Category Archives: Wargame

Golem Arcana Demo (Gencon 2014)

Golem Arcana is a digitally enhanced miniatures board game focused on armies of magical Golems, the Knights who master them, and the Ancient Ones they call upon for supernatural support. Though the Golem Arcana game mechanics are deep and sophisticated, the game moves quickly and remains accessible to a wide audience due to the TDI stylus and mobile app managing all of the mechanics and record keeping.

Players create armies including Golems, Knights, Ancient Ones, and Relics, seeking a combination of attributes and abilities to suit their individual play styles or tactical preferences. While the Golems and Relics are represented by physical game pieces and cards, the Golem Knights, Blood Knights, and Ancient Ones are digital units supplied through the app.

The Golems are your basic units, the body of the army itself. Relics are special equipment and constructs that can be carried into battle to help change the tide of war. A Golem Knight or Blood Knight is assigned to a specific Golem to customize its attributes or abilities through passive or active Knight abilities. Ancient Ones are assigned to the army as a whole, and provide powerful Blessings, Curses, and Miracles when the player “sacrifices” mana.

Players stage their selected armies on the game map formed by the terrain tiles, and engage in one of a number of possible scenarios, including Last Man Standing, King of the Hill, and Victory Points/Missions. Using a turn-based Action Point system, players maneuver their Golems, call down blessings and curses, and assault the enemy until one player emerges victorious!

The Base Game Set includes six modular, double-sided terrain tiles to form the board, six fully painted and assembled Golem figures (40mm+ tall) with corresponding Golem cards, a TDI stylus, two 10-sided dice, two Control Cards, and a Quickstart Rules and Lore book.

The Golem Arcana app, which is a free download, is pre-loaded with a starting set of digital units including: six Ancient Ones, four Blood Knights, and eight Golem Knights. Additional Knights and Ancient Ones will be available for purchase to further expand and customize the player’s army options.

In addition to the Base Game Set and Golem Arcana app, there are several expansions which will enhance a player’s strategy by introducing new golems for more varied army building, as well as allowing new tactical and performance options through Relic cards, game tokens, and additional terrain tiles.

Cruel Necessity: The English Civil Wars

The 3rd entry in John Welch’s Sates of Siege series is as excellent as you would expect. A wonderfully historic solitaire game that is very challenging, yet highly enjoyable. My favorite VPG solitaire to date!

– 1 player
– 120-180 minutes
– Designer: John Welch

Intro – 0:00
Rules Overview – 1:16
Final Thoughts – 26:30

RAF: The Battle Of Britain 1940

A phenomenal game from John Butterfield that includes 3 games in one. This demo and review surrounds RAF: Lion which is the British Solo variant.

Dog Fight Starship Edition: Bright Edge (expansion)

This expansion introduces mission based campaigns as well as more cards to customize your ship decks and a new double sided map.

Dog Fight Starship Edition

An interesting melding of ccg style deckbuilding with hex and counter scifi dog fighting.

D-Day Dice (unboxing)

Quick video of everything that came in the Kickstarter “Enlisted” level for D-Day Dice!

Malta Besieged: 1940-1942

A fun solitaire wargame from Victory Point Games that centers around the axis drive on Malta and north Africa during WW2.

Dungeons & Dragons: Conquest of Nerath

A blissfully chaotic dice rolling slaughter fest is the Risk family. This is a fun game so long as you keep in mind that it is heavily luck based.

Panzer General: Russian Assault

Panzer General: Russian Assault is a 1-2 player tactical WW2 wargame where the units are comprised of cards and the map is made of tiles. It is a medium-light weight wargame that takes about 60 minutes to complete per scenario.

Labyrinth: The War on Terror – Part 2