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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.

Graphic Novel Adventures

Graphic Novel Adventures

As a child, I was always a sucker for Choose Your Own Adventure books.  The idea that you didn’t have to follow the hero around, but could actively decide which path to take, was...
Overseas Payments

Overseas Payments

This might seem like an odd topic for a boardgames blog, but today I’d like to talk about making payments to people who live overseas.  If you ever decide to begin publishing boardgames though,...


The 18xx games are a genre all to themselves.  Essentially they are heavy train games, which involve you buying and selling shares in train companies and then running those companies to make as much...
War of the Ring

War of the Ring: The Collector’s Edition

War of the Ring is one of my Top 30 Games of All Time.  I’ve played it a fair bit over the years, mostly with my Boardgame Opinions compatriot Mark Windle, since he owns...
Doomsday Island

Doomsday Art

It’s a short post today, mainly to show off the preliminary artwork that’s come in for our Doomsday card game.  This is the one where you’re running around on the island trying to survive...
Solomon Kane

KS Spotlight: Solomon Kane

I went to Mythic Day last month.  Mythic Games is the company behind the very successful Solomon Kane Kickstarter.  They are based in France, but they decided to host an event day at Warboar...

How do you store your games?

When I was a student, I remember getting together with a bunch of other students to play Talisman.  A friend of mine used to play it a lot as a child and reckoned we’d...
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...
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  I played plenty of Yahtzee as a kid, which was fine, but the whole system felt outdated to me.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...
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...