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Gaming reviews and thoughts from Anatoli’s Game Room

  • Review: Trickerion July 5, 2017 DSC_0440

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: TRICKERION: LEGENDS OF ILLUSION Written by Anatoli on April 12th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room If you like movies like the Prestige and the Illusionist the theme of this boardgame should appeal to you! Caroline had eyed this game for some time ...

  • Review: Through The Ages: A New Story of Civilization June 21, 2017 DSC_0087_1

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: THROUGH THE AGES: A NEW STORY OF CIVILIZATION Written by Anatoli on April 12th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room Czech Games Edition has published some of the best and most liked games in my collection, like Alchemists and Dungeon Lords. With ...

  • Review: Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition June 7, 2017 DSC_0350_1

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: MANSIONS OF MADNESS 2ND EDITION Written by Anatoli on April 12th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room Mansions of Madness 2nd edition from Fantasy Flight Games has been out for a while now, and Caroline picked this game up last Friday ...

  • Review: Patchwork May 24, 2017 DSC_0487

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: PATCHWORK Written by Anatoli on April 12th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room I guess “Patchwork” is proof that you can make a board game about just anything! Caroline bought this little  game a while ago while scouting our local hobby ...

  • Review: Dead Men Tell No Tales May 10, 2017 DSC_0131

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Written by Anatoli on April 12th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room Here’s a fun and very difficult game – Dead Men Tell No Tales from Minion Games! This is a co-op game where players take on ...

  • Review: Dead of Winter : A Crossroads Game May 3, 2017 DSC_0357

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: DEAD OF WINTER Written by Anatoli on April 12th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room Let’s take a look at the zombie survival game Dead of Winter! Dead of Winter is a co-operative game set during a harsh winter topped of with ...

  • Review: Castles of Mad King Ludwig April 26, 2017 DSC_0383

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: CASTLES OF MAD KING LUDWIG Written by Anatoli on April 12th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a game that I hated, at the very least disliked, when I first played it with Caroline. It’s ...

  • Review: Robinson Crusoe April 19, 2017 robinson crusoe

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: ROBINSON CRUSOE Written by Anatoli on April 12th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the cursed island is a worker placement co-op game for 1-4 players where you take on the role as castaways trying to survive ...

  • Review: Kingdom Death Monster April 16, 2017 pic2931007

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: KINGDOM DEATH MONSTER Written by Anatoli on April 12th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room My friend Thomas bought the Kingdom Death monster v.1 with the previous Kickstarter and came by a couple of weeks ago to show off the game ...

  • Review: BloodBowl Pitch from Deep-Cut Studios December 26, 2015 DSC_0491

    TABLETOP GAME (ACCESSORY) REVIEW: BLOODBOWL PITCH PLAYMAT FROM DEEP-CUT STUDIOS Written by Anatoli on October 12th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room I love BloodBowl, and I really wanted a pitch to play on of my own – without having to shell out  ridiculous amounts ...

  • Review: Frostgrave October 9, 2015 frostgrave

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: FROSTGRAVE Written by Anatoli on August 11th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room I was talked into picking up Frostgrave by a friend down at the club. I was quite skeptic about it, the bits that I had read did not ...

  • Review : The Witcher Adventure Game June 12, 2015 witcher

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: THE WITCHER ADVENTURE GAME Written by Anatoli on February 26th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room I am crazy about everything Witcher related so I was initially super excited when I heard about a boardgame being made based upon the Witcher ...

  • Review : By Fire and Sword – Deluge May 29, 2015 bfas

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: BY FIRE AND SWORD – DELUGE Written by Anatoli on March 6th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room My Kickstarter package arrived this week and I’ve spent some time browsing the new rulebook called “Deluge: Northern war 1655-1660”. This new tome ...

  • Review : Robinson Crusoe – Adventures on the Cursed Island May 15, 2015 robinson crusoe

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: ROBINSON CRUSOE – ADVENTURES ON THE CURSED ISLAND Written by Anatoli on April 12th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the cursed island is a worker placement co-op game for 1-4 players where you take on the role ...

  • Review : Alchemists January 30, 2015 alchemists

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: ALCHEMISTS Written by Anatoli on January 14th, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room The year has just begun but I already think I’ve found “game of the year” candidate. While taking a trip to the hobby store for me to purchase ...

