Dice Masters: World’s Finest

 

Oh my, that’s right, I’m back! After many months of wedding prep, saving and of course the actual wedding, I’m ready to type again.
I was very kindly supplied with a few Dice Masters box samples, but sadly at the peak of wedding chaos, so I’d like to apologise for not getting to these sooner.

For a recap on the game mechanics please see my first article on Dice Masters.

So Dice Masters has gone on from strength to strength since my last article, my gaming skill has not! It’s not about winning for me anymore it’s about putting together cool teams and, in all honestly, some pretty dice. But that’s good right? It must show the appeal of the game that it hits so many buttons.

World’s finest, a 2 player starter set, definitely does hit the correct buttons for me. After the some what, or massive, disappointment of Batman vs. Superman it’s nice to see Wizkids can get it right. The artwork is amazing. My personal favourites being Harvey Bullock and the classic art of Call To Actions.

Who’s not a donut enthusiast?

The dice also don’t let the set down. With all the releases so far you’d expect the quality designs and colours to diminish but there’s no evidence of that here. The Superman die is a surperb marbed blue and white, while it’s impossible not to love Harvey Bullock’s donut die!

Game play wise, World’s Finest offers lots of cheap characters, something I feel the starter sets before lacked. That alone, combined with the RRP of £16.99, makes it worth adding to your collection, beginner or not.

Why not use this awesome Store Locator to find & support your local scene.

Gary

 

We were supplied a copy of the game for this review.

 

The Lost Lighthouse Review: Loony Quest

It’s not often that you find a game that will please both newbies and veteran boardgamers but Laurent Escoffier & David Franck’s Loony Quest manages to do just that.

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Borrowed from the Esdevium Game website

I can, sadly, see this game getting over looked by people browsing their local games store because the box doesn’t give much of the game away but once you’re inside you’re in for a real treat.
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In the game you are all trying to navigate one of the 7 worlds, represented by 3 double sided tiles. Each tile has a legend that tells you what you need to do to score XP(points), while avoiding various traps and enemies, and secure victory. What ever mission you are on, one thing remains the same, you all have a transparent sheet, and there’s a tile in the middle of the table. You all have to draw on your transparent sheet, then one by one, place your sheet on the tile to see how well (badly) you have done! When explaining the rules, it seems one person will always voice “what? That’s easy!” Little do they know.

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I've got this in the bag!

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Bugger!

Each tile will be 1 of 4 mission types. Link: players must start and end at specified locations on the tile. Move: players must start in one location but may end anywhere on the tile. Ring: players must draw a ring around mission items on the tile. Mark: players must draw a dot on their screen that will hit mission items. Out of the 4 type Id say link is my favourite, it’s a lot of fun trying to look at the tile and translate that to your screen. Ring I’d say is the hardest, as no matter how big you think you’ve drawn the rings, they won’t be big enough. Which ever mission you play will have a lot of laughter Carrying you through it.

For me, the most fun comes from the bonuses and penalties. To unlock these, the line you have drawn must pass through them. They are both cleverly placed, the bonuses are near things that loss you XP and the penalties are near things you need to get to! These can range from having to balance a mosquito on your pen, to having to draw your next line with your arm locked at the elbow.

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Damn that Mossy!

You also get a sand timer included for certain missions. We actually decided to use it for every mission as adding the 30 seconds timer made it more fast paced and exciting.

Each set of tiles colourfully represent 1 of the 7 worlds. Paul Mafayons art is a real treat. As you pass through the worlds, they get harder and harder. The last boss is one of my favourites as it’s a gladiatorial battle with a theatre of chickens watching!

All games have a couple of issues, and I’m glad this games issue is not actually to do with the mechanics or games system. It’s the way you keep score! You place these little markers around the outside of the inlay and there’s numbers all along the box. Great idea, but when you move yours or if you’ve got the same score as someone else, they tend to all fall out which can be pretty annoying.

I’d definitely recommend this as it’s like nothing I’ve played before and has only 20 minutes playtime (something ever gamers shelves tend to be lacking), so great to bring out after dinner with friends and it’s not rules heavy so it’s easy to explain to any non gamers you may have at the table. But if you are a hardcore gamer, there’s still lots of fun to be found, it’s a really fun experience. It’s also a nice compact game game, so you don’t need a massive dinner table to play it.

