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Hey, that’s my strategy! (part 1)

It can be annoying when other people copy a strategy that you came up with, especially if random events cause it to work out better for them than for you. One of the best...

Skillage in the Village

Village is a game that embeds you, in a deep and emotionally moving way, into one of our most basic and time-honoured traditions: arranging differently coloured cubes onto action spaces. More importantly, it is...

The Dark Side of Agricola

A man sits on a couch, sobbing lightly to himself. Two psychologists glance at each other with concern. “Which stage has he got to?” “Stage four. The second stone accumulator.” “Poor guy!” Suddenly, their...

The Wisdom of Wisdom

“Things are none other than as they are, yet without being transformed they cannot be observed or truly appreciated. Therefore, if things must be as they are, but can only be seen in the...

I’m the king of the castle!

Welcome to the Castle! In Castles of Mad King Ludwig players each assemble their own castle from a set of room tiles that they will buy and add to their castle throughout the game....

Eclipse your opponents!

Why? As a game that involves both fighting and space, Eclipse is the perfect game for people who think that Agricola is too long and boring. Lasting only about eight hours and with a...

The Novelty of Novelty

Biting the bottom of life. At the start of a new year we tend to think about the future and decide what new things we would like to bring into our lives. In the...
Clint Eastwood

The Good, the Bad and the Boardgamer

Boardgames are useless! Boardgames are not useful for anything. Like an arts degree, they have no real applications and only exist to provide pleasure to the people playing them. Boardgamers are not good or...
Ploughing

How to Win at Games – Part 2

4. Know your enemy. Another colleague of mine, not the one from the previous post and one who I have not yet persuaded to play boardgames, nonetheless illustrates a fairly common mistake. He has...
Rules Explanation

How to Win at Games – Part 1

1. Don’t expect reading a blog to help… When I asked people what I should write about in this blog, the advice was “pick something that interests you.” This is quite a broad group...