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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.

The 7th Continent

The 7th Continent

Last week The 7th Continent arrived and I can’t stop playing it.  I backed the game on Kickstarter last year where over 12000 backers pledged over £1 million for this adventure card game. What’s...
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Why Are My Ratings So High?

I recently compiled my Top 30 Games of All Time.  As part of this process, I went through all the games that I have ever rated on BoardGameGeek (BGG).  I don’t always remember to...
The Builders

Designer Spotlight: Frédéric Henry

Frédéric Henry is probably best known for designing Timeline, the simple card game where you have to place events from history in the right part of a growing timeline. However, he has designed a...
Game Collection

My Top 30 Games of All Time 2017

A few years ago, Tom Vasel started releasing a video series called “Tom Vasel’s Top 100 Games of All Time”.  I was intrigued.  Each video covered 10 games and he gradually worked his way...
Arkham Horror LCG Cards

CCGs vs. LCGs

CCGs (Collectible Card Games) like Magic: The Gathering and LCGs (Living Card Games) like Android: Netrunner have many similarities and a few key differences. Today we take a look at what defines a CCG...

Designer Spotlight: Eric M. Lang

Eric M. Lang has risen to fame in recent years and has become a very hot property.  His game releases always generate a lot of buzz in the industry.  So much so, in fact,...
Video Devices 2

How to Run a YouTube Channel – Part 2

Last week I talked about why I run a YouTube channel.  I think it’s very important to decide what your motivations for running a channel are before you start.  Apart from anything else, it...
Video Devices

How to Run a YouTube Channel – Part 1

I’ve been running YouTube channels fairly successfully for about four years now.  We’re not talking millions of subscribers or anything, but I’ve been very pleased with the overall number of views/subscribers that the channels...
Myth

Death of a Publisher

I’ve decided to interrupt our usual Designer Spotlight series to talk about a publisher today.  I received some sad news yesterday: Megacon Games are calling it a day. You may be forgiven for not...
YouTube

Why I Run a YouTube Channel

I started my first YouTube channel about four years ago.  It was to help students learn Maths (I am a Maths teacher by trade).  A little less than a year ago, I started a...