Two-Player Games

Recently, my local boardgame café (The Dice Cup) started running a two-player games night.  My initial reaction was, “Eh?  Why would you want to get a bunch of people together only to play two-player...

Designer Spotlight: Bruno Cathala

Like Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala frequently collaborates with other (typically French) designers such as Serge Laget and Ludovic Maublanc.  He has a host of well-known games to his name, but due to his many...

Dice 2

Luck – Part 2

Last time, we looked at some overarching laws of probability.  We discovered that luck always balances out in the long run and that dice don’t hate me really! We also discovered that some risks...

Dice

Luck – Part 1

Luck plays a part in almost every boardgame.  In fact, I tend to dislike games that have no luck at all.  Some people like games of pure strategy, but I find that the most...

Agricola

Designer Spotlight: Uwe Rosenberg

Uwe Rosenberg is one of a very select few designers whose games I will buy sight unseen.  He has a very consistent style that I really like, on the whole. There have been games...

Runebound

Life is Like a Boardgame

Yesterday, I was playing Runebound with my son and a friend of ours.  It was a rollercoaster of a game.  I watched the fortunes of each of us change with the wind.  I paid...

The Sorcerer's Cave

Nostalgia

As a child, I remember playing a game called The Sorcerer’s Cave.  It was a simplified dungeon crawl.  Each player would take a team of heroes down into the dungeon, explore tiles, fight monsters...

Escape from 100 Million BC

Designer Spotlight: Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson is one of those designers whose name always sounded familiar to me, but when pressed, I would have struggled to name any of his games.  He’s a Fantasy Flight big box designer...

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...

Rise of Tribes

Attractive Kickstarter Projects

I haven’t backed anything on Kickstarter for a few weeks.  I’ve looked through plenty of projects, but nothing seemed to grab me.  I wondered if I was becoming jaded and disillusioned with Kickstarter in...