Rob Daviau: Betrayal at House on the Hill Legacy – Interview
Oct31

Rob Daviau: Betrayal at House on the Hill Legacy – Interview

I love board games that are able to incorporate story and for me, Betrayal at House on the Hill is one of the best. Rob Daviau was one of the designers of the original game, but since then has spent a considerable amount of time perfecting his “Legacy System” that has become one of the most revolutionary mechanics in board gaming. Among its success is Pandemic Legacy which skyrocketed to number 1 on Board Game Geek forum a...

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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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Best Holiday Board Games – Written Article
Jul05

Best Holiday Board Games – Written Article

It is the winter holidays for schools and I had the privilege of traveling to a nice resort for a few days with friends. Needless to say, I took a couple of tabletop games with me. I thought I would share some of my favourite holiday games to take with me when heading away. Not all of these may be perfect for your getaway if you are camping or adventuring, but I take them whenever I get the chance. Designed by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede and...

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Politics in Board Games – Video Article
Jun29

Politics in Board Games – Video Article

Our man Dave needed a good cup of coffee before trying to engage with this topic. The idea of politics entering into our beloved hobby might seem strange, but politics are a part of everything – whether we like it or not – even tabletop gaming. Dave tries to think it through and voices his thoughts on why we do need to come together despite different political viewpoints. For a bit of fun he also runs through the issues of...

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Sexual Harassment in Board Games – Article Shoutout
Jun22

Sexual Harassment in Board Games – Article Shoutout

What a sad and sorry state of affairs it is when it becomes more and more apparent that our beloved hobby is no different to video gaming or many other hobbies. We like to think we’re different, that we’re inclusive, that female gamers have nothing to worry about, that all are welcome to the table, but for some that just isn’t true. Now sure MOST board gamers are great people, welcoming people, good people. Problem...

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Best Ice Breaker Tabletop Games – Written Article
Jun21

Best Ice Breaker Tabletop Games – Written Article

I was pleasantly surprised on Saturday when one of the people from our gaming group invited along two people we had never met before. This was particularly good considering a few people were away that night leaving us with a small turn out. We discovered that these friends did not have board game experience and were keen to see the games we played. We opted for light fun and interactive. These choices proved profitable. Inadvertently,...

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