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Flamme Rouge

Timing

Last week we played Flamme Rouge, a Tour-de-France themed racing game where each player takes two cyclists (a ‘sprinteur’ and a ‘rouleur’) and races around the track by playing cards.  Needless to say, we...
Concept

What is a Game?

Last night at the Dice Cup, I was chatting to some people playing Concept.  In Concept players take it in turns to try to communicate a concept (a word or a phrase) to everyone...
Russian Railroads

Choices, Choices, Choices

Boardgames can involve a wide variety of mechanics, but the vast majority of them involve making choices of some kind.  There are some notable exceptions: deduction, exploration, dexterity, roll and move, for example.  But...
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

Theme

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...
Terra Mystica

Bonus Actions

We played Terra Mystica last night.  It’s one of my favourite games and it seems it’s a favourite for a lot of other people as well as it’s currently 4th on Board Game Geek’s...

Inspiration

Have you ever wondered where inspiration comes from?  You’re sitting there, minding your own business, when suddenly a bright idea will pop into your head, without warning.  Where do these ideas come from? Sir...