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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...
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...
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...
BGG

What is BoardGameGeek?

I first started using the BoardGameGeek (BGG) website about 10 years ago.  However, I never actually registered an account on BGG until about 5 years ago.  In part, this was because I found the...
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...
Arm Wrestling

Interaction

Interaction with other players is the reason I play boardgames.  However, interaction comes in many varieties – some much better than others! Have you ever played a game where tensions rise, people fall out...
Dixit Card Set

Gaming with Non-Gamers

“Oh, she’s not interested in playing games.” I was arranging to play games with a couple of friends (let’s call them Frank and Sarah) outside my usual sphere of gamer friends and I had...
Catan - Close Up

Why I Play Boardgames

My Dad is a retired policeman.  Just around the time personal computers were first made available, he was injured in the line of duty and received a compensation payout.  Newly married, finances were tight...