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Website Reviews, Old & New

Here on this page of the website, I will be reviewing web-based games, virtual table-tops, Flash gaming and MMOs, both old and new to help give people an idea of what to expect when they go to one of these sites, and help assist them when deciding which new webpages to visit. Each site/game is given a rating out of 20 on a 20-sided dice

Current Reviews:

If you're like me, you LOVE a good Deck-Building game. Well, in the realm of deckbuilders, few out there can compare with Ascension. Next to Dominion, Ascension is probably the most widely played Deck-Building game out there and there's no mystery why. If you want to get into the action of Ascension, but you can't find anyone to play with locally, what's a gamer to do?? The answer, of course, is an online or App version of the game. iOS and Android both have this game available to download free of charge onto your portable devices. The free set only lets you play the base game, but for very little money you can buy the various expansions.

Now, for those of you who like to play more on your computer than on the itty bitty screens of your phones (although some phones are getting to be quite huge), you can go to Steam, that's right, Steam, and get a copy of Ascension to play for just $9.99 AND that 10 dollar price gets you all the expansions unlocked.

The game links to your Google Play account on either phone or PC, and you can play online with people using either device to play as the interface is almost exactly the same. (Really, it is exactly the same, just some of how it reacts to mouse clicks is different than a phone screen, having left and right buttons afterall). If you have linked your phone and your PC/Laptop to the same Google account, however, you won't see the expansions auto-unlocked on your phone like they are thru steam I'm afraid. Still, offline or online versions of the game can be played, with upto 4 players per game session, so I definitely recommend this as a computer option for those of you looking for a game!

NOTE: Steam also has a version of Star Realms, the deckbuilder available to play on the PC, and that one is FREE!!!

Genre: Deckbuilder/Fantasy

Price: Depends on platform


I can't do a review of Ascension as a computer option and not mention, or do a review of Dominion online. Dominion was the first of the Deckbuilders, and it is still considered by many to be the absolute best you can get when it comes to the subgenre. Dominion has its own free-to-play website where you can match up with virtual players around the world to play. The base set again is free, but there are 2 other levels you can buy into, Silver, and Gold, that will unlock other expansions.

This website is a great way to get some gaming in. If you play an opponent on their own virtual table who has unlocked expansions, you can play those expansions without having to own them yourself. That's right, only one player at the table has to have the expansions unlocked for everyone to have access to them. You can also go into your profile settings and enable/disable unfamiliar cards and cards by set so that you won't get blindsided by cards you aren't comfortable with by clicking a random opponent.

All in all, if your looking for a virtual Tabletop Deckbuilder, this is definitely an option to check out. You'll be glad you did!

Genre: Deckbuilder/Fantasy

Price: Free (Pay for Premium)


If you love playing board and card games, but you can't find a place to go play them with friends, this is the website for you. Board Game Arena is a site where you can go to play many popular boardgames for free with live opponents. Games included on the website include Race for the Galaxy, Takenoko, Yahtzee, and even Carcassonne. Some games are premium only (I believe Carcassonne is one of those) but I've been able to play every game I've wanted to myself without problems. The experience is just like being around the game table with your friends. I definitely recommend this site for any boardgamer looking for a virtual table experience out there!

Genre: Many

Price: Free (Premium costs)