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I am a physicist who lives in Nottingham and I have been boardgaming for the last 10 years. My favourite boardgame is Agricola. I also enjoy playing the Yetis in Terra Mystica, hence the profile pic. I should also credit Sophie for drawing most of the cartoons that feature in the blog. Without her, there would be no grumpy oxen.

Two Player Games (part 3)

If you want to be really unsporting and generally piss people off as much as possible – and I mean without becoming a professional footballer – you should consider colluding in Castles of Mad...

Two Player Games (part 2)

Three’s Company Sometimes, I really think that boardgame designers have a better understanding of human nature than anyone else. Take Catan, for example. You are a group of bedraggled settlers, just arrived on an...

Two Player Games (part 1)

Two-player games are rather unique, and differ greatly from multiplayer games both strategically and in the atmosphere they generate. Why is this, and what are the pros and cons of two-player gaming?

Pie Face (part 2)

I do not, in general, enjoy watching professional sport. Nor do I even think that I am that likely to enjoy watching pro gamers. Why? Because the longer people spend playing a game the...

Pie Face (part 1)

An undisputed classic of the heavy strategy genre, the mechanics of Pie Face are notoriously difficult to master. Indeed the skill cap for this game is so high that even people who have played...

Explaining Games – and Other Stuff (part 2)

Personally, I have never tried to bribe a pirate. I understand that some people may enjoy the activity, and in principle I am not opposed to it, but it just doesn’t appeal to me...

Explaining Games – and Other Stuff (part 1)

As a fully trained physicist, I know the secret of explaining something well: you just have to remember that the most important thing you need to get across is how much smarter you are...

Does Theme Matter?

Does the theme of a game really matter, or is it all about the mechanics?

Terra Mystica II

Terra Mystica two, or “Gaia Project” as it’s being marketed, is so similar to Terra Mystica that I haven’t even learned the new set of names for the buildings and resources, and keep referring...

Confused Drow mages play with letters (part 3)

Arise from your wage-dorms, cast aside your warm Doges and your dower mags, and if you are a gambler apply some wager-mods. This post will be no sog-warmed amalgamation of mowed rags, no sad...