Saturday, October 1, 2016

What's for dinner? Raid the Pantry!


Calling all food lovers!  Grab your Ginsu and hilarious-sayings apron; it’s time to get busy in the kitchen!  Raid the Pantry is a delightful, family friendly, card game that is not only fun to play, but leaves you with a deep yearning to pull everything out of the refrigerator and cook up an amazing meal.  Cheeky Parrot, flying all the way in from Auckland, New Zealand, did a wonderful job with this one.  My only upfront complaint about this game is that every time I play it, I’m hungry within the first few turns.




Right from the start I knew this game was going to be fun.  The packaging is wonderful.  It has a fold-over box top with a magnetic clasp, wrapped in my grandmother’s dinning room wallpaper. Ah, Nostalgia!  The top has a delightful, mid 20th century family engaged in a hilarious mess.  The title reads “ It’s a food fight without the mess,” and so it is.

The first time my family played this game, it was an instant hit.  There are action cards that allow you to take ingredients from other players, and pass around new ingredients and dish cards.  If someone plays a wild card in place of an ingredient, another player that has the actual ingredient can substitute their card for the wild card; allowing them to possibly play new dishes on their turn.  The player interaction is constant, making it perfect for family game night or friendly social events. 

The Dish and Ingredient cards boast high quality photos of the item, making them very visually appealing, and very appetizing.  Every time I play, I feel the need to cook an amazing meal as soon as the game is over.  If you have a love for cooking, this game hits a sweet spot; and who doesn’t love food anyways?
 
The game play is simple, yet strategic.  There are high point dish cards that require an ingredient that there is only one of in the deck.  Knowing when to pass certain dishes, and ingredients, is key to being able to create meals quickly, and obtain bonus points.  Everyone in the family felt that the game play was even, and that there was no unfair advantage.

The game is won once a player reaches a certain number of points.  I always enjoyed games with this win scenario because it allows for players to set their own length of play.  You can play to just a few points for a short experience or as my wife and I frequently play, keep an ongoing score card for years worth of points with no real planned end.

Whether you have a mid-afternoon tea gathering, or looking for something to play during family game night, Raid the Pantry is perfect for that casual get together.  The instructions are simple, game play is smooth, and it’s as much fun as a spoonful of sugar!  For casual, family games, I give Raid the Pantry a 7/10.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Dare to dream: Changing the game journalism industry

I will admit to being a bit of a dreamer. I get wonderful ideas that are bigger than me or my capabilities. Every once in a while, one really makes sense and this is that dream.

I'm really tired of not getting the recognition the big guys get.  Our content is just as good if not better.  Not everything we do is gold.  I'm not that egotistical.  But I firmly believe our podcast and video reviews are good.

And I feel that way about a lot of our fellow podcasters/video producers/reviewers.  There are a lot of people putting out great content.  But since you're not a Dice Tower or a Watch It Played or a Rahdo, you don't get the recognition you deserve.  And frankly, I'm really tired of it.

So what can one podcast team do?  Not a lot by ourselves.  What we can do is work together and that's what I'm proposing.  One team can't cover all the games.  One team can't put out enough content to deliver new and exciting information several times a week.  It's just not possible.  But as a team of teams, a collective of individuals, a coalition of boardgame journalists?  Oh, we certainly can.  And we can make an impact that changes the game (all puns intended) for all of us.

Here's what I propose.  We need to unite.  We need to get content providers providing the content.  We need to push this on social media.  We need to help each other to do better work and offer assistance where we can.  We need to drive each other to be the best we can be.  And we'll do that together.

If you are a content provider and you want to work with me on this, let's talk.  I'm open to damn near anything.  It's time people hear our voices.  Message me on Twitter @cardboardinsane or e-mail me at info at cardboardinsanity D0T C0M.  Let's do this.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

13 Days in 60 Minutes - Part 2

We're back from GenCon! Did you miss us? OF COURSE YOU DID! And boy are we happy to be back. This week we wrap up our conversation with Asger Sams Granerud talking about the Dutch gaming scene, his upcoming designs and much more.

Plus, Horsey Avenger and I talk about our experiences at the legendary GenCon. People were met, games were played, walks were taken, and fun was had. What an awesome trip.

Want to win some free games? Follow us on Twitter @cardboardinsane and @horsey_avenger to win games from www.gamesurplus.com and some bonuses from your friends at Cardboard Insanity.

Want to hear Cardboard Insanity's award winning* podcast? You can get it from the following place:

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13 Days in 60 Minutes - Part 2

We're back from GenCon! Did you miss us? OF COURSE YOU DID! And boy are we happy to be back. This week we wrap up our conversation with Asger Sams Granerud talking about the Dutch gaming scene, his upcoming designs and much more.

Plus, Horsey Avenger and I talk about our experiences at the legendary GenCon. People were met, games were played, walks were taken, and fun was had. What an awesome trip.

Want to win some free games? Follow us on Twitter @cardboardinsane and @horsey_avenger to win games from www.gamesurplus.com and some bonuses from your friends at Cardboard Insanity.

Want to hear Cardboard Insanity's award winning* podcast? You can get it from the following place: iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cardboard-insanity/id979052863?mt=2 RSS feed - http://www.spreaker.com/user/8065021/episodes/feed Google Play - https://play.google.com/music/m/I3gwx2okfz7n2sz2zsoew4mqc4u?t%3DCardboard_Insanity

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Reiner Knizia part 2! Plus, my mom joins us!

Our fantastic interview with the legendary Reiner Knizia wraps up this week.  We talk about some of his digital endeavors, upcoming reprints and new games, and more.  Want to know what game he wishes he designed?  Listen and find out!

Instead of reviewing just one game this week, we have something special.  My mom, Diane Oksienik, joins us for a wonderful conversation about Battle Line, Schotten Totten, Ra, Orongo, Through the Desert, and For Sale.

Want to hear Cardboard Insanity's award winning* podcast?  You can get it from the following place:

iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cardboard-insanity/id979052863?mt=2
RSS feed - http://www.spreaker.com/user/8065021/episodes/feed
Google Play - https://play.google.com/music/m/I3gwx2okfz7n2sz2zsoew4mqc4u?t%3DCardboard_Insanity 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dr. Reiner Knizia on Cardboard Insanity!

We are continually blessed with awesome guests on Cardboard Insanity.  We've made great friends and have helped bring brilliant indie designers and publishers to the forefront of the hobby. But sometimes you need to get the heavy hitters, the industry giants.  This week we have none other than Dr. Reiner Knizia!  Not much else needs to be said about that.

Horsey Avenger and I review the excellent Orongo from Dr. Knizia and Ravensburger.  This game feels like a classic Knizia design and definitely belongs in your collection.  It's surprisingly good with two players!

Want to hear Cardboard Insanity's award winning* podcast?  You can get it from the following place:

iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cardboard-insanity/id979052863?mt=2
RSS feed - http://www.spreaker.com/user/8065021/episodes/feed
Google Play - https://play.google.com/music/m/I3gwx2okfz7n2sz2zsoew4mqc4u?t%3DCardboard_Insanity