Review: Rising 5: Runes of Asteros

Designers: Gary Kim and Evan Song Artwork and Graphic Design: Vincent Dutrait Play: 1-5 Players Play time: 60 minutes A copy of Rising 5: Runes of Asteros, was provided by Grey Fox Games for review. I would like to thank them for their support of Jambalaya Plays Games. This does not mean I am being... Continue Reading →

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Review: Reef

Publsher: Next Move Games, Pegasus Spiele Designer: Emerson Matsuuchi Art: Chris Quilliams Player Count: 2-4 players Play time: 30-45 minutes Reef I love board games. The opportunity to play games with complete strangers is something I will always look forward to. It doesn’t matter to me who wins, it’s about the experience and the moments that... Continue Reading →

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Interview with Michael Fox, Co-Designer of Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr

Late last year (2017),  I was picking up cold medicine for my sick little guy at Walgreens (drug store) and decided to make an impulse buy, which turned out to be Rory's Story Cubes.  After returning home and playing five consecutive games that night, I felt like we created a father/son bonding moment I will never forget.... Continue Reading →

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Combo Fighter: Kickstarter Preview or Strategy Guide?

Designer: Asger Johansen Artist: Snorre Krogh Publisher:Kolossal Games, Plotmaker Games Player Count: 2-4 players depending on how many decks you own Play time 15-30 minutes A prototype copy of Combo Fighter was provided by Kolossal Games for this preview. I want to thank Kolossal Games for supporting Jambalaya Plays Games. Everything you see in this... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Coldwater Crown: The Sea Expansion

Designer: Brian Suhre Artist: Jason D. Kingsley, Beth Sobel, Stevo Torres Publisher: Bellwether Games Player count: 1-4 players Play time: 40 to 90 minutes A prototype copy of Coldwater Crown: The Sea was provided for this preview. I want to thank Bellwether Games for supporting Jambalaya Plays Games. Everything you see is in prototype form. The review for the base... Continue Reading →

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I’m Baaaaaaack!

I Didn't Forget About Ya! Hello party people! I’ve been away from the keyboard for a long time. Too long maybe, but my effort were focused on launching a new YouTube page. The channel has the same as my blog name, Jambalaya Plays Games. This does not mean I will become a full time video... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Fantastic Factories

Publisher: Self Published Designers: Joseph Chen, Justin Faulkner Artist: Joseph Chen Player count: 1-5 Play time: 45-60 minutes Plays for preview: 8   Full Disclosure: A prototype copy of Fantastic Factories was provided by Joseph Chen for this preview. All of the components and art are in prototype form. I would like to thank Joseph... Continue Reading →

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Review: Shards of Infinity

Designers: Justin Gary, Gary Arant Art: Aaron Nakahara Publishers: Stone Blade Entertainment, Ultra PRO Player Count: 2-4 players Play time: 30 minutes Full disclosure: A copy of Shards of Infinity was provided by Stone Blade Entertainment for review. I would like to thank them for their support of Jambalaya Plays Games. I do not provide... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Psi Wars

Publisher: Self Publisher Designers: Michael and Adeev Wohl Artists: Jason Juta, Damien Mammoliti, Timofte Silva Play Time: 15 to 45 Player Count: 2-4 A copy of the prototype for Psi Wars was sent to me by Michael Wohl. I'm thankful for his patience with this preview and wish him the best with this campaign. Every... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Sojourn

Designer: Philip Loyer Artist: M. Wayne Miller Publisher: Wyvern Gaming Player Count: 1 player only Play Time: 10 to 20 minutes A copy of Sojourn was provided by Wyvern Games for this preview. I would like to thank them for their support of Jambalaya Plays Games. All the art and components in this preview are... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Goblin Grapple

Publisher: Silver Gaming Company Developer: Travis Hoglund Designer: Brittney Hoglund Art: Lloyd Hoshide Playtime: 15-20 minutes Player Count: 2-4 Plays: 4 A prototype copy of Goblin Grapple was provided by Silver Gaming Company for this preview. I would like to thank them for supporting Jambalaya Plays Games. The Kickstarter campaign is already funded, but of... Continue Reading →

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What’s So Cool About Tramways: Engineer’s Workbook?

