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Perudo

Top 10 Small Games – Part 1

I went boating with my extended family last week to the Norfolk Broads – a particularly attractive part of the country with lots of wildlife and a thriving thatch industry.  We had no computers,...
Solo Chess

Top 5 Solo Games

I don’t play solo games that often.  Life is frequently too busy and I usually prefer to play games with others if possible.  However, every now and then when I have some free time,...
Paperback vs Hardback

Paperback vs. Hardback

Paperback is an excellent little mashup of a word game with a deckbuilder.  It was on Kickstarter a few years ago, but it took quite a bit of time to seep into the collective...
7 Wonders

Classics: 7 Wonders

If you came up with a rating for boardgames that combined how good they were with how versatile they are (ie. how many different situations you can play them in), I think 7 Wonders...
Outdoor Scrabble

Word Games

My wife is a big fan of Scrabble.  It might even be her favourite game.  This always surprised me as I don’t really like it.  I’ve played it a lot with her, but I...

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...
Russian Railroads

Choices, Choices, Choices

Boardgames can involve a wide variety of mechanics, but the vast majority of them involve making choices of some kind.  There are some notable exceptions: deduction, exploration, dexterity, roll and move, for example.  But...