Loony Quest retails at £19.99 which is amazing value, and why not pick it up from you local games store. Find yours with this link

Gary

The Lost Lighthouse Reviews: Dice Masters The Amazing Spider-Man

So it happened. I tried to stop it. Tried really hard, but the fever has taken me. The fever being Dice Masters!

I can’t help it, honest. At first I reviewed the War Of Light DC starter get which can be found here. It was great, but as I stated in the review, I’m not bothered about DC, I’m a Marvel boy. So when I got The Amazing Spider-Man starter set, I was addicted!

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The art work is incredible, they have chosen some great pieces, I like that they have really captured the spirit of Spider-Man. I’ve always been a massive fan of Spider-Man, particularly the 90’s animation, and this set is a must for any other fans. The dice are, as always, great quality and the cards are as you come to expect. If you play a lot I’d advise sleeving them. In the set you get the standard 44 custom dice, 38 cards and 2 dice bags. People seem to rage on the dice bags but I quite like them! The art is nice and I’d rather them supply them than not!

There are some awesome choices for teams, wether you’re going hero, villain or a mix. As with all the Dice Masters starter sets, it has some super useful cards. One my favourite players so far have been Silver Sable, with a decent stat line, the ability to do damage to your opponent and give you life back, she’s a must in all my Spidey teams.

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We also get a few new team emblems. One for Spidey friends, there’s lots for synergy in the starter set for this and one for the Sinister 6, a super villain team.

I must say though, my favourite thing about Spider-Man are the iconic villains. Carnage being my all time favourite, sadly his dice is pink and purple! Not red and black as I was hoping, but oh well. I think my aim will be to create the sinister 6 villain team. You have to do this through boosters, but I’m not complaining at £1 a pop.

I’m sure you will be getting lots more Dice Masters articles from me in the new year as me and my friends delve further and deeper into the game. You can purchase the starter set for the RRP of £16.99

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Also available are The Amazing Spiderman play mat and dice bag. Both are very high quality so why not treat the Spidey in your life with all three this Xmas!

The Lost Lighthouse Xmas Top 10 Board Games Part 1

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With Xmas quickly approaching, we decided to put together our top 10 board games, we think, that would make anyone’s Christmas a little brighter.

We’ve tried to keep the price point low, with a lot of the game hitting the £20 mark or lower .

So put away Cluedo and move aside Monopoly, Christmas has a new main event!

10) Escape. The Curse Of The Temple
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This was one of my intros into modern board gaming and it’s awesome! You play adventures seeking treasure in an crumbling temple. You can only move to rooms by rolling the right combo. But what makes this game great is you are restricted to a time limit! There’s a CD you play and if you don’t find enough treasure in time, you are locked in the temple for ever! Each game is only 10mins and you can have 1-5 players.

9) Loony Quest
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I’m not sure what I love more about Loony Quest, the art or the game mechanics! The game is based round imitating a computer game. You are all characters trying to compete in a famous game to crown the new king. As players you have a tile in the middle of the board and each of you have a transparent sheet and a marker. Depending on the mission you ether have to draw a route, place a dot, or circles objectives. Then you each, in turn, place your transparent sheet onto the centre tile to see if your lines mark a safe route, eliminate a target or gain extra bonuses while avoiding pitfalls and obstacles. Most likely you will hit everything other than what you were aiming for! This is normally followed by loud cheers and lots of laughing. An extra amazing thing in Loony Quest is you can unlock perks which help you in game, or traps that make the game harder for other players! Including banana peels and a pesky mosquitoe! With a game length of 20 mins and player count of 2-5, this will be a hit for sure!

8) Machi Koro
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Full review here

Machi Koro has been sweeping up awards since it’s release, even before it’s English translation. Machi Koro is as simple as it gets, with it’s roll & earn formula. You are all racing to build your own town, winner is who ever builds the 4 landmarks first. You roll a dice, see if it matches any of your buildings, if it does, you earn money. But that explanation does not do this game the credit it deserves. Since adding this to my collection I’ve played it constantly! With it’s 2-4 player count and 15min game time, you’ll be able to get a good few games of this in over Xmas!

7) Hey! That’s my fish
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Full review here

Want a great game, at a good price point that also has amazing penguins in it? Then look no further madam! Hey! That’s my fish has to be one of the simplistic, yet enjoyable games available. You simply have to collect as many fish as possible while trying to get isolated on a list ice berg. With an easy and quick to learn rules set and quick game length we highly recommend Hey! That’s my fish.

