All Hands On Deck!

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Ahoy matey!!! Arrrgh, it be a few weeks and I be stalling writing ye blog because I be having too much fun playing All Hands On Deck. Ok, not that great at talking like a pirate, but so far I have not had anyone that did not like playing All Hands On Deck. My copy is a playtest copy out for review. The final version of the game is not out yet. It will be coming to a kickstarter near you soon.

Setup


Set up could not be easier. Shuffle the cards and deal out 5 cards to everyone. Turn over the top card for the first auction. Each subsequent turn the dealer is rotated to the left and a new card is dealt to every player and a new auction is started.

Gameplay


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Gameplay is pretty simple. You are a pirate captain who has to collect a crew “cards” to go get a treasure. Each card in the deck is either a pirate, or an action. There are 3 different pirate crews, and each crew has a position from 1-10. The object of the game is to collect a crew of pirates in a run of 7 from the same crew, or to gather a run of 3 pirates from all three crews. Runs are basically sequential numbers. I.E. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. You can pick up your run anywhere in the line for each crew.

Every turn there is a new card put up for auction. And you can “bid” on the card by discarding the cards in your hand face down in front of you. Each pirate has a value of 1-10, and when bidding, each pirates face value is also how much you are bidding. The only exception is when you are bidding on a pirate of the same faction as the pirate you are discarding, the point value of the card gets doubled. Action cards are also played at this time. You place your actions and pirates face down when you bid and after everyone has bid, you reveal your bid. Actions take place first and then bids resolve. Actions resolve from the dealers left in turn order. Many actions can change the outcome of the bid or steal the auction all together. It sure is fun to be a pirate!

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Rating


All being said there are is a lot more to this game and it is a blast. I give it a 9.5 out of 10. (When I get a hold of the final version of the game, instead of just the playtest copy, I might have to give a perfect 10)

Kickstarter


All Hands On Deck will come to kickstarter on Sept. 9th. Save your money you won’t want to miss it

Salamander games


Salamander games is the company thy makes All Hands On Deck. I just wanted to mention them because they are a local small independent gaming company and I think they should be supported by the community. You can visit them at salamander games.

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Neuroshima Hex

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Neuroshima Hex.

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That is a funny name, is it not? Now, whether you can even pronounce the name or not, doesn’t mean that you won’t love this game. Neuroshima Hex is a great game, and it is all about strategy.

Set up

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I am going to use my imagination here, since I have only played the digital version, and say setting up should be relatively easy. Lay out the board and gather your army. Or play like me and let the digital ones and zeros do it.

The physical and digital version both offer 4 starting armies/faction with the core set. Each army consists of 35 tiles, 1 base, and 34 other support/unit/action tile. I have found that these starting 4 armies are all you need to have fun, but both versions have expansions armies that you can collect and add the your game.


Armies

The four starter armies are Hegemony, Moloch, Outpost, and Borgo.

Hegemony

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The Hegemony are a combination of melee and strength. The base piece gives a melee bonus to friendly units adjacent to it.

Moloch

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The Moloch are a combination of melee and ranged attackers with some defensive units. The base piece gives a ranged bonus to friendly adjacent units.

Outpost

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The Outpost are a combination of speed and ranged. The base piece gives an addition activation to friendly adjacent units.

Borgo

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The Borgo are a combination of speed and melee. The base piece gives you an earlier activation phase if your are adjacent to the base piece.


 Game Play

Play consists of initially placing your base somewhere on the 19 tile hex grid.  Your opponent will do the same. You and your opponent then take turns placing tiles and battling each other until one base has been dealt twenty damage and they lose. If all tiles have been placed and no one’s base has been dealt twenty damage, whichever base has been dealt the least amount of damage wins.

Hex orientation is crucial on this game. Each piece functions a little differently. I will go over a few details here, but for a game this complex I would suggest that you just start playing and learn as you go.

The best part of the digital game over the physical one is all the mathematical calculations are done for you already, you can focus on your strategy.

There is so much more to this game than I can describe in my blog post, but if you love strategy games and critical thinking, this game is for you. It is like Chess, Risk, and Stratego had a love child. Who wouldn’t want that. I would suggest that you pick it up in the App Store for a measly $5. You can also pick up the physical game on Amazon for $40, $10 off the $50 price tag.

Comment below if you have the game, We could do some multiplayer on the ios version.


 

What’s on tap next.

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I am super ultra excited to be reviewing All Hands On Deck!!!!!!! It is made by a company local to me, and the guys that make the game were super awesome at a local convention I went to. They are sending me a review copy before it comes out! *fanfare* best day ever *fanfare*. They should have a Kickstarter starting shortly. More on this game soon.

Battleship Galaxies.

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About Me

Welcome to the dork side. We have games. This is my first blog, and my first blog post. I have always wanted to author a book, but I don’t even write very often.  I’ll start a blog, and see how far I get.

Well, let us start off with a little about me. I am 32, and live in Oklahoma.  I work on elevators for a living, am a deacon at my church, and love everything nerdy. More details to come if you are interested.


Battleship Galaxies

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Well enough about me let us get to the games. I will be starting out with one of my newest games. “Battleship Galaxies” What is Battleship Galaxies? It is a reboot of the classic game battleship with a miniatures tabletop spin put on it. Sounds interesting right? I will tell you that this game is a blast. Hasbro did a great job of making this game. It will draw classic board gamers and nerdy people alike.


The Game

Battleship Galaxies is a space combat miniatures board game. The two opponents in the game, Intergalactic Space Navy (humans) and Wretcheridians (aliens), are represented by miniatures. There are figures for several different ship types, and each has an individual reference card that varies depending on point value used to make your fleet.

Out of the box all you have to do is put together the stands, and put the ships on the stands.  It is really simple. Pictured below are all the components out of the box, the ships pictured in greater detail, and the ship card up close.

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As you can see on the last picture, when you roll to hit, the ship is in a grid pattern. You hit if the dice roll indicates a grey square on the target ship. The ships shield, damage pegs, and grid gives you that Battleship feel, but that is where the similarities stop.

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In addition to having a fleet of ships, you have a library of tactic cards you can use to upgrade your ships, give it new weapons, defenses, or even a new pilot with special tactics. Also, not pictured, are asteroids and other space anomalies that spice up the battlefield when in play.

 


Pros And Cons.

Pros: Good game, fairly balanced once you learn everything about the ISN and Wretch. Love the miniatures and how the game hold all the pieces.

Cons: Although the original retail price of $60 is a little high, this game is a few years old, so you can get it a lot cheaper on Amazon. It might take a few play throughs because the Wretch can rush and kill the ISN pretty quickly. The ISN player will need more practice on their strategy, but it is a strategy game. That leaves me with my biggest complaint. Hasbro tanked the game after it’s inception, when it could have had expansions and made a good game great.

If you are a fan of miniatures and battleships, and don’t want to spend a lot of cash on extras Pick it up. If you want a tabletop miniature space battle game, with a growing community and expansions, look for Star Wars X-wings by Fantasy Flight Games.

Dorkside rating: 7/10


What’s On Tap Next Blog?

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Do you want to know more about me, elevators, board games,video games? Do you want to decide the topic of a future blog? Stuff I have: Star Wars the LCG by Fantasy Flight, Talisman, Descent, Catan, Summonaria, Mage Knight, The World of Warcraft board game, Pencil and paper RPG’s like pathfinder, Magic the Gathering, Heroclix.

Coming up in the near future? “All Hands On Deck!” A game by a local Oklahoma company called Salamander Games. Played the demo at SuperBit Con and fell in love with it. Coming to a Kickstarter near you soon!