Magic The Gathering: The Core Mechanic

Dave and Ricky have a look at what makes Magic the Gathering the original and still the best in the latest episode of The Core Mechanic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwA2y4Tov-I…

Tracing Board Game Box Art? - Video

Traced board game box art in Ticket to Ride New York and Cluedo? One of our other writers noticed some striking similarities between one of her favourite TV shows and a new board game. The TV show in question is Mad Men and the new game, Ticket to Ride: New…

Getting Schooled in Magic The Gathering

The kids at Dave's school want him to play Magic the Gathering with them. The only problem is that Dave does not own a deck. Dave goes to his friends at Vault Games in Brisbane's CBD to find out how he can make a cheap deck to play. https://www.…

Machi Koro Legacy Announced

Was this Gen Con's most controversial announcement? Machi Koro, the fast-paced dice rolling city building game will be the latest addition to the Legacy System. This brought a slew of comments from the broader community many of whom believed this to be a joke. Some commented on the game's lack…

Tabletop Mixed Reality Gaming with Spatial - News

Tabletop Mixed Reality Gaming Company Announces Kickstarter We're always interested in the idea of tech meets cardboard. Games like Dropmix last year gave us a hint as to how the meeting of NFC and card games might look and this year it looks like faux holographic projections are hitting the…

The Core Mechanic: Catan

Dave and Ricky are back in season 4 of The Core Mechanic. They are looking at the board games on Mike Selinker's list of "100 Games You Absolutely, Positively, Must Know How To Play". They kick off the season with a look at Settlers of Catan now simply known as…

The Functions of Myth in Game Design

Dream time stories, fables, legends, folklore, sagas, creation stories, and parables are some of the ways that mythology has been formed and transmitted down generations since we first could tell stories. In a modern context myth is transmitted through novels, comics, movies, and internet memes. I think one place worth…

Top 5 Role Selection Games: Video Review

after a great evening of gaming, Dave pulled out the classic Bruno Faidutti game, Citadels. Dave takes a look at 5 of his favourite role selections games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz8H2-0FzaI…

Congratulations Azul: Spiel des Jahres Winner

Congratulations to Azul, winner of the 2018 Spiel des Jahres. Azul is a drafting and tile laying game designed by Michael Kiesling and published by Plan B Games. This is not the first win for designer Michael Kiesling who has won twice before with co-designer Wolfgang Kramer on Torres and…

Why Cthulhu? Cthulhu: Death May Die and Myth

With only four days to go the Kickstarter for Cthulhu: Death May Die by Rob Daviau and Eric Lang has blown past its pledge goal by a merger two and half million dollars. While it is no surprise to see these two designers garnering such attention it is surprising that…