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I was looking back at what I had blogged about this summer, and it turns out I forgot to write about Arcon! Arcon is a Norwegian board game festival, held at the “fortress” you can see in the above images.

As you might imagine we play a lot of board games, but we also have shops (who sells board games), play miniature games, role playing games, fights with foam swords, cosplay competition, and probably some more geeky stuff.

Before I post all the images I just want to write a short breakdown of how my weekend went.

It opened at Friday ten o’clock, so pretty late. I showed up to play a round of Power Grid. It was a pretty good game and one of the longest I’ve played them I think. Went to bed around 2 o’clock. Up next morning around nine to be ready to host Arcadia Quest event at ten. It was me and a new friend, and 8 people showed up to play!

After that I hosted a Heroclix demo, there where surprisingly many who where interested, but only one showed up for the tournament on Sunday. Next year, if I’m hosting, it’s not going to last for four hours. After that I headed over to the room where they hosted Talisman and tried that one out. I hadn’t heard much about it before, other then that it was a “love or hate” type of game. Turns out, I loved it! So much that I ended up buying it the same night! Talisman is a slow game, and I think we played for around four hours, and wasn’t done before 3 o’clock. I’m glad I only lived fifteen minutes on foot away.

On Sunday it was yet another early morning, and I was at the premise around 11 I think. Just in time for the auction to start. They have a yearly board game auction, where you can get your hands on some rare, obscure, or cheap games. You can see my loot at the bottom. After the auction I hosted and judged a Heroclix tournament with Fing Fang Foom as the prize! Sadly we only managed to gather 7 players, but we had fun non the less.

So, hit the jump if you want to see some footage from my weekend.

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I was in London this last weekend, and was looking for board games, and Tiny Epic Kingdom was one game on my list. Sadly I didn’t find Tiny Epic Kingdom, but one store clerk told me about another game from Gamelyn Games, called Tiny Epic Defenders. As I didn’t really know what Tiny Epic Kingdom was about I thought I should give Tiny Epic Defenders a chance, plus the price was good.

Tiny Epic Defenders is a co-op board game about defending the Capital City by defending outer regions against, monsters, dire monsters, and epic foes! This is done by moving your little meeple to each of the region, so that you are ready to defend it when the monsters attack. This, sadly means that you can’t defend all of the regions at all time, as it’s only for up to 4 players.

We managed to defend the Capital City from the epic foe 'The Ancient'
We managed to defend the Capital City from the epic foe ‘The Ancient’

The image above is from my second play-through of the game. The rulebook isn’t very good at explaining the rules in details, it took me some time to understand all of the mechanics, and I’m still guessing there are something I don’t know yet. Luckily I’ve found this unofficial FAQ over at BoardGameGeek. Which I really recommend reading before playing.

The first time I played it, was on Sunday waiting for my delayed flight back to Norway. We lost badly the first play, even though we thought we had a good start. The problem was that I had forgotten and misunderstood the “Succor” ability. “Succor” let us use action points to reduce the threat of a region. Threat is the “damage” done to a region. And when the threat reaches the fire symbol, the region is destroyed, and monsters attacking this region is finally able to attack the Capital City! Not good. So the second time I played it, we used the “Succor” ability a lot! Which was the only reason that we where able to win.

Looking forward to try the game again, as it is a very casual game, easy for none board games to play. It’s even possible to play by yourself, as it’s a co-op game.

Since last post, and before that

I never managed to find some time to continue on the slow month post, so here I am. Doing a short recap of the last 30 days of board gamding, using Instagram images and text.

The week after I had been skiing I ordered two new board games that I’ve had never heard about, but seen on-line. Regatta and Hanabi.


That’s the boxes. Regatta is as the name implies about sailing. Pretty easy set up. You put up four buoys in a square, where two of them mark the starting line, and you have to sail around the two others. To move the boats you use cards that you play from your hand, and move the the length of the card. So pretty easy. I will hopefully write more about it when I try it more thoroughly, as I’ve only played it with my girlfriend ones.

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It’s pretty cute. Hanabi on the other hard is also a card game, but here you collaborate with the other players to make the most wonderful firework! Haven’t tried it yet, but I think it can be some easy fun.

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With this post I want to try something new, and that is to start write some small reviews of the board games I have. Not sure of the quality or if this will be a good source for reviews, but it will be what it will be. Let’s start!

A few weeks ago I received the fantasy RPG Arcadia Quest by Cool Mini or Not and Spaghetti Western Games, which is a board game I Kickstarted back in March. I mostly pledged for it because CoolMiniOrNot was behind it, the same company behind Rivet Wars (an awesome war game for two players), so I didn’t know what I was getting, other then that there where cool chibi miniatures in it.

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Kickstarter bonanza

If you’ve been following me on Instragram you probably noticed I got a pretty big haul of board games this week. I’ve been a big fan of Kickstarter for a long time, and last year I kickstarted Rivet Wars, which I’ve blogged about earlier. On Tuesday I got the rest of the kickstarter loot, complete with all the expansion and extra armies. Going to be a lot more action next time I play! Next post will be with images from what is inside all these boxes. So stay tuned for more Rivet Wars action.

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On wednesday the game Arcadia Quest arraived  (from the same producers, Cool Mini or Not). I’m super stoked to try this out, but not sure when I will have time, maybe next weekend. I’ll show you what is inside these boxes tomorrow. First it’s Rivet Wars.

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Power grid

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Trying out a new boardgame at a friends place. As the name suggest it’s about building power plants to provide electricity to the cities. I think it’s a cool game, with a lot of tactic and little luck. Which is fun. You need plenty of time when playing, especially the first time. The reason is that every round is split up into five phases. With buying buildings, material to produce electricity, and buying buildings.