6) Sheriff of Nottingham
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Full review here

Fancy a bit of bluffing? What to try and sneak some contraband pepper past grandma? Then Sheriff of Nottingham is for you! Possibly the simplest rules set for a bluffing game, you play traders trying to get through customs, but each turn someone plays the Sheriff and gas to guess wether you are trying to sneak some illegal goods through. If he’s right, you pay him a fine, if he’s wrong, he pays you!

Well that’s our first 5! Please check out any of the links to learn more about the games. We happily recommend them all.

Turn in next weds for our top 5

Gary.

The Lost Lighthouse Reviews: Hey, That’s My Fish!

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I’ll start this review by confessing that I love penguins, plain and simple. I also love being able to screw my friends over in board games, less so when it happens to me but I guess that’s one of the rules of being “a bit of a git”.

After seeing the box art for Hey, that’s my fish!, I knew I’d enjoy it. I’d also heard a lot of good things about it before picking it up.

With a rule book (sheet) shorter than most fast food menus, you’ll be able to get straight into the fishy fun. The only downside I find to the game, and it’s really minor, is setting it up. You have to set up lots of small tiles, but if the whole group gets involved, it’s really no issue.
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So, in a nutshell, the aim of the 2-4 player game is to collect more fish than your opponents. Each player moves one of their penguins at a time, in a straight line and then collects the tile they started on. Your penguin can not pass through any other penguin during his move but that’s pretty much the only restriction. Tiles will have 1, 2 or 3 fish on them.
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In the beginning it seems a bit tame, but after a few turns you’ll start to notice the play area disappearing as you collect tiles. We quickly spotted that you can try to isolate other people’s penguins and leave their penguins adrift, it’s a bit mean but quite funny none the less.
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Hey, that’s my fish! fits nicely into the “pre-game” slot, it’s great as a nice warm up to a bigger games or for friends that are new to board gaming. Not taking anything away from it, as it really is a great game and you may well fill an evening playing it lots and lots. We managed to get a couple games in around half an hour and really enjoyed them. The small amount of game space needed is also refreshing! Proving that a game doesn’t need to be big to be good. I can see this being great to play with the kids as well.

With Christmas coming up, and landing in at around £10, I can see this being a great stocking filler for all board game enthusiasts.

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I love this penguin. You will have the same expression when one of your penguins gets isolated!

I’d highly recommended Hey that’s my fish to pretty much anyone. With it’s low cost to high fun ratio, I can’t see anyone being disappointed. So treat yourself to an early present and pa-pa-pick….(Gary was forcefully removed before finishing this awful joke).

You can find your local retailer for Hey, That’s My fish by using this link.

Gary.

The Lost Lighthouse Reviews: Dice Masters “War Of Light” 2-player Starter Set

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Dice Masters has been such a massive hit this year in the game world but I’ve been avoiding it like the plague. Why you ask? Because I didn’t like the way it looked? The themes? The fact it’s dice? Nope, I love all the those things! I have been trying to avoid it because I love everything about it, and I didn’t want to get addicted. Still, despite all these things I’ve managed to avoid it. Until I got sent a copy of Dice Masters “War Of Light” to review. It’s fine, I mean, it can’t be that good, right? *Gulp* .

I’ve got to say, I’m a Marvel man. Anyone that listens to the podcast knows I’m not a huge fan of DC. Batman is fine, I don’t like Superman and there’s not many more I can name in all honesty. Which is why I was genuinely happy that the review copy I was sent was a DC themed 2-player starter set. It meant I could reach my conclusion focusing on the game, not the themed wrapped around it. It’s hard sometimes, as we all forgive our loved ones failings, but that doesn’t help a games review!

I think the best way for you to get to grips with the rules is to check out this amazing video by the legendary Rodney Smith, of Watch It Played fame, which can also be found on the Wizkids website. It really helped me get to grips with the rules before my first game.

