Pictomania

Party Games – Part 2

Party games are a fairly popular genre on the whole.  Pictionary is one of the top 10 best-selling games ever and Codenames was CoolStuffInc’s best-selling boardgame of 2016. Last week we looked at parlour...

Rules Explanation

How to Win at Games – Part 1

1. Don’t expect reading a blog to help… When I asked people what I should write about in this blog, the advice was “pick something that interests you.” This is quite a broad group...

Balloons

Party Games – Part 1

When I was a child, my family would always go and stay with my Grandparents in London for Christmas.  All my extended family seemed to live near them so most evenings between Christmas and...

Mombasa

Designer Spotlight: Alexander Pfister

Alexander Pfister will always have a place in my heart as Great Western Trail was the first game we ever reviewed on the Boardgame Opinions channel. Despite only designing his first game in 2010...

Battlestar Galactica

Games that Tell Stories

A couple of weeks ago we looked at Ignacy Trzewiczek in our Designer Spotlight.  He is the founder of Portal Games, whose tagline is ‘Board games that tell stories’.  That’s very much the mantra...

Eldritch Horror

Designer Spotlight: Corey Konieczka

I always associate Corey Konieczka with Kevin Wilson.  They have both designed a significant number of big-box Fantasy Flight games, and frequently collaborate with other designers, as is the Fantasy Flight way. Once again,...

Neuroshima Hex

App Implementations of Boardgames

Neuroshima Hex! is an abstract war game where players take turns placing units onto a hexagonal grid.  At various points throughout the game a battle is triggered and all the units attack, each in...

Dized

Dized

If there’s one aspect of gaming that nobody particularly enjoys, it’s reading the rulebook.  Even if the rulebook is well written, it’s still a bit of a chore.  If it’s a bad rulebook, it...

Designer Spotlight: Ignacy Trzewiczek

When I first saw Ignacy Trzewiczek’s name on the box of Robinson Crusoe, I didn’t even try to pronounce it!  Like many Polish names, there always seemed to be too many unusual consonants to...

Solo

Solo Games

Both my wife and son are away at the moment.  Noah is spending a week with his cousins and my wife has gone ‘wild camping’ with a friend of hers.  Apparently this means sleeping...