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Santorini

Why don’t abstract games have theme?

Abstract games, by definition, have very little (or no) theme.  I’ve always just taken that for granted.  “Of course it doesn’t have any theme – it’s an abstract game!” But recently, I’ve started questioning...
7 Wonders

Designer Spotlight: Antoine Bauza

As well as designing a significant number of games on his own, Antoine Bauza has collaborated with a surprising number of other well-known designers: Bruno Cathala, Ludovic Maublanc, Bruno Faidutti, Frédéric Henry to name...
Bicycle Kick

Skill

I’m sure we’d all like to be better at playing games.  While I keep telling my son that the point of playing games is not to win, but to have fun, it still feels...
Mansions of Madness

Companion Apps

Last year, Fantasy Flight released the second edition of a game called Mansions of Madness.  It was one of the first games that required a companion app to play.  They provided absolutely no alternative...
Amun-Re

Designer Spotlight: Reiner Knizia

Reiner Knizia is the most prolific designer I know of.  He has designed not only a tremendous number of games over the years, but a tremendous number of good games. He has achieved a...
People Around Cogs

How to Teach a Game Well

As the one who tends to introduce new games to my immediate circle of friends and family, I am the designated ‘rules explainer’.  I have read the rules and taught people how to play...

Designer Spotlight: Vlaada Chvátil

Vlaada Chvátil is without doubt my favourite designer, so I’m shamelessly kicking off our Designer Spotlight series by picking the one I like the most.  In this series, we’ll try to get an overview...
Blood Rage

Euros vs. Ameritrash Games

You don’t need to spend too long hanging around boardgamers before you’ll hear them talking about Euro games and Ameritrash games (with one side often championing the merits of their preferred type!).  What do...

The Kennerspiel Des Jahres 2017

The Spiel Des Jahres (Game of the Year) nominees were all strong candidates this year, but what about the Kennerspiel (Strategy Game) nominees?  It’s an unusual selection of games, that’s for sure.  Let’s take...
Spiel Des Jahres 2017

The Spiel Des Jahres 2017

It’s that time of year again – the Spiel Des Jahres nominees have been announced!  We took a look earlier in the week at the history of the Spiel Des Jahres awards and their...