Review – Smash Up

When you’re sitting down to watch The Walking Dead or some other zombie movie, what’s the first thing that goes through your mind?

No, not “ohhh, ain’t Darryl hot?”

The first thing that goes through my mind is that this show could use a dinosaur or a space alien.

Or maybe a Dumbledore.

For those of us with a similar mindset, Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has us covered, with the hit game (with an ever expanding list of expansions) Smash Up.

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They all look unhappy with each other.

Designed by Paul Peterson, with artwork by Dave Allsop, Bruno Balixa, Conceptopolis, and Francisco Rico Torres, this 2012 game lets you “smash up” (Ha! I see what you did there) two classic factions into a deck of cards that you will use to stomp your opponents.

The game plays 2-4 players.

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New to Me – October 2017

Welcome to this month’s New to Me post, as discussed on an episode of the Boardgames in Bed podcast (not this month’s, but the concept of “New to Me” games)

It was looking like a lean month for new to me games in October. That changed on the final weekend, where I played two of the best new games I have played in quite a while.

That gave me a total of six new to me games, maintaining my Cult Leader status!

Why don’t we start with the good stuff and head downward?

Time of Crisis (2017 – GMT Games) – 1 play

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This is a game that I have been wanting to play since somebody mentioned it on their “new to me” post on BGG a few months ago.

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First Impressions – Custom Heroes

“Crafting” cards is becoming a new fad in boardgaming, though I think it’s mainly AEG who are doing it.

Games like Mystic Vale, where you can gain cards and then improve them, are starting to become more prominent.

Last night, I got the chance to try one of the latest card-crafting games, Custom Heroes. The game is designed by John D. Clair with art by Matt Paquette and the game is published by AEG.

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This is more like a normal trick-taking game than most others in the same genre, in that you are playing cards to the table and trying to “win” the pile (not quite a trick, but I’ll explain), all the while buffing up cards with improvements that will change how they act.

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Review – Valley of the Kings: Last Rites

In Ancient Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs where whoever died and built the best pyramid was seen to be the most dope ruler in all the land, sometimes it wasn’t just what was buried with you that made the difference.

Sometimes it was who you were buried with.

And these people didn’t have to be dead ahead of you either.

(I’ll stop and let you think about that for a moment)

It’s definitely not something you want to think too hard about when you’re playing the latest version of Tom Cleaver’s Valley of the Kings.

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Valley of the Kings: Last Rites is the second standalone expansion for this wonderful deck-building series. When I say standalone, I mean it too.

While there are rules for mixing and matching the cards in the various expansions, I really have no interest in doing that. I like to play each set individually.

As noted above, Valley of the Kings: Last Rites is designed by Tom Cleaver with art by Banu Andaru and published in 2016 by AEG Games.

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Review: Valley of the Kings – Afterlife

I didn’t realize this until just now, but I seem to have a thing for Ancient Egypt.

Nothing too untoward, don’t get me wrong. But with my love of the (soon to be reviewed) Imhotep and for Favor of the Pharaoh, and now this review for the wonderful deckbuilding card game Valley of the Kings: Afterlife, I might as well get my own Nemes.

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I do have quite the golden face, so it should work!

But that’s very expensive, much more expensive than what this card game will set you back.

So why don’t we talk about that instead?

Valley of the Kings: Afterlife is another deckbuilding card game. Designed by Tom Cleaver (who is wonderfully responsive on Boardgame Geek for any issues regarding these games) with art by Banu Andaru and published by AEG, this game is simply phenomenal.

The game plays 2-4 players, and is very good with two. Scores will be lower in a 4-player game as the cards will be more spread around.

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Smash Up – Big in Japan coming in August

I saw a post on Boardgame Geek talking about the Big in Japan expansion for the card game Smash Up, and for some reason I thought it was talking about how the game itself is quite big in Japan.

I didn’t even realize that’s the new expansion!

After quickly realizing my mistake, I went to AEG’s web site and saw all the juicy information regarding the new expansion, supposedly coming in August. This includes a link to the rulebook, which is great (though the pictures of the cards have all the wording on them smashed together, so I hope they fix that)

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It looks like a really excellent expansion, along the same lines as all the other ones, of course. Fans of the game will love it, I’m sure.

I’m still unsure about Smash Up myself.

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AEG’s Destination Fun pack coming in June

I’m a big fan of the Trains deck-building game from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG). It’s a very popular game, and I can definitely see why. I even have enjoyed (and currently own) Planes, though that one isn’t as popular. Finally, while I don’t own it (yet), I have loved playing Automobiles online at the Yucata site, and it will be in my collection one day.

Are you sensing a theme here?

Yes, all three games are from AEG and have nothing to do with that 1980s movie of the same name if you put them all together in the proper way.

Coming in June, there will be expansions out for all three games.

Christened the Destination Combo Fun Pack, it will include lots of great stuff if you are fans of all three games.

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It’s bright! It’s lively! It’s….$80 MSRP

The contents look really neat.

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