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Expansions

Boardgame expansions are much more common than they used to be.  Last year (2016), around 800 boardgame expansions were released!  And that figure doesn’t include mini/promo-type expansions.  Compare that with around ten years ago:...
Myth

Death of a Publisher

I’ve decided to interrupt our usual Designer Spotlight series to talk about a publisher today.  I received some sad news yesterday: Megacon Games are calling it a day. You may be forgiven for not...
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...
Failure

Dealing with Failure

It’s been a bad week this week.  A number of things that I’ve tried to do have failed.  A couple of things in particular I’ve been working on for literally years and they seem...
Carcassonne

What is the Spiel Des Jahres Award?

The Spiel Des Jahres (pronounced ‘Shpeel Dess YAHrus’) is the German ‘Game of the Year’ and is the most prestigious award in the boardgaming world.  Each year, a committee of Germans nominate three games...
US Supreme Court Building

Governance

The UK had a General Election yesterday.  It’s the biggest kind of election we have in this country, where people vote on which political party will be in power and, by extension, who the...
Thumbs up and thumbs down

Blind Playtesting

If you’ve designed your own boardgame, one of the first things you want to do is get it playtested.  You get some friends together, try out your new game and see what people think. ...
UK Games Expo

The UK Games Expo 2017

The UK Games Expo (UKGE) is the largest tabletop games convention in the UK (and the fourth largest in the world!).  I don’t go to many conventions, but I make it a point to...

Rulebooks

I buy or Kickstart quite a lot of games.  Inevitably this means that I end up being the one who has to read the rules and explain how to play these new games to...
Upwork desk

What is Upwork?

If you’re self-employed and provide digital services or you run your own business and use digital services (and virtually all businesses will), you really ought to be aware of Upwork. By digital services, I...