The Primary Board Game Review

There is a bizarre expectation when it comes to games themed on politics that to play and to really enjoy them, you need to have some understanding of politics, or, in my case for The Primary, the American electoral system.  This, quite frankly is rubbish as I know as much about politics as I do about terraforming, farming or about killing orcs, and so I was able to enjoy The Primary a lot.

The Primary creates the feeling of politicking, the bravado, the strategizing, and of course the back stabbing.  The game hinges on things like “the long term plan” and “out-maneurouring”.  It asks you to focus on the “final result” and not each turn, especially those “strategic losses”.  It’s a game where you are very aware that you are playing the players rather than simply playing a game.
News Collider - Spiel des Jahres Nominations, Papillion back to Kickstarter, Daryl Andrews Fired, The One Ring RPG Baldur's Gate Descent into Avernus and Elder Scrolls Call to Arms wargame
Shiny awards, treasures and dragons galore in this week’s News Collider.  We’ve seen a veritable spurge of reveals over the last week concerning the upcoming D&D campaign, th eLord of the Rings One Ring RPG and then one of my all time favorite video games comes to the table top with awesome miniatures. 

There’s also more news on the (not at all connected) Kickstarter suspensions which sees the return of butterflies and the fall of a leader.  

I used to be the president of a board game publisher until I took an arrow in the knee
Kickstarter Highlights SPACE INVADERS

Will we play Gloomhaven more frequently when Steve backs the Crafting Kingdom campaign?  Will I ever actually get around to painting these incredible fantasy football miniatures?  Can you actually destroy all the aliens in the competitive board game version of SPACE INVADERS?

In short, the answer is we don’t know (probably not) but that won’t stop us backing these projects in this week’s Kickstarter Highlights. 

The UK Games Expo is just around the corner, the biggest event in the UK tabletop and board gaming calendar. Andy, Jon and Steve are joined by Rory to go through our top picks for the games we want to see at the show.

The UK Games Expo is the 31st May to 2nd June 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham. Tickets and information is available from

News Collider Board Game Workshop Bandai Space Marine Action Figure, ProJared, Elder Scrolls Online Skyrim Plagiarism Board Game Tax Increase Trump
With convention season nearly upon us it would be nice to think that this week's News Collider would be fully of exciting board game news about surprise releases, unveiling of as-yet-unheard-of masterpieces of design...alas, that is not to be.

This week we are talking about "accidental plagiarism", the potential Death and Taxes of board games and  a lot of uncertainty surrounding the longest running live streamed D&D adventure.
Kickstarter Highlights Kingmaker, Kingswood, Hostage Negotiator, 18Chesapeake
After a short, Bloodborne induced break to the Kickstarter Highlights we’re back talking Kings, Woods, Hostages and Trains.  

We have RPGs, light games, 18XX games and Solo games.  Also, for the first time we’re bring to your attention a game that is crowdfunding somewhere other than Kickstarter…
Donning the Purple - Cover

Schrödinger, it seems, was a bit of a clever chap. His questionable treatment of cats aside, he did have a point. For those of you unfamiliar with the workings of Quantum Mechanics, one of the outcomes of the myriad of high-end, brain-baking mathematics was that one can never know the precise state of something until you measure it. And by measuring it, you change it.
Board Game News - Origin Award Nominees, Pop-Up Gencon, Kingmaker, 5E Pathfinder Second Edition CMON Sales

As we approach the convention season the news well is starting to dry up somewhat, in fact, most of this week’s news concerns conventions and exciting RPG news, so grab you hand sanitiser, breath mints and dice bag!  

It’s News Collider Time!

Get yourselves comfortable, because it’s a long one today.  The boys get the chat well and truly flowing as they discuss the latest news and then get into some in depth talk about the games they have been playing. Steve Journeys in Middle Earth as he plays the latest Lord of the Rings game from Fantasy Flight Games, Steve and Andy tackle demons and cultists in Perditions Mouth and we rustle up some bad puns in Great Western Trail.

We then check out the best way to get into D&D, with some tips for the budding Dungeons and Dragons adventurer and dungeon Master.

Board Game News Asmodee Fiction Imprint, End of Plaid Hat, Aliens RPG, Steamforged Investment, Charterstone Zombicide Video

This week’s News Collider is brought to you with the letter “i”.

