Tragedy Looper: New Tragedies vs. the Original - Full Component Comparison

June 19, 2023

I received a review copy of Tragedy Looper: New Tragedies. Tragedy Looper is one of my favorite games of all time, but does the reprint do it justice? I read through the rulebooks and components (minus the spoilers) of both games to compare the versions in this video! Read my written comparison for more details & photos.

Tragedy Looper: New Tragedies version comparison

June 19, 2023

by Ambie Valdés
Note: I received Tragedy Looper: New Tragedies as a review copy from WizKids. I bought the original Tragedy Looper (and expansions) myself a long time ago.

I was very excited when I heard about WizKids reprinting Tragedy Looper with new cases and an updated graphic design. I love the original game, but I had problems differentiating some of the tokens and the rulebook was pretty difficult to learn from, so I was hopeful that the new version would make the game easier to get played. When WizKids sent me Tragedy Looper: New Tragedies, I immediately opened it, combed through all the components, and read every word of the rulebook to compare it with the Z-Man games version of Tragedy Looper I have.

Tragedy Looper Review

May 18, 2022

For my first video review ever, I'm going to review one of my favorite games of all time, Tragedy Looper! Tragedy Looper is a one-vs-many heavy deduction game themed around time loops.

Detective Stories: Case 1 - The Fire in Adlerstein Review

February 10, 2020

by Ambie Valdés
Note: I received a free review copy of Detective Stories: Case 1 - The Fire in Adlerstein from iDventure.

A while ago I wrote a review of an escape room type game called Unfinished Case of Holmes. Now the publisher iDventure has created another series of immersive games called Detective Stories, where you’re like a detective using a bunch of evidence given in the game as well as online sources to solve a crime. The first in the series is Detective Stories: Case 1 - The Fire in Adlerstein.

City of the Big Shoulders Impressions

January 21, 2020

by Ambie Valdés
Note: I received a free review copy of City of the Big Shoulders from Parallel Games.

It’s not really a secret that I’m into economic games and 18xx games. When I read the rules to City of the Big Shoulders, an economic game with stock holding, worker placement, and factory production, it sounded a lot like a mix between Arkwright and 18xx to me. Since I love both of those, I was excited to try out City of the Big Shoulders.

The Tale of Ord Review

November 15, 2018

Note: I received a free review copy of The Tale of Ord from PostCurious.

If you haven’t realized by now, I’ve been playing and reviewing a bunch of puzzle games recently, because I really enjoy these types of experiences. The latest one I’ve played through is The Tale of Ord, a puzzle adventure by PostCurious where you’re finding clues and puzzles through the packages in the game as well as through online resources.

The Enigma Emporium Presents: Wish You Were Here Review

October 2, 2018

Note: I received a free review copy of Wish You Were Here from The Enigma Emporium.

The Enigma Emporium is a new puzzle game company with a concept similar to Dispatch by Breakout, which I’ve discussed on the podcast before. Each Enigma is a story with puzzles that you’ll use the components they send you plus your knowledge and online materials in order to solve. But instead of being a subscription service with an unknown cost, The Enigma Emporium has an up-front cost for each product, and Wish You Were Here is only $12 for the entire package! This can be done because the components are just five postcards, but there are still a ton of puzzles packed into it.

Unfinished Case of Holmes Review

June 8, 2018

by Ambie Valdés
Note: I received a free review copy of Unfinished Case of Holmes from iDventure.

If you don’t know, I’m a huge fan of Escape Rooms and Escape Room type games. As of writing this, I’ve played six Exit: The Game games, six Unlock games (all the ones released before 2018), the four cases from the base game of Escape Room: The Game, and almost 20 actual Escape Rooms (and probably some other things that I’m forgetting). So… I like those types of games.

Unfinished Case of Holmes is another Escape Room type game with puzzles centered around you trying to resolve an unsolved murder from over 100 years ago. It uses an app along with the printed game materials, and the timed mode gives you two hours to complete the case.

Cursed Court Review

January 29, 2018

by Ambie Valdés
Note: I received a free review copy of Cursed Court from Atlas Games.

I hadn’t heard much about Cursed Court before getting a review copy of it, but I read the rules and it seemed interesting enough. Cursed Court is a bidding, betting, and bluffing game, with both hidden and public information. Think Poker without the gambling real money part, and with more theme. It plays 2-6 players in about 30 minutes.

Pie Town Review

December 11, 2017

by Ambie Valdés
Note: I received a free review copy of Pie Town from Renegade Game Studios.

When I hear a game has deduction, I instantly perk up and put it on my want to play list. So I was excited to try out Pie Town, a new worker placement deduction game from Renegade Games. In Pie Town, 2-4 players are trying to make the best pie shop in town by making different types of pies, including secret recipes. Everyone has their own secret recipe that gets bonus points, and if you can figure out your opponents’ secret recipes, you’ll get even more points!

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