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Jasper and Zot

Players: 1 Age: 8+ Teaching Time: 5 mins Playing Time: 20-40 mins Setup Time: 1 mins Value For Money: High Luck: Mid Complexity: Low Strategy: Low Price: Print and Play Recommended: Yes Website: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/89912/jasper-and-zot Solo Play Review While I pick up little bits of graphic design and even occasional illustration I can't actually draw and remain fundamentally jealous of people able to draw as well as is displayed almost casually by Jasper and Zot, a simple one player time filler. The game is a neat, easy build, a single page of board and tokens and needs only two dice and the traditional opaque cup or bag for randomizing tokens. The game consists of generatin

Just One

Players: 3-7 Age: 8+ Teaching Time: 2 mins Playing Time: 20 mins Setup Time: 1 min Value For Money: Low Luck: Mid Complexity: Low Strategy: Low Price: £18 Recommended: No Website: https://justone-the-game.com/index.php?lang=en So, 2018 saw Azul win the Spiel Des Jahres, the year before it was Kingdomino, smart games that while being very much gateway games were games that hardcore tabletop gamers would happily sit down for. As such maybe it was only fair that in 2019 the winner was Just One, a game that feels like it was almost certainly played in one version or another in a Victorian parlor. Gameplay is as simple as it comes. One player picks a random card and displays it in a manner that

Kingdom Builder

Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Teaching Time: 5 mins Playing Time: 45 mins Setup Time: 5 mins Value For Money: Mid Luck: Low Complexity: Low Strategy: Mid Price: £35 Recommended: Yes Website: http://www.queen-games.com/en/2012/01/kingdom-builder-game-of-the-year-2012/ Carrying on my ongoing quest to not only collect but play and review all the Speil Des Jahres, since I picked up Kingdom Builder at UKGE and my family, who enjoy a lightweight Euro game were visiting for the weekend, I pulled it out for a quick run through and ended up playing it over quite a few times. On first look, particularly reading the rules, it’s hard to see how this game generates much tactics but once you get playing it there’

Kingswood

Players: 1-5 Age: 10+ Teaching Time: 10 mins Playing Time: 15-45 mins Setup Time: 5 mins Value For Money: High Luck: Mid Complexity: Low Strategy: Mid Price: £23 Recommended: Yes Website: https://www.25thcenturygames.com/store/kingswood Kingswood had a solidly run, nice looking Kickstarter campaign that funded with over 1,400 backers back in May 2019. Fulfillment slipped by six months due to production issues and a worldwide apocalypse, which isn’t too bad, although technically the fulfillment isn’t yet finished, but more on that in a minute. Artwork is by Tristam Rossin, which is how I personally first came across the game. It’s cute and simple but fun. Possibly lacking depth for the hardco

Kingdomino

Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Teaching Time: 5 mins Playing Time: 15 mins Setup Time: 5 mins Value For Money: Mid Luck: Mid Complexity: Low Strategy: Mid Price: £16 Recommended: Yes Website: http://www.blueorangegames.com/ Genius is hard to define and I try not to use it in relation to anything that applies only to a single discipline, but I am certain that its separate from perfection. Kingdomino is a perfect game, its not a work of genius. In the game domino like tiles are mixed up then laid out in batches of four with rarer or higher scoring dominoes coming later in each batch. Players select tiles to place into their kingdom, touching an existing tile of a matching type with the first single spac

Kitty Cataclysm

Players: 2-5 Age: 10+ Teaching Time: 5 mins Playing Time: 1-12 mins Setup Time: 1 mins Value For Money: Mid Luck: High Complexity: Low Strategy: Low Price: £12.50 Recommended: Depends Website: https://stuffbybez.bigcartel.com/product/kitty-cataclysm-pre-order-including-uk-shipping-will-be-sent-in-may A recent Kickstarter from Stuff by Bez, Kitty Cataclysm is advertised as being a game of card play, puns and being a dick to your friends, how successful it is at the three of them varies depending on your point of view. I should say before starting the review that I’ve met Bez at several conventions and personally like them very much, which I suspect is probably true for a significant number o

Loup Garou

Players: 1 Age: 14+ Teaching Time: 1 mins Playing Time: 120 mins Setup Time: 0 Value For Money: Mid Luck: Mid Complexity: Mid Strategy: Mid Price: $22.99 Recommended: Depends Website: www.vanrydergames.com Kickstarted in April/May 2018 Loup Garou was one of four graphic novels with a choose your own adventure core to them. I have long been a fan of such books, when I met Ian Livingstone in person and at UKGE I was a quite undignified emotional mess since Fighting Fantasy books have formed the foundation of most of my life. The art and presentation of Loup Garou are of good to high quality. I backed for Loup Garou because from the Kickstarter campaign it looked like the most grown up of the f

The Lost Expedition

Players: 1-5 Age: 14+ Teaching Time: 10 mins Playing Time: 30-50 mins Setup Time: 10 mins Value For Money: Mid Luck: High Complexity: Mid Strategy: High Price: £20 Recommended: No Website: www.ospreygames.co.uk Solo Play Review Osprey Games make editions of excellent quality and in most respects The Lost Expedition is no exception, the game's imagery recalls "boy's own adventures" and Tintin graphic novels and its icons are simple and clear. The over sized cards are satisfying and make a nice display on the table top. The one production issue is the inlay. It might seem petty, and it probably is, but the inlay just doesn't keep the components in place. If you store the game vertically the ca

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