A Gaming Christmas (2013)

A Gaming Christmas (2013)

Our Santa stockings were, once again, filled with all sorts of table top gaming this Christmas.


1.) Scary Tales: Little Red vs Pinocchio
Card Game / Fantasy
One of the games in the Scary Tales series of two-player games pitting common fairy tale characters against each other.
Here’s more about the two characters in this game from the publisher:
“Little Red is a scorned girl on a mission to prove that you may be able to fool her once, but you can’t fool her twice! Pinocchio is a fibbing, scheming puppet that won’t let you pull his strings. They both want to rule over the land, and they’ve got the drive to win. With the help of their companions, the Woodsman and the Cricket, each of them will be tough to beat.”
The setting for Scary Tales is a kingdom, where a battle awaits as the king has died, leaving no heir. While the enchanted forest is feared and the castle is covered in dark clouds, corruption has affected the town and only those with the utmost abilities in Strength, Wisdom, Magic and Luck will be able to collect enough relics from the stories of long ago to prove themselves worthy of being the new leader. The challengers are sharp, indomitable, and devious – and with each match-up, it is uncertain who will win the crown.
Each character comes with its own unique ability which may be used once per game and a color coded set of dice. A set of power cards and fortune cards, a fairy card and a die associated with said fairy comprise the contents of the game. To win, a player needs to obtain seven points worth of relics, and hold on to them until the beginning of their next turn.
BoardGameGeek
VERDICT: tba

2.) Scary Tales: Snow White vs The Giant
Card Game / Fantasy
One of the games in the Scary Tales series of two-player games pitting common fairy tale characters against each other.
Here’s more about the two characters in this game from the publisher:
“Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum…you don’t want to mess with this chum. The Giant can crush his foes with his enormous strength, and he has his Magic Hen on his side, as well. But sly Snow White is no longer her sweet self, and she has some tricks up her sleeve, including the assistance of her Seven Dwarfs. Will the kingdom thrive under the rule of either of these challengers? A battle of enormous proportions awaits!”
The setting for Scary Tales is a kingdom, where a battle awaits as the king has died, leaving no heir. While the enchanted forest is feared and the castle is covered in dark clouds, corruption has affected the town and only those with the utmost abilities in Strength, Wisdom, Magic and Luck will be able to collect enough relics from the stories of long ago to prove themselves worthy of being the new leader. The challengers are sharp, indomitable, and devious – and with each match-up, it is uncertain who will win the crown.
Each character comes with its own unique ability which may be used once per game and a color coded set of dice. A set of power cards and fortune cards, a fairy card and a die associated with said fairy comprise the contents of the game. To win, a player needs to obtain seven points worth of relics, and hold on to them until the beginning of their next turn.
BoardGameGeek
VERDICT: tba

3.) Saboteur
Card Game / Exploration
Players take on the role of dwarves. As miners, they are in a mine, hunting for gold. Suddenly, a pick axe swings down and shatters the mine lamp. The saboteur has struck. But which of the players are saboteurs? Will you find the gold, or will the fiendish actions of the saboteurs lead them to it first? After three rounds, the player with the most gold is the winner.
With the help of Dwarf Cards, the players are assigned their role: either miner or saboteur. The roles are kept secret- they are only revealed at the end of the game.
The Start Card and the three Goal Cards are placed onto the table, each seven card widths apart from each other. The Goal Cards are placed face-down. The gold is on one of the Goal Cards, but nobody knows which.
Players have cards in hand. On a player’s turn, he must do one of three things: place a Path Card into the mine, play an Action Card in front of a player, or pass.
The Path Cards form paths leading to the Goal Cards. Path Cards must be played next to a already-played Path Card. All paths on the Path Card must match those on the already-played cards, and Path Cards may not be played sideways.
The miners are trying to build an uninterrupted path from the Start Card to a Goal Card, while the saboteurs are trying to prevent this. They shouldn’t try and be too obvious about it, however, lest they be immediately discovered.
Action Cards can be placed in front of any player, including oneself. Action Cards let the players help or hinder one another, as well as obtain information about the Goal Cards.
Once a player places a Path Card that reaches the gold, the round is over. The miners have won and receive cards with gold pieces as their reward.
The round is also over if the gold could not be reached. In that case, the saboteurs have won and receive the gold pieces.
Once the Gold Cards have been distributed, the next round begins. The game is over at the end of the third round, with the player with the most gold pieces being the winner.
BoardGameGeek
♟ Expansion packs available
VERDICT: ★★★★★

