Dead Reckoning from AEG coming to Kickstarter This Summer

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) just announced that the new card-crafting pirate game designed by John D. Clair is coming to Kickstarter this Summer.


I played this game at Dice Tower West in February and really loved it. I love the card-crafting genre anyway (though not all iterations of it) and this one seems to be another winner.

It’s almost a pirate sandbox game!

How can you go wrong with that?

You can sign up now to be alerted when the Kickstarter goes live.

Which I would highly suggest you do.

Here’s another couple pictures to whet your whistle.

As for my absence lately, I do have some stuff planned for the next few weeks that will hopefully get me out of the posting doldrums.

Keep an eye out or hey, why not subscribe to/follow the blog (handy buttons over there on the right) and you’ll get to see what comes next?

Are you going to be signing up for this one?

Let me know in the comments.

AEG & The OP bring Marvel Comics to Smash Up

Late last year came the news that Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) and The OP (formerly USAOpoly) were joining forces to bring licensed characters to the Smash Up universe.

Finally, yesterday, the announcement came as to what the first team-up will actually be: Smash Up: Marvel.

Both images in this article are from the announcement page

I’ve actually known this since Dice Tower West, as during my game of Dead Reckoning Alederac CEO John Zinser told me but I was sworn to secrecy. I’ve been chomping at the bit to release this news!

How will this work?

Let’s take a quick look.

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Expansion Review – Smash Up: Monster Smash

Wow, two Smash Up expansion reviews in two weeks? After a months-long hiatus?

What can that mean?

It means that I’ve been combining new expansions while playing them for review.

What, did you think I meant global annihilation or something like that?

Let’s save that for the Nightly News.

Anyway, this will probably be the last one for a while as with all of the social distancing going on, I won’t be playing the other new expansions I have anytime soon.

But one day, they will return.

King Rex - Smash Up

With all the viciousness of King Rex.


Anyway, today I’m going to be talking about the Monster Smash expansion. This is an expansion of, well, monsters and their ilk.

Thus, the set is already much more thematic than the Awesome Level 9000 set.

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Expansion Review – Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000

It’s been a few months since I’ve done a Smash Up expansion review. Between the Christmas holidays and work stuff getting the way, it’s taken a while to get the required three plays in to review the first of the five new expansions I bought recently (I am all caught up now except the two I don’t want!).

It’s only fitting that I started going through all of the expansions with the Awesome Level 9000 one.


It was the first expansion to the game that came out in 2013. It’s also the first expansion to come out for the Smash Up app.

The factions in this one are interesting with one rather unique one.

The factions are also not quite as refined as some subsequent ones have been. That doesn’t matter too much, though, as they are still fun to play!

As with previous expansion reviews, I’m not going to go over how to play Smash Up. You can go to the original review for that one.

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New to Me – February 2020

We’re a little late with the “New to Me Games” post for February, but there is definitely a good reason.

Last week was the Cult of the New to Me fundraising car wash!

Unfortunately, the flyers I sent out and put up had the wrong week on them, so nobody ever showed.

Alone in the Rain

This was me on Friday. There was some other charity fundraiser happening inside.

They looked happy.

Anyway, as predicted, going to Dice Tower West also contributed to the delay, as I played four new to me games there!

But here now, finally, are all of the new to me games played in February 2020.

There being a 2016 and 2018 game in there, there weren’t even any attempted revolts this month!

Gotta keep them sated.

So, without further adieu (all of my adieu was intercepted and run back for a touchdown anyway), let’s begin!

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Preview – Dead Reckoning

John D. Clair is one of my favourite designers, and I find the “card-crafting” game mechanic to be very neat.

Space Base is #16 in my best games played of all time list and its position is well-deserved (even though it’s not a card-crafting game).

For that reason, one of my best experiences at Dice Tower West last week was a sit-down meeting and play with Alderac Entertainment Group CEO John Zinser and Clair (along with developer Mark Wooton) to play Clair’s new pirate game coming to Kickstarter in May, Dead Reckoning.

Dead Reckoning - Box
Brought to you by Aquafina!!!! (not really)

It was an amazing experience, really making me feel like part of the boardgame media. Wow, an actual individual demonstration! An appointment that was on my calendar and everything!

It helps that the game seems great too.

Before getting into the nuts and bolts of the game, though, let me say that the Ian O’Toole artwork is wonderful in this game (but then, isn’t it always with him?).

Also, please note that while everything is near final, changes could be made to the game and we played an (almost finished) prototype so the bits and pieces may change after this post too (like stabilizing the middle mast of each ship, which kept popping out when it was grabbed).

Also, I didn’t actually get pictures of everything (whoops!).

Let’s take a look.

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Nomad Games to Add a New Expansion to Smash Up App

Yesterday, I received an email from Nomad Gamesthat made me very excited.

No, it wasn’t a new Talisman: Origins expansion or anything like (though I do love getting early access to those!).

No, they announced that the Smash Up app is going to be getting the next expansion!

Pretty Pretty Smash Up expansion

Pretty Pretty Smash Up will be the second expansion after Awesome Level 9000 to be added to the app.

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