Marvel Legendary

Educational Games for Children – Part 1

In the previous post, we looked at educational games for pre-schoolers.  Once your child can read reasonably confidently, it opens up a slew of new possibilities for gaming.  If they can read before starting...

Bus Stop Board

Educational Games for Pre-Schoolers

I started playing games with my son Noah as soon as he could talk coherently enough to form a sentence.  He is now 9 years old and I must have played hundreds of games...

CrossTalk vs Codenames

CrossTalk vs. Codenames

When I first played Codenames, I wasn’t that keen.  I played it with a bunch of hard-core gamers and the downtime was excruciating.  I liked the idea of it, but there didn’t seem to...

Twizzle

I am the law!

Designer humans. I shall begin by considering a matter of great relevance to the modern boardgamer – the former occupations of the Popes, both current and historic. Pope Francis apparently once worked as a...

Risk: Godstorm

Designer Spotlight: Mike Selinker

Mike Selinker is an old hat in the boardgaming industry.  He has worked at Wizards of the Coast and Avalon Hill, and has founded his own publishing company: Lone Shark Games.  Of course, he...

Clint Eastwood

The Good, the Bad and the Boardgamer

Boardgames are useless! Boardgames are not useful for anything. Like an arts degree, they have no real applications and only exist to provide pleasure to the people playing them. Boardgamers are not good or...

Inns & Cathedrals

Expansions

Boardgame expansions are much more common than they used to be.  Last year (2016), around 800 boardgame expansions were released!  And that figure doesn’t include mini/promo-type expansions.  Compare that with around ten years ago:...

Ploughing

How to Win at Games – Part 2

4. Know your enemy. Another colleague of mine, not the one from the previous post and one who I have not yet persuaded to play boardgames, nonetheless illustrates a fairly common mistake. He has...

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...