Gencon 2014 Wrap Up!

Overviews and opinions of the games that I saw, demo’d and played at Gencon 2014!

Including but not limited to Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Star Wars: Armada, XCOM, Golem Arcana, Scoville, Impulse, Run, Fight, or Die, and more!

Antediluvian Wars: Extermination (Preview!)

Preview of Andreas Probst’s latest card battle game. Supporting 2-4 players, AWE pits players against each other using their god to generate resources, summon creatures, and play events. The last god standing wins!

Have a look at this preview and see if this is a game that you would like to support on kickstarter!


Elemental Clash: Legendary Legacy

The first full size expansion for the Elemental Clash Master Set adds a whopping 250 new cards to your library and introduces new card types like equip spells and familiars. It also includes 10 new spellcasters! This is another excellent addition to the ever growing Elemental Clash series.

Intro – 0:00
Overview – 1:53
Final Thoughts – 11:43

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

Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery

Spartacus is a highly confrontational game where players are the head of Roman households and vie for the most influence by managing gladiators, slaves, and treacherous scheming!

– 3-4 players
– 120-240 minutes
– Designers: Aaron DillJohn KovaleskiSean Sweigart

Intro – 0:00
Unboxing and Components – 3:40
Rules Overview – 6:36
Final Thoughts – 28:23

Old World New World

A direct conflict boardgame where players take turns placing terrain cards in a grid in an effort to move their units from one side of the map to the other while at the same time preventing their opponents from doing the same.

– 2-4 players
– 20-30 minutes
– Designer: Aaron Smith

Intro – 0:00
Unboxing and Components – 1:08
Rules Overview – 3:52
Final Thoughts – 16:11

Xia: Legends of a Drift System (Kickstarter Preview)

Xia is a fantastic open world sci-fi board game where players will be exploring the galaxy in an effort to accumulate the most fame! Due to the many paths to victory as well as the modular set-up, no two games will ever play the same.

– 2-5 players
– 120 minutes
– Designer: Cody Miller

Intro – 0:00
Unboxing and Components – 3:01
Rules Overview – 5:11
Final Thoughts – 24:08

Elemental Clash: The Master Set

The new and improved, definitive version of Elemental Clash is finally here! With all new professional artwork, this game now looks as fantastic as it plays. Best part is it seamlessly integrates with past expansions!

– 2 players
– 20-30 minutes
– Designer: Andreas Propst

Intro – 0:00
Unboxing and Components – 3:16
Rules Overview – 6:36
Final Thoughts – 20:14


One of my favorite card games, Innovation is a highly interactive and fast paced game with plenty of player conflict.

– 2-4 players
– 45-60 minutes
– Designer: Carl Chudyk

Intro – 0:00
Unboxing and Components – 1:58
Rules Overview – 3:51
Final Thoughts – 14:56

Legends of Andor

A fun and challenging cooperative fantasy game where players are trying to complete legend objectives while preventing the castle from being overrun by monsters.

– 1-4 players
– 60-90 minutes
– Designers: Michael Menzel

Intro – 0:00
Unboxing and Components – 1:33
Rules Overview – 4:44
Final Thoughts – 15:27