"Imagine a timeline with 1985 in the middle, to the left the past and to the right the future. If we travel back in time and make changes, the timeline skews off at an angle, creating an alternate 1985 - or rather, it's an alternate to you, Einstein and me, but a complete reality for everyone else. It turns out that Biff took the Sports Almanac into the past and thereby created this new timeline. It's now up to us to find a new way to get Back to the Future: Dice Through Time by Ravensburger."
Who will you use to put an end to the villainous Rhino, the devious Klaw or the despicable Ulton? Will it be She-Hulk, defender of law and order or Spiderman, local hero with plenty of responsibility? In Marvel Champions you choose the hero and take the fight to the villain in one of three scenarios playing as one of five unique heroes.
It all starts here. Iron Man is the genesis of the MCU, a flawed human being that discovers his true calling in a cave and ultimately sacrifices himself to save humanity. He is a genius, but he is also chaotic. He is incredibly powerful but only human. He is a dichotomy, hero and villain, genius and fool but how is this complex brew of personality types represented on the tabletop? Let’s take a look.
Ms Marvel is one of the rising stars of the Marvel lineup. Like Peter Parker before her, she has a youthful vibrance and fallibility but she also brings diversity and sense of hope to the Marvel Universe. She names herself for her favourite hero, Captain Marvel, in a type of hero worship that we, as the reader, can relate to. And now she arrives into the world of Marvel Champions to embiggen our gaming experience… But is Ms Marvel worth picking up? Let’s take a look...
"It's time you two pilferers sneak into the factory and steal some tasty doughnuts. I'll be watching you from here and tell you which direction to go. Remember: north, east, south or west. Oh, and if you come across anyone from a rival gang, just grab one of their doughnuts as you bump into them." You're ready to start the Doughnut Dash by The Dark Imp.
Four mighty rulers compete to create the most wonderful dominion. They stand at the top of their keep and survey the blank canvas below them. They want to create beautiful lakes full of fish, large forests with mighty trees, expansive meadows full of content sheep, giant fields bursting with healthy grain, expansive mines which overflow with precious ore and some wonderful swamp that… well… does something amazing too. Whoever creates the best realm becomes the Kingdomino by Coiledspring Games.
If you want a zombicide title Invader is a good one, it adds a bit more depth and few more rules, but overall makes you feel like a hero, rather than just a survivor. If however you want to have the new updated rules but like your apocalypse a bit more George A Romero, then you might want to wait for Zombicide 2nd Edition coming out later this year.
The monsters are on the rampage. Military jets fill the skies while tanks rumble through the gridlocked streets, but to you, it's more of a minor irritation than anything much to worry about. The jets are like wasps with a painful sting and the tanks like cockroaches trying to bite you. Your real worry are the other monsters, whose attacks could kill you. You're desperately trying to get to Manhatten and become the King of New York in this exciting game by Iello.
Your stable is ready. There are the Chill Wraith, the Stasis Golem and the Skinling. You know that some of them will lose and some will win, which is fine. In fact, it's what you're betting on happening, because if you win your bet, irrespective of whether the creature wins or loses, it will give you a strategic advantage in the next round of combat. You are confident that you will come out on top in Underleague by Cogwright Games.
"Diamonds, gold, silver, cloth, spices, leather," you shout from your stall into the hustle and bustle of the market. You want to attract the Maharajah's eye and be granted one of his rare Seals of Excellence in the hope that you will become his personal trader in Jaipur by GameWorks.
The warrior King of Wakanda enters the game, dressed in latex laced with vibranium and claws that could tear a hole through time and space. However how does Black Panther stack up against the other heroes in Fantasy Flight Games' Marvel Champions.
Roll Player is a dice placement game in which players compete to build a RPG character by completing their strength, dexterity, constitution, intelligence, wisdom and charisma attributes, while trying to also fulfill their backstory and alignment goals.
The carved stone door gave way to a vast stone hallway, littered with gems and jewels. Greedily my friends and I pushed on, arms ladened with precious stones. Suddenly our torches glinted upon some black onyx, embedded in the wall… Upon closer inspection, the onyx had eight legs and skittered about on sinewy white webs...oh my…
That was enough for one of our party, we lost another when we encountered the giant snake and another turned back when part of the tunnel roof gave way. But not me, I
We live in a new world order, one where mystical constructs known as a Golems now carry out many of our day to day tasks.
These benevolent creatures only ask us for one thing in return... gem stones. While they seem content and willing to build our dwellings and tend our fields I do fear what might happen if the gem stones run out!
Thor is the third hero pack for Marvel Champions and comes as a full playable deck with the Aggression aspect. Thor is a tricky beast to play, especially when used solo due to his lack of threat control, however against a minion swarm he’s incredible. Let’s take a look at his cards and then we’ll get to some final thoughts.
