I remember the start of my Pokemon Trading Card Game journey like it was yesterday. Because it was basically yesterday. Starting with just a set of two pre-made decks, we discovered that we really enjoyed the game and wanted to explore the scene further.
In a matter of days, I may have floored the gas pedal.
More than 20 years after its original release, I finally tried my at the Pokemon Trading Card Game. Together with my wife, we bought a starter set and engaged in battle. Here’s what I’ve learned after finally crossing this experience off of my bucket list!
It’s been a while since Steff and I went on a board game shopping bender. But after binging a ton of videos from the excellent YouTube board game channel No Rolls Barred, we felt compelled to expand our collection! Here’s what we picked up!
Extenuating circumstances have made playing board games with others difficult. Steff and I still gather around our coffee table to play here-and-there, but we haven’t shared a table with others to play board games with since before the pandemic hit.
During this time of social distance, I’ve turned to Board Game Arena for my tabletop gaming fix.
Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game and its Boss Expansion come in slickly-produced boxes that are ready for store shelves. Meanwhile, the stretch goals box is…short on style points. Everything is packed in an otherwise non-descript cardboard box save for the black print on its face. Considering its steep $150 price point, I wish Jasco Games had a better way of presenting this content.
Where it lacks in presentation it makes up for with the plethora of goodies inside the box.
Here come new challengers!
Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game Boss Expansion introduces two of the franchise’s most fearsome foes: M. Bison and Akuma. While I can imagine most players of the base game would welcome the addition of new characters – especially these two – they’re sold as part of a larger bundle that may be prohibitively expensive.
Does this box have enough content to justify its premium price tag?
The word “miniatures” might appear in the name, but there’s nothing small about Street Fighter: The Miniatures Board Game. From its 3D terrain to its Amiibo-sized pre-painted figures, this game’s table presence is nothing short of formidable. But does this tabletop fighter have the gameplay to match its premium presentation?
Many years ago, I made a pledge towards Street Fighter: The Miniatures Board Game. Despite the frequent project updates from Jasco Games, so much time had passed that the idea of ever gettingit slipped my mind.
It’s no longer a pipe dream. It’s finally here! At the pledge level I backed the project at, I received the base game, boss expansion, and all of the stretch goals. Let’s open all of these boxes together!
Starting out as a breakout hit card game in 2013, the Sushi Go! universe of games now contains three titles as of writing:
- Sushi Go!
- Sushi Go Party!
- Sushi Roll
All three games are built on the same cute art style and addictive gameplay. But which version should you get? Or can you justify owning all three? The answer depends on what you’re looking for.
Farming, fishing, foraging, and falling in love are just a sampling of the many activities one can partake in when they play the Stardew Valley video game. Whether you choose to do it all or just focus on the activities that suit you’re interests, there’s no shortage of things in the valley to keep you busy.
Now take everything there is to do in the Stardew Valley video game and cram that into a board game. As daunting of a task as that may be, board game designer Cole Medeiros and creator of Stardew Valley Concerned Ape attempted to do with this board game adaptation. While there’s no doubt that the board game pays homage to its source material, quirks in its design hurt it from reaching its full potential as a board game.