Investments, imprints, implementations, irony, insemination and fun make up this week’s board game news.
Zoocracy Kickstarter Review

I must admit, I’ve always been a bit turned off by politics, a communist in a red tie and a fascist is a blue dress, shouting at each other from opposite sides of a room, while a group of people behind them to do their best Lord Melchett impression. I think it comes from always living in a constituency when the current MP is winning by such a huge majority that my vote feels like a waste of time. But this board game review shouldn’t be about real world politics, or should it?
News Collider Board Games Kickstarter Suspends Kolossal Vox Machina Success Stronghold GAmes Sues Plan B 1 Billion New WoC Studion Heroes of Balders Gate
Controversy abounds in our latest little slice of board game news, as we have news of tabletop Kickstarter projects being suspended by Kickstarter themselves and legal shenanigans as Stronghold Games sues Plan B games for taking away a juicy board game printing deal. You could say they re-moo-ved for a reprint.

It’s not all bad news as we find out that table top gaming is the biggest section of Kickstarter (something we’ve long suspected) and that Critical Role have raised a huge portion of that money on their very own, which means we will definitely be getting a Critical Role cartoon (and I now have the CR theme tune in my head) and then there’s all that Balder’s gate stuff too, which we are very excited about.
Kickstarter Highlights - Odyssey of the Dragonlords, Bloodborne, Oceans, Dungeon Battle Maps, Core Ball,, Plague Inc Armageddon Board Game
This week’s Kickstarter Highlights is brought to you with the letter “D” and the number 6:
Dragons, Dungeons, Dinosaurs*, Disease, Demons** and Deepspace!  That’s what has our fingers itching over the “Select this Reward” button this week.  

After spending his time in the garden, Andy joins Steve to discuss his hooky copy of Terraforming Mars, the latest news and the current crop of games at their table.

They stab the emperor in Donning the Purple, search for lost gold in Treasure Island and provide a spoiler free review of Charterstone, the legacy game from Stonemaier Games. They then cast off the spoiler shackles and have an in depth discussion of the Charterstone game.

It's an odd collection of board game news this week, as we have the Mensa award making us all feel ever-so-clever for playing our favourite tabletop games but then a stupid decision regarding the flagrant brushing aside of historical genocide causes some unsurprising controversy.

Don’t worry though there’s plenty of things to get excited by, from Demons to vampires and vikings to playing games in bed.  Not that kind of game you filthy animal.
Kickstarter Highlights On Mars, Anachrony Fractures of Time Expansion, Kingdom Rush, Critical Core, Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast

We have some tough decisions to make here in Collider Towers, you see, the biscuit jar is nearly empty, we’re down to the last roll of toilet paper and the only coffee we have left anywhere in the building is Nescafe Original.  All problems that can be easily fixed, however, the allure of current and upcoming Kickstarter campaigns has us thinking we can make do if it means we can squeeze another pledge out of the petty cash*.
Legacy Games - Cover

Regular readers of this site or listeners to our podcast may have gotten the impression that my imagination is a dangerous and scary place. An accurate, if somewhat understated description. I find myself on many occasions mulling over a whole range of ideas from the size of the plastic baggies we use to store game components through explaining to colleagues why using well-defined business processes is to everyone’s advantage, all the way to convincing my other half why getting an Oculus Rift is clearly a good idea; not just a glorified way of kicking the cats.
Due to some unknown administrative oversight, we didn't release a news article last week. In fact the entire Polyhedron Collider team didn’t do a damn thing last week. Now I have a valid excuse, I’ve got a new job and I’m trying to reevaluate the whole work/life balance (or should that be work/board game/life balance?). Steve and Andy obviously decided they just couldn’t be bothered. I think stronger leadership is required and will soon be making my bid to oust Steve as head of the organisation.

Internal politics and lazy writers aside, it's actually been a quiet couple of weeks in the world of tabletop gaming but that doesn’t mean that plenty of board game and role playing game shenanigans haven’t been going on. We’ve got news from the Borderlands, Waterworld and London, and more buses than a National Express depot.

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 59 - Hanamikoji, High Society and Dinosaur Island

The boys from Polyhedron Collider are back but are suffering from a lack of sleep due to daylight saving and midnight wildlife encounters. Don't worry though, they have managed to play some board games.

The boys discuss the latest news and Kickstarters and talk about High Society and Dinosaur Island. We also read from the mail bag and present an MS Paint challenge to the budding artist in our audience.

