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Hanabi Spiral

The 10×10 Challenge – Part 2

Earlier in the week, I went through my motivation (or lack of it initially!) for taking part in the 10×10 challenge this year and how much I’ve been enjoying it.  It’s been particularly fun...
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...
Christmas

Games to Play at Christmas

It’s Christmas!  Time to play some games!  Except, you’re surrounded by family members of wildly varying ages and gaming experience.  How do you find games that you can play with Granny and the kids,...
Ticket to Ride Europe

Educational Games for Children – Part 2

Last week we discussed a few principles for playing educational games with children.  Games that will allow them to play increasingly complex and (hopefully for you!) more interesting games as the years go by....
CrossTalk vs Codenames

CrossTalk vs. Codenames

When I first played Codenames, I wasn’t that keen.  I played it with a bunch of hard-core gamers and the downtime was excruciating.  I liked the idea of it, but there didn’t seem to...
Inns & Cathedrals

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:...
Old Man at the Station

Downtime

I hate downtime in games.  The times when you sit there waiting for your turn and there’s nothing you can do.  For various reasons you can’t plan what you will do on your turn...