On Saturday, May 31st, half of Skip-A-Turn walked the stage and received a diploma. This was after May 29th, when he had his last class ever, and before June 3rd, when this review will go live! As things wind down and things get exciting and new for Skip-A-Turn, we decided to go from a huge, exciting, bombastic game to something more small and intimate and playable with a cup of tea: Timeline!
You know what makes Board Games amazing? Just how unafraid of experimentation they are. Unlike video games that have become multi-million dollar products where people NEED certain elements in order for your game to be released, board games are just strange ideas in cardboard boxes that are proud and unashamed of themselves. Some games are braver than others, though, and we’re proud to present a board game that we can safely say is completely fearless. Welcome to Drag Ball, hunty!
Ah! No! That doesn’t go there! Why the hell would you think we needed MORE egrets in the gymnasium, hm?! HM!? Well, I’ll have you know that we do NOT have time for this and– Oh, hello! Hello! You caught us in a bit of a mess. You see, Skip-A-Turn is ran by two Graduate students, and we’re in a bit of a pickle. I’m trying to get my degree done with out going insane, Buckle is in the middle of production of a new short film, and we have an extra special review for you planned! Sadly, big plans mean big chaos and– NO, NO MORE PUGS, YOU TAKE THAT THING BACK WHERE YOU FOUND IT, MISTER! A-hem, yes, well… This is Fluxx. A game that may not actually be reviewable.
So we had a comment saying our “Top Five Board Games for Your Mom” list was tame. After all, some of us don’t have great relationships with our parents, so why not take advantage of this upcoming Mother’s Day to release some of that pent-up parental rage? Grab your Prozac and Xanax kids, ’cause we’re getting deep and dark with C. E. Weidman’s “Lunch Money.”
‘Ello ‘ello ‘ello! Whatcha buyin’, whatcha buyin’? We got th’ finest stuff in all o’ London! We got shirts, we got sausages, we got… Decorative vases! Why not! We got th’ finest CDs in all of– Oh, ‘ello Officer! Of ‘course I got the right paperwork, lemme go grab me Cousin Mickey real quick! What? O’Course I’m not packin’ up to get outta town as fast as possible, whatcha thinkin’ copper?!… I apologize profusely for my attempt at an Cockney accent. Lets never talk about that again. This is Camden.
Welcome to the big finale of the big three! And it’s going to be big! So big! We have monster trucks! A musical number by Cher! A crepes station! Fireworks! And… Wait, I’ve been informed we don’t have any of those things. But we do have a good game! That has to count for something, right? Right?
You and your opponent stand eye to eye. You’ve fought long and hard to be here, and victory is almost in your grasp. You have to be as quick as the coursing river, have the strength of a great typhoon… All in order to make sure that your opponent’s personal game of Tetris is ruined. Yeah. This game is weird.
Welcome back to The Big Three exploration! Today, we’re dawning some wizard robes, getting out some twenty-sided dice and… Wait, I’m talking about a card game today, right? I am? Okay. Good. I was terribly confused for a minute there. And if you get that joke, congratulations, you nerd you!
The flowers are dead. The butler has gone missing. The family patriarch has scurvy. Your brother has tried to kill you for your share of the inheritance. Twice. And worst yet, the tea is tepid. Seeing as it’s the Edwardian era, these are just the beginning of your problems!
Playing cards are, traditionally, four suits (Spade, Heart, Diamond, Club) ranging from two to ten with four face cards, plus two jokers per deck. These decks are used from Go Fish to High Stakes Poker… And they are boring as sin, so lets talk about something WAY more fun, colorful, and expensive: Collectible Card Games! This is a triple part exploration of three of the best selling card games on the market, and I took it upon myself to play all of them. Yes, all of them! Let’s begin!