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Review: Just Desserts

The following is a review of Looney Labs' Just Desserts, received as part of the Amazon Vine program.

Just Delicious

Having played the game with three different groups, consisting of 2, 4, and 5 people, I can honestly say that every group I've played it with has had a great time.

I won't go into the actual rules, other than to say that they're relatively simple to learn and pick up. Depending upon the group, however, you may need to keep handy the possible turn options, as in one game a few players kept needing to be reminded.

Outside of the first game, where I thought new customers were only flipped over to replace the initial three (whoops!), we were able to play, and generally finish, two games in the span of an hour. During the second session we had run low enough on customers, however, that two people were effectively out of the game, and two others were fighting for the last card to complete a run of five different suits.

While there are a number of different types of desserts, generally I think it played fine as-is, as otherwise the games may have ended sooner, as every player ended up looking for one or two types of desserts for the customers available at least a couple times.

Finally, I really like the artwork on the cards. People would comment that some of the customers looked like their names, but I think I was the only one of the eight different people I played with that commented on the desserts. The card quality is also pretty nice, consistent with other Looney Lab games, I think.

Since this game will be part of my standard game lunch rotation, I have to give Just Desserts five of five stars. Easy to learn, and pretty fair.

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Review: TP-LINK Archer T9E AC1900 Dual Band Wireless PCI Express Adapter, 5Ghz 1300Mbps + 2.4Ghz 600Mbps, Beamforming, 3T3R

The following is a review of the TP-LINK Archer T9E AC1900 Dual Band Wireless PCI Express Adapter, 5Ghz 1300Mbps + 2.4Ghz 600Mbps, Beamforming, 3T3R, received as part of the Amazon Vine program.

On par with a wired connection, but mind the size

I've used one other TP-LINK product, an AC1200 USB adapter, which I generally found to be acceptable. So when I saw this I thought about another machine I could switched from a networked connection to a wireless one.

For the most part the adapter itself was easy enough to install. One slight downside is that the adapter has a larger footprint, so you'll want to make sure that your PC will have a bit of space. On my main gaming rig the adapter would not have fit due to my graphics card. However, on my desktop development PC it fit without issue.

Regarding the software, after installing the software from the disc a reboot was still required. It's been a while since Windows wasn't able to automatically install the necessary drivers, so maybe a reboot is common, but it wasn't something I was expecting. I also ran into an issue with the installer itself spawning multiple setups due to drop-down responsiveness in the setup wizard.

However, after getting the hardware and drivers installed I ended up with ping and upload and download speeds on par with my wired connection, and didn't require any additional software to run to connect to any of my wired connections.

Other than the footprint of the device, and the odd wizard that you'll only have to deal with once, I had no issues with this, and give the TP-LINK Archer T9E AC1900 Dual Band Wireless PCI Express Adapter, 5Ghz 1300Mbps + 2.4Ghz 600Mbps, Beamforming, 3T3R 5 of 5 stars.

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Review: Mars Attacks The Dice Game

The following is a review of Mars Attacks: The Dice Game, received as part of the Amazon Vine program.

Fun, but the theme may be an acquired taste

Being a fan of the Mars Attacks movie, I was interested in just how well a dice game based upon it would be.

The game actually puts you into the role of the Martians, and does not really tie into the movie. This is quite honestly a wise decision on their part, since personally I like playing the bad guys sometimes.

Game play consists of putting out a few piles of cards with various locations. Each player will then role dice in an attempt to control each location until one of the stacks has been depleted.

While it sounds relatively easy, since you must pick a location you're going for, and each die has three different symbols, one of which can end your turn early, it actually turns into a slightly challenging game, as you must often decide whether you want to keep rolling dice, or quit when you're ahead.

The downside to this game is that the theme appears to turn some people off, or at least doesn't appeal to them. I've brought this to a few sessions and it usually gets turned down for other games instead. The rules also take a little while to understand (I'd recommend readying them beforehand and maybe trying a mock game). However, once you do get a game going, and understand the rules, you'll probably have a fun time conquering the world.

Fortunately, while the game recommends 3-6 players, I was able to play a couple games with only two players, as long as you play with the three player rules for card counts. You could probably also get a solo variant going with nukes perhaps having some impact on the locations you can conquer.

Finally, the quality of the actual game is pretty high. The long box is already starting to show wear with bending on the top, but the actual cards, dice, and tokens are of a good quality.

Overall I give Mars Attacks: The Dice Game four stars. I had a lot of fun playing it, despite it being primarily dice based. I really wish I was able to get more people to play with me.

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