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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Why Cthulhu? Cthulhu: Death May Die & Myth – Article
Jul20

Why Cthulhu? Cthulhu: Death May Die & Myth – Article

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 we are watching yet another Cthulhu game hitting the market to an audience with arms wide open. The board game market is littered with Cthulhu themed games; Arkham...

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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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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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Party Games for Young and Old – Article
May29

Party Games for Young and Old – Article

There is no magic formula to making a good party game but there are some formulas that get repeated time and time again. Classic game mechanics often get a fresh coat of paint on a new game design and why not? They work. I know it seems snobby but I have often looked past games simply because they are too familiar to me or to consider them worth my time. However, when I do end up playing these games I inevitably find myself laughing...

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How Big is My Board Game Shelf – Article
Jun28

How Big is My Board Game Shelf – Article

As Kickstarters with kilograms worth of plastic become more and more prevalent, many would look towards Board Games, especially those from CMON (Zombicide, Massive Darkness, The Others, etc.), with a never ending list of ‘stretch goals’ invade our screens. But, is this truly what we want as consumers? When I look at a Kickstarter page of a miniatures game, I immediately refer to my shelf of games. It’s full! As much...

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