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...

Solomon Kane

KS Spotlight: Solomon Kane

I went to Mythic Day last month.  Mythic Games is the company behind the very successful Solomon Kane Kickstarter.  They are based in France, but they decided to host an event day at Warboar...

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...

How do you store your games?

When I was a student, I remember getting together with a bunch of other students to play Talisman.  A friend of mine used to play it a lot as a child and reckoned we’d...

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...

Near and Far Box

How to Read Out Loud like a Pro

I was playing Near and Far last night.  It’s a worker-placement game crossed with an adventure game.  Having collected various resources and hired companions in town, you venture off into the wilderness and have...

Does Theme Matter?

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

Pretty Clever Box

Pretty Clever

I’ve never really been into roll-and-write games.  I played plenty of Yahtzee as a kid, which was fine, but the whole system felt outdated to me.  However, roll-and-write games seem to have made something...

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...

UKGE 2018

My Top Games from UKGE 2018

On the whole, I wasn’t overly impressed with the offering at the UK Games Expo this year.  I really enjoyed myself at the convention, but in terms of exciting new games to try, there...