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...

Black Rose Wars

KS Spotlight: Black Rose Wars

There are an awful lot of boardgame projects on Kickstarter at any one time (currently 270 as I write this), with new ones appearing every day.  How do you keep track?  Well, to help...

Confused Drow mages play with letters (part 1)

AGED WORMS The traditional image of someone who plays word games is the retired bookworm, sitting in their dusty study in their slippers playing a very slow game of Scrabble against themselves. And of...

Priests of Ra

Classics: Ra

Ra is one of my favourite Reiner Knizia games, which is saying a lot.  Reiner Knizia is a great designer and has designed a staggering number of games.  I think it is probably the...

Copyright Theft

Copyright and Theft

What happens if you design a game, show it to a publisher and then they steal your idea and make the game without you?!  Is there anything you can do?  As a designer, do...

Hey, that’s my strategy! (part 2)

If the water copies the appearance of the sky, does the sky care? Besides, the sky looks pretty good, so isn’t it great that the water can look good too? If I single-handedly drink...

Tichu Hand

Top 10 Small Games – Part 2

Maybe you’re going on holiday and you want to bring a few small games with you, but luggage space is an issue.  Maybe you’re travelling on a train and need a small footprint game...

Perudo

Top 10 Small Games – Part 1

I went boating with my extended family last week to the Norfolk Broads – a particularly attractive part of the country with lots of wildlife and a thriving thatch industry.  We had no computers,...

Kingdom Death Monster

The 10×10 Challenge – Part 3

Last week I explained what the 10×10 challenge was (essentially, you try to play ten specific games ten times throughout the year) and we covered my first five picks for the list.  I spent...