Category Archives: What should you buy?

Should you buy… Orléans?

Orleans coverBuckle up board game fans, because this week we’re going on a high-octane ride to… hang on, medieval France?

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Should you buy… Android: Infiltration?

Android Infiltration board game cover

Gather close, my friends, and allow me to let you in on a secret. A secret, a warning, and some advice. I realise that sounds like the sort of combination someone might use before handing you a leaflet for the STD clinic, but hear me out. I want to talk to you about a board game which won’t be with us for much longer, and like the clinic, I want to help you avoid ending up feeling sad, emotional and a little raw. Continue reading

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Should you buy… Eminent Domain: Microcosm?

Eminent Domain Microcosm

As I write this something truly spectacular is happening in what some scientists call the ‘Solar System’. A tiny, carefully crafted package launched into the freezing blackness of space nine years ago has completed an epic journey to Pluto, whizzing past it at 14km per second and snapping pictures along the way. Smartly designed, small-scale, attempting to achieve something greater than the sum of its parts – surely this can’t be a segue into something about board gameohhh my god here it comes

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Should you buy… Memoir ’44: Eastern Front expansion?

The Boarding Kennel crew are forced to take cover after a surprise invasion following their recent Memoir ’44 review – who’s going to get them out of this one? Plus extended highlights of Gav’s Nazis taking on the stout Soviet defenders of Stalingrad under Commissar Mike. Chyort!

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Should you buy… Memoir ’44?

Memoir 44 board game cover|The Boarding Kennel|Days of WonderThis looks like the kind of game your mum warned you about. Historic war theme! A board made of hexagons! Tiny plastic army men! Fear not, casual gamer, for this is no rules-heavy, nine-hour nightmare of pushing around cardboard chits and squinting at spreadsheets. This, my friends, is Memoir ’44, and it’s as quick and dynamic as a blitzkrieg.

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Should you buy… Mascarade?

Mascarade Board Game Card Game Bruno Faidutti| The Boarding Kennel | Repos ProductionsWay, way back in the prehistoric mists of the year 2000, a man called Bruno Faidutti invented a card game. He called it Citadels, and the people rejoiced, for it let them build pretty little towns while engaging in a battle of bluffs with their friends, using the powers of medieval characters like kings and assassins to help them win the game. About 13 years later, Faidutti realised you could probably ditch the town-building bit and just go all-in on the bluffing, and Mascarade was born.

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Should you buy… Love Letter?

Love Letter Board Game Card Game | The Boarding Kennel | AlderacThe notion that the hot, sultry summer months are a natural aphrodisiac can be traced all the way back to the year 1991, when little-known hip hop duo Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince received a Grammy for their dedicated research into the matter. More than two decades later and their seminal work has yet to be disproved by the wider rap community, leading to the inevitable question – what game should you get your clammy hands on for the dog days, which satisfies the need to bake your body outside while carrying with it the inestimable promise of a febrile carnal encounter? Bestill your beating heart, dear reader, for the answer to your urges lies in the velvety pouch of Love Letter.

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Should you buy… A Game of Thrones: The Board Game?

Game of Thrones Board Game Winterfell Stark Lannister| The Boarding Kennel | Fantasy Flight GamesNight night my little princeling, don’t let the snarks and grumpkins bite. What? Well it’s a little late for a story lad, but if it’ll help you settle I suppose a few minutes can’t hurt. Pull your covers tight and let me tell you a tale of treachery and deceit, of friendships crushed and a rulebook so long and complicated it rivals the histories of the great houses themselves… 

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Should you buy… The Resistance?

The Resistance Board Game | The Boarding Kennel | Indie Board and CardsFive people eye each other suspiciously around a table. Three are underground resistance fighters plotting to bring down a corrupt government. Two are spies, known to each other through a secret code passed between them at the start of the meeting. The regime must be brought to its knees, but how can the freedom fighters prevent a spy sabotaging their missions? This is the mind-melting crux of The Resistance, and it has taught my group of friends one valuable truth – I am comfortably the worst spy in the entire world.

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Should you buy… King of Tokyo?

Giant monsters, city destruction, low-rent comedy fart noises – it’s only The Boarding Kennel’s first ever video review! Sit yourself down, have a nice cup of tea, and find out whether King of Tokyo is an ace option to launch your friends into board games (it is). Definitely leave kind comments in the, er, comments please.

 

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