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VLog: TNTM – How to play Tiny Towns by Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG)

Danny from ZiaComics.com teaches us how to play the abstract strategy game Tiny Towns by Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG). This is a game for up to 1-6 players ages 14+ and should take 45-60 minutes for a complete game.

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You are the mayor of a tiny town in the forest in which the smaller creatures of the woods have created a civilization hidden away from predators. This new land is small and the resources are scarce, so you take what you can get and never say no to building materials. Cleverly plan and construct a thriving town, and don’t let it fill up with wasted resources! Whoever builds the most prosperous tiny town wins!

In Tiny Towns, your town is represented by a 4×4 grid on which you will place resource cubes in specific layouts to construct buildings. Each building scores victory points (VPs) in a unique way. When no player can place any more resources or construct any buildings, the game ends, and any squares without a building are worth -1 VP. The player with the most VP wins! SUBSCRIBE to watch more videos like this one!

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VLog: TNTM – How to play Point Salad by Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG)

Danny from ZiaComics.com teaches us how to play the card drafting/set collection game Point Salad by Alderac Entertainment Group ( AEG ).

This is a game for up to 2-6 players ages 14+ and should take 15-30 minutes for a complete game.

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Point Salad is a fast and fun card drafting game for the whole family. There are over 100 ways to score points. Players may use a variety of strategies and every game of Point Salad is unique! Cards come in six different types of veggies, and the back of each card has a different scoring method.

So for instance, one scoring method may award 2 points for every carrot you have, but deduct a point for every onion. By drafting combinations of veggies and point cards that work for your strategy, you can amass the most points and win.

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Video+Story: How to Play Space Base

Danny from ZiaComics.com teaches us how to play Space Base by Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG). This is a game for 2 – 5 players ages 14 and up. It should take 30-75 minutes for a complete game.

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In Space Base, players assume the roles of Commodores of a small fleet of ships. Ships begin docked at their stations and are then deployed to sectors as new ships are commissioned under your command. Use cargo vessels to engage in trade and commerce; mining vessels to build reoccurring base income; and carriers to spread your influence.

Establish new colonies for a new Commodore in a sector to gain even more influence. Gain enough influence and you can be promoted to Admiral!

Space Base is a quick-to-learn, quick-to-play dice game using the core “I roll, everyone gets stuff” mechanism seen in other games. It’s also a strategic engine builder using a player board (your space base) and tableaus of ship cards you can buy and add to your board. The cards you buy and the order you buy them in have interesting implications on your engine beyond just the ability on the card you buy, making for a different type of engine construction than seen in similar games.

Players can take their engine in a number of directions: long odds and explosive gains, low luck and steady income, big end-game combos to launch from last to first, or a mix-and-match approach. Ultimately, Space Base is a game you can just start playing and teach everyone how to play in the first round or two and has a satisfying blend of dice-chucking luck and challenging strategic choices.

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TNTM: How to play Love Letter

Danny from ZiaComics.com teaches us how to play Love Letter by Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG). Love Letter is a game for 2-4 players age 10+. It only takes around 20 minutes to play and is very easy to learn for new players.

The story behind the game is all the eligible men of Tempest seek to court Princess Annette. Unfortunately, she has locked herself in the palace. You have to rely on those within the palace to take your romantic letters to her. You are trying to get your letter to her first.

Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck. Get your love letter into Princess Annette’s hands while keeping other players’ letters away. Each player starts with only one card in hand; one card is removed from play. On a turn, you draw one card, and play one card, trying to expose others and knock them from the game. Powerful cards lead to early gains, but make you a target. Rely on weaker cards for too long and your letter may be tossed in the fire!

The whole game is comprised of just sixteen cards. You can easily carry this game in your pocket. It is a great game to play with friends while waiting in long lines.

If romance is not your thing, there are other variations of the game with popular characters/themes. Some of those variations (at the time of this article) are Batman, The Hobbit, Adventure Time, Star Wars, Archer, and Lovecraft.

Love Letter is simple game with lots of replay-ability. It is easy to carry and can be played nearly anywhere. It is inexpensive (base game is less than $20) so it won’t hurt your wallet. We highly recommend you pick up a copy of Love Letter no matter what variation.

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Smash Up by Alderac Entertainment Group

Smash Up, designed by Paul Peterson, is the all-new Shufflebuilding game from Alderac Entertainment Group.

In Smash Up players take two factions, such as pirates, ninja, robots, zombies, and more, and combine their decks into a force to be reckoned with! Players use their combined decks to smash more Bases than their opponents.

When the game begins, players take turns drafting one of several faction decks.  Once each player has two decks, they shuffle them together, combining their distinct abilities into a unique 40-card deck.  Each faction brings a different game mechanism into play – pirates move cards, zombies bring cards back from the discard pile, dinosaurs have huge power – and every combination of factions brings a different play experience. Players then deal out a number of Base cards, and play their decks to attempt to have the most power on a base when it is scored.

It may sound simple, but how simple is it when your opponent’s Zombie-Ninja Assassinate your minions then create an Outbreak, loading the Base with minions from their discard pile?  Or when their Pirate-Dinosaurs Full Sail onto the base with the mighty King Rex, whose massive power dwarfs that of other minions?

Each combination gives a different experience, Pirate-Aliens play very different than Pirate-Zombies, and with 8 factions in the base set there are tons of combinations to try out!

During play, Base cards (each with their own difficulties and abilities) are in play. You attempt to have the most power on the Base from your minions when the Base is smashed. Sounds easy? How easy is it when an opponent’s Alien-Ninja decides to Beam Up your minions to other Bases – flat out Assassinate them? What about when the Pirate-Dinosaur player Full Sails in and releases King Rex to stomp your minions into the ground, or when the Wizard-Zombies use their Mystic Power to create an Outbreak, suddenly flooding minions onto the Base from the discard pile? Or what if you faced a Zombie-Dinosaur player instead and he created an Outbreak of massive beasts all at once?!?

When a Base is smashed, each player in first, second and third place scores points. Fourth place? Sorry, bro – try harder next time.

With eight different factions, Smash Up includes dozens of combinations to try. Pirate-Aliens play different than Ninja-Aliens, for instance. Which will you use to smash up your opponents?

And did we mention the dinosaurs have laser beams?

 

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