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Jonathan Hicks

Jonathan is the director of Maven Games. He blogs and records podcast episodes several times a week. Whenever he isn't doing anything else, he designs games.

Snowman Chess

Top 5 Christmas Games 2018

Christmas is fast approaching again.  Time for some serious gaming!  I have been playing games with my extended family pretty much my entire life at Christmas and it’s always a highlight of the year...
Tainted Grail

KS Spotlight: Tainted Grail

One of the biggest Kickstarter projects of last year was The 7th Continent.  It garnered a massive $7 million in pledges from over 40,000 backers.  It was a sprawling, survival, adventure game where cards...
Vindication

Kickstarters are Like Buses…

…you wait around for months and then seven come along at once!  Having had nothing but eerie silence for several months, I have received seven different Kickstarters over the past few weeks. The interesting...
Champions of Hara

House Rules

We started a new series on the Boardgame Opinions channel last week called House Rules.  The idea behind it is that contestants are trying to figure out the rules to a game just by...
Monumental

Top 5 Games from Essen 2018

With around 1400 games being released at Essen this year, I haven’t quite managed to play all of them yet!  So I’m compiling my list from a rather narrow sample, but I’ve certainly played...
Essen Spiel

What is Essen?

A couple of weeks ago, I took a flight to Essen, a city in Germany, with my son for a long weekend away.  Our sole purpose for going was to visit the Essen Spiel...
Graphic Novel Adventures

Graphic Novel Adventures

As a child, I was always a sucker for Choose Your Own Adventure books.  The idea that you didn’t have to follow the hero around, but could actively decide which path to take, was...
Overseas Payments

Overseas Payments

This might seem like an odd topic for a boardgames blog, but today I’d like to talk about making payments to people who live overseas.  If you ever decide to begin publishing boardgames though,...
1846

18xx

The 18xx games are a genre all to themselves.  Essentially they are heavy train games, which involve you buying and selling shares in train companies and then running those companies to make as much...
War of the Ring

War of the Ring: The Collector’s Edition

War of the Ring is one of my Top 30 Games of All Time.  I’ve played it a fair bit over the years, mostly with my Boardgame Opinions compatriot Mark Windle, since he owns...