the resistance

The Resistance board game by Indie Boards and Cards is an adrenaline-filled, high-stakes game of hard-fought, dramatic victories and interactions. It is not for the faint of heart or slow of mind. The Resistance pits a small group of resisters against a powerful, corrupt government in an attempt to bring it down.

THE RESISTANCE board game

FEATURES OF THE “RESISTANCE” BOARD GAME BY INDIE BOARDS AND CARDS:

  • ships from and sold by Amazon.com for about $15.68
  • gift-wrap available
  • for 5-10 players
  • 30 minutes of playing time
  • recommended for ages 13-99
  • includes a board to track progress, role cards, voting cards, and mission success or fail cards
  • 8”x 1.8” by 6”; shipping weight: 12 oz.

PROS AND CONS:

In this game, players take on one of two roles: “good guys” (dealt at random) or “bad guys/spies.” The spies know who the other spies are, but the “good guys” are clueless. Participants try to form teams to go on missions against the government. If the team includes a spy, the group may lose that mission. If the team consists of all “good guys,”the mission will succeed. The trick is to figure out who the spies are, and each team has only five missions in which to deduce the truth, or lose their chance at freedom.

The game requires logical deduction, strategy, team playing, and social skills. Being able to read people is a great help. Who looks nervous? Who’s the best liar? Who’s trustworthy? False and misleading accusations may be thrown around as everyone is suspicious of everyone else. There is a fun and interesting social dynamic as the spies try to trick the resistance, and the resistance counters by figuring out the spies. When things begin to go wrong on a mission, then the team members can begin to figure out who the infiltrator is, and make sure he doesn’t go on future missions. Unlike some other games, there is no player elimination in this one – no one “dies” and everyone gets to play to the end; and if you are embarrassingly defeated, you can always play another game. For a twist, players might pretend the corrupt government is on Mars, or in the Middle East.

One down side to “Resistance” is getting together a large enough group to play it. It seems perfect for 7-8 participants, but smaller groups had better find a different activity. The game can erupt into shouting and colorful language, as team members disagree on who should go on the mission. It may even cause rifts in friendships or families, as players may accuse each other of lying outside of the game. The arguments can be either frustrating or exciting. Hopefully, the players will be mature enough not to take the game too seriously.

WHO WILL LIKE “RESISTANCE” BOARD GAME BY INDIE BOARDS AND CARDS?

Teenagers and adults who enjoy “Mafia,” “Werewolves,” “Battlestar Galactica,” or poker will probably like this one too. It is full of good-natured lying, accusations, and planting seeds of dissent. If you think you can look your friend squarely in the eye and lie through your teeth, “Resistance” will provide many hours of fun without becoming boring.

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Pandemic

Pandemic is a great family game which is different from your average race-to-the-finish, high-scoring board game. It is cooperative, which means the players must work together instead of wiping each other out. They take on the roles of disease specialists, who travel around the world, treat diseases, and build research centers. It is exciting, unpredictable, and will provide hours of entertainment.

Pandemic Board Game

FEATURES OF PANDEMIC :

  • Number one Best Seller in Collectible Trading Card Decks and Sets
  • ships from and sold by Amazon.com for $29.83, plus shipping
  • gift-wrap available
  • updated version of the popular co-operative game
  • best with 2-4 players
  • playing tine is around 60 minutes, depending on the number and type of players
  • intended for those ages 10 and up
  • GAMES magazine called it the Best New Family Game for 2009

PROS AND CONS:

The second edition of Pandemic differs a little from the original. Two new characters have been added: the Contingency Planner, who can save Event cards after they are used; and the Quarantine Specialist, who can prevent cities from being infected with additional disease cubes. The disease cubes in this edition are made of plastic instead of wood, as in the first edition. Aesthetically, it’s prettier, and the rule book is easier to understand.

One of the biggest benefits of this game is that it encourages teamwork, rather than stomping an opponent. The game board is a map of the world, and the diseases are cubes of different colors. Each character has special abilities, which complement those of other characters. The players move around the map, curing diseases and building research centers. Roles include the Medic, who is efficient at curing diseases, and the Dispatcher, who can move the other players. The idea of working together to save the world is certainly a worthy one. Even losing is fun!

Most of the time, however, the players won’t beat the game. A player may draw an epidemic card, which makes things worse. There are several ways to lose: a player may run out of cards; a city has more than seven outbreaks: or a player needs to infect, but doesn’t have enough cubes of the correct color. It’s definitely an adventure, and people may have to play many times before defeating the game – but when that finally happens, it can cause a feeling of a job well done.

Some of the bad things about the game are that in some cases, a board is defective, lacking the line between Lagos and Sao Paolo. The manufacturer may be slow to replace defective boards. The cards may be subject to peeling and not last long. The game itself is dependent on luck, so some players may find it boring. The lack of competition may lead to a lack of excitement.

Potential buyers can get an overview of the game by watching Will Wheaton’s TableTop on YouTube. It is even better with the “On the Brink” expansion.

 WHO WILL LIKE PANDEMIC (SECOND EDITION)?

The best answer is: people who are tired of games where the other players get mad, cry, knock over the board, and throw things. It’s like a puzzle, different every time it is played. Get the family together to save the world from disease!

