Sunday, December 25, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

Five Tribes

Five Tribes is a multiplayer, Mancala-like worker-placement game (designed by Bruno Cathala) that we have played on more than a few occasions.  It was the 2014 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game winner and has received high praise from a number of boardgamers.  

Each turn you select a square and pickup the meeples on it, placing them one at a time on adjacent squares (making a path orthogonally around the board).  When you place the last meeple in a square, you get to take an action based on the color of that last meeple (and others matching that color in that square).

There are two aspects that I like about the game.  First, the bidding mechanic allows you to spend an amount of victory points to increase your chances of going first (in case you see a great combination or move to start the next turn). Second, I enjoy the brain-burning aspect of the game, in terms of the vast number of options and plays you can make each turn.

In general, it seems that there are different paths to victory and it is enjoyable to make a high-scoring play that others may have overlooked.  I recommend trying it out if you are looking for a mid-length four player game.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

15mm Superhero Gaming - The Legacy Character Sheet

The Legacy is a superhero aligned with S.H.I.E.L.D.  He often joins The Repulsers for missions where addition tactical support and firepower is required.  He excels at military tactics and strategy, and is often consulted before a mission to determine the best plan of attack.  He wears an early Iron Man prototype armor from Stark Industries.  His Mark 1.5 armor features only rudimentary weapons systems and can only sustain low-altitude flight for short periods of time.  Despite these limitations, his armor combined with his tactical expertise makes The Legacy a powerful ally.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Tabletop Gaming News Blog Network

Mezmaron's Lair is proud to announce that it is now a member of the Tabletop Gaming News Blog Network!   The TGN Blog Network is a central location to find interesting gaming material and articles from a selection of the many wargaming and painting blogs on the internet.