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Jonathan Hicks

Jonathan is the director of Maven Games. He blogs and records podcast episodes several times a week. Whenever he isn’t doing anything else, he designs games.

Risk Legacy

Legacy Games – Part 1

Back in 2011, a game called Risk Legacy came out.  It was a campaign version of Risk with a rather significant twist.  Just in case you’re not familiar with Risk, it’s a fairly basic...
Twilight Struggle

Classics: Twilight Struggle

I buy virtually all my games from my local boardgame café: The Dice Cup.  Prior to it opening, I bought my games from one of the owners, David Smith, who ran a small boardgame...
Outdoor Scrabble

Word Games

My wife is a big fan of Scrabble.  It might even be her favourite game.  This always surprised me as I don’t really like it.  I’ve played it a lot with her, but I...
Puerto Rico

Classics: Puerto Rico

Back when I only owned half a dozen games and £40 seemed like an awful lot to pay for a single boardgame, the games I owned saw a lot of play.  None of them...
Orléans vs Altiplano

Orléans vs Altiplano

I really like the deck building mechanism in general.  I was a big fan of Dominion when it came out, but deck building seems to have been done to death in recent years.  However,...
Power Grid

Classics: Power Grid

Power Grid is a game about buying power stations and managing an electricity grid.  As themes go, they don’t get much duller than that.  It also has paper money, far more adding up than...
Terra Mystica vs Gaia Project

Terra Mystica vs Gaia Project

Terra Mystica is one of my top ten games of all time.  I’ve played it and played it over the years.  When I heard that they were retheming Terra Mystica in space (Gaia Project),...

Classics: Dominion

Today begins a new series looking at some of the great games from yesteryear.  Games that you may have heard people talking about, but never got around to playing.  Games that have stood the...

Educational Games for Teenagers

I’ve played a lot of games with my son over the years and I think good games of any variety are incredibly valuable from an educational point of view.  They teach a wide range...
Ticket to Ride Europe

Educational Games for Children – Part 2

Last week we discussed a few principles for playing educational games with children.  Games that will allow them to play increasingly complex and (hopefully for you!) more interesting games as the years go by....