?

I used to love the original Empires of the Void - how does the 2nd Edition improve on the original? Is it better or worse, has it solved the original issues, can you have both? Find out this and more in this lengthy review!

Who remembers the 1st Edition - did you ever try it with the Print & Play expansion? Thoughts on comparing the two?



Read More »

0 comments:

Broken Meeple Videos - Petrichor Review

Welcome to the lush world of Petrichor; you are a cloud. Your entire purpose in life is to expand, sire other clouds and water crops. Unfortunately, your mates (who are also clouds) have a similar plan. It’s up to you to manipulate the weather and assimilate these rogue clouds to contribute to the growth of as many crops as possible - all in order to claim the title of Most Valuable Cloud.



Read More »

0 comments:

Broken Meeple Top Ten - Games of 2013 (Retrospective)

I'm doing 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 finish the saga with 2013!!


Read More »

0 comments:

Broken Meeple APProved - Patchwork (STEAM)

In Patchwork, two players compete to build the most aesthetic (and high-scoring) patchwork quilt on a personal 9x9 game board. It's one of the most popular two player games out there and one of the first to kick-start the whole "polyomino" style games we now see a few off lately. 

So how does it fare with its STEAM release? And why do I suck so badly at this game? 


Read More »

0 comments:

Broken Meeple Videos - Fields of Arle: Tea & Trade Review

Return to East Frisia and bring more variety to your labors in the far North with the Tea & Trade expansion for Fields of Arle! This expansion adds tea — the national beverage of East Frisia — to energize your workers, as well as new ships for trading and fishing. Choose from a bevy of new features to add to your farm, including ditches that dehydrate your land and new buildings that grant you more options for maximizing your yields. With components to add a third player to the game, more players can enjoy the game than ever before. With new buildings, actions, and abilities, Tea & Trade includes everything you need to become a true 19th century farming magnate!



Is the third player addition exactly what I've been waiting for with Fields of Arle, or will it turn the game into a never-ending slog?



Read More »

0 comments:

Broken Meeple Videos - Topiary Review

I'm back!!! Yes Most of the things plaguing my life and software and free time are now resolved or on the mend so it's time to get back to some reviews, Top 10's and even more new content besides! Starting with Topiary - a nice, cute little filler game from Renegade that's done and dusted within 30 minutes max - is there enough to make it interesting though?




Read More »

0 comments:

Eldritch Horror: Masks of Nyarlathotep Review - Fantasy Fatigue Games

Is it possible to have Eldritch Horror fatigue? Certainly feels like it with the rate that expansions are coming out for it - it's getting ridiculous. Remember when Fantasy Flight once claimed that this would be a more streamlined version of Arkham Horror with considerably less bloat. Ha ha ha, good one Fantasy Flight, we almost believed you for a second. Well give them credit, they did streamline Arkham Horror, though perhaps not to the point of being an accessible game for all, but man did they jump on the expansion band wagon and bloat this thing up!

I've lost track now of how many there are and I've got every single one - so many that all my Arkham Horror / Eldritch Horror collection is contained within an Arkham Vault wooden box. It's arranged for quick assembly, but man it's like looking at the Ark of the Covenant - so much in there and it weighs a metric ton. So I guess I'm adding another expansion to the vault and it's a big box at that yet there's no board with this one. . . so why the big box?




Read More »

0 comments:

Broken Meeple APProved - Carcassonne (STEAM)

Sorry videos have been lacking lately, firstly it's been horribly stressful at work with extended hours in this peak period, secondly it's been convention season, thirdly I had the video assets issue to contend with following a PC upgrade and fourthly just to top it off, I caught the flu this week! Joy!!
However here it is folks! The first episode(s) of my new Broken Meeple APProved series! This will not replace reviews or Top 10's but I wanted to add more variety to the channel and I figured that as board game apps are such a big part of gaming now, that I'd go check a load of them out and show you how they work by giving them a playthrough, hopefully for your enjoyment.
Each game will feature up to two videos - one for a tutorial mode if the game has one and another for the actual playthrough. Now this is a work in progress and I'm always up for improving the quality so consider this a "pilot" episode if you will. I'm open to constructive criticism for improving audio, picture, style, whatever so feel free to leave your ideas in the comments (please be nice! :P)
Otherwise, I hope you enjoy my playthrough of Carcassonne on STEAM!




