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GrogHeads Reviews Twilight’s Last Gleaming

Reviewed by Michael Eckenfels, 14 March 2015

Developed by Hexwar for iOS (iPad)

OVERVIEW

Twilight’s Last Gleaming first made an appearance almost 20 years ago as a board game by Decision Games, one that rates just below a somewhat above average 6 on BGG’s website. Hexwar’s recent partnership with Hunted Cow Studios has brought this title back into the gaming limelight, but playable on either a Mac or an iPad, and with many more battles to fight than the board game ever offered (three battles from the board game, and ten in this electronic version).

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The Omnibus List of Civ V Africa AAR Episodes

Here’s the full list of all of Brant’s episodes – in order! – for your perusal and/or enjoyment

The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 1)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 2)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 3)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 4)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 5)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 6)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 7)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 8)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 9)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 10)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 11)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 12)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 13)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 14)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 15)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 16)
The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 17)

And the feedback thread in our forums >>

The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 17)

How do you like your Africa, sir? Poached? or Scrambled?

By Brant Guillory, GrogDude

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Last month we suddenly got some shade thrown our way by our erstwhile “allies” with whom we’d been all buddy-buddy for the entire game. This time? Let’s see…

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Scoring
It looks like I’m way ahead, and in a base game, I’d be totally cool with that. But I have no idea if there is any end-of-game scoring in this scenario, or how it would apply.

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Moving Through
I need to get some guys home through French territory. No way we can just swap open-borders treaties right now with everyone getting an attitude with me lately, so I’m going to have to bribe him.

Classic Reviews: Tide of Iron

Review by Brant Guillory, 4 February 2015

 

INTRODUCTION

So you may have heard about this little shooting match that happened waaaaaaaay back in the ‘40s? Started out when the Germans decided they needed a little more elbow room and they decided that Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and most of Western Europe was perfectly suited to their needs? No? Buddy, you really need to read up on your WWII history.

Tide of Iron is a hex-and-figures boardgame (a combination gaining in popularity) covering actions between the US and German forces on the Western Front in WWII. It is played at the tactical level – squads of soldiers and individual vehicles – and decked out in Fantasy Flight’s trademark gorgeous components and graphics.

Tide of Iron also supports a four-player mode, in which teams play each side; the pieces are color-coordinated in two different shades to support this multiplayer mode.

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The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 16)

It’s a Civilization Scramble – It’s like four-ball, with muskets

By Brant Guillory, GrogDude

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Episode 15 saw some internal improvements, and me pontificating on the wisdom of upgrading units vs building new ones.

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My New Central Trade Hub
As noted last time, Johannesburg was parked here so I could launch caravans. Well, let’s launch some caravans.

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Putting the Bald in Garibaldi
I actually hadn’t met everyone yet. Wow.

The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 15)

Scrambling Africa like an egg at Sunday brunch…

By Brant Guillory, GrogDude

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Two episodes ago, we made friends with a lot of city-states. Last time, we made friends with a bunch of civilizations, including some that are pretty irrelevant to us.

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Lancerscout
Out lancing and scouting, and running into a mountain. Ow. He’s really not doing much for me, so let’s get him off the payroll.

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Who Needs a Unit
Antananananana(BATMAN!)rivo seems to need units.

The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 14)

Gettin’ scrambly wit’ it…

By Brant Guillory, GrogDude

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We made a bunch of new city-state friends and renewed our vows with Maria, but we still have no clue how we’re actually doing in the game.

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Bye, Bye Workers
Unlike the French, I get to fire workers when I’m running out of things for them to do, and I’ve got enough workers to continue to improve the land I have left.

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Last Cultural Achievement
Not a lot to choose from here, eh?

The Scramble for Africa – A Civ 5 AAR (Part 13)

Gettin’ scrambly wit’ it…

By Brant Guillory, GrogDude

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Last time I got cities consolidated, trade deals cut, and caravans launched.

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Coco Chanel, Entrepreneur
She’s off to hock handbags to Zanzibar. And truthfully, if you saw the headline “Chanel to Launch Handbag Line in Zanzibar” on a checkout-stand tabloid today, you wouldn’t think it out of place, would you?

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I’ve Been Friendzoned
Apparently Zanzibar is in a committed relationship with Belgium.