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Qlever Qubes: A Q-bitz Extreme Review

by Corey Whelen
18 September 2019

2-4 Players, 30 Minutes, Medium Complexity, Medium Strategy

There’s nothing quite like a good brainteaser. That pleasant tickle at the back of your skull when you’re onto something big, or when those pieces are about to slide into place... there’s something magical about that “eureka” moment where everything falls into place, and it gets so, so much better when you’re the first to figure it out and you get to smugly explain it to family and friends. A lot of board games work on this basic premise, but Q-bitz Extreme is the only one I’ve seen that takes it completely literally, offering players a unique spatial puzzle that’s challenging for kids and highly competitive for adults!

Head to Head Hilarity: A Pickles to Penguins Review

by Corey Whelen
11 September 2019

2+ Players, 10 Minutes, Low Complexity, Medium Strategy

What do shampoo and corn have in common? What’s the difference between a bell pepper and a crossword? It’s not a joke, but it is the sort of hilarious parallels you’ll be drawing in one of our favourite party games ever- we’re reviewing Pickles to Penguins, the quick-thinking, picture-linking party game with fans from Albuquerque to Zanzibar!

Viral Victory: A Pandemic Review

by Corey Whelen
4 September 2019

2-4 Players, ~30 Minutes, Medium Complexity, High Strategy

Congratulations! It’s your first day working at the World Health Organization, where you’ll be studying illness, researching cures, and SAVING THE WORLD! Let’s start with that last one, actually. Four new virulent diseases are ravaging the planet, and it’s up to your team of super scientists and doctors to stop them before it turns into a global PANDEMIC! That’s right, we’re reviewing the modern classic, the granddaddy of co-op games, the sickness-smashing, disease-dueling, illness-eradicating game of strategy and stress!

The Nose Knows: A Pencil Nose Review

by Corey Whelen
28 August 2019

4+ Players, ~30 Minutes, Low Complexity, Low Strategy

Some games never go out of fashion. Monopoly has been kicking for over a century, Charades has been around since the early 1800’s and Checkers was played 5000 years ago in Ancient Mesopotamia. They’re great games, and they’ve withstood the test of time for a reason, but sometimes a small tweak can make them feel new and fresh again, providing a game that’s immediately accessible for new players due to its familiarity, yet fresh and engaging for people who have played for years. Fat Brain Toy’s newest game, Pencil Nose, is one such tweak, and I think it’s my all-time favourite variation on Pictionary.

Kickstarters and Show Stoppers: The Escalation of Crowd-Funded Board Games

by Corey Whelen
7 August 2019

Earlier this month, CMON wrapped up their ground-breaking Kickstarter campaign for Cthulhu: Death May Die. Backers who pledged $250 USD (more than double the price of the game itself) for the R’yleh Rising expansion got a special bonus in the form of a Cthulu “mini” in at a whopping 57 cm tall. That’s nearly 2 feet of molded plastic, and while it certainly looks impressive, it’s causing a bit of an uproar in the board game community.

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