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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.

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...
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...
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:...
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...
Balloons

Party Games – Part 1

When I was a child, my family would always go and stay with my Grandparents in London for Christmas.  All my extended family seemed to live near them so most evenings between Christmas and...
Mombasa

Designer Spotlight: Alexander Pfister

Alexander Pfister will always have a place in my heart as Great Western Trail was the first game we ever reviewed on the Boardgame Opinions channel. Despite only designing his first game in 2010...
Battlestar Galactica

Games that Tell Stories

A couple of weeks ago we looked at Ignacy Trzewiczek in our Designer Spotlight.  He is the founder of Portal Games, whose tagline is ‘Board games that tell stories’.  That’s very much the mantra...
Eldritch Horror

Designer Spotlight: Corey Konieczka

I always associate Corey Konieczka with Kevin Wilson.  They have both designed a significant number of big-box Fantasy Flight games, and frequently collaborate with other designers, as is the Fantasy Flight way. Once again,...
Neuroshima Hex

App Implementations of Boardgames

Neuroshima Hex! is an abstract war game where players take turns placing units onto a hexagonal grid.  At various points throughout the game a battle is triggered and all the units attack, each in...