Tag: Back or Brick

Back or Brick: Lost Ones

Back or Brick: Lost Ones

You’ve been taken to the lands of the fae, will you be able to find a portal and escape in this narrative and exploration game by Greenbrier Games? Pros Solo game play Theme Not a campaign Story elements Price for Retail Established Company Cons Shipping 

Back or Brick: Cartographers Heroes

Back or Brick: Cartographers Heroes

Make a map of the lands in this flip and write game based off in the Roll Player world by Thunderworks Games. Pros Established company Established Game Good Price and Great Shipping (to US) No Stretch Goals Cons No Stretch Goals Pseudo Kickstarter Exclusive Content 

Back or Brick: The 7th Citadel

Back or Brick: The 7th Citadel

You’re a prisoner and labor at the 7th Citadel when something happens and you are able to escape, will you and what will you find in the world outside of the Citadel?

Pros

  • Theme
  • World
  • Adventure and Story Game
  • Unique Characters
  • Campaign Game

Cons

  • Campaign Game
  • Table Hog

The Page

Serious Pulp is a company that knows how to run a Kickstarter, they have done The 7th Continent and an expansion for that both which funded well and they’ve fulfilled, so they have a good layout and flow to the page.

They have a massive section on game play, which is amazing, and for the people who have played 7th Continent, they have information showing the differences and how this builds upon what they did for that. So you can really get a good feel for the game.

The Game

The game itself looks like a lot of fun, and there are a number of playthroughs. Two of the people who I follow on YouTube have done playthroughs, so I’ll let those do the talking for the game.

Back or Brick

So is this game a back or brick for me? Well, let me start by saying, I have The 7th Continent on my shelf, and I haven’t played it yet, I need to get it to the table. And I like the idea of that game because it’s all about the exploration and kind of creating and telling a story. The 7th Citadel takes that story element up a notch, which I’m really excited about. So for me this wasn’t that easy a back but it is a back. What sold me on it was watching the playthroughs and seeing how this has more story to it and a bigger narrative going on than 7th Continent does, and we know I’m a sucker for campaign games. But this also isn’t a massive mini fest of a game, which I like as well.

So, is The 7th Citadel a back or a brick for you?

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Back or Brick: Crash Octopus

Back or Brick: Crash Octopus

Can you get the most treasure to your ship or will the octopus get you in this dexterity flicking game? Pros Fun Theme Fun Mechanic Great Look Known Company Price Cons Limited Player Counter for Dex game The Page This is a well laid out 

Back or Brick: The Reckoners: Steelslayer

Back or Brick: The Reckoners: Steelslayer

We’re back for a special edition of Back or Brick as I look at the expansion for the superhero fighting cooperative game based off of the Brandon Sanderson series, The Reckoners. Pros Amazing Theme Amazing Components Cooperative Game Can get Base Game as well as 

Back or Brick: Die of the Dead

Back or Brick: Die of the Dead

Who will be the first to build a path for their ancestors to travel in the dice placement, push your luck style game?

Pros

  • Look of the game
  • Weight of the Game
  • Price
  • Pretty Pretty Dice

Cons

  • Luck factor

The Page

This is a company that understands how kickstarter works, and they’ve done a good job on their game page. They have nice images and the game really pops visually when looking at it. I like that the how to play is at the top of the page, I only wish there was a little bit more detail than the rules prototype link and a link to a video. It talks about how the caskets can benefit the players in multiple ways, but doesn’t say more than that. Otherwise, everything is laid out really well and looks interesting to me.

The Game

The game itself, like I said, I have a general idea of how to play it, and it looks like a game that would be one that would work well for my gaming group. There’s some push your luck, it seems fairly light, so I think that all would work well.

Visually, as I keep on saying, this pops on the table, so I think people would be interested in it for that reason as well. And kind of like with food, you consume board games first on their looks a lot of the time, and this one looks like a feast.

