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Reviews: Exodus Paris Nouveau

Exodus Paris Nouveau is a social deduction game for 4-6  players for ages 14+,  that is very reminiscent of it’s themed counterpart the Resistance. Players will be acting as corrupt Hunters giving chase, or as Rescuers trying to save innocent citizens from the nefarious government.

The Summary
Game play starts with all players receiving a secret persona of either a Rescuer or a Hunter. Then players will collect voting tokens, health tokens and distance cards to begin their turn. The uniqueness of these tokes is that players will have a limited amount of resources during the game. As voting tokens and life tokes are limited and can have severe effects that reverberate throughout the rounds.

Players then use their sparse tokens to vote, seeing who will be leader for the round. After that the Leader picks who will be the “Tail End Charlie”. During the round these are the only two people that can drastically manipulate the cards for the round. Making an excellent push and pull in the game as Hunters might end up controlling what the Rescuers do and vise versa.

After the Leader and Tail End Charlie have been chosen, each player can contribute one card from their hand into the fray. These cards are collected by the Leader and one card is randomly removed. The Leader draws one card off the top of the deck and sees what sort of shenanigans they have to deal with for the round. This part of the game is integral because these cards can take life from a player, remove cover, build victory points and shorten or increase the distance in the chase. However as an any social deduction game goes,  all players at the table can lie about what they have in their hand and, or, what they’ve contributed to the chase.

The Leader will pick one card from the hand they were given and place that card face up  on the Rescuers Track. Taking on the responsibility of any actions listed on the card. Then it’s Tail End Charlie’s turn to grab two cards off the top of the deck and choose one, placing it down for the Hunters in the chase. This player also takes the responsibility of any actions listed on the card and that’s the end of the first of seven rounds.

Final Thoughts
Overall this is a social deduction game that takes a lot of work and is extremely intricate yet can be very rewarding. Game play adds a whole new level espionage to an otherwise ordinary social deduction game.  Although, this game might not appeal to all player types. Especially new gamers or those players who only enjoy light social games.

As for myself, I had a really had a wonderful time playing this game because of the many facets introduced and challenging new ways to enact espionage upon other players. The social the deduction was far more intense than normal games and I’m really looking forward to playing it again in the near future.

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Hungry for More Gaming? New York Slice Review

At a first glance this game is winning in the theme department. Picking up the box I was thrilled to see that it was made to look like an actual pizza box and when I opened it and I became giddy upon seeing the score sheet that looked like a guest check but

to be honest I wasn’t super excited to play this game. I mean how exciting can cutting a pizza be?

New York Slice 2Each games is played over several rounds where random slices of pizza are placed in order until a full pizza pie is created. Then the first player of the round gets to divide the pizza into shares for everyone to choose from. This one simple mechanic quickly turns into a challenging feat as players start collecting slices with points values on them. The player with the most slices of that value will get the points at the end of the game.

New York Slice 1New York slice also has two other mechanics that help you during the game. The Pizza Specials which are abilities you can use during the game and Eating a Slice with pepperonis on it, which guarantees you endgame points. These two aspects give a lot of dynamic to the game and it insures that each session will be different.

Even though I was skeptical at first, New York Pizza turned into a fantastic game for me. It had challenging concepts throughout the game and was very easy to learn. In fact this would be an excellent game to introduce to non-gamers or a great gateway game for children. For those Veteran gamers this also makes an excellent filler game as rounds can go pretty fast, once everyone knows what they’re doing.

If my review made you hungry for delicious pizza or you’re opposed to games featuring disgusting anchovies let me know in the comments below! We love hearing from you.

Gruff, Clash of the Battle Goats Review

When touring vendor halls at any convention the first thing I’m drawn to is the art. I dabble in drawing myself, so that probably makes me a little bias and BGG Con was no different. I ended up stopping at Studio Woe’s table peering over the shoulders of the gamers playing Gruff. The vibrant colors and the Mutated Goats looked fantastic! Well as Continue reading Gruff, Clash of the Battle Goats Review

Board Game Bento Spoilers! “The Past”

I’ve been reluctant to purchase a subscription to Board Game Bento because I already have so many board games at home and I was worried about getting duplicates while spending $60 on a bunch of games I didn’t really want. Don’t get me wrong, I think the idea is a fantastic one but I wasn’t sure if it was right for me, so I Continue reading Board Game Bento Spoilers! “The Past”