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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...
Copyright Theft

Copyright and Theft

What happens if you design a game, show it to a publisher and then they steal your idea and make the game without you?!  Is there anything you can do?  As a designer, do...
Kingdom Death Monster

The 10×10 Challenge – Part 3

Last week I explained what the 10×10 challenge was (essentially, you try to play ten specific games ten times throughout the year) and we covered my first five picks for the list.  I spent...
Hanabi Spiral

The 10×10 Challenge – Part 2

Earlier in the week, I went through my motivation (or lack of it initially!) for taking part in the 10×10 challenge this year and how much I’ve been enjoying it.  It’s been particularly fun...
TI4 Gameplay

The 10×10 Challenge – Part 1

At the start of the year, my friend Steve approached me and asked if I wanted to take part in the 10×10 challenge at The Dice Cup (my local boardgame café). “What’s that?”  I...
Internet

The Power of the Internet

My son is ten years old.  For him, high speed internet access, virtually wherever you are, has always been there.  I never get tired of telling him stories of life before the internet though. ...

Asymmetric Players

Asymmetric Americans The American continent is home to some of the worst inequality on the planet. North America has it all – five reinforcements per turn with only three entry points, while South America...

You can’t understand how humble I am!

Making gamers great again. Gaming standards have fallen far too low recently. I used to try to advise other players about how to improve their play, but nowadays the advice I feel most like...

A Game of Games

You win or you lose. Last weekend a terrible thing happened – a friend of mine married someone who does not like Race for the Galaxy. I refer here to the wedding of two...
The Dice Cup

The Dice Cup

The Dice Cup is my local boardgame café.  It is run by three friends of mine (David, Matt and Steve) and I have been a regular attendee ever since it opened.  It is where...