REVIEW | The Guild of Merchant Explorers | A Flip and Place, Village Building Game
Ready for a nautical adventure game of placing exploration cubes and connecting trading posts? You'll get all of that and more in this pattern movement, hidden victory points game by AEG.
The Guild of Merchant Explorers uses flip and place as the simultaneous action for all players, but everyone will quickly diverge from their opponents' strategies when they earn unique Investigation Cards that allow them to navigate into new places on their map.
With four maps and several objective cards for each map, this game is super replayable and enjoyable for all ages. I love the time it takes to play (under an hour) and the ease with which to teach it.
Watch it here: youtu.be/qDtm7OlX5JY
Welcome to the Moon can be played as stand alone flip and write fun, but it also comes packed with secret boxes, 8 unique and colorful maps, and tons of story!
As a campaign, I've played half of the missions (that's 4 maps) and am loving it!
Check out what's cool about Welcome to The Moon! Watch it here: youtu.be/CE7uezF-6vo
I'm headed to GenCon for a weekend of fun and games. And there are some hot games that I'm thrilled to check out.
This video contains my curated 10 games that I anticipate playing at GenCon this year followed by a list of games that are super hot right now that I've already backed, played, or own.
If you see me there, don't be shy! Say hi! Watch it here: youtu.be/R8Q0w944bnI
Who Will Win SPIEL DES JAHRES 2022 | My Picks for Family & Strategy Game of the Year
Every year, Spiel des Jahres rolls around and crowns a new family, kid, and strategy game of the year. I've played many of these games and can't wait to share my take on them.
Join me for an overview of the nominees and recommended games that I've played along with my guess for who will walk away with the Spiel des Jahres win as well as the Kennerspiel des Jahres title.
Watch it here: youtu.be/dJerJiMdlEQ
The Kims are at it again! This time, they debate AEG's Cat Lady and Dog Lover, two games with 100% cute factor and 100% fun.
Both share set collection and open drafting as their main mechanics, but you'll have to check out the debate between the Kims to find out more details about these two card games.
Watch it here: youtu.be/9-_e2XO5dzc
To kick off the summer right, I held a mini convention in my basement with my husband and we played games all day long!
In this video, I'll share the 7 games we played with an overview and my favorite moments, elements, and mechanics from each game!
I've got a cooperative game, a real-time game, some medium-weight strategy games, dice games, roll & writes, and even a cool 18 card deck game from Button Shy!
Check it out here: youtu.be/5FOY5BBihRc
Check out the 3 things I like about Caesar! Seize Rome in 20 Minutes. It's a fast-player battle game that is full of smart moves and clever planning.
There is a simple, streamlined ruleset that makes this game highly addictive and with two advanced province tokens to use along with a solo variant, Caesar will top my best 2-player games for the near future.
And I'm giving away a copy of this game. Check out in the video how to get your name in this free giveaway.
The giveaway is open to US residents only and the giveaway will close one week after airing. Thanks for all your great comments! Check it out here:
RED RISING Review | Not Just a Beautiful Card Game (There's a Whole Lotta Strategy and Fun, too!)
What happens when Party Girl prices everyone out of buying the space station? And is Biker going to get his super cool beachside tent property? What about Kim and Louis?
Stay tuned to find out in this original commercial. You don't have to game solo at Tabletop Tolson Dot Com.
Watch it here: youtu.be/oZn7xqaOLYY
Kim is an avid gamer and enjoys reading books, watching movies and television shows, and playing with her two dogs.