The game works a lot like a collectible card game, but with dice. In fact, that’s exactly what it is! If you’re familiar with card games like Magic The Gathering, then you’ll understand the basics of Dice Masters. You start the game with 8 basic dice that, when rolled, generate different types of energy (an in-game resource) or a basic fighter, or sidekick as they are called. Side kicks and character dice are you main fighting power, able to attack, block or just be menacing in general. The attacking rules are simple, with the complexity coming from what you decide to do. When you choose to attack, your opponent can elect blockers, any damage that gets through takes life points away from the player. Going back to energy,  you can pay for better dice which represent bigger and more bad ass heroes, which in turn can generate more energy or fighting versions of themselves. In War Of Light you have access to heroes like Hal Jordan and Batman but you can also recruit villains including Lex Luthor and the dreaded Anti-Monitor. But the core of the game is learning when to recruit, battle or hold strong in defence. One mistake, or poorly planned attack can easily lead to your defences being to weak to withstand a strong retaliation. Also trying to remember who your opponent has recruited and if they’ve been drawn from their dice bag yet is vital! In my first game, my opponent was in a strong lead and decided to attack with all he had, reducing me to 1 life point! But he used all his dice, I then drew my dice and 3 of them I rolled ended up being strong characters which then attacked and won me the game.

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This set gives you lots of play value, a few starter sets I’ve played in the past requires you to immediately go and buy extras to get any proper play from them. This set lets you play a really good game but trust me, you’ll go buy boosters, not because you need to but because you want to!

What was really cool was working out little tricks like keeping your basic sidekick dice in the field area, effectively “milling” your dice pool so you’re more likely to draw your stronger dice but also helps your defence.

If, like me, DC isn’t your thing then they also have Marvel, Yu-Gi-Oh and D&D versions. If they do an Alien or Predator (or vs) set, I might as well get my pay check in dice form!

My FLGS runs at least one draft a week of Dice Masters and I talked to them about it, and they said the game is only picking up speed. Everyone loves it and the fact you can do drafts of it makes me love it even more. 2 dice boosters are also available, meaning you might pick up some rares along the way! You can use this handy store finder to help you find the closest location to play. RRP is £16.99 and boosters are £1

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I can only assume this guy hates those lizards!

I really enjoyed Dice Masters “War Of Light” and if you enjoy the Lantern Corps or the War Of Light cannon in general then this is definitely the box set to pick up, the art is beautiful and dice are awesome quality.

I’m more than happy to say I fully recommend this game, just don’t blame me when you have to re mortgage your home!

Gary

We were supplied a copy for this review.

The Lost Lighthouse Reviews: Timeline Inventions

When were rubbish bags invented? I’ll tell you, 1950. I don’t know how I know this very random fact, but never the less, I do. I don’t know how I knew it when I won my first game of Timeline: Inventions, but I did. It wasn’t even a guess, I knew it. I feel I’ve skipped ahead some what, in the voice of Bo Selecta Craig David, can I get a rewind!

The aim of Timeline: Inventions is simple. Each player has a certain amount of double-sided cards. One side has a picture and name of an invention, and the other side is the same but has the date also. Players lay their cards date side down.  Then one card is drawn from the remaining pile, and placed it the centre of the board, date side up . This is our starting point for the timeline. The first player chooses one of their inventions and decide wether or not it came before or after that first card. If they think before they place it to the left of the start card, if they think after they place it to the right. Then they flip their card, if they are correct (yay!) the card stays where it is, if they are wrong, it gets discarded and they have to draw a new one (boo!). Then the second player goes, but they now the timeline has, possibly, two cards on it. So does it go before, after, or in between these dates! As the game progresses the timeline gets bigger and it’s harder to place cards as the dates get closer together. The first person to have no cards in their hand wins.

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The group I played with enjoyed Timeline: Inventions. It seems to fit well into that “pre big game, game” slot. The aim is very direct and there’s no real tactics to speak of, but because it’s quite a short game, it ends while it’s still interesting. The price point is good as well, barely more expensive than a cinema ticket, and for that you also get a really nice tin to house it.

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The art work style is also really cool, and also the choice of “inventions”. Having “RPG games” and a Doors song come up were nice treats.
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While no game is perfect, an issue I do have is that one of the dates that’s printed is wrong. It didn’t ruin the game what so ever, and in fact made for a good discussion afterwards.

Another plus is that there are five versions of Timeline! So you can take your pick of what you think your group would like. Timeline is available at Waterstones for £12.99 or you can pick all five versions up from Amazon.

I would recommend Timeline: Inventions if you’re looking for a quick, fun game to start your evening and also who knows, you might learn a thing or two. Like, when rubbish bags were invented!

Gary.

A sample copy was supplied for this review.