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Matt puts on his Captain's hat to give us his verdict on Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan. In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only a pretty neat mobile adaptation, apparently.

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Kelsey Reviews Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast. Spoiler Alert: It's not amazing.

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The greatest developer of Pocket Tactics fare has adapted the most admired boardgame in our history. I hope you weren't expecting to be disappointed, because, if you were, you'll … wait a minute.

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Review: Perchang

30 Jun 2016 4

Perchang gives you limited control over a ball-moving device which emphasizes absurd interactions over directness or efficiency.

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Star Realms follow-up Cthulhu Realms brings a zany take on dark summonings and evil magic to the deck-building genre. It's not exactly chocolate and peanut butter, but if pineapple and ham pizza can be good, so can this.

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I’ve always felt that chaos gets a bad rap in Fantasy, where it is often used as a synonym for “evil.” It’s a central conceit of Games’ Workshops Warhammer 40,000 (40k) setting that the Chaos Gods are the greatest evil in the universe, making the brutal totalitarianism of the Imperium of Man and the cult of the Emperor “good” by comparison. It wouldn’t be grimdark if the good guys weren’t almost as bad as the bad guys.

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Bézier Games know some things about the landscape of gaming. In the tabletop world, the majority of their releases end up quite popular and spawn expansions: One Night Ultimate Werewolf is their much-loved entry in the social deduction genre, and Suburbia and Castles of Mad King Ludwig have pleased fans of tile-laying games looking for something meatier than Carcassonne. Suburbia put them on our radar on the digital side, and was quite a good version of an excellent boardgame. Now, they've released another tile-layer which I find even more satisfying, but their approach is interestingly different from what we usually see. Board game enthusiasts clearly like to play with others, but Bézier noted that they rarely did so with the Suburbia app, and they've put their game design where their analytics are: Castles has an even larger, more varied campaign, and hot-seat multiplayer, but no online option.

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Sometimes, circumstances are stacked against you, and there just isn't the time or resources to do a good job. If you procrastinated your way through college, as I did, you probably put yourself in the position to completely half-ass an assignment many times. Cadwallon: City of Thieves was released in 2012 with neither AI nor online multiplayer, which limited its appeal enough that we didn't bother to review it in these pages (admittedly, Pocket Tactics was smaller, then--this was before even I was brought on). Four years is a college-length extension on the assignment, and Cyanide Studio have used the generous extra time to add a minimally competent AI and otherwise leave the app in its startlingly unpolished state.

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Review: Imbroglio

19 May 2016 8
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I'm sure most of us have at some point encountered the cliché anecdote of someone missing a stop on public transit because they were too absorbed in whatever mobile/handheld game they were playing. I always chalked it up to hyperbole. “I’m too neurotic about missing my stop and getting to places on time for that to happen to me,” I thought. I was wrong. Last week, I blew past my L stop on the way home from my day job because I was engrossed in Michael Brough’s latest game, Imbroglio.

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I have often said of my wife, who met me long before I was fit company: it's not that she meets my standard of beauty, rather, she helped define the standard by which I judge beautiful things. I first played a digital version of Ticket to Ride on the Xbox 360, before iPads existed and only a year after the iPhone was first introduced. TtR helped create my desire for board games on a larger-format iPhone-like device, and shaped my expectations for what that experience could be like. While Pocket Tactics has never had a review before simply because we weren't in business when the game was released, it has now reached a mature state, with a wide array of expansions available for purchase on the now-universal app. I've written myself into a corner in which the natural flow of the paragraph would lead me to compare how well it has aged to how well my wife has, and I'm thinking I should have started this paragraph differently. Because Ticket to Ride is still really good, even if it doesn't fare well in that comparison! [Good save. - ed.]

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