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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.

Arkham Horror Boxfront

Classics: Arkham Horror

Back in 2005, when gaming was ruled by dry Euros (at least, the BGG rankings were), what was missing was adventure.  The kind that could suck you into another time and place.  The kind...
Paperback vs Hardback

Paperback vs. Hardback

Paperback is an excellent little mashup of a word game with a deckbuilder.  It was on Kickstarter a few years ago, but it took quite a bit of time to seep into the collective...
Laruna

How to Vet a Kickstarter Project – Part 2

Last week we looked at the importance of checking the start and end dates of the project, the funding goal, the number of backers and the history of the project creator.  Today we consider...
Check Button

How to Vet a Kickstarter Project – Part 1

I back quite a lot of Kickstarter projects.  Since the New Year, I have backed four boardgame projects, so not an insane number, but it probably averages out to between 20 and 30 projects...
Rising Sun

Rising Sun

Rising Sun is the latest dudes-on-a-map game from CMON.  It was designed by Eric M. Lang, the designer of Blood Rage (among many other games), who is now CMON’s resident designer.  It was on...
Myth Dark Frontier

Myth: Dark Frontier

Myth is one of my Top 10 Games of All Time.  So when Myth: Dark Frontier was announced, I was very interested, assuming it was an expansion for Myth.  Not so, however.  Dark Frontier...
Pandemic

Classics: Pandemic

Once upon a time, co-ops were virtually unheard of.  No really.  As hard as it is to imagine in our modern world where every other game seems to be a co-op or have a...
Dark Frontier: Farrenroc

Top 10 Anticipated Games of 2018 – Part 2

Last week we looked at numbers 10 through 6 of my Top 10 Anticipated Games of 2018.  Today, we finish the list and look at the Top 5.  You might wonder where people hear...

Top 10 Anticipated Games of 2018 – Part 1

It seems to be doing the rounds.  Everywhere you look, someone is doing an Anticipated Games of 2018 list.  I’ve watched or read a few and I’ve actually found them quite interesting.  It can...
Decisions

The Year Ahead 2018

2017 has been a year of investing in projects behind the scenes.  From the Boardgame Opinions channel to the development of new games, we have been working hard to improve the quality of what...