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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...
Ticket to Ride

How to Name a Game

So you’ve designed a game.  It’s going to be the best game ever.  But now you need to give it a name.  What are you going to call it? Anyone who’s tried to name...
Mage Knight

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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...