Everything felt new and awkward. You had practiced for this as much as you could. Yet, you didn't feel confident. "You can do it," Dawna whispered into your ear piece. "Let's get 'em," came the roar from Farg over the comms. With these two Mo'kons by your side, you stood a good chance. It was time for you to step into the Prisma Arena by Hub Games.
You and your fellow experts were dropped off by helicopter on the island. It was going to be a rush job. You had to work together to explore the area, find the artifacts and get them and yourself back to the helipad. The problem was, the water level was rising all the time and this small island was disappearing fast. To add to your troubles, you were on a Forbidden Island by Gamewright.
It feels like a long time ago now, but thinking back to AireCon, which took place last month, still puts a smile on my face. It meant a long car journey for me, travelling over five hours from the South Coast all the way up to Harrogate in deepest Yorkshire. I wanted to see a quite few people there. It was going to be busy.
The air is still and the sky is mostly clear. The forest is flourishing, stocked with many great, big trees with long branches colonized by many fragrant flowers, marvellous mushrooms, wriggly worms and fantastic fireflies. You are proud of what you have achieved. It wasn’t easy but you pleased the spirits of the forest, the so-called Kodama: The Tree Spirits by Action Phase Games.
iHunt is a Fate powered pen and paper roleplaying game by Olivia Hill and Filamena Young. It’s based on iHunt: Killing Monsters in the Gig Economy by Olivia Hill, a series of novels available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.
I bought my copy of the game on DriveThruRPG and despite owning a copy, I am just a tourist in the world.
Read the second page of the book, if you get a chance, and if it pisses you off, then put the game down and walk away. It’s not for you.
A small queue of customers was waiting outside. It was our opening day. We had our tea ready and some bits in our pantry, but still had to buy the flavours, which we wanted to get fresh from the market during the day, so that every tea would taste fresh and our customers would be happy. Everyone was nervous, but there was nothing for it - we had top open up and start serving Chai by Steeped Games.
It was time to build a better future and turn this city around. Our aim was to be carbon neutral. Yet, the road there would be difficult and tough decisions had to be made. Modernizing our housing stock, building wind farms and everything else would cost a lot of money. If we wanted to move quickly, we might have to accept a temporary increase in carbon output to build factories. We were not alone though. There were a number of others who wanted to become the first Carbon City Zero by Possible.
“I think everyone agrees. We want to build the best metropolis in the world. It will be magnificent.” The mayor looks around the room at all the happy and excited faces, until he spots the urbanist. “What’s wrong?” the mayor asks. “Well,” the urbanist replies, “we do have a few challenges. It’s going to be really tricky to build our Quadropolis by Days of Wonder.”
"Carefully now," you mumble as your hand reaches into the bag of ingredients. "One more, just one more," you say to yourself as you pray that the next ingredient won't be another cherry bomb. It would be disastrous. You have plenty of toadstools, pumpkins, crow skulls and emerald spiders in your bag, so you should be all right. "Oh no!" It's a cherry bomb of course and with a loud bang, your pot explodes. Now you have no chance of competing with the other Quacks of Quedlinburg by Schmidt Spiele.
Captain America, the first Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D’s blue eyed boy scout arrives on the scene with a vibranium shield and a host of allies at his side. Before you bother reading the review, if you want a deck that can do everything very well and beat all the currently released scenarios, this is the pack for you. Let’s take a look at it.
Lightning strikes around you, a hurricane is howling and visibility is almost zero. You're on a rickety platform 7,000 feet in the air, barely tethered to the barrier rail by rope in an almost vain attempt to stop you from plummeting to your death. You're desperately trying to get to the rocket and to safety - but you are still exploring your route there and you're running out of time. You have to be quick and work together to reach the Forbidden Sky by Gamewright.
The dive team was getting ready to leave the submarine. The oxygen tank was full, but it was limited. Everyone's lines were connected to it, so everyone had to be frugal and be aware that the air was shared among the team. It was going to be risky, but nobody was under any illusions. After a few last checks, it was time to leave the vessel and hunt for treasure - and make it back alive. It was going to be a Deep Sea Adventure by Oink Games.
Ensuring you can continue to fill the display cases, while also being able to pay your hard-working staff, is very hard. It is all about getting people through the door to raise income, as well as have a better chance of attracting funding. However, at the moment your museum isn't in great shape and you need to expand to make room for more exhibits, which in turn should attract more visitors. Well, nobody said it would be easy in Curators: Collection Conundrum by Worldshapers.
Your tribe is sitting around the fire - an invention that will be the spark of things to come. However, it feels like you have been here before. The faces are different and so is the location, but the crackling of the fire trigger memories - memories of a bright future, memories of generations to come, of a civilization rising out of the plains. Yet, something is different this time. Your tribe of Traders has an extra coin and food in this more balanced version of Tapestry by Stonemaier Games.