  • Review : Eldritch Horror – Forsaken Lore January 16, 2015 DSC_0960

      TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: ELDRITCH HORROR: FORSAKEN LORE Written by Anatoli on January 3rd, 2015 at Anatoli’s Game Room I’ve had this expansion for some time but didn’t come around to write a review until now. Which perhaps is a good thing since that ...

  • Review : 7 Wonders November 21, 2014 7wonders

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: 7 WONDERS Written by Anatoli on November 13th, 2014 at Anatoli’s Game Room Seven Wonders is a card based game where players control competing ancient civilizations as they attempt to create the country with the best level of technology, social ...

  • Review : Brink of Battle: Epic Heroes Fantasy Rulebook September 5, 2014 epic heroes

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: BRINK OF BATTLE : EPIC HEROES (Fantasy Skirmish Gaming Rules) Written by Anatoli on August 30th, 2014 at Anatoli’s Game Room Following the release of Brink of Battle, writer Robert Faust has been busy working on his follow up release and ...

  • Review : Eldritch Horror (Part 2 : The Gameplay) August 16, 2014

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: ELDRITCH HORROR (PART 2 : THE GAMEPLAY) Written by Anatoli on July 13th, 2014 at Anatoli’s Game Room This review will include a lot of comparisons to Arkham Horror since I think the target audience will be fans jumping over from ...

  • Review : Part One – Eldritch Horror (the unboxing) August 14, 2014

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: ELDRITCH HORROR (PART 1 : THE UNBOXING) Written by Anatoli on July 5th, 2014 at Anatoli’s Game Room Recently I bought the new Lovecraft inspired boardgame Eldritch Horror made by Fantasy Flight Games – at first I wasn’t that interested as ...

  • Review : Game of Thrones (2nd Edition) Comparison Review August 7, 2014

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: GAME OF THRONES (2ND EDITION) – COMPARISON REVIEW Written by Anatoli on June 23rd, 2014 at Anatoli’s Game Room Here’s an unexpected return to a boardgame I never thought I would touch ever again – Game of Thrones, the second ...

  • Review : Small World – Realms (Expansion) July 25, 2014

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: SMALL WORLD : REALMS (EXPANSION)  Written by Anatoli on June 16th, 2014 at Anatoli’s Game Room Small World Realms is something that I have wished for since I played Small World for the first time – being able to make ...

  • Review : Lords of Waterdeep – Scoundrels of Skullport July 11, 2014

    TABLETOP GAME REVIEW LORDS OF WATERDEEP – SCOUNDRELS OF SKULLPORT Written by Anatoli on June 6, 2014 at Anatoli’s Game Room Lords of Waterdeep is one of my favorite boardgames, equally fun with 2 as it is with 5 players. It’s a worker ...

  • Review : Letters from Whitechapel June 27, 2014

    Review : Letters from Whitechapel Originally posted at Anatoli’s Game Room, may 24, 2014 Letters from Whitechapel is a Jack the Ripper themed boardgame where 1 player controls the Ripper while 1-5 players control police officers trying to hunt him down. It’s a ...

  • Review : Small World May 31, 2014

    Review : Small World Originally posted at Anatoli’s Game Room, May 12th, 2014 Small World is one of those Days of Wonder games that have a simple premise and simple rules but provide enjoyable and easily accessible boardgaming that can be played ...

  • Review : Gloom, the Card Game May 24, 2014

    Review : GLOOM Originally posted at Anatoli’s Game Room, May 5th, 2014 Gloom is a fast paced and easy to learn cardgame for 2-4 players where the goal for each player is to make his/her family as miserable as possible and then ...

  • Review : Junta December 6, 2013

    Originally posted on Anatoli’s Game Room, November 5th, 2013 Trying out Junta David at our club is an avid fan of the boardgame Junta and had been talking about it for quite some time. The problem with the game is that ...

  • Review : King of Chicago November 29, 2013

    Originally posted at Anatoli’s Game Room on October 17th, 2013 King of Chicago Anders, from our club, introduced me to King of Chicago last weekend, first time I had heard of the game but it turned out to be quite ...

  • Review : Chain of Command by Too Fat Lardies October 26, 2013

    October 26th, 2013 Chain of Command rules review originally posted at Anatoli’s Game Room on August 30th, 2013 Chain of Command is the latest game to be released from “Too Fat Lardies”, and I admit that this is my very first exposure ...

  • Review : Resin Objective markers from Army Group North October 12, 2013

    October 12th, 2013 Resin objective markers from Army Group North review originally posted at Anatoli’s Games Room on September 11th, 2013    About 2 years ago I got in touch with Army Group North, the Canadian WW2 miniature manufacturer, and asked about Polish objective ...

