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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,...
Escape from 100 Million BC

Designer Spotlight: Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson is one of those designers whose name always sounded familiar to me, but when pressed, I would have struggled to name any of his games.  He’s a Fantasy Flight big box designer...
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...
Rise of Tribes

Attractive Kickstarter Projects

I haven’t backed anything on Kickstarter for a few weeks.  I’ve looked through plenty of projects, but nothing seemed to grab me.  I wondered if I was becoming jaded and disillusioned with Kickstarter in...
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...
People Around Cogs

How to Teach a Game Well

As the one who tends to introduce new games to my immediate circle of friends and family, I am the designated ‘rules explainer’.  I have read the rules and taught people how to play...

Designer Spotlight: Vlaada Chvátil

Vlaada Chvátil is without doubt my favourite designer, so I’m shamelessly kicking off our Designer Spotlight series by picking the one I like the most.  In this series, we’ll try to get an overview...
Blood Rage

Euros vs. Ameritrash Games

You don’t need to spend too long hanging around boardgamers before you’ll hear them talking about Euro games and Ameritrash games (with one side often championing the merits of their preferred type!).  What do...
Dvonn

Abstract Games

When people think of abstract games, they usually think of Chess and Draughts (Checkers).  However, last night at The Dice Cup, I sat down with my friend Steve and played several much more modern...