Designer: Alban Viard Artist: Paul Laane, Sampo Sikiö Publisher: AVStudioGames Play Time: 10-30 min (depends on your skill level) Player Count: 1 player (with a set of 2 player competitive episodes) (40 Episodes are solo/33 competitive) What's so cool? is a short video explanation feature the "cool" parts of the game. It's not a rules overview, but focuses more... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Blight Chronicles: Agent Decker

Designer:Manuel Correia, Matt Dembek Artist:Ramses Bosque, Paweł Niziołek Publisher: Board&Dice Plays: 1 player only Play time: 60-90 min Everything you see in this preview is in prototype form. I would like to thank Board&Dice for allowing me to do this preview and overall support of Jambalaya Plays Games. This is my second preview with them, so check out... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Filler

Designer: Jonathan Chaffer Artist: Claire Donaldson Publisher: Green Couch Games Play time: 20-30 min Plays: 2-5 players A prototype copy of Filler was provided by Green Couch Games for this preview. I would like to thank them for their support of Jambalaya Plays Games. Everything you see is most definitely in prototype form. The art... Continue Reading →

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Interview with the Project Lead of HEXplore It, Jonathan Mariucci

HEXplore It and HEXploreIt: The Forests of Adrimon Publisher: Marucci J. Designs LLC Designers: Jonathan Mariucci, Kat Kimoundi, Nathan Loos Art: N/A Player Count: 1-7 players Age: 12+ Play Time: 60-180 min HEXplore It is a hero building cooperative adventure board game. The gameplay and open world concepts are similar to video games, such as... Continue Reading →

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Review: Sakura

Designer: Reiner Knizia Artist: Kevin Hong Publisher: Osprey Games Plays: 2-6 player Playtime: 20 to 40 minutes (plays best at 3 to 6) Age:10+ A copy of Sakura can be found on Osprey Publishing for $30.00 MSRP A copy of Sakura was provided by Osprey Games for review. I want to thank them for supporting... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Imperius

Designer: Grant Rodiek (Farmageddon, Cry Havoc, Five Ravens, Solstice: Fall of Empire) Artist:Gong Studios Publisher: Kolossal Games Play time: 30- 45 minutes Player Count: 2-4 Players A prototype copy of Imperius was provided by Kolossal Games for this preview. I want to thank them for supporting Jambalaya Plays Games. Everything you see today is in... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Sorcerer & Stones

Designer: Nightsorrow Chou, Eros Lin Artist: Stephen Tsai Publisher: Deep Water Games, EmperorS4 Player Count: 2-4 players Play time: 30-60 minutes A prototype copy of Sorcerer & Stones was provided by Deep Water Games for preview. I would like to thank them for supporting my blog. Everything you see in today’s preview does not represent... Continue Reading →

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Interview with the Designer of Maximum Apocalypse, Michael Gnade

 I was able to track down the designer of Maximum Apocalypse and Brass Empire, Michael Gnade. Thankfully, he was able to take time out his busy schedule to respond to a couple questions about the upcoming campaign through email. The Kickstarter campaign for Maximum Apocalypse: Gothic Horrors launches on March 27th. What is Maximum Apocalypse?... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: The Primary (Solo mode)

Designer: Matt Quock Artist: Sebastián Koziner, Rocio Ogñenovic   Publisher: Mountaintop Games Player Count: 1-5 Play time: 45 to 60 min I want to be clear before we get started with this preview. THIS GAME IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS. The best way to describe the game is that it’s more of a teaching tool about the electoral college system and... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Cat Rescue

Designer: Ta-Te Wu Publisher: Sunrise Tornado Game Studio Plays: 1-4 players (5 players with expansion) Play Time: 15-30 minutes (Solo play is closer to 15) A prototype copy of  Cat Rescue was provided by Ta-Ta We for preview. I would like to thank them for supporting my blog. Everything you see in today’s preview is... Continue Reading →

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Vinyl Kickstarter Giveaway

Giveaway Time I decided to have a giveaway because of the level of excitement attached to the Vinyl Campaign. With the support of Talon Strikes Studios, I am able to giveaway a copy. I don't get paid to do this or receive favors from publishers in exchange for my positivity. I hope you stick around... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Fire in the Library

Designer:  Tony Miller, John Prather Artist: Katie Khau, Beth Sobel Publisher: Weird Giraffe Games Player count: 1-6 players Play time: 15-30 min A prototype copy of  Fire in the Library was provided by Weird Giraffe Games for preview. I would like to thank them for supporting my blog. Everything you see in today’s preview is in prototype form and does... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Vinyl

Publisher: Talon Strikes Studios LLC Developer: Eric Alvarado Artist: Jason Wasburn Player Count: 2-4 Players (Played at all player counts once) A prototype copy of Vinyl was provided by Talon Strikes Studios for preview. I would like to thank them for supporting my blog. Everything you see in today’s preview is in prototype form and... Continue Reading →

