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 – The Two Towers: Saga Expansion for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

By Spencer Patterson / November 26, 2023 /

Once The Fellowship of the Ring Saga Expansion hit the shelves, The Two Towers Saga Expansion was just around the corner. This expansion includes all the content from The Treason of Saruman and The Land of Shadow expansions, allowing players to play through a 6-part saga from the events of Tolkien’s The Two Towers. 

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Review – Star Wars: X-Wing Squadron Starter Packs (Second Edition)

By Spencer Patterson / November 17, 2023 /

Star Wars: X-Wing has been around for over 10 years now. A few years ago, they released a second edition, which supposedly fixed and streamlined a few things. Now, Fantasy Flight Games is releasing handy-dandy Squadron Starter Packs for new players. This is especially helpful because the original 2018 second edition base starter pack only included 1 X-Wing and 2 TIE Fighters. So, how do these new Squadron Starter Packs fly? 

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Review – Descent: Legends of the Dark – The Betrayer’s War

By Spencer Patterson / November 2, 2023 /

The Betrayer’s War, an expansion for Descent: Legends of the Dark, promises more (and different) terrain and miniatures, more gameplay-story meshing, and more consequences for decisions. Essentially, the designers honed in on what made Legends of the Dark so great for so many players and made more of it. 

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Review – Terraforming Mars: The Dice Game

By Spencer Patterson / October 21, 2023 /

Would you rather terraform Mars with cards or dice? Why not both? Terraforming Mars: The Dice Game tries to retain the best parts of Terraforming Mars and trim some fat to create the best terraforming experience yet. But does it succeed?

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Review – Velonimo

By Spencer Patterson / October 19, 2023 /

Hop on your bicycles and race up the mountain with the other animals in this trick-taking game for the whole family. Is this one worth a ride, or would you be better off steering clear?  

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