Amelia Sarif

Since first travelling to Japan at the age of fifteen, most of my life has revolved around trying to learn Japanese, and unravel the mysteries of the country’s culture. Gaming ranks just behind this obsession. I enjoy video games – particularly RPGs and Strategy – but my main interest is in tabletop role playing games and board games. Writing ranks third – luckily I get plenty of opportunities to write about Japan and games, so it all works out.

Expedition Zetta Preview

Expedition Zetta is likely the most ambitiously designed boardgame I have ever experienced. Put simply, it is a strategy game which sees players take command of warp-capable spaceships in order to explore the galaxy and bring the most fame to the country they represent. Borrowing heavily from the Euro game tradition (think titles like Catan or anything with a victory point system) Zetta combines s...[Read More]

Preview: Arkham Ritual

Arkham Ritual is a social card game in which 3 to 7 players take on the role of journalists who are trying to escape a terrible ritual. The core social interactions this game provokes are great fun, and the artwork is fantastic, however there is some ambiguity as to whether this game is co-operative or competitive. This confusion meant the game took much longer to learn than it probably should hav...[Read More]

PAX Australia through Amelia’s Eyes

PAX Aus has quickly found its footing as Australia’s premier gaming festival. From humble beginnings at the Melbourne Showgrounds, PAX Aus has grown significantly each year, refining itself into an awesome mix of local industry showcase, video game and tabletop playspace, and hub to share ideas and discussion. 2016 features a large Indie Game Showcase, PAX Rising, as well as the new addition of a ...[Read More]

Preview: Smiths of Winterforge

If you’ve ever played a roleplaying game – be it video or tabletop – you’ll likely have encountered that one dwarven player or character who is totally disinterested in everything the fantasy world has to offer except honing their trade, and improving their craft so that they can make better gear, resulting in feeling both tougher and richer than the other players.

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Amazing

Review: Wolf & Hound

Wolf & Hound is a gorgeous 2-4 partnership strategy card game developed and produced by independents to a standard high enough to match the quality I expect when purchasing a Mayfair or Rio Grande title. It makes for great family fun, but also easily makes the cut as something I’d bring to the table during a board game evening with friends.

A Deep Space Experience

You step into the engine room corridor. As the darkness lifts and you take in your surroundings you notice something strange – you are standing in a spaceship. Welcome to Deep Space. An experience unique to Brunswick, Melbourne, which many have likened to an escape room. However, as the game’s creator Michael Armstrong explained, it’s best to have no preconceptions about Deep Space bef...[Read More]

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Good

Review: Heart&Slash

Heart&Slash is a frantic, procedurally generated, hack-and-slash with a crazy pace and memorably boppy tunes. A tough game with rogue-like elements, it’s an impressive first entry from indie developers aheartfulofgames. There is much to love about the challenging combat and colourful ‘80s feel of Heart&Slash, and it is a great addition to the hack-and-slash genre. However, the game does ha...[Read More]

Tabletop Kickstarter Spotlight – June 2016

Crowdfunding is great – a way for creatives to avoid the hassle of publishing companies and other bureaucratic obstacles, instead simply making what they want and delivering it to fans. And I am not the only one who thinks so. Over the last few years, the crowdfunding phenomenon has exploded, with sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Pozible becoming flooded with projects. To help you wade th...[Read More]

Preview: Battle Blakes

Battle Blakes is the 90s stoner cult film come aggressive combat card game that we’ve all been waiting for. Wait, that’s totally not a thing. Well, too bad! Because that is what Battle Blakes is, and if the world is not ready for that, then it’s already too late. Battle Blakes is a competitive card game and has, by far, one of the wackiest backstories that I’ve ever encountered. The game centres o...[Read More]

Preview: The Game Quantum

Friday will see the iOS release of The Game Quantum, a science-themed, turn based strategy mobile game from developer Pixel Drop. Featuring both online and local versus modes, The Game Quantum sees players deploy electrons to atoms, causing chain reactions that help the player take control of more of the board than their opponent. The main space of the game features a 4 x7 grid of empty grey dots....[Read More]

Tabletop Kickstarter Spotlight – March 2016

Crowdfunding is great – a way for creatives to avoid the hassle of publishing companies and other bureaucratic obstacles, instead simply making what they want and delivering it to fans. And I am not the only one who thinks so. Over the last few years, the crowdfunding phenomenon has exploded, with sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Pozible becoming flooded with projects. To help you wade th...[Read More]

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