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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...
Amun-Re

Designer Spotlight: Reiner Knizia

Reiner Knizia is the most prolific designer I know of.  He has designed not only a tremendous number of games over the years, but a tremendous number of good games. He has achieved a...
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...
Dark Souls Miniatures

Miniatures

Last weekend I took the plunge and bought the Dark Souls boardgame.  In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s based on a very popular (and very hard) series of computer games.  The in-joke...
Pandemic

Co-op Games

At the turn of the millennium, when Lord of the Rings was all the rage (The Fellowship of the Ring film was released in 2001), Reiner Knizia designed a game called… wait for it…...
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...
Mage Knight

Theme

Back in the 80s, I spent rather a lot of time playing Elite.  It was the first computer game to have 3D graphics (that I can remember).  Up until then, it was all platform...