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I am a physicist who lives in Nottingham and I have been boardgaming for the last 10 years. My favourite boardgame is Agricola. I also enjoy playing the Yetis in Terra Mystica, hence the profile pic. I should also credit Sophie for drawing most of the cartoons that feature in the blog. Without her, there would be no grumpy oxen.

Does Theme Matter?

Does the theme of a game really matter, or is it all about the mechanics?

Terra Mystica II

Terra Mystica two, or “Gaia Project” as it’s being marketed, is so similar to Terra Mystica that I haven’t even learned the new set of names for the buildings and resources, and keep referring...

Confused Drow mages play with letters (part 3)

Arise from your wage-dorms, cast aside your warm Doges and your dower mags, and if you are a gambler apply some wager-mods. This post will be no sog-warmed amalgamation of mowed rags, no sad...

Confused Drow mages play with letters (part 2)

Being an extremely dedicated blogger who takes his work seriously, I went on holiday and ended up not having time to finish the post I was supposed to put up. On the subject of...

Confused Drow mages play with letters (part 1)

AGED WORMS The traditional image of someone who plays word games is the retired bookworm, sitting in their dusty study in their slippers playing a very slow game of Scrabble against themselves. And of...

Hey, that’s my strategy! (part 2)

If the water copies the appearance of the sky, does the sky care? Besides, the sky looks pretty good, so isn’t it great that the water can look good too? If I single-handedly drink...

Hey, that’s my strategy! (part 1)

It can be annoying when other people copy a strategy that you came up with, especially if random events cause it to work out better for them than for you. One of the best...

Skillage in the Village

Village is a game that embeds you, in a deep and emotionally moving way, into one of our most basic and time-honoured traditions: arranging differently coloured cubes onto action spaces. More importantly, it is...

The Dark Side of Agricola

A man sits on a couch, sobbing lightly to himself. Two psychologists glance at each other with concern. “Which stage has he got to?” “Stage four. The second stone accumulator.” “Poor guy!” Suddenly, their...

The Wisdom of Wisdom

“Things are none other than as they are, yet without being transformed they cannot be observed or truly appreciated. Therefore, if things must be as they are, but can only be seen in the...