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Blood & Fortune Review | COG Gaming

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Blood & Fortune boxYear Published: 2015
Designer: Charles Ward
Publisher: EX1ST Games
Players: 3-6
Playtime: 10-20 minutes

One Sentence Synopsis: The King is Dead.  Long live the King. 

The monarch has died.  Set forth in their final hours, their last edict decreed the selected sovereign leaders would observe three days of mourning, after which time a new ruler would emerge from among them.  In Blood & Fortune, you are one such leader competing against three-five other hopefuls over the course of three game rounds.  At the end, the leader who has accrued the most total influence will sit on the throne, but you must take care for every action you take to increase your own influence will also increase the renown of rival leaders. Continue reading


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Hunt: The Unknown Quarry Review | COG Gaming

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Hunt: The Unknown Quarry Box for COG Gaming board game reviewYear Published: 2015
Designer: Jeremy Lennert
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Players: 3-6
Playtime: 60-90 minutes

One Sentence Synopsis: Unless Professor Plum has toxic fangs, I don’t think he did it in the ballroom with the candle stick…

People had dispersed from our small gathering in the gallery room, leaving only myself and Butch among the artistic finery.  He cut a striking figure but hadn’t struck me as very bright during our conversations, and yet some of the things he said made me suspect he knew my true intentions in the mansion this night.  I had planted the seed in their minds that I figured he was the Vampire, so any action against him would appear justified, or at least give them pause.  Now alone, I decided I couldn’t risk him delivering the first blow and exposing me to the others.  I used my wasting ability only to find Butch immune.  Blast!  Now he knew for sure, and his vengeance was swift.  Butch chased me from the gallery, down the stairs and back into the main hallway, passing two of the other guests as we traded blows.  If I were to survive it couldn’t go on like this for long, so when the opportunity presented itself I spun on my heels and sunk my fangs into Butch’s shoulder, and again into his leg tearing a chunk of his flesh in the process and crippling him.  Butch screamed in pain, collapsing to the floor and swinging his firebrand blindly as he fell.  Unfortunately my luck had run out, and one of Butch’s last flailing attempts caught me across the temple and I collapsed to the ground in a heap.  The Vampire was no more. Continue reading