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We are a family of four that lives in small town in eastern Iowa. Spending quality time with our family is very important to us.  What better way to do that than to sit down as a family and play quality board games?  It keeps the entire family engaged and forces some deep thinking for the kids.

These board game reviews will be done with the perspective of encouraging and nurturing that precious family time.

Wizard's Academy

Game Overview: Playing as a team in this cooperative game, you are students just starting to learn magic that sometimes works as expected and sometimes creates unexpected havoc.  Each student has a unique ability and you must rely on your knowledge (or lack of) of magic as you attempt to protect the Wizard’s academy from imps, trolls, demons, fires, and floods.  <Full Review>

Brace For Impact

Game Overview: Being released on Kickstarter on March 31, 2017, Brace for Impact is a quick playing dice game where you are a submarine commander and your goal is to either destroy your opponent’s submarine crew or to gather enough intelligence to win.  <Full Review>

Game of Blame

Game Overview: The Game of Blame is a card game where the Queen’s realm is in chaos and you are trying to avoid her wrath by hiding your failures and blaming everyone else.  Have the lowest score at the end of the game and you avoid being banished or executed.  The same can’t be said for the other players.  <Full Review>

The Goonies: Adventure Card Game

Game Overview: Immerse yourself into the classic 1985 movie Goonies, where you will be on a quest to find One Eyed Willy’s treasure in this cooperative card adventure game.  As you get closer to the treasure, you must watch out for One Eyed Willy’s booby traps and stay one step ahead of the Fratelli family who is also out to get the treasure for themselves.  <Full Review>

Rerolls-Games Reviewed-February 2016

Each month, we will look back at the games we reviewed one year ago to see if we have continued to get the game to the table and if the original rating should be adjusted up or down. For games reviewed in February 2016, we take a second look at Axis and Allies-1942,Minecraft The Card Game, Super Star Baseball, Exploding Kittens, Keepers Dissension, Covert Ops Berlin, Mr. Maskimov's Manor, Fire Ants, and Dread Curse.  <Reroll-February 2016 Games>

All hands on deck!

Game Overview: Playing as a pirate captain, you participate in auctions with the other players as you compete to replenish your crew by seeking out suitable hands from the local tavern.  In this variant on rummy, you are attempting to get a run of crew members based upon their crew rank.  Additionally, there are action cards will come into play that will give you special abilities.  <Full Review>

Rerolls-Games Reviewed-January 2016

Each month, we will look back at the games we reviewed one year ago to see if we have continued to get the game to the table and if the original rating should be adjusted up or down. For games reviewed in January 2016, we take a second look at Munchkin-Nightmare Before Christmas and Survive-Escape from Atlantis.  <Reroll-January 2016 Games>

The Bermuda crisis:Discovery Dawning

Game Overview: On the verge of finally unraveling the Bermuda Triangle mystery, all players make their way to a powerful and secret remote island.  You will race to secure the island’s treasures which include artifacts, magic, and an ancient scroll.  As you gather resources, you will build up different base camps for your team which provide new abilities and provide victory points.  There are multiple ways to win the game, depending on the strategy and path you take along with how the game itself plays out.  <Full Review>

Epic Resort-2nd Edition

Game Overview: As an owner of a resort, you are building vacation attractions while leveraging hired workers to attract tourists to your resort.  However, there are monsters abound and you must also attract heroes that are already on vacation to protect both the resort and the tourists that are there.  The more attractive and epic the resort, the more likely an attack will occur.  To maximize your victory points, you will have to decide between protecting your resort and the tourists or getting the attracted heroes to maximize their health points.  <Full Review>


Game Overview: A quick playing card game with simultaneous actions; where five different parallel worlds have collided which forms a connection between all of the worlds.  Playing as one of five characters, you are attempting to return to your world by being the first player to piece together four unique fragments from your reality.  <Full Review>

Top 20 Games-2016

As 2016 concludes and we move onto 2017, each of us have created our own top 20 games that we enjoy.  There is a lot of variety between each one. 

Smart Ass

Game Overview: A trivia game where you compete against your family and friends answering questions in categories of Who Am I, What Am I, Where Am I, and the Hard Ass question.  Be the first to make it around the board by correctly answering the questions to determine who is the smart ass among your family and friends.  <Full Review>


Game Overview: A card battling game that is affected by card location when played, character attack powers, and a single die roll.  The deluxe version of Squirmish comes with 108 unique character cards.  Plenty of humor is mixed in throughout the cards including their names, their battle cries, their attack powers, and the art associated with them.  Be the first to knock out three opponent cards in the Squirmish battle to be declared the winner.  <Full Review>

Eriath-The Worst Ship in the galaxy

Game Overview: An unforgiving tongue-in-cheek cooperative game where the players are onboard the Eriath, the worst ship in the galaxy.  You and your inexperienced crew are attempting to deliver cargo that is being carried on the derelict ship.  Each crew member has their own abilities and a random strength and weakness card is added to them each game.   Standing in your way will be fires throughout the ship, hull breaches, power outages, hazmat leaks, and both pirates and aliens that board your ship.  <Full Review>