Dune Reprint Die Hard Board Game Age of Steam Vs Martin Wallace  Namiji Tokaido Sequel Above Board Board GAme TV Show Laryrinth RPG DnD Movie

There is an important mantra in the world of tabletop gaming “the dice must flow”, to misquote a famous sci-fi novel.  When we started this little weekly news roundup we were worried that there may be one or two games a week we could mention. We were wrong, as yet again we are faced with a pile of board game news bigger than a spice worm's… melange deposit.

This week we've got exciting news about a Dune reprint, a new Die Hard board game and news on a D&D movie and a tabletop gaming TV show.
Root Underworld Expansion Exodus Chronicles Feudum Ramparts and Rudders Ghost Star For Treasure Kickstarter Highlights

Once again, we here at Collider Towers have selflessly thrown ourselves (and our wallets) at Kickstarter in order to bring you, dear reader, news of some of the most interesting campaigns currently running. 

This week we have solo games, expansions, re-implementations and a brand new kid on the block.

Jon and Steve are back from a weekend of gaming at Airecon. Andy, however, couldn’t make it and tells us his tale of woe along with a novel method of reducing the size of his board game collection.

We talk about our live show, Family Fortunes and the games we played at Airecon; including Villainous, Space Base, and the digital version of Scythe.

Mistborn: House War Review

Take a multi-million selling fantasy IP and a board game about revolution, negotiation and backstabbing and you have Mistborn: House War...almost, what you’ll have is a really great idea for a game that this want really wants to be.
News Collider Board Game News Pathfinder 2nd Ed Judge Dredd Wildlands Batman Talisman Fallout RPG Unmatched Critical Role Comic

IP IP Hooray! You can’t swing a News Collider in here without hitting at least one license tie-in and this week we have Fallout Vaults, Talisman Batman, Wildlands Judge Dredd, Unmatched Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a Critical Role comic book.  Plus Steve & Jon head to the tabletop games convention, Airecon and why boardgame can help you live longer.
Polyhedron Collider - Kickstarter Highlights

We’re trying a little experiment here at Polyhedron Collider. We’ve rather enjoyed putting together a regular burst of noise and we feel it needs a little expansion. So we’ve also decided to do a regular round up of crowdfunding campaigns. 

The aim is not to be just a splat of every tabletop Kickstarter going, but a carefully crafted collection of the games and projects we ourselves are excited about.

The rest of the Polyhedron Collider crew are getting all excited about going to Airecon tomorrow. They’re running around the office like a group of six-year olds after a bin bag full of Haribo, arguing over what games to play while extolling the virtues of cream teas and raspberry mojitos. I, however, am stuck at the news desk trying to get some actual work done.

And there’s plenty to write about, from more Harry Potter, more Ghostbusters and more Monopoly and Cluedo/Clue versions. Maybe I should just go ridicule Andy for his game choices.

Review Roundup - Good Cop Bad Cop, Vektorace Formula 8, Doodle Rush, Krowdfunder and Doomsday Bots

Sometimes there’s just not enough to write about a game. Maybe it’s very light, maybe it feels too much like another game or maybe it’s just bloody awful.  In those cases we present the Review Roundup, a selection of short form board game reviews that make sure you’re informed without wasting time on regurgitating rulebooks or trying to find some hidden depth.
Hanamikoji Review

Hanamikoji will grab you by the short ones as soon as it hits the table.  From the moment that first card is drawn, you’ll be engaged, engrossed and you’ll love almost every agonising minute of this short, two-player game.  What Hanamikoji does—and does really, really well—is that it realises that a great game is not one that poses a multitude of choices, but forces important choices.  
News Collider - Board Game News 27/02/2019

Lots of things to announce this week, from new Dungeons and Dragons books (steady, Andy) to reskinned Talisman games (down Jon!) and an expansion for Anachrony (easy, Steve). There’s even a few off.

And needless to say, Andy is all over at least three of them.
The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 57 - Pulsar 2849, Zoocracy, Tiny Towns and a lot more Root

Fresh from a full weekend of gaming at City of Games, the boys from PHC download all the information they can about the games they played.  Jon’s news ferrets find us some juicy Spielberg influenced titbits of tabletop gaming news.  

We then proceed to have a good old chin wag about Pulsar 2849, Zoocracy, Tiny Towns and Blood Rage, as well as have another chat about Root.

Otrio may look like a simple game, a game so simple that you may even think yourself capable of guessing the rules and if that is the case, you’d be bang on.  Does its simplicity make it devoid of comment?  Does it mean that it isn’t just bloody good fun to play?  No, not one bit.
Polyhedron Collider Board Game News

This week we have games based on movies, more games based on movies, games based on TV shows, more games based on TV shows, face-lifts, re-implementations and why board games are good for your love life.

