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...

Blogging

Why I Blog

It’s all Jamey Stegmaier’s fault! As you’ve probably heard me say on several occasions now, we’re planning to use Kickstarter.  You don’t need to spend long researching Kickstarter before you come across Jamey Stegmaier. ...

Dixit Card Set

Gaming with Non-Gamers

“Oh, she’s not interested in playing games.” I was arranging to play games with a couple of friends (let’s call them Frank and Sarah) outside my usual sphere of gamer friends and I had...

Community

Community

When I was young, I wanted to be a monk (don’t ask!).  It wasn’t because I wanted to retreat from the world; it was because I found the idea of living in a community...

Scythe Components

Why I Back Kickstarter Projects

I love Kickstarter.  I’ve backed a fair number of projects now, but until recently, I’ve never really analysed why I do it.  Projects can vary enormously and my reasons for backing a project may...

Maze

Replayability

Last weekend we played Unlock!  It’s a co-operative, puzzle-solving, escape-the-room game.  It reminds me of those point-and-click PC adventure games that I played when I was young.  Do watch the video if you’re not...

Catan - Close Up

Why I Play Boardgames

My Dad is a retired policeman.  Just around the time personal computers were first made available, he was injured in the line of duty and received a compensation payout.  Newly married, finances were tight...

Kickstarter

What is Kickstarter?

As a new publisher, we’re planning to use Kickstarter.  If you’ve not heard of Kickstarter, it’s a crowd-funding platform.  The basic idea is that ‘creators’ present a concept for a project that they need...