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Spencer Patterson

I'm a teacher, writer, and board game reviewer. I especially love board games that pull me in like a good book. My wife is my favorite gaming partner.

Review – Oceans: Solo

By Spencer Patterson / January 29, 2024 /

Oceans: Solo is a singleplayer expansion released for NorthStar Game Studio’s Oceans. You’ll take on a bot named Oceanic who will try to defeat you using a shark, a whale, and plenty of upgrade tiles. Is it worth venturing into the deep waters alone, or should you have stayed ashore?

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Review – Oceans: Legends of the Deep

By Spencer Patterson / January 29, 2024 /

Powerful, mythological ocean creatures from cultures all around the world join the ecosystem in Oceans: Legends of the Deep. Is it a fin-tastic addition to the base game, or should it be forgotten as the tides roll on? 

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Review – Everdell: Farshore

By Spencer Patterson / January 20, 2024 /

The third stand-alone follow-up to Everdell is the first one not aimed at children and families and seeks to rectify some of the issues found in the original Everdell. So, is the far shore worth the trip, or would it be best to remain in the woodland?

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Review – Leaf

By Spencer Patterson / January 15, 2024 /

The follow-up to 2021’s Canopy from Weird City Games allows players to place different types of leaves on the forest floor, race squirrels up the tree, and collect animals for winter dens. Should you pick this one up off the shelf, or should you leaf it alone? 

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Review – Penny Dreadfuls of Victorian London

By Spencer Patterson / January 12, 2024 /

As the 3rd game in the series, Penny Dreadfuls of Victorian London allows players to explore tales based on the Penny Dreadfuls that were released in 19th-century Britain. These were short, terrifying tales that serve as an example of pop culture before pop culture was a thing, but is the game worthy of its source material?

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