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Nikhil Vyas

Nikhil Vyas, Staff Writer

Nikhil Vyas is an incoming senior at Carlmont High School. He writes reviews about strategy board and card games because he enjoys playing and designing them in his free time.

Twitter: @nikhilvyas109

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Each player has moved their trains about half way across the board at this point during a game of Whistle Stop.

Board Game Reviews: Whistle Stop

June 15, 2021

With the rapid expansion of railroads after the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, players will be racing their trains across the U.S. Along the way, players will pick up various resources and...

These are all the cards in Dominion: Prosperity. The main things that this expansion adds to Dominion are bigger and better base cards that go beyond Gold and Province, actions cards that provide victory points, and cards that cost seven coins.

Board Game Reviews: Dominion: Prosperity

May 26, 2021

This week, we're going to take a look at Dominion: Prosperity, the fourth expansion for Dominion. As its name suggests, this expansion is all about accumulating big money and includes treasure and victory...

Deep Blue is a big adventure game from Days of Wonder, designed by Daniel Skjold Pedersen and Asger Harding Granerud.

Board Game Reviews: Deep Blue

May 19, 2021

You and your rival captains have found a map that leads to riches if you can find hoard buried treasures before your enemies beat you to it. However, you'll have to recruit the right skill sets and race...

Aquatica is a unique engine-building and puzzle game designed by Ivan Tuzovsky and published by Arcane Wonders and Cosmodrome Games.

Board Game Reviews: Aquatica

May 13, 2021

You're a powerful ocean king, so it's your job to capture locations, recruit ocean creatures, and get past the depths to bring glory and prosperity to your civilization. Aquatica is an engine-building...

One of the new boards in Clank! The Mummys Curse, set-up and ready to play.

Board Game Reviews: Clank! The Mummy’s Curse

May 3, 2021

After robbing artifacts and treasures from a dragon's lair and an underwater dungeon, you've heard news of riches in the ancient pyramids. However, the pyramids are heavily guarded by a mummy, so you'll...

For Sale is a family-friendly filler game where players auction properties and use the properties they buy to get the highest paychecks.

Board Game Reviews: For Sale

April 27, 2021

When you wait for people to arrive, want something fun to do in a lunch break, or just need a quick gathering activity, filler games are a great option that everyone should have ready because you never...

Concordia is an economic set collection and engine-building game designed by Mac Gerdts and published by Rio Grande Games.

Board Game Reviews: Concordia

April 19, 2021

It's the height of the Roman Empire! Players are building houses around the Mediterranean Sea to produce resources and recruit helpers to improve their economy and score more points than their opponents....

Terraforming Mars: Prelude is a small expansion for Terraforming Mars. It adds prelude cards that speed up the game and give players different starting positions.

Board Game Reviews: Terraforming Mars Prelude

April 11, 2021

A while ago, I reviewed Terraforming Mars, which is a complex strategy game about buying project cards, managing resources, racing to milestones and awards, and placing tiles on Mars to get the most...

In The River, players place workers at various locations to add tiles to their river, collect resources, and complete buildings.

Board Game Reviews: The River

March 28, 2021

Days of Wonder is a board game company that only releases one new game a year at most, but they put lots of effort into making sure that the components, artwork, and gameplay are nice. This week, I'll...

Royals is a family board game designed by Peter Hawes and published by Arcane Wonders. During the game, players collect country cards and intrigue cards and use them to influence nobles in four countries. Players earn points in a variety of ways, most notably through having the most influence in a country during a scoring round.

Board Game Reviews: Royals

March 21, 2021

It is about trust and betrayal when you choose which nobles to influence and take over from your opponents as you attempt to get your royal family dominance over Europe. Royals is a simple set collection...

Now well get to the new tiles. The Roasting Plant (17) lets players take up to six coffee. They get two coffee by spending two lira, two for spending a good, and two for discarding a bonus or guild card. They may choose to do any number of these options once. The Guild Hall (18) gives players who go there one coffee. Then, they draw two guild cards from the deck and discard any guild card from their hand. The Tavern (19) lets players spend coffee to do one of three things. The top option on that tile costs two coffee and gives the player control of a barrier. They place the barrier between any two adjacent places and immediately takes the action of one of those places. They also take the cardboard barrier token, which signifies that other players cannot pass through the barrier with their movement. The second option is to take a tavern tile. The price for each type of tile starts at one coffee and increases as players take them. One tavern tile allows players to use the governor, smuggler, and coffee trader for free when they encounter those people. The second tavern tile allows players to move any number of spaces in one direction instead of being limited to two spaces. The last action possible at the tavern is to take a ruby for four coffee and the goods shown on the baksheesh tile. The ruby is taken from the players choice of the gemstone dealer, sultans palace, or coffee house. Then, the baksheesh tile flips, showing different goods. Lastly, the Coffee House (20) lets players take a ruby by spending the number of coffee shown on the rightmost empty space.

Board Game Reviews: Istanbul: Mocha and Baksheesh

March 15, 2021

Most games get expansions, but only some games really need them. Expansions make a game better by fixing something from the original game, balancing different strategies, and adding something new that...

Century A New World is the third game in the Century trilogy, designed by Emerson Matsuuchi. Two to four players can play this set collection game in 30-45 minutes.

Board Game Reviews: Century A New World

March 6, 2021

This week, we will be diving into the third game in the Century series, Century A New World. The objective in all three games is to collect different spices and resources, represented by different cube...

In the Castles of Burgundy, players take tiles from the main board and place them on the matching colored spaces on their player board to score the most points. The game is designed by Stefan Feld and published by Ravensburger Games.

Board Game Reviews: The Castles of Burgundy

February 27, 2021

This week we'll be taking a look at a deep and strategic game where planning and a little luck make all the difference. When playing The Castles of Burgundy, players take various types of tiles and place...

Dominion: Alchemy is a smaller expansion for Dominion. It adds 12 new kingdom cards, and most of them require the new potion currency to buy them.

Board Game Reviews: Dominion: Alchemy

February 13, 2021

This week, we'll be looking at the third expansion for Dominion, Dominion: Alchemy. I'll only be explaining what is new in this review, so if you don't know how to play Dominion, you should read my...

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