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 18 months and we've been making up for lost time!

Sometimes our opinions differ, so Amy will be posting reviews every other 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, 25 July 2017

I dreamed a dream in times gone by:- The Ravens of Thri Sahashri

GameThe Ravens of Thri Sahashri

Publisher: Osprey Games


The Ravens of Thri Sahashri is an asymmetrical cooperative card game in which you attempt to bring back a girl from a coma using psychic powers to piece her mind back together. One player acts as Feth, the psychic boy, providing the other player with cards which they can use to complete their dreams. The other player acts as Ren, the comatose girl, who must try and help the psychic boy understand what cards they need without speaking. It's actually another nice interpretation of psychic powers, as you really do have to try and get inside the other players head and work out why they are doing what they are doing.

Okay so the theme is... interesting... It’s very anime inspired which is followed through with beautiful drawn art on all of the cards depicting the Ren’s past, the cards actually do a good job of silenty telling of Ren’s hard life through some of the more concerning pictures. Putting the theme aside you are left with a devilishly clever, and devilishly difficult cooperative experience  where you must work together  for a common goal despite having completely different abilities.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Yellow Meeple's First Impressions:- 18th - 23rd July 2017

This weekend was massive for new games! Amy spent Saturday with some gamers in Croydon and tried 3 or 4 new games, including The Captain is Dead and Nine Worlds, which I'm quite jealous of. Today we had Luke Hector from The Broken Meeple over for games, which we always do when the new T.I.M.E Stories expansion comes out. We managed to get a few extra games to the table too, even spreading the word about one of our new favourite fillers - King Frog.

So, here are the Yellow Meeple's first impressions;

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Thoughts from the Yellow Meeple:- Quadropolis: Public Services

Game: Quadropolis: Public Services

Publisher: Days of Wonder

DesignerFran├žois Gandon

We reviewed Quadropolis during November last year and at the time rated it quite highly as a gateway level city building game. In the time since then it hasn't really hit the table a great deal and I didn't feel it was quite simple enough to introduce to my most frequent new gamers - my parents. If nothing else, the the new expansion Quadropolis: Public Services has helped us get the game back to the table, but what does this expansion add and does it over-complicate a smooth, simple game?