Scarabya: Excavations that Missed the Beet(le)

Scarabya Cover

It is up to you to find the most Scarab relics! From the desert to the rain forest, from the Bermuda Triangle to Antarctica, these golden beetles are scattered across the world. Set up camps and mark Excavation Areas. Can you find the most Scarabs and uncover the mystery of Scarabya?

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Xtronaut – The Game of Solar System Exploration

Xtronaut - the Game of Solar System Exploration

3… 2… 1… Blast off! Let’s explore space. Build a rocket to carry the payload that’s just right to complete your mission. Xtronaut was designed by Dante Lauretta, a real NASA scientist, to introduce kids to how rockets work. Setup Each player gets a gameboard, with space for several different kinds of rocket parts. Their gameboard also contains a score

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Dicey Peaks: Not High Enough

Dicey Peaks by Scott Almes

Day 34: We have reached the final camp before the summit. The storm slowed our progress. The mountain itself seems to rise higher with each step. Neville’s oxygen ran out just before sunset; we must press on without him. After whatever rest we can manage tonight, at first light I will select mostly clear dice and make the final roll.

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SNAP Review: Robots & Rockets LIGHTSPEED

Robots and Rockets LIGHTSPEED

Robots & Rockets: LIGHTSPEED is the second entry in the Robots & Rockets series from designer Sye Robertson. Now that you’ve mastered robot tourism, you must practice the art of building rockets. Did our rockets launch to lightspeed, or did this game fizzle out? Listen to our thoughts in under 5 minutes, or read on below.

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RobotLab: S.T.E.A.M. That Won’t Short-Circuit

RobotLab game components

“In RobotLab, you’re a scientist racing to build your robot and win the coveted Devol Prize in Robotics! Along the way you’ll need to do some research, dig through the trash, deal with some faulty parts, and do your best to avoid the other scientists trying to stop you. Will you become the first to successfully complete your robot?” RobotLab

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SNAP Review: Simon’s Cat Card Game

Simon's Cat Card Game

“You are a cat. Do cat things. Don’t get caught. Blame everyone else. Match cards to make mischief and pass the blame, but don’t let Simon catch you!” Simon’s Cat Card Game is a simple shedding game with a minor twist. Listen to our thoughts in under 4 minutes, or read on below.

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Go Away Monster! – Introduction to Gaming for Your Little Monsters

Go Away Monster! The game where little kids get rid of the monsters for good!

Friends ask me on a regular basis about good games for very young children or children who have learning impairments. How can you have a game that’s fun without counting or even color matching? Go Away Monster from Gamewright shows us how to have a game that’s engaging for little ones, without being too lengthy or difficult. Learning how to

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Untold: The Best Stories are in your Mind

Untold: Adventures Await - all components

At The Family Gamers, we’re always looking for a game we can tuck into a pocket or a purse, ready to be whipped out at a moment’s notice while waiting for food at a restaurant or stuck waiting for someone unexpectedly. Rory’s Story Cubes is the perfect example of this kind of game. However, as much as our family enjoys

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The Mansky Caper – An Offer You Can’t Defuse!

Ken Franklin's The Mansky Caper

It was a big night for our family – the night we finally showed the world we were deserving of respect. We were tired of Al Mansky (the richest mobster in the country) getting all the glory – and hogging all the loot. Al was out of town, and had left all his loot stashed in his mansion. No guards,

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SNAP Review – Chupacabra: Survive the Night

Chupacabra: Survive the Night

In Chupacabra: Survive the Night, you use your chupacabra dice to steal other players’ animals. Listen to our snap review in less than 5 minutes, or read on below. This review is of the second edition of Chupacabra: Survive the Night, published by Steve Jackson Games. The game was designed by David Blanchard, Brian Frodema, and John Jacobsen.

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Mutants The Card Game: Survival of the Fightest

Mutants The Card Game

Bring your band of the biggest baddest mutants to the brouhaha and see whose arsenal of freaks can crush the competition in the arena.  Whose mutants are fittest to fight the best together? Breed and fight your way to victory in Mutants: The Card Game, from Sen-Foong Lim and Jessey Wright, published by Lucky Duck Games.        

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Viral: Sick Fun

Viral by MESAboardgames and Arcane Wonders

Ever thought about the viruses and bacteria that get you sick? They’re fighting back against your body’s immune system to grow and reproduce. In Viral, you play as a species of virus, spreading out to infect as many organs as you can. This unique area control game from MESAboardgames and Arcane Wonders is a Dice Tower Essentials pick, and it’s

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Chronicles of Crime: Investigating Game Changing Brilliance

Chronicles of Crime Box

It isn’t often that a board game is released that changes game mechanics in a dramatic, noticeable way. These games are exciting, remarkable, and iconic. They often capture the essence of their predecessors but with unique twists that leave players wanting more. Chronicles of Crime is one of these games.

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Dinosaur Tea Party – Delightful Dino Deduction

Dinosaur Tea Party: dinosaurs, teacup, board game

You’ve been invited to Dinoton Abbey for high tea; one of the most exclusive invites in all of Britain. Adorned in your finest attire, you stroll into the party and survey the room. Everyone is catching up on all the latest gossip and worldly affairs, while sipping tea and eating glorious cakes. Suddenly panic strikes you, you forgot everyone’s name!

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