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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.

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...

Filler Material

On behalf of myself I would hereby like to most graciously welcome all readers of my blog to this week’s blog post. The emergency exit is marked with an ‘x’ and located at the...

I’m the king of the castle!

Welcome to the Castle! In Castles of Mad King Ludwig players each assemble their own castle from a set of room tiles that they will buy and add to their castle throughout the game....

Eclipse your opponents!

Why? As a game that involves both fighting and space, Eclipse is the perfect game for people who think that Agricola is too long and boring. Lasting only about eight hours and with a...