Games that are for two players exclusively always seem to catch my attention. The game can focus on the interactions between the two players instead of worrying about balance for multiple player ranges. Small box games also draw me in for being easy to travel with. Omen checks both of these boxes, and it has quite a history. The new take on Omen revamps some of the rules and offers the game to a wider audience. Let’s take a look at the base game.
Villages of Valeria is an engine building game with action selection that feels like part Race for the Galaxy, part Glory to Rome, but still feels like its own game. There’s a Landmarks expansion on Kickstarter now. Are these Landmarks worth visiting, or should you drive on by?
I met Eduardo Baraf at Gen Con last year where we talked about Lift Off! Get me off this Planet! This year, he had something that was just as eye catching, but was a bit cuter. Let’s look at GemPacked Cards.
Scott Almes is becoming known for his Tiny Epic games and his other “small box but big game” designs. Now he’s designed Best Treehouse Ever. Does this stack up to Scott’s other games, or should we just leaf it alone?
Chris Leder is a buddy of mine who made Roll For It!, one of my favorite casual gateway games that work with groups of people. He’s now working on getting Trainmaker published by Grey Gnome Games via Kickstarter. Let’s take a look at this next dice game from Chris.