  • Review : Cleopatra from Days of Wonder October 5, 2013

    October 5th, 2013 Cleopatra (boardgame review) originally posted September 8th, 2013 at Anatoli’s Game Room Cleopatra is a Days of Wonder title, and if you are familiar with Days of Wonder they are producing games that are very family oriented, they often have ...

  • Review : Kolejka (Board Game) September 28, 2013

    September 28th, 2013 Kolejka (a Polish boardgame review) originally published at Anatoli’s Game Room on August 24th, 2013    Have you ever wanted to enter the wonderful world of communist era Poland and queue for toilet paper while fending of people trying to get ...

  • Review : Day of Battle, the Middle Ages September 5, 2013

    Day of Battle is a wargame designed for medieval battles made up of unit blocks of 28 or 15mm scale miniatures and uses a mix of D6 dice and regular playing cards for the core gameplay mechanics as well as ...

  • Review : GF9 “Red Gas Cloud” gaming mat August 25, 2013

    Ever since Star Wars X-wing was released I wondered how to best make my own gaming mat, a problem I shared with many others on the internet judging by posts on various forums. Each solution has had its pro’s ...

  • Review : Star Wars X-Wing : Tie Interceptor Expansion Pack August 20, 2013

    Another small review of the ship boosters, this time the Tie Interceptor. Just like the X-wing this one comes with two sheets of cardboard tokens, pilot cards, ship upgrade/weapons/astromech cards a dial and a card with the new rule for ...

  • Review : Star Wars X-Wing – Y Wing Expansion Pack August 15, 2013

    The Y-wing is the last of the Rebel Alliance fighters currently available.Being maneuverable like a drifting log and slow like a drugged Sloth – the Y-wing makes up for this by having the most durable hull and shield integrity among ...

  • Review : Star Wars X-Wing – Tie Fighter Expansion Pack August 10, 2013

    This is perhaps the expansion pack players will have at the very end of their “to buy” list, considering you get Tie Fighters in the starting set.

  • Review : Star Wars X-Wing – Tie Advanced August 3, 2013

    X-wing: Tie Advanced expansion pack Written by Anatoli at Anatoli’s Game Room on July 22nd, 2013 The final Imperial fighter currently available (the Tie Bomber will be released later this year) is the Tie Advanced – the fighter which Darth Vader uses. ...

  • Review : Star Wars – Edge of the Empire July 31, 2013

    Anatoli reviews Star Wars : Edge of the Empire for the Star Wars Role Playing Game which takes place around the time following the destruction of the first Death Star. The theme for the core rulebook is centered around the fringes ...

  • Review : The Battlefield : Miniature modern warfare July 15, 2013

    The Battlefield: Miniature modern warfare (review)  Originally posted at Anatoli’s Game Room on July 12th, 2012 The Battlefield is a quite different take on miniature wargaming, it is inspired by PC/console games and has a completely new and dare I say fresh ...

  • Review : Axis and Allies : Angels 20 July 5, 2013

    Axis & Allies: Angels 20 review and rules overview Originally published at Anatoli’s Game Room, July 1st, 2013 Following up on the unboxing post with a review of the game and a rules overview combined. I can start out by saying that ...

  • Review : Star Wars X-Wing, Millenium Falcon expansion pack June 18, 2013

    June 18th, 2013 Originally posted at Anatoli’s Games Room on 09 June 2013 Star Wars X-wing: Millennium Falcon expansion pack         Fantasy Flight Games have released two big ships, the Millennium Falcon and Slave One (the Bobba Fett bounty hunter ship). Having seen the ...

  • Review : Star Wars X-wing, A-wing expansion pack June 15, 2013

    June 15th, 2013 From Anatoli’s Game Room, originally posted June 12th, 2013 Star Wars X-wing, A-wing expansion pack My favorite among the currently released Rebel ship is the A-wing. It very similar to the Tie fighter and Tie interceptor but with shields and ...

  • Review : Star Wars X-Wing, Core Set June 15, 2013

    Originally posted at Anatoli’s Game Room on June 5, 2013 Star Wars X-wing core set review I finally caved in and got into Star Wars X-wing the miniature game from Fantasy Flight Games. Having played it a couple of times I really ...

  • Review : Lords of Waterdeep May 27, 2013

    Originally posted at Anatoli’s Game Room May 27th, 2013 Lords of Waterdeep unboxing and content overview Lords of Waterdeep is a “Euro” type game with a Forgotten Realms fantasy theme – a weird combination if you ask me but it’s a game that ...

  • Review – By Fire and Sword (English Version Rulebook) May 3, 2013

    Originally posted April 22nd, 2013 at Anatoli’s Games Room By Fire & Sword rulebook (English version) review I’m still exhausted from my lightning raid to Salute this weekend but I thought I would give this topic priority due to the Kickstarter for ...

  • Update : Spartacus – 4 Player Session and Thoughts March 18, 2013

    Originally posted 16 March 2013 at Anatoli’s Game Room Spartacus : A 4 player session and Some Thoughts        Another game of Spartacus, this time a 4 player game and I have to say that it is the most fun and most ...

  • Review : Redoubt Miniatures (incl Size Comparisons) March 18, 2013

    Originally posted March 9th, 2013 at Anatoli’s Game Room Redoubt Miniatures Review and Size Comparison   By Anatoli of Anatoli’s Games Room     Since I began posting the most recent wave of French & Indian War content on the blog I have been asked ...

  • Review : Spartacus the Boardgame March 8, 2013

    Originally posted February 22nd at Anatoli’s Game Room  SPARTACUS THE BOARDGAME : A REVIEW by Anatoli Spartacus: A game of blood and treachery is such a surprise to me for several reasons. It’s a game based upon a (imo) rather mediocre show, ...

  • Review : Muskets and Tomahawks February 17, 2013

    Originally posted on February 11th at Anatoli’s Game Room  Review : Muskets and Tomahawks   Got to play this relatively new set of French & Indian War rules yesterday over at my buddy Thomas house. I have to say that this is a ...

  • Pro Tip : The Importance of Good Natural Hair Brushes December 20, 2012

    Originally posted on December 13th at Anatolis Game Room The importance of brushes for miniature painting cannot be underestimated. Being able to steady your hand or having painting skills don’t really mean much if your brushes are worn out or crap ...

  • Review : Games Workshop “Base” Paints December 12, 2012

    Originally posted December 2nd, 2012 at Anatoli’s Game Room The “Base” colors from Games Workshop are the new range that took over after the complete overhaul of the Games Workshop range of paints which included the excellent Foundation paint and the Citadel ...

  • Review : Battlefront’s Soviet Navy Infantry December 6, 2012

    Originally posted Nov 22, 2012 at Anatoli’s Game Room Another unexpected source for “Polish” miniatures is the Soviet Navy range that Battlefront manufactures. First a bit of background information, the Poles did not intend for their navy personnel to fight on ...

  • Interview: By Fire & Sword with Konrad Sosi?ski & Rafa? Szwelicki November 19, 2012

    Origionally posted November 17th, 2012 at Anatoli’s Games Room I’m happy to post yet another extremely interesting written interview, this time with the authors of By Fire & Sword, Konrad Sosi?ski and Rafa? Szwelicki. I sent them a document of questions and ...

  • Review : Polish Early War releases from Forged in Battle October 31, 2012

    From Anatoli’s Games Room 27 October 2012 Forged in Battle recently released their long awaited 10th motorized cavalry brigade miniatures for the Early War Poles.The 40 miniature blister should be enough to make 2 platoons which is a 2/3rd of a ...

  • Review – 17th Century Polish Inn (By Fire & Sword) October 10, 2012

    Posted 09 October 2012 at Anatoli’s Games Room Review of a 17th Century Polish Inn Manufactured by Wargamer of the By Fire and Sword range     I received a couple of really nice 15mm scale terrain pieces from Wargamer in Poland, the ...

  • Overview : Game of Thrones Card Game October 2, 2012

    Originally posted 22 September 2012 at Anatoli’s Games Room A Game of Thrones CCG Overview     David in our group owns the Game of Thrones Collectable Card Game by Fantasy Flight Games and have been bringing it along down to the ...

  • Review – Descent 2nd Edition, rules and gameplay September 15, 2012

    12 September 2012, originally posted at Anatoli’s Games Room Descent, 2nd Edition   Descent is a Dungeon crawling type of game that involves 2-4 hero characters playing co-operatively against 1 player who is the “Overlord” (the games Dungeon master). The heroes always have ...

