Flashpoint: Fire Rescue
Mar30

Flashpoint: Fire Rescue

To write Flashpoin: Fire Rescue off as a Pandemic clone, or a Forbidden Island clone, is to miss the point. While both of those games and this share elements – controlling the environment through movement of pieces around a board while trying to get to the endgame – all three differ significantly enough to be fun. But what each has, in spades, is theme. Pandemic – essentially Outbreak: The Game – is probably...

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Zombicide
Sep10

Zombicide

Zombicide caused a bit of stir in boardgaming circles (to be fair, it doesn’t take much) – it was a very successful Kickstarter project launched by CoolMiniOrNot which managed to raise nearly $800,000. This in turn led to quite a bit of expectation and hype. I backed the Kickstarter back in May on a whim really, and to be honest pretty much forgot about it, until a man turned up this week with a big box which to...

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s scalp
Mar09

Gwyneth Paltrow’s scalp

was about the most entertaining – and shocking – bit of Contagion, the recent Hollywood remake of Outbreak which doesn’t really need to exist. The film as a whole was a pretty boring, cold, unemotional look at how society breaks down in the event of everyone dying of bat-pig flu. People look sternly at each other, Jude Law has a wonky tooth and strange accent and Matt Damon looks a bit chubby. I had to rewind when...

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Down by the Water – Forbidden Island with a Family
Feb16

Down by the Water – Forbidden Island with a Family

Forbidden Island is often described as Pandemic’s little brother – it’s by the same designer, Matt Leacock, and possesses many of the same features and gameplay mechanics. The game premise is simple, a team of adventurers land on the island to rescue 4 elemental statues. But the ancient people who hid them on the island boobytrapped the land to sink beneath the ocean, taking any foolish exploreres with it. Each turn...

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