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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.

Agra Board

The End of the Game

Have you ever been playing a game where you’re slowly building your engine, you’re ready to start raking in the victory points (VPs) and then suddenly the game ends?  “What?!  No!  I need five...
Page Quest

Print and Play

A few weeks ago, I backed Page Quest on Kickstarter.  The game was delivered within a few weeks of the campaign ending.  How did they manage to deliver so quickly?  It was a Print...
Legacy of Dragonholt

Flavour Text

Many games include flavour text in them.  Whether it’s a short sentence on the bottom of a card or entire page of backstory on a character you’ve picked, flavour text is an often-ignored component....
Solo Chess

Top 5 Solo Games

I don’t play solo games that often.  Life is frequently too busy and I usually prefer to play games with others if possible.  However, every now and then when I have some free time,...
Catan Board

Classics: Catan

Settlers of Catan (as it was first known) was the original gateway game.  I know so many people who got into the hobby through Catan.  Even today, over 20 years since its release, I...
Internet

The Power of the Internet

My son is ten years old.  For him, high speed internet access, virtually wherever you are, has always been there.  I never get tired of telling him stories of life before the internet though. ...
Airecon

10 Things to Do at Conventions

Boardgame Opinions (Steve, Mark and I) are all off to AireCon next week.  It’s a boardgame convention that takes place in Harrogate, UK every year.  We’ve been going to the UK Games Expo (the...
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...