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Review: Ink Monsters

Albino Dragon Games Designers: Erica Hayes-Bouyouris and Daryl Andrews Player count; 2-6 Players Ages 6+ Play time : 20-30 minutes MSRP: $18.99 A review copy of Ink Monsters was provided by Albino Dragon Games. I want to thank them for supporting my blog. Ink Monsters In Ink Monsters, you’re moving a pen around a circle... Continue Reading →

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Interview with Alexandre Aboud, Co-Designer of Arena: The Contest

Arena: The Contest Designers: Alexandre Aboud, Danilo de Alcantara, Clayton Machado Publisher: Dragori Games Plays: 1-8 Players Play Time: 45-90 minutes Age: 14+ I’ve had my eye on Arena: The Contest for about six months. I’m a sucker for a good dungeon crawling game with sweet miniatures, but I’m not easily fooled by awesome artwork... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Chronicles of Crime

Publisher: Lucky Duck Game Designer: David Cicurel    Artists: Gebreselassie, Mateusz Komada, Katarzyna Kosobucka Player count: 1-4 players (1 and 2 player were play for this preview) Play time: 60 to 90 minutes A prototype  print and play file of  Chronicles of Crime was provided by Lucky Duck Games for this preview. I want to thank Lucky Duck... Continue Reading →

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Review: Seikatsu

Publisher: IDW Games Designers: Matt Loomis & Issac Shalev Artwork: Peter Wocken ( Art & Graphic Design), Lucas Mendonca, Sam Barlin Player count 1-4 Players Playtime: 30 minutes (Played 1, 2, 3 players) A copy of Seikatsu was provided by IDW Games for review. I would like to thank IDW Games for supporting my blog. ... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Guardian’s Gambit

Publisher: Knights of Norwood Developers: Peter Raber and Michael Flahive Player Count: 2 players Play time: 10 - 15 min A prototype copy for Guardian's Gambit was provided by Knights of Norwood for this preview. Everything you see is in prototype form, but some of the artwork is close to final. I want to thank Michael... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter for Solo Players

Yeesh! Solo players have a plenty of options to choose from this month. I had to create a post to inform you of what's out there and why I'm interested. Let's get to it. Pulp Detective My Kickstarter Preview Cooperative: 1-2 players 30 minutes In Pulp Detective, you play as a detective trying to solve... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Pulp Detective

Publisher: AVStudioGames- LudioBooster (Alban Viard Studio Games) Designer and Artist: Todd Sanders Plays: 1-2 players (It's a solo game with a optional 2 player variant) Play time: 20-30 min   Age: 14+ Print and play files were provided by the publisher for this preview. All of the components and artwork you see are in prototype form... Continue Reading →

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Interview: Daryl Andrew and Erica Hayes-Bouyouris, designers of Roar: King of the Pride by IDW Games

Publisher: IDW Games Designers: Daryl Andrews, Erica Hayes-Bouyouris Art: Vincent Dutrait (Personal Favorite) Player Count: 3-6 Age: 14+ Play Time: 60-90 min Daryl Andrews and Erica Hayes-Bouyouris are an up and coming duo of developers who started to grab my attention. With games like Ink Monsters and Roar: King of the Pride, along with future... Continue Reading →

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Review: Dice Throne

Designers: Manny Trembley, Nate Chatellier Art: Manny Trembley Publisher: Mind Bottling Games, Roxley Plays: 20 to 40 minutes Player Count: 2-6 players (2 player only for review) Aaaaaaah Memories. When I was around 10 years old, I would beg my mother for $10.00 to go to the mall. Yes, $10.00 got you a long way... Continue Reading →

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Review: Purrrlock Holmes 

Published by: IDW Games Designer: Stephen Sauer Artist: Jacqui Davis Plays: 2-5 players 10 to 30 at max player count A copy of Purrlock Holmes was provided for review by IDW Games. I want to thank them for supporting my site. Purrrlock Holmes is a short and sweet deduction game where players take the roles of ... Continue Reading →

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Kickstarter Preview: Cogs and Commissars

Published by: Atlas Games Designer: Matt Haga Artist: Zoran Cardula Plays: 2-6 players in about 30 to 40 min A prototype of Cogs and Commissars was provided by Atlas Games for this preview. The project is seeking funding on Kickstarter, launching on January 30, 2018. *I apologize for the pictures in this preview. I had... Continue Reading →

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