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Posted on Jul 15, 2013 in Boardgames

Guns of Galicia – Boardgame Review

“Guns of Galicia” is a boardgame of World War I’s Eastern Front. The two sides wear each other down quickly and have to husband forces for a final push – or a last-stand defense. Easy to play, it can serve as a gateway to more complex games.

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Posted on Jul 5, 2013 in Boardgames

Iron and Oak – Boardgame Review

GMT’s ‘Iron and Oak’ is a tactical boardgame of naval combat in the American Civil War that also has campaign rules. No tedious pre-plotting of moves required, thanks to the card system, but its index needs to be expanded.

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Posted on Jun 6, 2013 in Boardgames

Blocks in the East – Boardgame Review

‘Blocks in the East’ covers the entire Eastern Front of WW2 via multiple scenarios and a campaign. Enemy units’ composition and strength are hidden until combat occurs and some battles are nail-biters.

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Posted on May 20, 2013 in Boardgames

Bloody April – Boardgame Review

The board game “Bloody April: Air War over Arras, France, 1917″ is unusual. Instead of the one-on-one air battles found in most WWI aerial games, it pits flights of multiple aircraft against each other in the skies over France in 1917.

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Posted on May 8, 2013 in Boardgames

Bushido Denied – Boardgame Review

“Bushido Denied,” a boardgame of the defense of the Philippines against Japanese invasion in 1941-42, is actually two games in one: the defense of Bataan and the defense of Corregidor, which can be combined into a single game.

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Posted on Apr 29, 2013 in Boardgames

Axis & Allies World War I 1914 – Boardgame Review

The “Axis & Allies World War I 1914″ game shares some common mechanics with its World War II predecessor, but with a number of twists to reflect the situation nations faced in the Great War. It’s a game, not a history lesson, but players will often find themselves forced into the costly frontal assaults that characterized that war.

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Posted on Apr 18, 2013 in Boardgames

Death Before Dishonor – Boardgame Review

“Death Before Dishonor – The Battle of Santiago Bay” has unexpected depth and requires a number of tactical decisions be made by the player. At a price of $5.95, it will take gamers back to the days of Yaquinto’s inexpensive Album games.

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Posted on Mar 19, 2013 in Boardgames

Rise of the Zombies – Card Game Review

“Rise of the Zombies!” is a card game in which players must break through hordes of shambling undead to reach an evacuation helicopter, racing against the clock in a real-time race for survival. If the timer runs out, the chopper leaves.

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Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Boardgames

Andean Abyss – Boardgame Review

“Andean Abyss” is an unusual game that simulates quite effectively a chaotic and fluid war in South America, and it does it in less than 10 pages of rules. It minimizes luck, but players have to rely on adapting to the changing politics.

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Posted on Mar 11, 2013 in Boardgames

Naval War of 1812 – Boardgame Review

“Naval War of 1812″ abstracts the actions of that war between warships and merchant vessels. Fast, fun and easy to learn, it is great for new players, though gamers looking for more of a simulation of the era won’t find it here.

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