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Terra Mystica vs Gaia Project

Terra Mystica vs Gaia Project

Terra Mystica is one of my top ten games of all time.  I’ve played it and played it over the years.  When I heard that they were retheming Terra Mystica in space (Gaia Project),...
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....
Mombasa

Designer Spotlight: Alexander Pfister

Alexander Pfister will always have a place in my heart as Great Western Trail was the first game we ever reviewed on the Boardgame Opinions channel. Despite only designing his first game in 2010...
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...
Luna

Designer Spotlight: Stefan Feld

I always used to be lukewarm on Stefan Feld’s games.  However, the more I play them, the more I like them.  Why would I keep playing his games if I wasn’t that keen?  My...
Game Collection

My Top 30 Games of All Time 2017

A few years ago, Tom Vasel started releasing a video series called “Tom Vasel’s Top 100 Games of All Time”.  I was intrigued.  Each video covered 10 games and he gradually worked his way...

Designer Spotlight: Eric M. Lang

Eric M. Lang has risen to fame in recent years and has become a very hot property.  His game releases always generate a lot of buzz in the industry.  So much so, in fact,...

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...
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...