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Disney Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll

This beautiful fashion doll captures the essence of the character Elsa of Arendelle from the popular Disney Movie Frozen. Little girls aged three and up will recognize the signature gown and “icy” cape of this sophisticated, elegant princess with dangerous, wintry powers. They will enjoy reenacting Elsa’s film adventures, or creating fantasy scenes out of their own imaginations.

Disney Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll

FEATURES OF THE DISNEY FROZEN SPARKLE ELSA DOLL:

  • sold by Amazon.com for around $13.00
  • intended for children aged 3-8
  • plastic and fabric
  • 12” high, 1.3 lbs.
  • doll does not stand on its own
  • wipes clean with a damp cloth
  • bodice of light blue, set off by white stripe on scoop neck
  • deep blue ribbon sash accent
  • long blue satiny skirt goes almost to the floor
  • translucent blue heels
  • sheer white overcoat with snowflake sparkles
  • blond hair pulled into a braid, topped with a tiara
  • gown design is one of a kind
  • true-to-movie details

PROS AND CONS:

The doll definitely looks like Elsa from the movie Frozen. The face is beautifully painted, and the dress fabric is of a higher quality than on many Barbie dolls. The arms can be moved up and down, and to the sides. The legs are hard plastic, not soft and rubbery. The doll comes in an attractive box, clear plastic on the front and sides, with a snowflake and flower border and a background showing Arendelle in spring.

A few cautions for the buyer: Elsa’s dress, which is easy to put on and take off, doesn’t have a sleeve or bodice – these are painted on her arms and body. The hair, which is arranged in an elegant braid and looks great, is hard and has a crunchy feel. Little girls won’t have much fun playing with the hair or trying to brush it. The shoes may come off, since they are not glued on, only rubber-banded in place. The crown may not stay on, and the outfit may shed glitter.

Potential buyers should be aware that a cheap knock-off doll, made in China, is being sold as a “Disney” doll, but does not have the quality of the genuine article. The doll sold on Amazon.com is the real Mattel doll.

WHO WILL LIKE THE DISNEYFROZEN SPARKLE PRINCESS ELSA DOLL by Mattel?

This product is intended for little girls aged three and up. It can be bought as a companion to other Disney dolls from the movie, such as Anna and Kristoff. In her snow-inspired outfit, “Elsa” looks like she’s ready for adventure in a land where winter is eternal. Girls may want to carry this doll around and sleep with it, especially if they are obsessed with the movie Frozen and its magical characters. The majesty and fantasy of the movie characters will keep little ones busy for hours.

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BETRAYAL AT HOUSE ON THE HILL

Betrayal at House on the Hill is a board game by Wizards of the Coast. It is an enjoyable activity at Halloween or any other time. Players become explorers going through a haunted house that is filled with unexpected traps, pitfalls, items to collect, and omens. It is a unique role-playing game in which one or more “traitors” try to kill the “heroes” and keep them from getting out of the house. The suspense and unpredictability will provide hours of spooky fun.

Betrayal At House On The Hill - 2nd Edition

FEATURE OF BETRAYAL AT HOUSE ON THE HILL (second edition):

  • $47.09 with free shipping from Amazon.com
  • for three to six players
  • 60 minutes of play time
  • ages 12 and up (recommended for ages 12-16)
  • cooperative game
  • a deck containing Room tiles
  • three sets of cards for Items, Omens, and Events; 6 character cards with 2 characters each
  • fifty possible Haunts
  • won the 2004 Gamers Choice Award for Best Board Game

PROS AND CONS:

The second edition of Betrayal at House on the Hill differs little from the first edition (which is out of print). The room tiles are the same; the character tiles are similar; the gameplay is the same. Some rules have been clarified, and some tiles contain more text, making them more user-friendly. The room tiles are chosen at random, so the house is different in every game.

Players experience two phases in the game: (1) Exploration, and (2) the Haunt. The explorers go through the house, drawing Event, Item, and Omen cards, and following the instructions. Each character has four stats: Might, Speed, Sanity, and Knowledge, which must be kept up so the players can continue exploring and finding Items before the Haunt begins. During the Haunt phase, one or more characters are chosen to be the “traitor,” who then tries to kill the other characters and keep them from escaping from the house. The teams of “traitors” and “heroes” develop game plans through reading special booklets. The game can be quite complex as the characters discover secret passages and experience suspenseful events – and the players never know which character will turn evil. Click Here to get the Betrayal At House On The Hill board game

Some disadvantages of the game are the construction of the pieces themselves. The markers for the character cards don’t stay on well. They have a tendency to fall off and must be taped or paper-clipped to stay on. In addition, the pentagonal-shaped pieces used to keep score tend to slide off. The tiles also have a tendency to warp.

Although the game is advertised as “cooperative,” once the traitor is revealed, he/she turns on the group and tries to kill them, with the aid of the evil spirits in the house. The scenarios in the books to determine strategy are rather complicated, and the teams can spend a lot of time trying to figure out a game plan. One other disadvantage is that the game relies a lot on chance and not much on strategy.

WHO WILL LIKE BETRAYAL AT HOUSE ON THE HILL?

Teenagers at a Halloween party are the most likely target, although it could be a family (age 12 and up) activity. Anyone who enjoys getting “creeped out” and having a horror-story experience will enjoy this game. It is especially effective when played while listening to creepy Halloween music. Players will meet cannibals, , zombies, and vampires, and classic monsters like Dracula. It’s a thrill!