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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.

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...

The Novelty of Novelty

Biting the bottom of life. At the start of a new year we tend to think about the future and decide what new things we would like to bring into our lives. In the...

Asymmetric Players

Asymmetric Americans The American continent is home to some of the worst inequality on the planet. North America has it all – five reinforcements per turn with only three entry points, while South America...

Points Salad

Out to lunch… Today’s topic is a shameless excuse for me to write a post consisting of a mish-mash of disparate points with no clear links between them and no coherent argument running through...

How long is it?

1. Length doesn’t have to be everything. As we all know, length can be an issue. Underestimate it and you may find yourself kept up all night (albeit enjoyably). There are also a lot...

You can’t understand how humble I am!

Making gamers great again. Gaming standards have fallen far too low recently. I used to try to advise other players about how to improve their play, but nowadays the advice I feel most like...