Author: roman

Best Wargaming on the Planet: Adepticon Mini-Review

When I write “mini-review,” do I mean small or do I mean miniatures?  The answer is yes. Sign up for our newsletter! I had never been to Adepticon before, but as a gamers in the Chicago area it was past time for Deri and me to go.  Adepticon bills itself as “THE WORLD’S PREMIERE WARGAMING …

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Unmatched rule book review

Read through the rules at boardgamegeek and while Unmatched is very similar to Epic Duels, there are some interesting differences. Sign up up for our newsletter! Object: Defeat the opposing major, called the hero, or both opposing majors in a 2v2 game.  (nothing new there) Game Board The battlefield is made up of circular spaces …

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Unmatched details from Rolling Dice and Taking Names

Check out the really excellent podcast by Rolling Dice & Taking Names with Rob Daviau and his business partner (and blog commenter) Justin Jacobson. If you want to see the game in action, you can get a glimpse from Roll for Crit on YouTube. Sign up up for our newsletter! Some highlights: In battle there …

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Epic Duels is returning and we couldn’t be more excited

By now, you’ve surely heard that Rob Daviau and Restoration Games are publishing Unmatched a new, multi-series, tactical dueling game based on the original Epic Duels, per Rob and per Restoration Games. I’ll post all the official Tweets here: It kicked off with this tweet: Unmatched is a new take on the design of Star …

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Prototyping: A low-cost DIY

I’ve seen a lot of questions on social media recently about creating game prototypes.  I’m also one of the leaders of #craftwednesday among board gamers on Twitter, so I figured I’d put my down my thoughts on the subject to share with those who want to know more about creating their own prototypes. Sign up …

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Blaze of Glory: Western Legends review

Western Legends by Hervé Lemaître and Kolossal Games is another big hit from 2018 that I’m only getting to in 2019, but I nonetheless feel very fortunate to have friends who were ready to play both of these games to kick off the year. Along with Dinosaur Island, this was at the top of my …

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What’s in a name?

I’ve never posted something this personal, and have never really taken off my mask.  Well, here goes. As I move closer to publishing my own game, I’m on a collision course with my pseudonym, Roman Farraday.  The name has been a staple (maybe even an icon?) of the Epic Duels community since 2003, and has …

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For God and Glory: Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done Review

Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done (2018) is a new game by Seth Jaffee and Tasty Minstrel Games.  Looking at the map, you might think this is a Risk-type strategy war game, but it’s actually something quite different.  Playing this game is almost working a puzzle, but it makes things happen on the map in an …

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Surviving the Chicago Winter: Polar Vortex 2019 Review

Since I live in Chicago this post will review 2 things: The Polar Vortex 2019 board game convention outside of Chicago Jan 25-27, and the Polar Vortex 2019 weather event, happening right now in Chicago, Jan 30-31. Sign up for updates! Talk about the Weather Less to discuss here so let’s get this out of …

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