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Top 5 Community Games

Playing 2 – 5 player games regularly with the same group is a great way of building friendships. However, it can be rather insular. Even meeting up at my local boardgame cafe (The Dice...
Through the Ages App

Do Apps Count as Boardgames?

I was recording one of our “Top 30 Games of All Time” videos on the Boardgame Opinions channel the other day and we got into an interesting discussion about app implementations of boardgames and...
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...