Here’s a story of a lovely lady (spoiler: it’s me) and her pride and how it has led to the discovery of the single greatest board game I have ever played. It’s probably also a good primer for other reviewers on increasing your reach.At GenCon this year, I was perusing the wares of the various booths and my eyes caught a glimpse of two beautiful game boxes. Each had crisp metallic lettering with an old world feel and artwork that radiated European class. I made my way to the booth and waited patiently to speak to to the team manning it as there were many buyers lined up to purchase the games. I didn’t know anything about the games (Brass Birmingham and Brass Lancashire), or the publisher – Roxley Game Laboratory – but I knew I wanted to review one or both of the games. Almost every board game love story I star in in can be summed up this way: I am seduced by the artwork or theme and then I stay for the right mechanics. When the lead rep spoke with me, he gently rejected my request. He …
Exciting news this week! The Spirit Island Jagged Earth expansion
launches on Kickstarter October 16th, 2018. I had the chance to
preview and play this upcoming release from Greater Than Games multiple times
this week, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Our Spirit Island collection keeps growing. First there was the
base game, which debuted in 2017 and turned the traditional narrative of the conquering
colonists on its head, allowing players to take on the role of island spirits
determined to keep the colonists at bay through any means necessary to preserve
the serenity of the island. My husband and I picked up the game at retail
(having missed the Kickstarter window) and fell in love with it immediately, enthused
to work together as powerful spirits and put the invaders down. Next, we added
the Branch and Claw expansion. This expansion (also part of the original Kickstarter)
expanded the board, added new spirits and powers, new blight card…
A few months ago, I fell in love with Brass Birmingham (you can read that review HERE). I fell hard. It was an all time top 10 best games ever kind of love and so when Roxley Game Laboratory offered to send me Brass Lancashire to play and share my thoughts, I was a bit hesitant. Is there even a chance I could enjoy it as much as Birmingham? Lancashire was the original game designed by Martin Wallace, and while it’s been updated for the most recent release, I was concerned it might prove to be an older, tired version that couldn’t compete with Birmingham.
My concerns were unfounded. Brass Lancashire is fantastic. Playing Lancashire after playing Birmingham is a bit like dating someone and then dating their sibling. Sure, there’s a resemblance, but the kissing feels different. The artwork for Brass Lancashire is beautiful, radiating a classic style evocative of the theme (industrial era production). The artists have shown great attention to detail such as the raised gold lettering on …