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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.

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 Atlantais.  <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>

Entropy

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>

Squirmish

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>

Schrodinger's Cats

Game Overview: Based on the 1935 experiment by physicist Erwin Schrodinger, is a card game of uncertainty.  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. <Full Review>

Swamped

Game Overview: A 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 agenda.  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 the swamp.  <Full Review>

Spectaculum

Game Overview: 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 the cheers.  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.  <Full Review>

Paper Back

Game Overview: 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.  <Full Review>

Monkey

Game 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>