Review: Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

  • January 17, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. A Nice Bump From Mysterium, But Don’t Expect Short Games I picked up a copy of Mysterium back in July 2016, and recently picked up a copy of the Hidden Signs expansion, since my girlfriend wanted to play the game every time we had a game night, and when she’s interested in a game I try to keep her interested in it.

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Review: Microsoft Surface Mouse

  • January 16, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of the Microsoft Surface Mouse, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Nice Mouse, But I’ll Stick With My Logitechs The Surface Pro 4, by itself or combined with a Type Cover, is already pretty sufficiently covered when it comes to a pointer device. However, since I already had some with my old laptop, I ended up using a Logitech M310, putting the wireless dongle in the USB port.

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Review: Microsoft Surface Keyboard

  • January 16, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of the Microsoft Surface Keyboard, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. For Desktop Use, Works Great When I purchased my Surface Pro 4 a while ago I ended up purchasing a Type Cover to go along with it. In addition to protecting the Surface’s screen it works great as a keyboard. When given the chance to try out the Surface Keyboard I took the opportunity, to see if it would provide a better experience when at home.

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Review: Magicka Mayhem

  • January 16, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Magicka Mayhem, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Messy Rule ‘Book’ Requires Future Updates or House Rules First, while a friend and I started playing the Magicka PC game, we didn’t get far before quitting. So I have only a minor understanding of the video game that Magicka Mayhem is based upon. However, this game requires no knowledge of the source material.

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Review: Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice

  • January 10, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Thematic Dice Rolling Game, For Better or Worse I know very little about Luchadors, other than that they wear pretty distinctive masks and attire. And I know something about wrestling having been a young boy in the 80s and 90s. Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice doesn’t require that you know much more than that, as it does a fairly good job of being quite thematic out of the box.

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Review: Citadels (2016 edition)

  • January 10, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of the 2016 edition of Citadels, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. A Very Nice Upgrade to the Original Game I originally purchased Citadels, with The Dark City expansion back in October 2014. I played the game a handful of times and generally enjoyed it, although games pretty consistently took closer to 60 minutes than 20 minutes (the box suggests games take between 20 to 60 minutes).

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Review: Bissell 2001 Hard Floor Expert Cordless Canister

  • January 3, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of the Bissell 2001 Hard Floor Expert Cordless Canister, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Struggles with Carpets, and Limited Battery Runtime Having recently torn up the carpet in the first floor hallway and living room (the two rooms having already been done), and finding some really nice hardwood floors, we were excited to see the Bissell 2001 Hard Floor Expert Cordless Canister available for review.

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Review: Grifters

  • January 3, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Grifters, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Interesting Dynamic Makes for a Fun, Quick, Game I’m familiar with the Dystopian Universe having played The Resistance and Coup. However, no knowledge of the universe is required, and outside of the currency and general aesthetic, this game isn’t tightly tied to the rest. Additionally, while both The Resistance and Coup involve secret identities, Grifters instead involves recruiting characters and then using them either individually for their special abilities, or in a team to complete jobs.

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Review: Onitama

  • December 19, 2016
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Onitama, a board game for two players, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Simple to learn, but very strategic and enjoyable In Onitama each player has a master and four pupil pawns. Then five move cards are pulled out, with the rest placed back in the box. Each player receives two, while the fifth is temporarily set aside, but helps determine the first player.

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Review: Kanagawa

  • December 17, 2016
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Kanagawa, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Beautiful game, best learned from someone else Kanagawa, as the box suggests, has some extremely beautiful artwork and components. That’s what appealed to me about the game when I was looking at the product page, and what people I played with commented on. But when I was reviewing the rulebook before the first game I played I was a little intimidated, and was immediately glad that someone else in the group had played before.

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