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Some things jive perfectly like peanut butter and jelly. Having the words kingdom and domino carelessly smashed together may seem to be the last thing to fall under that category, but let us give the quirky title a chance and look at why Kingdomino, the 2017 Spiel Des Jahres winner, is currently the top pick among families and gamers. In Kingdomino, 2-4 lords and ladies compete over domino-shaped land tiles in order to build the best kingdom possible. The rules of the game are simple and easy to learn.  A game of Kingdomino starts with players choosing from a set of...

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ARG, J. Arthur Ellis, Plaid Hat Games, Raxxon -

Raxxon Pharmaceuticals is dedicated in keeping you and your family safe and secure. There is no need to panic. Everything is under control.   Last July, Gaming Library received a mysterious package from Raxxon Pharmaceuticals. No one in the office was aware of why and how it found its way here, but it seemed urgent enough to warrant our attention.     The package turned out to be an Evacuation Kit from Raxxon Pharmaceuticals. The Evacuation Kit came with a letter urging Gaming Library to team up with Raxxon and work on solving a crisis on many fronts (contain the infected,...

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Arcane Wonders, Bryan Pope, GL First Impressions, Jason Medina, Spoils of War -

AKA Viking After Hours The Gaming Library team just got around to opening a copy of Spoils of War, the newest game from Arcane Wonders (Sheriff of Nottingham, Royals, Onitama) about Vikings wagering and bluffing their way to prosperity.  Spoils of War is set after a good day at Viking office (out in sea, pillaging towns and taking your gold) and the game is all about divvying up the loot. While other games would have you go through nefarious means (looking at you, Cash & Guns), SoW takes a more direct route: LIAR’S DICE! As someone who has been playing...

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Board Game Highlights, Near and Far, Red Raven Games, Ryan Laukat -

At the heart of every adventure is a story worth bringing home.  In Ryan Laukat’s Near & Far, you and your friends embark on a journey through the land in search for the legendary Last Ruin, a city housing a fabled artifact that can grant your heart’s desire. As a sequel to Above and Below, Near and Far takes off where A&B left. Your little town is successful and fate leads you away from your comfort zone. Traveling is your only option and camps are only temporary breaks for the road ahead.  Prepare yourself for the unexpected: perilous travels, serendipitous...

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