Category Reviews

You Can’t Take Firefly From Us

To me, Nathan Fillion is Malcolm Reynolds. I know that I must have seen him in roles before, and I have certainly seen him in roles since, but they are nothing but hollow shells compared to the gun-slinging, insult-hurling, honour-driven space cowboy that I have come to know and love. And if the poll that I put up is anything to go by, I’m fairly sure that I’m not alone in my love for Mal and his crew aboard Serenity. Firefly may have been a short-lived series, but it’s one that has left a legacy blazing a trail behind it’s untimely demise. The real question then is this –¬†How does Firefly: The Board Game live up to this legacy?

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Haunted Houses Breed Betrayal

“I’ll do it if you do it.”
“I dare you.”
“What are you? A scaredy cat?”

It doesn’t take much imagination to picture¬†the conversation that is going on between the characters of Betrayal at House on the Hill before they decide to enter the mysterious, very obviously haunted, house. I blame American television for that. There are no haunted houses in South Africa – the closest that we’ve got are tokoloshes and tsotsis. And yet, we all know that when a group of people enter an abandoned house together, they are all going to die. Or most of them will. Or there will be some kind of heroic person who dies to save everyone else. All of these scenarios and more are played out in Betrayal at House on the Hill.

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Yo’ Ho’ and a Bottle of… Fun

Updated: Mr. Geekess has decided that he too would like to have his say on the games that I review, and I have permitted this. His summary has been added below and will be included in all game reviews going forward.

There is a soft spot for pirates in our household. We celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day on an annual basis, and Grant dresses up like a pirate at every opportunity that he gets. We own more than one eye patch, and have gone through quite a few pirate hats, guns and swords over the years. So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that we own Pirate’s Cove. (If it does, you clearly don’t know us very well at all. Which wouldn’t be surprising, since this is a blog, not a house party.)

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