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ProfPlum {Avid Gamer} May 29th, 2016
“How I Love the Theatre”

In Show Manager, the players act as theatre producers, hiring various actors to stage 4 musicals-Moonlight, Lipstick, Queenie, and Rats. (I believe I have an “American” version of the game) I found this game, one of the few out there with a theatre theme. The basic game play is card drafting and resource management. You don’t have to be a theatre patron to enjoy, but the more my gaming group gets into introducing the casts the more fun it can be to play.

Be careful with replacing all the actors on stage too many times, as other players see their perfect casts get swept off stage to be replaced with inferior actors, you can become that hated show manager.

I think this is good for family’s, social gamers, casual gamers and avid gamers.

Set up is simple:

Place the game board on the table
1)Shuffle all actor cards and place on designated space on game board
2)Draw first four actor cards and place on casting spots $0 thru $3000
3)Deal out starting capital to each player $18000 for 3-6 players $36000 for 2 players
4)Select a nameplate and write your name or your stage name on the nameplate
5)Take the 4 production tiles that match the instrument on your nameplate
6)Set the production value for any unclaimed “touring theatre” productions, these will go on board once a production with that name is staged by an active player.

Sequence of Play:

On your turn you may:

1)borrow money against a production already in play (this happens later in the game)
–but only if not all players have produced that show
–and only once from each show
–and only up to $10000
or
2)spend $2000 as many times as you want to replace all actors on stage to hire

Then must either:

Hire one of the actors-only one per turn
or
Stage a musical-only one per turn

Hiring actors is simply, pay the cost to the bank and add the actor to your show (hand). All remaining actors on stage, stay on stage, and cards shift right to fill in gaps and a new actor is placed on the $3000 space.

You produce one show at a time, but be careful, many actors cost money and are only talented enough for certain roles, the actors cards have values that let you know how well each actor fits to the roles they can play. As a producer you have only so much money, this is live theatre after all, to get all four musicals staged.

Each show has a certain number of actors. The show you are producing will dictate your current hand size, when your show is “staged” you can only have 2 more cards left in your hand. You must have the minimum number of cards, dictated by the shows cast size. If you reach your hand limit, you must stage your musical on your next turn.

To stage a musical, you introduce the cast to the other players, placing the card on the table for all to see. Count up your points, an actor can only score points if they take on a role named on their card. If the actor is cast in a role they can’t play, they give no points. Amateur actors, can score 1 point for any role, they are never mis-cast.

If you cast the first version of a show, you get to choose the city all musicals of that name will be staged. Each city has 6 slots, and depending which city will let you know how may victory points you get: New York ranges from 22 to 0, while Stockholm ranges from 14 to 4. So placement will be key depending how confident you are in your production. If production values tie, first player on board gets the higher slot.

After all musicals have been staged by all players, you count up victory points and declare a winner, remaining cash breaks any ties.

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Private eye
Detective
Go to the Dread Curse page
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“A Pirate's Strife For Me ”

A good pirate game is hard to find – I have played both Libertalia and Dread Curse and they are both good games with a convincing enough coat of pirate paint on them. Dread Curse is definitely not THE ‘Pirate Game’ but it is good enough and you walk away with a salty taste in your mouth.

The object of the game is to grab as many coins as you can with varying secret values without being left with a black spot at the end. This could easily be about Cookie Monsters grabbing cookies – but there is enough lingo and art and flavor to let you talk like a pirate without walking the plank.

I can’t really describe the game better than the site review but I will speak about one thing to be careful about: The More, the Merrier on this Jolly Roger. This game has elimination as someone mentioned and it doesn’t always sit well with people. I don’t mind elimination if the game is quick enough. This is not necessarily great in a 4 person game where chances are two people are going to Davy Jones and then you watch two other lucky souls count coins -especially if the game takes close to an hour. With a 7 or 8 person game this game takes about a half hour as the coins get grabbed faster and then more people are clutching coins for the win. It is a rare game that works better with beyond the standard 4 or 5 players but this is definitely one of them. Elimination and cutthroat moves work far better at a quick pace and with less people and elongated march to not being able to win this game can leave a salty taste in the mouth for a completely different reason.

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16 out of 18 gamers thought this review was helpful
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SpookyMulder {Avid Gamer} May 28th, 2016
“Scoby Doo Brains ”

Zombiees are all over the place every day! RUN! Here come zombies! When I go to the store with games I see the zombies on the shelf and point and tell my friend to run because the zombies are there! rUN! Haha!

Thwre are many zombie games. Looking at the pictures of this game I like to look because it looks like Scobby Doo! RU N! Scoby the zombies get your brains.

this game makes me want to eat a Scoooby Food Snack!

How can I get the game? I not seen it in the store where there are other zombies. Maybe I run away too fast and not look! Ha! I will look this box next time

I think this looks good !

Brain time

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SpookyMulder {Avid Gamer} May 28th, 2016
“I Spy ”

Maybe I should make the title of this ‘You Spy’ because in this game you play the spy! I played this game with my friend once and it was fun.

In this game – you are a spy and the other players are spies. You have to stop the Villain team before they become too strong. The villain is Dr. Bolo and he sends his helpers around the world to do things. You go around the world to do things to try and stop them. How to do this? Read a book!

When you go to a place you read a story from a book and figure out to do things to get rewards or help. If you go to a city you might read about fighting someone or stealing plans or there is a car. Oh no! I am the computer spy! I cannot fight the bad guy. But if I go to the city again it might be a story about computers so I am ok. The stories are cool but random because you might not be the spy to win the story and then the evil get points.

What points is this game? Zero-zero-SEVEN!

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6 out of 17 gamers thought this review was helpful
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Private eye
Detective
Go to the Viticulture page
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“An Excellent Vintage ”

I have not played many Worker Placement games overall: Waterdeep, Kingsburg, and Stonemaier’s other game – Euphoria. However, I have played Viticulture and it really stands out.

First of all, it is a Stonemaier Game. While considered an Indie Game Company, they put so much care and craft into their games that they are beautiful to bring to a game session. The games may be on the more expensive side, but looking above at the picture the site provides you can see that the components and look are completely worth it.

Not only does this company produce eye candy in components, but they put a tremendous effort into their design. The game plays well. Like any worker placement, there is plenty to do, but it all clicks and never seems overwhelming. The journey to the most points is interesting and varied from upgrading workers and your vineyard to harvesting and making vintages to trying to secure special bonuses from visitors. The time keeping ‘years’ provide for strategic decision making and options to be competitive without a ‘take that’ disruptive sense. All in all, like a good bottle of the grape it flows well and leaves one feeling pleased.

The only downside is people might overlook this because of the theme. In a game universe where the excitement of space and quests and wizards and warp drives rule the day, one might think running a vineyard seems rather dry.

This is a game that deserves consideration and definitely should be uncorked.

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33 out of 38 gamers thought this review was helpful

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