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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Sunday, 23 September 2018

The Game Shelf Reviews:- Raids

Game: Raids

Publisher: IELLO

Designer: Matthew Dunstan, Brett J. Gilbert

Year: 2018

We first saw Raids at the UK Games Expo this year. It was particularly exciting, as it was one of the only big, early new releases available at the show. On the demo table it really reminded us if the art design of Jamaica, which is certainly no bad thing! Once we understood the movement mechanics, the game seemed to feel like the love child of Jamaica and Tokaido.

Raids is a game for 2-4 players which mixes a lot of different mechanisms. It looks like a race game, but depending on your strategy you might play for set collection, do some engine building or engage in combat with other players. How well do all of these elements blend together? Let’s find out how a game of Raids plays.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

The Game Shelf will be at Tabletop Gaming Live 2018

What is Tabletop Gaming Live?

Tabletop Gaming Live is a new board game convention in the UK, taking place at Alexandra Palace, London on 29th-30th September 2018. It's the first time the convention is being held and I'm super excited to attend and see what it's all about. As well as a range of exhibitors including publishers and board game stores, there will be open gaming with a game library and seminars and events throughout the two days.

Tabletop Gaming Magazine has a good reputation and wide distribution in the UK, meaning that they have managed to attract some high profile guests, as well as some high profile new releases in the UK and demos of upcoming exciting games that will release at Essen in  a few weeks. Here's some of the games that I'm most excited to see!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Thoughts from the Yellow Meeple:- Scythe:Rise of Fenris

Game: Scythe: Rise of Fenris

Publisher: Stonemaier Games

Designer: Ryan Lopez DeVinaspre, Jamey Stegmaier

Year: 2018

Rise of Fenris is the final expansion for Scythe. Scythe is an extremely highly rated board game in its own right, but the hype for this expansion has been huge! It promises to be an eight episode campaign, not a legacy game, but with legacy-like aspects. Once played, you could play the campaign again or use some of the many new elements as modules in your standard Scythe games – a lofty ambition.

Before the Rise of Fenris, we’d only played Scythe on three occasions. This wasn’t due to a lack of love for the original game – a pimped out Collector’s Edition sits on our shelves, but we were late adopters. We have no other expansions and these are not needed to play through Rise of Fenris, although they can be used in mot episodes of the campaign. We have loved Scythe with two players, but had mixed experiences with the higher player counts, since area control and player conflict are really not my thing. I was a little nervous of the Rise of Fenris expansion based on how it might play with two and how it might force me towards aspects of the game that I typically shy away from. I am also a very poor player at Scythe – I typically lose by a hefty margin and losing isn’t really my bag either!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The Game Shelf Previews:- Lockup

Game: Lockup

Publisher: Thunderworks Games

Designer: Stan Kordonskiy

Year: 2018

Lockup follows the trials of a group of minions locked in the King's dungeon -- the gnolls, the kobolds, the bugbears, the goblins, or the insectoids. There's no escape but you can gain reputation amongst your peers, as well as gaining goon followers and crafting contraband.

Lockup is a worker placement game, set in the Roll Player universe. After the amazing success of Roll Player - a game we were surprised to really enjoy, we were really pleased to get an early look at the next game in the same universe from Thunderworks Games. Lockup can be played with 2-5 players and also includes a solo variant, which will be a bonus for many fans of Roll Player who love to play it solo. We've been playing the game with two players and are excited to tell you more about it.