Trying to find a game

So I could use help identifying the name of a board game I enjoyed as a child. It was a 1v1 game with little plastic rectangle half boxes with labels on one side. It was designed so only you could see the label of your units, with the other person having to send theirs/receive yours blindly. You hid a central piece on the board and tried to blindly fight your way to your opponents. I believe the units had numerical health values so the one with the higher value lived while the other died. Possibly special moves depending on the unit . This has been killing me for years now, so an answer would be amazing!!!


ISO game like Eye-Spy, but mature and artistically complex

I remember the game from either the late 80s or early 90s, that had these laminated sheets about 11 x 14 in size, and the gist of the game was to pick out a letter of the alphabet and try to find as many items in a small area of the artwork that started with that letter.

These images were absolutely stunning and complex, very surreal and always featured the artist himself in a cameo somehow. The way that these things were drawn was very realistic and detailed. I used to love just spending hours looking at them. Does this ring a bell for anyone? For years I’ve been trying to remember what it was called or find the right keywords to Google it and I just can’t find anything. It was mass produced but it might have still been a small boutique operation with a limited quantity. But it definitely was a commercially created and distributed game.

Thank you in advance for any help that you have!


I did a dumb – thank you Tabletop Simulator!

So…it’s been hard to get the Outer Rim expansion in my small town. I had a friend who was going to the nearest large city and was able to get a copy for me. Which I then opened in the game store and integrated into my base set and trashed the expansion box.

And 3 days later realized that I had missed the 6 ship panels. Which are now en route to same landfill if not there already. But Fantasy Flight is Asmodee, which means that getting replacements is impossible.


So I thought for a few minutes and found a solution. I subscribed to the mod on Tabletop Simulator, and found the scans for the panels. It will take some cleanup, but I’ll be able to print them and build my own panels. Since they don’t need to be shuffled, the fact that they obviously aren’t the production copies shouldn’t matter.

I freely admit this is my own damn stupid fault, but I really wish Asmodee would support a solution other than buying a whole new copy of a thing that I can’t easily get in the first damn place.


Board game name request

Back during my childhood in the 90’s, I remember playing a board game that involved lots of toy knights that either were placed on a castle or were several feet in front of the castle and attempted to lay siege to it. I also remember that there were cannons and trebuchets that launched little orange balls at the castle and the castle has various targets that would launch the figures into the air if hit. One such target was a window on one of the castle battlements. I’d love to buy it and play it with my kids. Does anyone happen to remember the name of the game?

Edit: Thank you so much! One 5 minute post answered a question that I’ve been thinking about for years. You guys are the best!


Trying to find the title of a comedy sci-fi card game. Not Smash Up

Hi all,

Three friends and I played a card game last summer or the year before, and I can’t find or remember the name for the life of me. Through my cursory internet searches, I have discovered the game is not Smash Up.

There were no miniatures. It had themed factions , comedy text on the cards, a sci-fi setting, and that’s all I can remember. It was sillier than Magic, more sci-fi than fantasy if I recall correctly, and different cards granted abilities for other cards or something similar. Not sure if there was a d6 or not.

Any leads are appreciated!

EDIT: It must be a pretty rare game, because when I tried to purchase it, it was extremely difficult to locate .

**EDIT 2: Thanks to all who helped! The game is called OP Arena!** And it still doesn’t seem to be available through amazon.


The perfect minimalist board game collection

20 games only, with the widest possible range in terms of weight, number of players, and game mechanics. My list :

Light Games

– **Condottiere**

– **Love letter**

– **Sushi go party**

– **Isle of Skye**

– **The Crew**

– **A Fake Artist Goes To New York**

– **7 Wonders Duel**

Medium games

– **Inis**

– **Concordia Venus**

– **Hansa teutonica**

– **Res arcana**

– **The castles of burgundy**

– **Modern Art**

– **Mare Nostrum : empires**

– **Tyrants of the Underdark**

Heavy games

– **Dominant Species Marines**

– **Brass Birmingham**

– **Lorenzo il Magnifico**

– **Cuba Libre**

– **Viscounts of the West Kingdom**

And you, what is yours ?


Big-box-store Editions bait-and-switch

With the recent Target sale on Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition, I was tempted to pick it up, but I found out that the components are different than the main hobby edition. I can’t tell that it’s marked as a “Target-exclusive” edition or packaged differently.

Same story with Downforce, though at least the packaging is different . They’ve done similarly with Sonar, Fireball Island, and others, but those have different titles making clear that they are different SKUs.

1) Are other big box stores selling alternate/cheapened/enhanced editions —Walmart, B&N, other?

2) Is this detrimental to consumers?

3) What happens when these hit the secondary market?


Auctioning the Map: Taj Mahal vs Maharaja vs Metropolys/Skyrise

Short version: Taj Mahal vs. Maharaja vs. Metropolys/Skyrise. When auctioning for area control what is your favorite and why?

On my shelf of shame sits two games: Taj Mahal and Maharaja. The second one I just got this past week super cheap at a 4th of July sale from my FLGS. I have not gotten either to the table but both include the idea of area control with a bit of an auction mechanism to do so. I’m excited about these games and I love auctions and two of the groups I play with enjoy area control when done in a Euro manner.

Recently I came across the Kickstarter for Skyrise and was very intrigued so I backed at $1 to get access later . That being said, with two unplayed games on my shelf I’m not sure how much I can justify the shelf space. What are everyone’s opinions about these three games and how they compare? Do you have a favorite? Especially interested in the opinions of people who have played all three.

Thanks in advance.

NOTE: I kind of went nuts during the pandemic and have too many unplayed games. We’re working on it and do play new games regularly. My household budget is not an issues so assume that any further money spent is not irresponsible from a financial point of view.


Multiversus: A Rick & Morty Board Game!

Ethnos is one of my favorite board games, but I always thought it was missing just a few things to become an instant classic. The theme and art does not do it justice, it has too much top decking and it favors set collection a bit too much for my taste.

The framework of the game also lends itself extremely well to introducing new cards, and it would not hurt the base game with a little more variety.

Because of all of this, I chose to create my own revised version with some rules tweaking, a new theme and lots of additional cards! Have a look at the gallery below and tell me what you think 🙂

If I had the chance to create my own art, I think it would fit the theme even better with different universes instead of planets, having e.g. Nazi, Teddy and Bee versions of each character 🙂

With all the buzz Libertalia got from it’s reason revised version, one can only hope that Ethnos gets the same treatment in the future <3


Is Doom V2 as imbalanced as some say ?

Hi folks. I’ve managed to find some expensive but available copies of the out-of-print second edition of Doom the board game but the players reviews talking about the supposedly horrible balance scare me. I’ve played Doom V1 two days straight last weekend at a game jam and the invader was really strong, capable of downright trolling the squad ; in V2, from what I’ve heard, it’s the opposite. What you think ? Are the marines really so overpowered that there’s no challenge in the game ? I know house rules are always possible but if they are so many issues that you gotta change how the gameplay works entirely, it’s not worth it IMO…

BTW : for the same price I could get a copy of either the first edition with its expansion or the second : which one would you instinctively recommend me to pick ? I loved the 2016 video game and not the 2003 one, but the V1 board game is a lot more fun than the VG it takes its inspiration from IMO. Which edition is feels the most enjoyable for you ? Yes the second looks a lot better but I mean in terms of gameplay.

Thanks in advance ! Cheers, stay safe.