Review: Sunny Day Pond, a Children’s Game

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Sunny Day Pond Box Art

Game Info

Publisher: Peaceable Kingdom

Year Published: 2014

Number of Players: 2 to 4

Play Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Set-up Time: 1 minute

Learning Curve: Low

Ages: Rated 3 and up, but suitable for some 2-year-olds

Table Size: Small

Introduction

It’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed a board game around here, but one of the original purposes of this website was to talk about game accessibility. One aspect of accessibility is a game’s appeal to a variety of audiences, and Sunny Day Pond is one of those games that’s certainly accessible to young gamers.

Description

Sunny Day Pond is a co-operative puzzle game for children. Its simple design has won multiple awards thanks to its nearly flawless presentation and execution. It teaches several great skills to toddlers and pre-schoolers, including: color matching, … Continue reading

Review: Fields of Blood and Honor

Fields of Blood and Honor Cover

Game Info

Publisher: Flying Hare Productions

Author: Dominick Riesland

Year Published: 2013

Number of Pages: 55 (51 pages of content)

Get Fields of blood and honor at DriveThruRPG.

Introduction

I recently launched a product called Fire Starters as part of the Gamer Lifestyle Product Creation Bootcamp, in which several members of Johnn Four’s Gamer Lifestyle program designed, wrote, and published an RPG product in 30 days.

Fields of Blood and Honor was produced as part of that same bootcamp, which is what makes this product so much more amazing to me. It’s 51 pages of pure content, and it’s packed with all sorts of great ideas about how to … Continue reading

Camp Myth: the RPG Review

Camp Myth Cover Art

Game Info

Publisher: Third Eye Games

Writing: Chris Lewis Carter and Eloy Lasanta

Layout: Eloy Lasanta

Cover Art: Tey Bartolome

Interior Art: Melissa Gay, Jay CamayTherese Sevidal

Year Published: 2013

Pages: 110

Introduction

I mentioned in my review of Mermaid Adventures that this game was successfully funded on Kickstarter and would be out some time in 2013, and here it is.

Camp Myth: the RPG is the latest by Third Eye Games and follows Mermaid Adventures as another kid-friendly game using 3EG’s Pip System. In a world created by author Chris Lewis Carter, players get to take on the role of a mythical … Continue reading

Killshot: Reloaded Backer Preview

KillshotReloaded Logo

Introduction

Broken Ruler Games recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for Killshot: Reloaded, the second edition of their assassin RPG. I was fortunate to receive an early copy of the backer preview, which you can get by pledging even $1 to the Reloaded Kickstarter.

The Kickstarter campaign is going from now, May 29th, through June 28th. Don’t wait to get in on the action though; the sooner you pledge, the sooner you’ll get your own preview copy.

Visit the Killshot: Reloaded Kickstarter page.

Preview

Disclosure: I received an early copy of this backer preview for review.

Killshot: Reloaded is the second edition of Killshot by Broken Ruler Games. [URL] In Killshot, players take the role of assassins for hire in a … Continue reading

Camp – The Game That Grows With You: Review

Camp Game Box Art

Game Info

Publisher: Education Outdoors, Inc.

Year Published: 2007

Number of Players: 3 to 8

Play Time: 15 to 30 minutes

Set-up Time: 1 minute

Learning Curve: Low

Ages: Rated 8 and up

Table Size: Small

Introduction

On a recent trip through Oregon’s gorgeous Tillamook State Forest, I stopped at a forestry center and had a look around the gift shop. There I found this cute little board game called Camp – The Game That Grows With You. It looked like a basic trivia game without a lot of depth, but the topic was of interest and the sample questions on the back of the box seemed interesting so I thought “What the heck, why not give it a try?”

As it turns out, the game really is just a … Continue reading

Free RPG Review: HelperMonkey.com

Game Info

Author: Sean Cox

Year Published: 2011

Pages: 20

RPGGeek Entry: HelperMonkey.com | Download for Free

Introduction

Free RPGs are easy to come by, but finding good free RPGs is a little trickier. Thankfully, RPGGeek often runs game design contests and it has produced several gems.

One such game, designed in just two days for the 2011 48-Hour Design Contest, is HelperMonkey.com. This game won first place (even beating my own Colors of Grey) and I enjoyed it so much I even wrote an adventure for it. 

There are a number of contributing factors to why this game is both great and accessible. For starters, it’s free–the only barrier to entry is your time. At 20 pages, it won’t take you long to read through and grasp … Continue reading

Mermaid Adventures Review

Mermaid Adventures Cover Art

Game Info

Publisher: Third Eye Games

Writing and Layout: Eloy Lasanta

Interior and Exterior Art: Melissa Gay

Year Published: 2012

Pages: 102

Introduction

It isn’t every day an RPG meant for kids is released, but if you’re one of the many people who are bringing up a new generation of gamer at your home then you may want to keep at least one of your eyes on Third Eye Games. Mermaid Adventures is the first of two kid-friendly RPGs by this impressive small press publisher (the other game being Camp Myth, which recently had a successful Kickstarter … Continue reading

Guillotine Review

Guillotine Box Art

Game Info

Publisher: Wizards of the Coast

Year Published: 1998

Number of Players: 2 to 5

Play Time: 30 minutes

Set-up Time: Less than 5 minutes

Learning Curve: Low

Ages: Rated 12 and up (suitable for 10 and up)

Table Size: Small

Review

It’s the French Revolution, and you are an executioner tasked with beheading nobles. For the next three days, your job will be to corral the royals and make sure none escapes his fate. To make things more interesting (as if that weren’t interesting enough) you’ll earn prestige for offing the most influential nobles, but be careful not to kill anyone the people don’t have a beef with or your reputation will suffer.

Guillotine is a simple card game playable in about … Continue reading

Storming the Castle: First Impressions

Storming the Castle Box Art

Game Info

Publisher: Toy Vault, Inc.

Year Published: 2008

Number of Players: 2 to 4

Play Time: 30 minutes

Set-up Time: About 5 minutes

Learning Curve: Low

Ages: 7 and up

Table Size: Small or Medium (depends on number of players)

Impressions

Birthdays are a wonderful thing.  It is around this time each year which I find myself surrounded by new board games to play, enjoy, and write about.  This year, a family member saw fit to gift me with a board game — one of my favorite hobbies — themed around The Princess Bride — my favorite movie.  In concept, at least, it is a match made in heaven; after all, isn’t it great to combine two things you love so dearly in to one, extra-amazing product?  … Continue reading

Blindsight: A Movie Review

Blindsight Box Art

I recently had the pleasure of watching “Blindsight”, a documentary about 6 blind teenagers from Tibet who strike out to climb Lhakpa Ri, a peak on the North side of Mount Everest that measures over 23,000 feet in elevation.  This true story follows the children who attend the “Braille Without Borders” school for blind children in Lhasa, Tibet.  The school, founded by blind German Sabriye Tenberken, is one of the only places in the country where blind children are welcomed and taught to be able to live and work just like any other person.

In the Buddhist culture of Tibet, blindness is seen as a curse that is a result of a person doing something very terrible in a previous life.  As such, blind people in their … Continue reading