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Clash of the Battle Goats Review | COG Gaming

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Clash of the Battle Goats ContentsYear Published: 2016
Designer: Brent Critchfield
Publisher: Studio Woe
Players: 2-4
Playtime: 20-45 minutes

One Sentence Synopsis: The grass is the same shade of green on the other side…but now there’s twice as much!

There’s never too much of a good thing, and what’s better than mutant goats?  The correct answer is “not much,” which is why if you enjoyed last year’s Gruff, or if you’re new to the mutant scene and are looking for a fast-paced, competitive card game, you’ll want to give Studio Woe’s new standalone, tactical card game Clash of the Battle Goats a look (on Kickstarter now). Continue reading


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Fathoms Review | COG Gaming

FTC DisclaimerFathoms prototype box for COG Gaming reviewYear Published: 2016
Designer: Michael Robins
Publisher: Red Plume
Players: 3-6
Playtime: 45-60 minutes

One Sentence Synopsis: I hope you’re not claustrophobic…or afraid of drowning…or of big-ass mutant fish…

Unauthorized scientific experiments usually turn out well.  I mean, just look at the benefits that came from the research in Resident Evil: the creation of a pathogen which gets rid of all your worries and makes you want to just enjoy the simple things in life like eating.  And, unlike some narcotics which result in the same thing, the change is permanent!

Ok, so maybe I’ve got that a little backwards: unauthorized experimentation is usually not such a keen idea, especially insofar as the creation of militarized, mutant animals are concerned.  Fortunately for any gamers who want to mount up with their friends and blow some stuff away, maybe even saving some expensive equipment in the process, that’s exactly what has happened in Michael Robins’s cooperative, tactical miniatures game, Fathoms.   Continue reading

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COG Gaming Reviews Gruff, the Tactical Game of Mutant Goats

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COG Gaming - Gruff card game Shepherd cardYear Published: 2015
Designer: Brent Critchfield
Publisher: Studio Woe
Players: 2-4
Playtime: 20-45 minutes

One Sentence Synopsis: These goats gruff are the real reason the troll never bothers anyone anymore…

Mutant. Goats. I think that’s all the introduction this game really needs, because if that doesn’t pique your interest I honestly don’t know what will.  Gruff is a strategic, expandable card game for 2-4 players.  Each player takes on the role of a unique, demented shepherd charged with herding mutant, weaponized goats.  There’s only room in the pasture for one herd, meaning there’s only one thing left to do: have a mutant goat war!  The duel is one to the death, and the last player standing at the end of the game is the winner. Continue reading