Near and Far Box

How to Read Out Loud like a Pro

I was playing Near and Far last night.  It’s a worker-placement game crossed with an adventure game.  Having collected various resources and hired companions in town, you venture off into the wilderness and have...

Does Theme Matter?

Does the theme of a game really matter, or is it all about the mechanics?

Pretty Clever Box

Pretty Clever

I’ve never really been into roll-and-write games.  I played plenty of Yahtzee as a kid, which was fine, but the whole system felt outdated to me.  However, roll-and-write games seem to have made something...

Terra Mystica II

Terra Mystica two, or “Gaia Project” as it’s being marketed, is so similar to Terra Mystica that I haven’t even learned the new set of names for the buildings and resources, and keep referring...

UKGE 2018

My Top Games from UKGE 2018

On the whole, I wasn’t overly impressed with the offering at the UK Games Expo this year.  I really enjoyed myself at the convention, but in terms of exciting new games to try, there...

Confused Drow mages play with letters (part 3)

Arise from your wage-dorms, cast aside your warm Doges and your dower mags, and if you are a gambler apply some wager-mods. This post will be no sog-warmed amalgamation of mowed rags, no sad...

Heaven & Ale

Heaven & Ale

The Spiel nominees were announced recently and one of the surprise nominations was a game called Heaven & Ale.  It’s been nominated for the Kennerspiel des Jahres – the “Strategy Game of the Year”...

Confused Drow mages play with letters (part 2)

Being an extremely dedicated blogger who takes his work seriously, I went on holiday and ended up not having time to finish the post I was supposed to put up. On the subject of...

How to Play City of Kings

Rules Videos

I picked up a copy of The City of Kings recently.  I tasked my son with punching out all of the components (fortunately, he’s still young enough to be enthusiastic about this!) and I...

The Mind

The Mind

Boardgaming, as a hobby, is rarely controversial.  People get together, play games and generally enjoy themselves.  People have very different tastes in games of course, but when one group of people say a game...