Best Family Board Games of 2018 – Article
Dec28

Best Family Board Games of 2018 – Article

I was going to do a ‘you should buy this for Christmas’ post, but time has gotten away from me, so consider this more of a family games that released this year that you should try to play – and / or buy – in 2019. Ok let’s kick things off! These are the games I’ve found pretty awesome (so far) for 2018 and games that I think would work great for family / beginner play. ​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ THE MIND: First...

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The Board Game Minimalist – Interview
Dec24

The Board Game Minimalist – Interview

At this time of year more than most gamer’s focus will be one what game to next add to our collection. If you are like me this might be an issue if you have run out of room to put games, or if you just have more games than you can play. I was most impressed when I met the Board Game Minimalist on Twitter and got to know him. The Board Game Minimalists is as big a gamer as any, but has managed to get his collection to just 30...

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Facing My Shame This Holiday Season – Article
Dec04

Facing My Shame This Holiday Season – Article

After years of talking about it, this holiday I will be playing The Castles of Burgundy. I can hear the collective gasps of experienced board gamers shocked to hear that I have never even seen the game displayed on a table. Yet time and time again I have listened to people talk about it with such regard, some even professing it as their favourite of all time. As I left my standard, “I need to play this” on another in a...

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Sleeve Kings – Kickstarter
Nov14

Sleeve Kings – Kickstarter

Looking after your games is something every gamer likes to do. If you are like me you might enjoy games with lots of cards, but looking after those cards means sleeving them. Yet sleeving cards for board games can be costly as doing it on the cheap often means dealing with sleeves that split and crumble easily. This can be a deterrent to anyone who has just dropped $100 on a game and now has 170 cards to sleeve. This week Sleeve Kings...

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What’s Your Favorite Card Game – Article
Nov06

What’s Your Favorite Card Game – Article

Welcome dear reader to this short little article about what is ‘my favorite card game’. In this instance ‘card game’ means essentially just a small deck of cards that will fit in your pocket. Not Dominion or other great big card games, not board games that mostly use cards. My favorite card game has not changed in a couple of years, that game is The Manhattan Project: Chain Reaction. A small game from Minion...

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The Functions of Myth in Game Design – Written Article
Jul27

The Functions of Myth in Game Design – Written Article

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 considering is the role of board games in engaging us with myth. Last week I dropped some heavy words on you in how...

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Azul Spiel des Jahres winning game for 2018 – Written Article
Jul24

Azul Spiel des Jahres winning game for 2018 – Written Article

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 Tikal in successive years. Azul is another feather in the hate for Plan B Games that seem to be producing hit after hit and proving they are a force...

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