Again, I will come back to the how to play section, you get a general idea of how the game works, but it should have more information. We’re seeing a lot of what you can do, but not any of the why or why it matters. And there are some elements, like the “ofrenda” that are mentioned as something that can be used, but nothing more than that. Either do or don’t tell me what I component does or what an element is, don’t just toss it out there as it’s something but we won’t explain it like it feels.

Back or Brick

For me, this is a back. And I’ll probably do the one to get myself access to the pledge manager just to decide because I know there are a few more games I’m interested in this year. That said, what sells me on this game is their attention to detail with the artwork and how everything seems to tie correctly into the Mexican culture and they are very careful about that, but with all of that, they still created a fun game, it isn’t just a history or culture lesson. I think that the game group would enjoy the push your luck and manipulation of the caskets that seems to be in the game and it feels like while there is luck there’s also a fair amount of strategy.

How about for you, is this game a Back or a Brick?

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Back or Brick: Tomorrow Dies Today

Back or Brick: Tomorrow Dies Today

You might be the worlds foremost super spy, but you cannot stand against my evil plans. – Some Evil Mastermind Somewhere Sometime Pros Theme Cons Number of game modes Shipping not listed Artwork consistency Metal Minis First Time Creator The Page This page to me 

Back or Brick: Galaxy Hunters

Back or Brick: Galaxy Hunters

Take to space in this resource collection, upgrading, mech fighting game where you seek to conquer the stars and take down mutants. Pros Theme looks cool Nice Mech minis Price Good Rules explanation Pilot/Mech mechanic Cons Shipping Previous Kickstarter didn’t succeed for it Page This 

Back or Brick: Token Sesame

Back or Brick: Token Sesame

We’re not looking at a board game today, instead we’re looking at a board game accessory, something for holding the tokens and other pieces that you use in your games.

Pros

  • Amazing Look
  • Functional design

Cons

  • Some options seem less functional
  • Price

The Page

This is a nicely done page, they do a good job of showing off that their product is going to be useful for a lot of board games and board gamers. This system would especially be useful if you have a smaller playing area so a game with a lot of tokens and a bigger foot print, something like Sword and Sorcery or Gloomhaven without an insert, would allow you to fee up more space on the table by storing stuff in neater compartments.

Add in the art plates, that really would allow you to create a look and feel for your game room. I really think they did a great job with the art and while I think we’ve seen some sillier looking accessories at times, this is something people would see on your table and it’d be a cool accessory as well as functional.

The one thing that I don’t like is the pledge level section. I feel like I have a general idea of everything that I’d get in the pledge, but it would be nice to see it laid out more graphically. Right now I’m looking at that list knowing that I could find out what they mean by a “body kit” but that should be laid out graphically so that the buyer can easily see.

Back or Brick

I mention in my cons, and pros and cons are pretty limited for this, but it seems like a nice functional system, but I mentioned that the price as a con. Now, let me say, I think that this price is spot on for what it should be. They had some amazing artists do work on it, they have a clearly well thought through product and design for it, but it is a tabletop accessory. If I want to upgrade my games, and I think that might be something I start to do in 2021, I want to not have it cost as much or more than most games. Comparing this to most others, it looks better, but I’m not sure, while it does seem to be very functional, that it is that much more functional than some cheaper options, or just me going to Target or Wal-Mart, or somewhere like that, and getting some little bowls. I’m also wondering how much I’d actually use it. Is this something that I’d set-up while streaming a game, and then since I’m leaving the game up, I’d just leave stuff in it, and I wouldn’t use it for other games, if so, are there better storage options that would pack back into a box for me? So for me, this is a brick. I really like it in concept and I think it’d look amazing on my table, I just wonder if it’s an accessory that I would use as much for board gaming as I hope.

How about for you, is this a back or a brick? Do you have a storage solution for tokens besides ziplock bags or for keeping them organized on the table?

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Back or Brick: Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape

Back or Brick: Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape

Return to the world of Massive Darkness for another epic campaign as you delve through dungeons and story. Pros Based off of existing game CMON has a good track record Dungeon Crawl/Campaign Style Game Cons Price Point Shipping Costs CMON all in will be more