There’s more news this week than you can shake a stick at, though how shaking a stick at something is a metric for anything is beyond me.  It’s barely an SI unit and has that stick been properly calibrated? Is there traceability on its origin? Has the stick shaking been taking place in a controlled environment? It just makes you want to hark back to pre-decimal days. 

So this week we present to you several Cow’s Grass (look it up) of news.

Pour yourself a large glass of your tipple of choice, get yourself comfy, and get ready for another session of top quality board gaming chat from the boys at Polyhedron Collider.

Jon’s news ferrets have been hard at work, gathering the latest news and the hottest Kickstarter. When it comes to games, Steve is getting sticky with Folded Space and Vektorace, Andy goes down to the woods with Root and Jon conquers the solar system in Onward to Venus.

We then dive into the mailbag, and have a surprisingly mature discussion when we are asked if the board game bubble is about to burst.
Century Eastern Wonders - Plan B Games - Board Game Review

Psychology is an interesting subject. Not just because many years ago in a pub I (foolishly) proclaimed it’s “not a real science” after many jars, but because it affects all of us in different ways. We’re predisposed to like or dislike certain things, find stuff tasty or disgusting or, in my case, buy stuff because we’ve had a single good experience with something similar in the past. For example, Stonemaier Games, my fascination with E46 BMWs or Steve’s weird obsession with anything Lovecraft.
News Collider – Board Game News 6/2/2019

It’s amazing what you discover when panning for golden nuggets of board game news.  Today I learnt that Ascension is still a thing, and that psychical expansions are still being made. And do you know what, it made me smile.

Other things that might make you smile are a new version of Castles of Burgandy, a Mystic Vale video game and the end of The Big Bang Theory.

era medieval age

Its time for our weekly out pouring of “ooh, look at the shinies” as we collate some of the brightest tabletop game news from the last seven days.

Speaking of shinies we have Matt Leacock’s latest endeavour, which you can be seen in our header image and there isn’t a disease in site (because all the plague ridden rats will be in the basements), as well as all the latest news from Portal Con.

Call for the ambulance, because the boys from Polyhedron Collider have got a fever for cardboard, as well as a severe case of acquisition disorder.   We go through some of the games we have been playing over recent months, including Dice Hospital, Detective, and Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig.

Stonemaier Games - Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig

Avid readers of this blog and listeners of our podcast will be aware that I have a bit of a soft spot for all things Stonemaier. Despite this, I raised a quizzical eyebrow when I saw the teasers for Between Two Castles of Mad king Ludwig, which incidentally sounds like more of a mashup of a few reality TV shows. All we need now is to Strictly Get me out of a Jungle on Ice and we’d have the set. 
News Collider - Board Game News 23/01/19

It's Wednesday so that can only really mean one thing, it's board game news day!

This week we look to the heavens and gaze upon the red seas of Mars. We dream of terraforming it only to find it's infested with robots, Skrulls, and roll and write games.  So join us as we discover Legacy games from Stronghold, Big Trouble in Little China and some beautiful Harry Potter miniatures.
Awesome Games Coming in 2019 Part 3: Traditional Publishing

So it comes to the final section of our 2019 preview, those games coming to our shelves via conventional publishing means and not crowd-funding. Last year it was a tricky part of the list to complete, this year it has been very difficult and a testament to just how much sway Kickstarter has over our board gaming hobby.

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to check out our top picks for the games coming to Kickstarter over the coming months, and the games that we backed in the past that we are most looking forward to receiving this year. Also you can hear Andy and I discuss our top picks in our latest podcast episode.
Awesome Games Coming in 2019 Part 2: Kickstarter Arrivals

There is a natural order to things in life. The sun shines, plants grow, animals eat the plants and then I eat the animals. The same circle is present in board gaming; publishers announce upcoming Kickstarter campaigns, we go nuts to back them, the game is made, we receive it then there’s some miserable sod who reviews it and says it’s shit. 

Now that you’ve read our first of three articles telling you which campaigns to look out for in 2019, it’s my job to go through what we can look forward to receiving from some 2018 (or earlier!) campaigns that are currently either in production or on their way to us as I type this.

Awesome Games Coming in 2019 Part 1: Kickstarter

I’m just going to come right out and say it.  I’m probably going to ruin one of you New Year’s Resolutions.  If you’ve promised yourself that you WILL pay-off that credit card, or save money, or even, dare I say it, trim down your board game collection *gasp* well, my goal here is to tempt you away from all those very adult and responsible goals and show you some of the shiniest of this coming year’s shinies.

