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This is a brand new section on SFBook, featuring reviews of table top and board games within the science fiction and fantasy genres. The layout is likely to change as we get more reviews up.

We plan on providing regular reviews of both new and classic games as time permits.

    Game Review

    Merchant of Venus

    by Fantasy Flight Games

    Merchant of Venus by Fantasy Flight Games

    A Galaxy teeming with business opportunities a savvy space trader can exploit, from first contact with strange alien cultures to establishing trade routes and profitable mining networks. Merchant of Venus is a richly detailed board game of interstellar trade and exploration that keeps the player on their toes and gives them a chance to flex their entrepreneur skills.

    Merchant of Venus is one of those games that in essence quite easy to play, after all it's about trading goods for pr...

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    reviewed by Ant on Wednesday 03 July 2013
    Game Review

    A Game of Thrones: The Board Game

    by Fantasy Flight Games

    A Game of Thrones: The Board Game by Fantasy Flight Games

    There is always a danger that tie-in products (be they board games, computer games or books) are just used as cash cows, simply created to take advantage of a popular brand. This seems to happen often in the world of computer games (with only the recent Batman and Lego brands being noted exceptions), thankfully it never seems to happen to the same extent within the wonderful world of the board game.

    A Game of Thrones novel (along with the series A Song of Ice and Fire) is something ...

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    reviewed by Ant on Tuesday 07 May 2013
    Game Review

    Guards! Guards!

    by Back Spindle Games

    Guards! Guards! by Back Spindle Games

    Another board game based around the Discworld's oldest, grubbiest and most exciting city - Ankh-Morpork. This time the focus is firmly placed on those plucky characters who try to exert some form of control - or at least give that illusion. The game is loosely based on the book of the same name and see's Captain Vimes and his colourful men of the City Watch try and recover the eight "Great spells" following the theft of the Octavo from the library of the Unseen University.

    What follow...

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    reviewed by Ant on Monday 18 February 2013
    Game Review

    Warhammer Invasion

    by Fantasy Flight Games

    Warhammer Invasion by Fantasy Flight Games

    A Warhammer fantasy outing created outside of the Games Workshop stables could make a fan of Warhammer a little wary but I'm happy to say that "Invasion" manages to perfectly capture the voice, the style and incidental details that endear us to the series.

    It helps that the famous game designer Eric M. Lang was at the helm and that some of the more popular races of Dwarfs, Humans, Orcs and Chaos are available to play (those green skinned Orc's being my personal favourite).

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    reviewed by Ant on Monday 07 January 2013
    Game Review

    Android

    by Fantasy Flight Games

    Android by Fantasy Flight Games

    First of all let me say that Android is one of the most ambitious, complex board games I have ever played (or even heard of). It is without a doubt an incredible game, vast in scope with a huge depth to the story and full to the brim with little details.

    As you might imagine though it does have a steep learning curve, the first time you play expect at least an hour just to setup the myriad cards, tokens, markers, sheets and to figure out where everything goes. This also includes set...

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    reviewed by Ant on Friday 30 November 2012
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