Isle of Skye: Journeyman, is the first big expansion to Isle of Skye from designers Alexander Pfister and Andreas Pelikan.
Becoming a king is hard, but being a king is even harder. You need warriors to protect your kingdom, merchants to keep your treasury liquid and heralds which proclaim your popularity across the kingdom. Luckily, your best mate has agreed to take over the hard graft so that you concentrate becoming a glory chieftain.
Keith Law of Paste Magazine had this to say about Caverna: Cave vs. Cave, "Caverna: Cave vs. Cave requires a little more strategy, a little more advance planning, and a bit more randomness too, for a solid two-player experience that gives you the theme of his big-box games without the two-hour commitment."
Our friends at Hex, Dice, Fire! reviewed Cave vs. Cave and had this to say: "This smaller version gives the feel of the old, big cousin but offers a different gaming experience. It is deep enough to let the player plan their actions carefully, but light enough to occupy only 30-40 minutes of your time!"
Shannon Applecline at RPG.net reviewed Portal of Heroes and had this to say, "Portal of Heroes is a card game with strong fantasy theming that will likely be delightful to anyone who enjoys fairy tales or myths. Though the game is fairly simple, it nonetheless has great strategy and tactics that make it quite enjoyable as a filler game taking less than an hour."
Caverna: Cave vs. Cave has another review today on BGG, courtesy of reviewer Red Player One, who says, "This is just a fun game to play. The decision space isn’t so broad that it suffers from a lot of analysis paralysis. It moves quickly, and I feel like I’ve really accomplished something by the end of the game, even if my opponent did it a bit more efficiently. It’s quick enough that it’s easy to jump back in and try again."
Another fantastic review of Barenpark, this time courtesy of BGG user Angelus Morningstar who says, "There is also something remarkably joyful about creating a park for bears. Animals parks are conceptually appealing, which is complimented by the aesthetic experience of fitting your tiles together. The artwork is true to the design style of Mayfair, being softer than the highly rendered graphics emerging from the American markets, but the softer palate suits the feel of the game: a warm, fuzzy, if you will."
Cave vs. Cave is still on its way to the USA but it already has it's first review, courtesy of BGG user Angelus Morningstar who calls Cave vs. Cave, "An excellent distinctive take on Caverna that neither replicates nor replaces it."
Our friends at Under the Radar reviewed Barenpark, and were even inspired to give you a Bear of a playlist to go along with the game!
They say, "Both variants play out in under half an hour. Because there are these two versions included, it makes it easy for us to recommend Bärenpark, particularly to families of gamers. The advanced version is a fun, light strategy game for those of you with a more competitive edge, but you’ll also have the basic version you can bust out when the younger children or great grandma want to get in on the game, too."
In the far-flung past of 2016, Mayfair Games released a game called Costa Rica. Here's an excellent unboxing video from our good friends at Game Trade Media.