Welcome to The Game Shelf!

After getting into the board game hobby at the end of 2014, we've decided to share our thoughts on the games we're collecting on our shelves. The collection has certainly expanded over the last few years and we've been making up for lost time!

Sometimes our opinions differ, so Amy will be posting reviews every Tuesday and Fi will post on Thursdays. We hope you enjoy reading some of our opinions on board games - especially those for two players.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The river's blessings:- Fertility

Game: Fertility

Publisher: Catch Up Games

Designer: Cyrille Leroy

Year: 2018

Fertility is a tile laying resource management game set in ancient egypt. The flooding is over and now it's time to make the most out of the newly fertile land as you gather the riches of the valley. Of course goods aren't any help without somewhere to sell them, so you'll also have to build shops to sell or trade your newly acquired goods, or even offer them up as gifts to the gods.

Each turn in Fertility you'll add one of your hand of three 2x1 domino style tiles to the board. When you do so you'll gain resources for every time one of the 2 squares of your tile matches a neighbor. You'll also gain grain should you build next to a grain field and additional resource if you build on top of a resource square. Finally should you leave a gape on the board surrounded on all four sides then you can either gain a resource of your choice, or build a statue in your honour worth end game points. After placing a tile you can then spend your newly gained resources to build new shops or fill your existing shops with goods, any goods not placed during this phase will be lost forever, so there's no point gaining resources you can't use.

Monday, 21 January 2019

The Yellow Meeple's First Impressions:- 8th - 20th January 2019

We've definitely been more social gamers in the past few weeks. This week alone, we've had game nights three nights in a row with different friends, plus attending a board game day last weekend. It's good to get back to some gaming with other people, rather than staying in the comfort of gaming as a couple. It also has the added benefit of trying out some 3+ player games and some games we don't own, but are interested to play.

So here the Yellow Meeple's first impressions!

Sunday, 20 January 2019

The Game Shelf Reviews:- VektoRace

Game: VektoRace

Publisher: KaleidosGames & Gen42 Games

Designer: Spartaco Albertarelli, Davide Ghelfi

Year: 2018

VectoRace was first released at Essen 2018 from Italian publisher KaleidosGames and Gen42 Games is bringing it over to gamers in the UK. It introduces a system called the 'Octogon System' of vector movement, in to a racing game for up to 4 players.

Each player has a paper car, which must be constructed before you play. I personally enjoyed this little craft project - they're pretty easy to build and there are also a huge array of fan made card on BoardGameGeek! Although the box says the game is for 4 players, there are 8 cars in the box, so you could easily play up to eight and add to the fun!

Saturday, 19 January 2019

The Game Shelf Reviews:- Giant Book of Battle Mats

Book: Giant Book of Battle Mats

Publisher: Loke Battle Mats

Year: 2018

Giant Book of Battle Mats is a 62 page tome made of Wipe-clean A3, square-grid, battle mats with a lay-flat spiral binding for use with fantasy roleplaying games (you know the ones). Each page can be used individually but can also be twinned with it's neighbour to create a double-page spread for larger encounters.While most of the pages have full-colour prints of terrain and buildings to bring the maps alive, several are purposely blank allowing you to use a dry-erase pen to draw in your own details as needed. Of course all the pages are wipeable so you can add your own flourish or notes to any map as needed and then wipe clean later

Anyone who has ever tried to run a roleplaying session has come across the same problem The plot is in one direction and your players are desperately trying to go the other. For some reason you didn't prepare for the obvious encounter that was the party rogue backstabbing the king openly in court or the bard infuriating the entire town by trying to woo the wrong person. For all those unprepared encounters the Giant Book of Battle Mats is there for you. and that's why I find it an invaluable tool in my DM kit. Suddenly you are prepared for the unprepareable.