Eddie Guida

I'm an engineer manager by day, board game entusiast by night. I will play most anything once but I love adventure style games and cooperative games, or just playing games with my wife. Games like the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, TIME Stories, and 7th Continent really hit on all those marks for me and I love discovering new gems. I can be contacted on BoardGameGeek.com under the user ID "burke4865"

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Some additional information has been released on the newest Legendary Encounter set, Predators.  Legendary Encounters: Predators will take you through both the rural and urban settings of the first two movies.  You will see familiar scenes from the movies like the predator trophy room and a mud covered Arnie as well as characters like Dutch, Blaine, Mac and Dillon.  Players can choose to either play as the military trying to track down and kill the predator before he kills you, or you can also play as the predators, going on a hunt to get the most glory.  Then, the best part of all, this set can be mixed with the other Legendary Encounters sets so that you can stage your very own Aliens vs. Predator scenario and see if it comes out better than the movie.  The Predators set will come with 600-700 cards and is slated to launch at GenCon 2015.

The following was released, officially, from Upper Deck:

CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS: (All content listed is an average based on the entire production run)

  • Legendary Encounters is back with an all new “Predator” core set!
  • Two games in one!
  • Play as the Predator hunting down humans as well as recruiting the ultimate military unit to track down and destroy the Predator.
  • Players must work both with other players to defeat the Predator who is determined to track down its human prey.
  • Each Core Set comes with over 600 playable cards featuring all original art!
  • The game will feature some of Predator and Predator 2’s greatest protagonists, including Dutch, Blaine, Mac and Dillon, as they go head to head with the Ultimate hunter.
  • Also included will be a game mat to help to organize the play field.


       Regular Set: 

  • 600 total Original art Card set
  • Full Color Game mat
  • Full Color Rule Book
  • Card inserts for easy organization


dice popper

Are you having trouble with your dice going everywhere when you roll them?  Have dice trays failed to keep your rolls contained and off the floor?  Then worry no more as pop-o-matic technology has been brought into the modern age to produce The Personal Object for Producing Rolls (POPR for short).  With this you will be able to roll you dice with just a simple push of your finger.  Plus, with the dice contained inside their domes, you no longer have to worry about your dice getting away from you.  They even improved on the design by adding the ability to change out the dice inside the dome so you can roll anything from a d4 to a d100 with the POPR.

Pledges range from a single dome to a full 7 dome board for use in any game that you could think of to roll dice in (and that fit in the domes).  Go to the kickstarter page HERE for even more information and to pledge.  The campaign ends May 1st.

push monster pieces

Queen Games is running a lightning fast kickstarter for two new games in their Queen Kids line.  The first is called Push-a-Monster, a dexterity type game which has you trying to fit as many of your monsters on a raised 3D board, while having other players push monsters off so you can score tiles.  Play works by first rolling a die to see which monster you have to add, then using two monster pushers you then push your monster onto the board.  Make sure the entire monster is on the board and then if none have fallen off, play continues to the next person.  The board will get crowded quick and so you will push other monsters off eventually, and when you do, everyone else scores a tile of that monster.  In the end the winner is determined by lining up all your tiles and whoever makes the longest line wins.  Plays 2-4, ages 5 and up.

chef alfredo

The second game is Chef Alfredo, which is a memory type game where you are trying to put the right ingredients into the right pot.  The game comes with 4 big plastic pots where during setup you will place a recipe disc in the bottom of the pot that corresponds to an ingredient.  On your turn you roll a die and place the shown ingredient into the correct pot, you then get to check if you were right or not so try to keep a straight face.  Other players can call you out if they think you are wrong, and whoever is right will get a tile.  Sounds too simple right?  Well if Chef Alfredo is rolled, two pots swap positions making the memory aspect a bit more difficult.  Once the last ingredient tile is gone the player with the most tiles wins.  Plays 2-4, ages 5 and up as well.

For more information and to pledge to the campaign you can go here, but be quick, the campaign ends on April 8th.

On Kickstarter now From Dr. Finn’s Games, creator of Biblios, comes a fast paced dice game called Cosmic Run.  In the year 2123, Earth has become inhospitable to life and the last human colonies are attempting to resettle onto new planets.  You will recruit aliens to help you and roll lots of dice hoping to get settled and erect planetary defenses before meteor strikes potentially destroy the planet.  Get far enough on the various planetary tracks and you will also reap precious victory points in order to be the ultimate victor.

The game plays 1-4 people in about 30 minutes.  There are lots of funding options on the kickstarter from getting the PDF files for print and play all the way up to getting yourself illustrated on the box.  For more info and to back the project please check out the kickstarter HERE before it ends on April 13th.

At the GAMA Trade Show Iello has announced a slew of new games, some reprints and some expansions so lets get to the announcements.  First on the list is a game called Big Book of Madness, it’s a fantasy cooperative deck building game where the players are magic students who must act as a team to turn all the pages of the book, and then shut the book by defeating all the monsters they just freed.  Plays 2-5 in 60-90 minutes.

Next is a pattern recognition game called Maitre Renard (french for Master Fox) where players are flipping over cards to see what they need to collect, then putting on their fox blindfold they feel around in the box for the pieces they need to collect.  Is this the first step towards the making Lice Shower?  Only time will tell.  Plays 2-4 in around 30 minutes.

In Sapiens you are the leader of a tribe trying to guide your clan through the valley, making sure everyone is fed and has enough shelter to keep them safe.  This is done through tile placement with domino like tiles.  Plays 2-4 in around 45 minutes.

Next is the game Sabordage, which looks to be a ship building type pirate game where players will be assembling their ships and then attempt to blow each other up.

The next is a reprint from Iello and that is the game Mexica.  Mexica is an area control type game which has you dividing up the land, placing buildings, and constructing canals.  Points are earned through having area majorities and the most points in the end wins.  Plays 2-4 in around 90 minutes.

A very interesting action game that was announced is called Pingo Pingo, which will appeal to people with a fondness for Nerf as it comes with a gun that shoots suction cup darts and several targets to be set up around the room.  It also includes a soundtrack that gives you 15 minutes to get as much loot as you can.  Plays 2-5 in a guaranteed 15 minutes.


They even showed off a diagram of how the game is oriented for gameplay.

Announced also were three expansions for Heroes of Normandie which promises to bring more units, vehicles, accessories, terrain, and templates based on more historic battles.  Expected release is in the summer of 2015.

Another reprint getting the Iello treatment is Dungeon Fighter with an expected release of April 9th.  This will be the third edition of the game which has players cooperatively exploring a three-tier dungeon and fighting anything that might get in your way.  But it’s not as easy as it seems when you are having to roll dice from under your leg or with your eyes closed.  Plays 1-6 in about 45 minutes.