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.
All hands on deck!
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.
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 Atlantais.
<Reroll-January 2016 Games>
The Bermuda crisis:Discovery Dawning
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
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.
Epic Resort-2nd Edition
As an owner of a resort, you are building vacation attractions while
leveraging hired workers to attract tourists to
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.
quick playing card game with simultaneous actions;
where five different parallel worlds have
collided which forms a connection between all of
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.
Top 20 Games-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.
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.
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
Be the first to knock out three opponent cards in
the Squirmish battle to be declared the winner.
Eriath-The Worst Ship in the galaxy
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.
Based on the 1935 experiment by physicist Erwin
Schrodinger, is a card game of
You will try to determine the number of
alive cats, dead cats, or empty boxes by trying to
prove your own scientific hypothesis or attempting
to debunk the hypothesis of other players through
the use of blind bidding.
semi-cooperative game where the team of players
attempt to navigate through a swamp.
Players will help control the path of the
boat as they gather different natural treasures
that will help both the team and their own secret
While you navigate the swamp you must always be
aware of the man eating crocodile that
continuously follows you throughout the swamp
trying to prevent anyone from winning or leaving
Spectaculum is an economic game where traveling circuses move across the kingdom trying
to gain the favor of the royal court, you are able
to invest into any of the four traveling shows.
Some shows will get jeers and some will get
Each player helps or hinders the paths the shows will take
throughout the kingdom and must decide when to invest and when to sell to
maximize your earnings.
A deck building game where you
compete with the other players to spell out words
using the letters and wild cards currently in your
hand along with using a common letter that
all players have access to. Use the points earned
by spelling a word to add additional cards (letters)
to your deck. The cards you purchase will
ultimately allow you to add cards which include Fame
points. At the end of the game, the player
with the most Fame points wins.
Overview: Available in November
2016, you battle to be the first monkey to climb
to the top of the tree in this push your luck
family friendly card game. You will compete
with the other players by knocking their monkey
further down the tree by setting and dodging traps
played directly on each monkey or onto the tree
itself. Each turn will introduce a spell
card that may either help you or cause havoc in
the game. Be the first monkey to make it to
the top of the tree and you will face one final
battle against Kurgill the Wizard. Beat him
and be declared the winner. <Full Review>