Dark Souls Miniatures

Miniatures

Last weekend I took the plunge and bought the Dark Souls boardgame.  In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s based on a very popular (and very hard) series of computer games.  The in-joke...

Rulebooks

I buy or Kickstart quite a lot of games.  Inevitably this means that I end up being the one who has to read the rules and explain how to play these new games to...

Upwork desk

What is Upwork?

If you’re self-employed and provide digital services or you run your own business and use digital services (and virtually all businesses will), you really ought to be aware of Upwork. By digital services, I...

Too Many Bones

Adventure vs. Replayability

I’ve spoken about replayability before, but I want to come at it from a slightly different angle today.  This has been largely prompted by the arrival of Too Many Bones, which I backed on...

Motocross Race

Competitiveness

When I was young, I was very competitive.  Having an equally competitive brother didn’t help.  Whether it was sports, academic achievement or games, I would fight tooth-and-nail to win.  My sister despaired. I liked...

Arm Wrestling

Interaction

Interaction with other players is the reason I play boardgames.  However, interaction comes in many varieties – some much better than others! Have you ever played a game where tensions rise, people fall out...

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...

Pandemic

Co-op Games

At the turn of the millennium, when Lord of the Rings was all the rage (The Fellowship of the Ring film was released in 2001), Reiner Knizia designed a game called… wait for it…...

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...