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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...

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...

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...

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...
Clint Eastwood

The Good, the Bad and the Boardgamer

Boardgames are useless! Boardgames are not useful for anything. Like an arts degree, they have no real applications and only exist to provide pleasure to the people playing them. Boardgamers are not good or...
Ploughing

How to Win at Games – Part 2

4. Know your enemy. Another colleague of mine, not the one from the previous post and one who I have not yet persuaded to play boardgames, nonetheless illustrates a fairly common mistake. He has...
Rules Explanation

How to Win at Games – Part 1

1. Don’t expect reading a blog to help… When I asked people what I should write about in this blog, the advice was “pick something that interests you.” This is quite a broad group...
Battlestar Galactica

Games that Tell Stories

A couple of weeks ago we looked at Ignacy Trzewiczek in our Designer Spotlight.  He is the founder of Portal Games, whose tagline is ‘Board games that tell stories’.  That’s very much the mantra...