Read More »

0 comments:

Season 2 Episode 24 - AWARDS

Sorry its been a while guys - work is causing me no end of sleepless nights and my recent PC calamity didn't help! That's why this episode is a little more "slapdash" than usual. But bear with me, next episode should see a return to form!

In this episode I take on two main topics - firstly I reflect on my recent experiences at AIRECON, the growing convention in Harrogate run by Mark Cooke and his team. This time I brought my girlfriend along who's not a gamer by nature - so how did it turn out?

After that with the announcement of the Golden Geek Awards 2017 on BoardGameGeek - I have a few words.........and rants........to say about them.



Read More »

0 comments:

Can't Forget The Old Classics - Manhattan Review

As I write this review, I'm in a disheartening situation where a Windows/PC upgrade resulted in me losing a lot of the intro/outro assets on my video editing software. This is why Manhattan will be a written piece as I now have to recreate them all from scratch. Sad times, but I recreated what I needed and video production will resume after AireCon. Anyway's enough moping, let's talk about something fun! Manhattan.

No, not "The Manhattan Project" the worker placement game, I'm talking about Manhattan the original Spiel Des Jahres winner from 1994. Yeah we're going full on "Cult of the Old" here, but then I'd say I'm probably more about older games then more recent affairs as a whole. Great games have come out and I feel newer games struggle to innovate further beyond simply making everything look pretty so the old ones still stay strong, but I digress. This is a reprint of the classic which has been unavailable for quite some time. Now I never played the original classic so I'm not going to go comparing editions because let's face it, most of you probably don't even own the game it's so old now. From what I know, the rules are the same and it's just had a facelift.

So with everyone focusing so much on the new hotness or as Zee Garcia famously quoted "Cult of the Unreleased" (which is so true these days isn't it, hello Kickstarter fans) can we ressurect some of the older fare to compete?



Read More »

0 comments:

Broken Meeple Top Ten - Games of 2014 (Retrospective)

I have returned! Following my PC upgrade which lost me a ton of video assets in my editing software I had to take a small break to get them back and working - production on The Broken Meeple will slowly return to normal now starting with this!

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 2014!!



Read More »

0 comments:

Majesty: For The Realm Guest Review - It's NOT Splendor!

“Try Majesty out! Hurry, you must try it, it’s the new Splendor killer” – this is basically what I’ve been getting in my earhole lately from everyone. Now firstly, this has been tried before with Century Spice Road and I found that average at best – it’s fine, but drags on a bit for a filler and was very dependent on what cards came out early in the game. Even then it’s nothing like Splendor, just the same gateway level. Secondly Majesty is designed by Marc Andre, the same man who gave us Splendor – why would you design a game designed to kill off your old one? And thirdly, why does everyone want to kill off a cool entry-level game that’s been a staple in bringing in new players for the last few years? Even my parents like it, that’s a feat in itself!
So I’m going into this not expecting it to be anything like Splendor other than its ease of play. But what appeals to me is certainly not the generic theme Majesty is based on, but more that it’s portrayed as a gateway game from the same designer and has had some pretty good reviews lately. I have a segment on Throat Punch Lunch called “The Starting Tile” for a reason – I like good gateway level games, they’re a perfect blend of fun, short time length and ease of teaching for new gamers. And in this case, being a fan of Splendor, the designer has a good starting pedigree for this type of game. So can lighting strike twice?

Read More »

0 comments:

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?



Read More »

0 comments:

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!



Read More »

0 comments:

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?



Read More »

0 comments:

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?



Read More »

0 comments:

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!

Read More »

0 comments:

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!!



Read More »

0 comments:

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!






0 comments:

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!



0 comments:

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!



0 comments:

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.



Read More »

0 comments:

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?



Read More »

0 comments:

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!!



Read More »

0 comments:

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!



Read More »

0 comments:

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.



Read More »

0 comments:

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?



Read More »

0 comments:

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?



Read More »

0 comments:

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.........



Read More »

0 comments:

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?



Read More »

0 comments:

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?



Read More »

0 comments:

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.



Read More »

0 comments: