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Black BarneyBlack Barney   June 20, 2017   58  
Really fun for a movie basically about toilet humour. I took 6-yr old Emily to see this on Sunday and it was a big hit (she wants to see it again). Being a super hot day, the air conditioning knocked me out for the first half of the movie but it was pretty easy to catch back up once my eyes opened. I think this movie had my favourite cartoon villain i've seen in a very long time. He stole every scene he was in thanks almost entirely to a great voice performance...
Boardgame Reviews
MattDPMattDP   June 19, 2017   254  
As a worker placement game, I didn't have much hope for the engaging theme of Alchemists. All the rich, wacky art, plastic potion bottles and player screens in the world couldn't make up for the thematic drag of worker placement. At least, so I assumed. Turns out that I was very wrong. Each turn, players place their cubes across various action spaces which are then resolved in strict order. The key ones at the start of the game are gathering alchemical ingredients, selling them for gold and using them to brew potions. This latter action can...
Boardgame Reviews
MattDPMattDP   June 12, 2017   561  
The latest in my series of reviews on super-creative games is live, and it's the best of the lot so far. So good, in fact, that I wanted to showcase it on Shut Up and Sit Down. It's Millennium Blades, the collectible card meta-game about playing collectible card games. It's a super-intense real-time game which feels a bit like Galaxy Trucker and Space Alert. But I think it's better than either of those and mechanically it's full of innovation. The design is smarter and packed humour. It's competitive and there's never a dull moment as you...
Five Second Reviews
Black BarneyBlack Barney   May 31, 2017   390  
Well that wasn't very good. Not necessarily bad, just not very good at all. It's a weird mix of great action sequences (second half) with some really lazy screenwriting. That's my biggest beef with the movie, it offers absolutely nothing new and is highly predictable. The first half of the movie is a nice build-up and somewhat intellectually-stimulating, and the second half is some really tight and exciting action sequences. There are just too many shortcuts that were taken in order to link elements together later on. Best performance I've ever seen from...
Boardgame Reviews
MattDPMattDP   May 29, 2017   1167  
Historical wargames are often a terrible waste. All that wealth of history, all over the world - political, social and economic - and games choose to focus on violence. Such a shame, especially when turning history into a game is such a great way to get inside it, to learn it and understand it. Now the case for the prosecution has a new exhibit to showcase all these points: An Infamous Traffic. It's a game about the British opium trade in China. What drew me in was the premise, the example of a non-military historical game....
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