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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Saturday, 18 August 2018

The Game Shelf Previews:- Microbrew

Game: Microbrew

Publisher: One Free Elephant

Designer: Sarah Kennington, Nigel Kennington

Year: 2018

Microbrew is a game that comes in a mint tin. It came second in the 2017 Mint Tin Design Contest which was started off the back of the success of  Mint Works on Kickstarter. The rules of the contest are that the full game fits in a mint tin - making the game super portable, but, in all likelihood, meaning that it is a smaller micro game.

Microbrew definitely crams in something more than a microgame into this small package and, in exciting news for beer enthusiasts like Fi, the game is being given a full release through Kickstarter in September 2018. After a brief demo at the UK Games Expo in 2018 we were hooked into this 2-player game by both its theme and it's puzzly mechanisms, and we're excited to share our thoughts after a few plays of the prototype.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Thoughts from the Yellow Meeple:- Spy Club

Game: Spy Club

Publisher: Foxtrot Games & Renegade Game Studios

Designer: Randy Hoyt, Jason D. Kingsley

Year: 2018

We first came across Spy Club on Kickstarter last year, when it definitely caught our eye, but became a victim of our ‘one Kickstarter per month’ policy. Spy Club comes from the pairing of Foxtrot Games and Renegade games that brought us Lanterns and World’s Fair 1893 – both games we have enjoyed. What caught our eye about Spy Club was that it was a cooperative game and that it appeared to have some campaign or legacy aspects. We were, however, a little worried about ‘who-dunnit’ style games, having had bad experiences with games like Sherlock Homes Consulting Detective. Nevertheless, it was added to our Board Game Geek wishlist and I’m really happy that we’ve now had the opportunity to try it.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

I Spy Something Beginning With Crime:- Spy Club

Game: Spy Club

Publisher: Foxtrot Games & Renegade Game Studios

Designer: Randy Hoyt, Jason D. Kingsley

Year: 2018

Spy club is a 2-4 player cooperative card game in which you control a band of enthusiastic kids looking to solve crimes as an extracurricular activity. Together with the rest of your team you will cooperate to find the location, motive, method, crime, and perpetrator in order to close the case. This all has to be done before the perp can destroy the evidence trail and escape your clutches. Spy club can be played both as a single game, and as an ongoing campaign with each game adding new skills and challenges to the game.

In a game of spy club your objective is to get 5 of a single colour of card played to the central board, when that is done you have successfully deduced that 5th of the crime, should you manage to get all 5 colours collected then the game ends and you win. However there are multiple ways to lose, as time passes the perp will move along the escape track, should he reach the end then he is out of your reach. He will also seek to destroy evidence, if you run out of clue tokens in the supply or run out of cards in the deck then the game also ends with failure.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

The Game Shelf Reviews:- Cytosis

Game: Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game

Publisher: Genius Games

Designer: John Coveyou

Year: 2017

Cytosis is a worker placement game from Genius Games, who specialise in making games based on real science. After seeing their Kickstarter campaign for Covalence and some interviews with them, we’ve been extremely impressed by how closely they try to replicate the science in their games. Fiona is an engineer and Amy studied biochemistry, so these themes are very exciting to see. In particular Cytosis is about cell biology and it’s certainly cell biology at an advanced level! Amy is enchanted by the details whilst Fiona is learning all about cell biology and finds Amy’s enthusiasm very endearing.

Our copy of Cytosis also includes the virus expansion and we’ve played both the base game on its own as well as the expansion to put together this review.