4.) Gloom
Card Game / Humor
The world of Gloom is a sad and benighted place. The sky is gray, the tea is cold, and a new tragedy lies around every corner. Debt, disease, heartache, and packs of rabid flesh-eating mice—just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, they do. But some say that one’s reward in the afterlife is based on the misery endured in life. If so, there may yet be hope—if not in this world, then in the peace that lies beyond.
In the Gloom card game, you assume control of the fate of an eccentric family of misfits and misanthropes. The goal of the game is sad, but simple: you want your characters to suffer the greatest tragedies possible before passing on to the well-deserved respite of death. You’ll play horrible mishaps like Pursued by Poodles or Mocked by Midgets on your own characters to lower their Self-Worth scores, while trying to cheer your opponents’ characters with marriages and other happy occasions that pile on positive points. The player with the lowest total Family Value wins.
Printed on transparent plastic cards, Gloom features an innovative design by noted RPG author Keith Baker. Multiple modifier cards can be played on top of the same character card; since the cards are transparent, elements from previously played modifier cards either show through or are obscured by those played above them. You’ll immediately and easily know the worth of every character, no matter how many modifiers they have. You’ve got to see (through) this game to believe it!
BoardGameGeek
♟ Expansion packs available
VERDICT: ★★★★★

5.) Let’s Kill
Card Game / Humor
From the rules: “Let’s kill is all about pretending to be a homicidal maniac with an artistic twist that goes around whacking a variety of people in a variety of places with a variety of weapons.”
One deck of cards contains victims, worth 1 – 10 points. The second deck contains weapons, events, surprises and locations.
Each turn, draw one victim card and place it on the table, either in a location or by itself. Play one card from your hand, following the directions: weapons to kill victims to gain points, locations for future victims to gather for mass murder, surprises (bonus or penalty points) face down under victims, or events (which might result in a shootout between the players). Draw from the second deck until you have five cards.
Cards can also be played during an opponent’s turn depending on the results of events or surprises.
BoardGameGeek
♟ Expansion pack available
VERDICT: tba

6.) Guillotine
Card Game / Humor
The French Revolution is famous in part for the use of the guillotine to put nobles to death, and this is the macabre subject of this light card game. As executioners pandering to the masses, the players are trying to behead the least popular nobles. Each day the nobles are lined up and players take turns killing the ones at the front of the line until all the nobles are gone. However, players are given cards which will manipulate the line order right before ‘harvesting,’ which is what makes the game interesting. After three days worth of chopping, the highest total carries the day.BoardGameGeek
VERDICT: ★★★★★

7.) Star Fluxx
Card Game / Science Fiction
Fluxx gets the Science Fiction treatment. From the publisher: “Just when you thought that Fluxx had gone as far as it could go – it blasts off for the Stars! Explore the vastness of space-themed humor with your valiant Captain, Engineer, and, of course, your Expendable Crewman. Go check out that Small Moon – or is it really a Space Station? You may be swayed by Unseen Forces, held hostage by Evil Computers, or find your ship infested with Cute Fuzzy Aliens.”
Like its brethren, Star Fluxx is the game of ever changing rules. It starts out as Draw 1, Play 1, but even that can change. When a Goal card is played, you can win by meeting the Goal, usually by having the correct Keeper cards in front of you. Action and Surprise cards help you to meet the Goal, or stop your opponent. Creeper cards usually prevent you from winning, but are sometimes necessary to meet the Goal.

BoardGameGeek
VERDICT: ★★★★★

Previously: A Gaming Christmas (2012)

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