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Confused Drow mages play with letters (part 1)

AGED WORMS The traditional image of someone who plays word games is the retired bookworm, sitting in their dusty study in their slippers playing a very slow game of Scrabble against themselves. And of...

Hey, that’s my strategy! (part 2)

If the water copies the appearance of the sky, does the sky care? Besides, the sky looks pretty good, so isn’t it great that the water can look good too? If I single-handedly drink...
Agra Board

The End of the Game

Have you ever been playing a game where you’re slowly building your engine, you’re ready to start raking in the victory points (VPs) and then suddenly the game ends?  “What?!  No!  I need five...

How long is it?

1. Length doesn’t have to be everything. As we all know, length can be an issue. Underestimate it and you may find yourself kept up all night (albeit enjoyably). There are also a lot...

A Game of Games

You win or you lose. Last weekend a terrible thing happened – a friend of mine married someone who does not like Race for the Galaxy. I refer here to the wedding of two...
Twizzle

I am the law!

Designer humans. I shall begin by considering a matter of great relevance to the modern boardgamer – the former occupations of the Popes, both current and historic. Pope Francis apparently once worked as a...

Designer Spotlight: Ignacy Trzewiczek

When I first saw Ignacy Trzewiczek’s name on the box of Robinson Crusoe, I didn’t even try to pronounce it!  Like many Polish names, there always seemed to be too many unusual consonants to...
Solo

Solo Games

Both my wife and son are away at the moment.  Noah is spending a week with his cousins and my wife has gone ‘wild camping’ with a friend of hers.  Apparently this means sleeping...

The Kennerspiel Des Jahres 2017

The Spiel Des Jahres (Game of the Year) nominees were all strong candidates this year, but what about the Kennerspiel (Strategy Game) nominees?  It’s an unusual selection of games, that’s for sure.  Let’s take...