Author: Marcus Orchard

Marcus isn't good at a lot, but he is an expert at replaying Final Fantasy games despite there being a lot of good stuff out there. He also loves comics, board games, and anime. He thinks Chip Zdarsky is a treasure.

Publisher: Corvus Belli Designers: Alberto Abal, Jesús Fuster, and David Rosillo Artist: Kenny Ruiz 2 Players Playtime: 60-90 Minutes Two-player skirmish games are about as niche as you can get in board gaming, with the only competitor being war games. While Aristeia certainly isn’t as heavy as a war game, it more than succeeds at being a skirmish game. This is Aristeia, the next great sport! A Brief How To Play Setup in Aristeia varies depending on the game mode selected, as it comes with four variants. The base mode though involves both teams drafting four characters, building a deck…

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Publisher: Image Comics Writers: Scott Mescudi & Kyle Higgins Artists: Marco Locati & Igor Monti Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou Kid Cudi meant a whole lot to me in high school. Kid Cudi’s first album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, pulled me into rap music, a genre that I still consider to be my favorite 15 years later. As other rappers influenced my preferences, Kid Cudi gradually took a backseat, and I found myself less connected to his music. Still, I made it a point to give each of his albums a listen, and to this day, I occasionally…

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Japanime Games Designers: Dario Massarenti & Francesco Testini Artist: Eveen Kwan 2-5 Players Playtime: 30-80 Minutes Everyone at the table is hungry, and it’s time to eat some sushi. Everyone wants something different, so maybe we should do a conveyor belt instead and we can all get exactly what we want, right? Wrong. In Sushi Boat, players will be grabbing sushi to complete sets, but other players and their ability to remember what they have on their plates will get in their way. A Brief How To Play In Sushi Boat, players receive individual plates, and at the center of…

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Welcome back! If you joined us for our spotlight on Punk Hazard or Dressrosa, we are so glad you are joining us again as we look at the next arc: The Zou Arc. The Zou Arc is a short bridge between the Dressrosa and Whole Cake arcs. In this arc, the Straw Hat Pirates visit an incredibly creative new island where they meet a new species of people while setting the stage up for a serious Sanji-focused arc. The arc is only 23 chapters, but short stories deserve love too, and it’s nice to get a break after the Dressrosa arc…

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Japanime Games Designer: Rich Gain 2-6 Players Playtime: 45-60 Minutes Kamigami Battles is a deckbuilding game for 2-5 players. The game features gods and other mighty figures from various pantheons. Now that many of the world’s significant religions have been covered, it’s time to get a little spooky. Rise of the Old Ones is a new base game for the franchise, incorporating various Lovecraftian figures, including Cthulu. How To Play Anyone familiar with deck-builders should be comfortable with Kamigami Battles‘ rules. Each player will get to draft a deity from Greek or Norse mythology that gives the player unique abilities to build around. After…

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Happy New Year! Every year brings tons of exciting JRPGs, and 2024 is no different. It’s impossible to cover all of the big releases, but here are 10 JRPGs that will likely dominate the year. Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth The Yakuza/Like A Dragon series is better than ever following the series revitalization with Yakuza 0. Most didn’t expect Yakuza: Like A Dragon to be one of the best JRPGs of the decade so far. The second game that follows Ichiban and his crew has nothing but high expectations now that the development team has every opportunity to build on…

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A few of the games on the Nintendo Switch have dominated the console over the last year, most notably, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Super Mario Wonder made waves during every publication’s end-of-year awards. There are a lot of other great games on the Switch, and most of them are overlooked and can be purchased at a budget price, especially if you grab them during the holiday sale that is going through January 4th for most games. Here are 30 games that you might have missed that may be worth adding to your collection. Read our list of the…

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Astlibra’s story, while familiar, is engaging and sprinkled with enough twists to maintain interest. It’s full of comforting tropes, but players will often be surprised at twists throughout. This is exactly how the gameplay is as well, leading players through familiar action combat but sprinkling it with delightful RPG elements that keep it engaging. Players follow a protagonist whose journey begins with the usual JRPG tragedy – the loss of his childhood friend after a demon attack. Astlibra takes it a step further and mysteriously removes all humans from Earth. While the plot may tread familiar ground, it’s the surprises…

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The year is ending, and now is the time to hang out with our families, stay warm, and think about board games. This year, Allplay released a whole lot of small box board games but didn’t necessarily trade quantity for quality. In this case, less is more. Let’s look at Allplay’s best board games from 2023. Sail Different mechanisms ebb and flow in popularity, and it seems that the most popular feature to include in a game right now is trick-taking. Ever since The Crew, we have seen semi-cooperative, team-based, and even science-fiction strategy games (seriously, check out Arcs) that…

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Developer: Jaspel Publisher: Different Tales Genre: Roleplaying Reviewed For: Nintendo Switch Also Available On PC In Backpack Hero, players embark on a dungeon-crawling quest with a mouse named Purse. This port for the Nintendo Switch offers a blend of resource management and roguelite gameplay, set against a backdrop of a charming yet straightforward storyline. The narrative centers around Purse’s journey to find her mother. Initially, the plot seems minimalistic, but as the game progresses, it gains depth, particularly with the expansion of the town above the dungeons. However, those expecting a grand, sweeping epic may be disappointed, as Backpack Hero…

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