  • Review – Army Painter “Warpaint Inks” August 28, 2012

    Originally posted 26 August 2012 at Anatoli’s Game Room Like many others I came to rely upon the now out of production GW Citadel Washes for my painting. Washes like Devlan Mud, Badab Black and Ogryn Flesh were paints that I ...

  • Review – Super Dungeon Explore (SDE) August 28, 2012

    Originally Posted 16 August 2012 at Anatoli’s Games Room    Two guys were playing this game down at the club so I took a seat and watched for a while, snapped some pictures and learned a little about the rules. This game ...

  • Review – Elhiem 20mm modern warfare miniatures August 28, 2012

    Originally Posted 06 August 2012 at Anatoli’s Games Room       Thomas in my gaming group hinted about this manufacturer when we started to get interested in modern warfare stuff for Brink of Battle. Elhiem miniatures have a great range of modern ...

  • Review – Dungeon Lords August 28, 2012

    Originally posted 04 August 2012 at Anatoli’s Games Room Earlier last week we were supposed to have a miniature wargaming day down at the club, but only me and David showed up and we had incompatible armies. Luckily, I had brought ...

  • Review – Zvezda Soviet Zis-5 Truck July 31, 2012

    Originally posted 16 July 2012 at Anatoli’s Game Room I bought 3 packs of Zis-5 trucks to use as Fiat truck stand in models for my Polish Early War army a while back and just recently assembled them.     I was ...

  • Battlefront EW Polish motorcycle platoon – Review July 15, 2012

    Origionally Posted July 12, 2012 at Anatoli’s Games Room My longtime goal had always been to expand my Polish Early War army with the motorized cavalry and the cavalry arms of the Polish 1939 army. A small step on the way to ...

  • Settlers of Catan – Review July 15, 2012

    Originally posted 09 July 2012 at Anatoli’s Games Room   This will probably be my shortest boardgame review ever. This game is dead simple, and I guess much of its popularity derives from just that – simplicity. Settlers of Catan is a ...

  • EotD Gentlemen & Nosferatu boxed sets review June 23, 2012

    Originally posted June 19, 2012 at Anatoli’s Game Room   Received a couple of new sets for Empire of the Dead from West Wind.  In this post I will review two of the faction boxes, the Gentlemen’s Club and the Nosferatu ...

  • EotD Victorian Zombies box and Ltd ed mini’s review June 23, 2012

    Originally posted June 22, 2012 at Anatoli’s Game Room The Victorian Zombies box does not belong to any faction (at least yet). You are able to raise a zombie mob if your Gentlemen’s club has the evil “Hellfire club” affiliation. I ...

  • Polish-Lithuanian Levied Nobility/Volunteers review June 3, 2012

    Originally posted May 24th, 2012 at Anatoli’s Game Room Bought two boxes of Polish these wonderfully ragtag warriors. The box contents can be used for either a Volunteer regiment (pretty decent quality formation) or for the infamous nobility militia regiments (quite ...

  • Warhammer Invasion (Card Game Review) June 3, 2012

    originally posted January 11, 2011 at Anatoli’s Game Room I rarely play card games except Poker, I usually find them either overly complex or just lacking everything I like in a good boardgame. Warhammer Invasion is a surprisingly fun and easy ...

  • Review : Legio Heroica Polish Infantry and Guns May 20, 2012

    Originally Posted May 15, 2012 at Anatoli’s Game Room The Italian manufacturer “Legio Heroica” has a very nice range of Polish and Turkish forces from the period around the siege of Vienna 1683. I ordered a couple of  blisters to fill ...

  • Civilization (Boardgame review – Light) May 5, 2012

    Originally posted at Anatoli’s Games Room on April 10, 2012 While not a proper review (hence “review light”) as I write this from memory after but 1 game and without knowing the rules beforehand, I want to share some of my ...

  • Warhammer Historical – Kampfgruppe Normandy May 1, 2012

    originally posted at http://anatolisgameroom.blogspot.ca/2012/04/kampfgruppe-normandy-rules-review.html Kampfgruppe Normandy from Warhammer Historical, borrowed to me by my friend Widgren for this review, is a very thick and very good looking hardback overkill of a ruleset. I’m not completely familiar with the story behind these ...

  • Victory Decision – Miniatures Rules May 1, 2012

    Originaly posted at http://anatolisgameroom.blogspot.ca/2012/03/victory-decision-rules-review.html on march 23, 2012 This review is based upon the core rules for Victory Decision. Victory Decision is a set of rules written for WW2 gaming allowing players to play battles on large platoon scale with single ...