And I’m not alone in this task, Andy and Steve will be doing much the same in their articles for Delivered Kickstarters and Upcoming Mainstream Publishers and, of course, Andy and Steve have already had a nice long chat about these games in the latest podcast episode.  But here and now, let me excite, tease and tempt you with our most anticipated games coming to Kickstarter in 2019

Where I’ve been able to I’ve dug through the various Board Game Geek forums, scoured Facebook and Twitter, and, in one instance, I drove to the publisher's house, broke in, kidnapped their cat and held it to ransom until they told me roughly when the launch date is.

board game news lord of the rings

Judging by the Fellowship of the Ring theme being blared out of Steve’s laptop speaker, it’s safe to say that he’s a little excited about our first news article today. 

And so he should be because there’s a lot to get excited for this week; such as a Dice Forge expansion, a series of gateway games from Board & Dice, another board game set in the Expanse universe (or should that be solar system) and, a sequel to Ganz Schön Clever. Of course there’s also a new Lord of the Rings board game coming out.
Coral Islands Review

Coral Islands presents gamers with a bold concept, two games in one box.  Linked by theme and components these oceanic games utilise dice stacking in different ways to give us two games that would likely have never been made had they swiped left.  Lucky for us, when they met, using the Alley Cat Dating app it was a match made in cardboard heaven.  Coral (who loves bright colours, 3D Tetris and jigsaw puzzles), saw something in Islands (who loves long walks on the beach, music and occasionally bending the rules) that they didn’t even see in themselves.

So, dear reader, this combi-review will look at what you’ll get in the box, one game at a time.  Starting with:
The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 54 - The Game We are Looking Forward to in 2019

Its 2019 and we have a whole year of exciting new board games to look forward to, so Andy and Steve take us through the tabletop games we are looking forward to playing—and backing on Kickstarter—over the next 12 months.

We also discuss getting old, blowing all your board game budget on soft furnishings and announce the highly prestigious “Andy's Insert of Choice Award 2018”.

Dice Hospital - Alley Cat Games - Board Game Review

It is said that one must work at a relationship. That you only get out what you put in, which mathematically makes no sense as if you’re making no profit, why bother? I imagine that’s missing the point somewhat, but I am not exactly the sympathetic, caring type. Insensitivity aside, it could be said that have been somewhat lax regarding my relationship with Dice Hospital. You could say we’ve had a tumultuous beginning. Before I go full Claire Rayner on you, let me explain.

Welcome to the sleepy suburb of boardgamesville. That elegant chirping you can hear is the early morning bird song of the lesser spotted News Collider. It wakes at dawn, ready to catch juicy tabletop gaming news worms to feed to its nest of board game chicks.

Today the lesser spotted News Collider has managed to bring back a bounty of board game news including housing developments, bird watching and dungeon Disney damsels – enjoy!

The King's Will Review

Writing this review of the King’s Will, from Blackfire, feels like wading through treacle. It’s not the King’s Will is a bad game, it’s nothing of the sort, it’s full of that all-important ‘meaningful decision’ and has plenty in the box to keep your brain ticking over nicely. The problem is, King’s Will is just, well, bland.
Santorini Review

Santorini is as picturesque as the island it is named for, with its brilliant white cuboid buildings and wonderfully aquamarine domes, it is a seemingly simple, yet refreshing abstract strategy game that will satisfy many a gamer should they chose to visit.

I have a great fondness for the simple, perhaps because I am so, but games that can be taught and explained in a handful of rules will forever hold a special place on my game shelf.  Santorini takes pride of place on that shelf.  As can often be the case, just because it is simple, does not mean it is not capable of great depth, with Santorini its depths, despite the simplicity, are easily overlooked.  When explaining the game to people I was frequently met with “Is that it?” and a barely concealed sneer of indignation that this was my offering for game’s night.  Oh, how quickly those sneers were replaced with puzzlement and dumbfoundedness as the little green board blooms with white cuboid blocks, where each is a new opportunity, each is a risk and often at the same time.
News Collider - Board Game News 2/1/19

Happy New Year! And you know what a New Year means, new tabletop games! We may all be suffering from turkey overdose and the crushing realisation that we can no longer start drinking Baileys at 11am, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring you some of the freshest board game and roleplaying game news.

Today we’ll be talking Lord of the Rings, Italian Harry Potter and a tainted Grail PC game.
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