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Top 5 Games from Essen 2019

With over 1500 games released at Essen Spiel this year, I obviously haven’t managed to play all of them! However, I played a lot of the hot new releases at the fair and played...
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Top 5 Detective Games

There’s nothing quite like donning your period-appropriate hat and coat and hitting the streets in search of a criminal at large. From London in the 1800s to Los Angeles in the 40s to modern...
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Top 10 Anticipated Games at UKGE 2019

The UK Games Expo is our favourite convention.  We go every year and film loads of videos of upcoming games.  Each year, before we go, we use the Tabletop Together Tool to prioritise the...
Unlock: Heroic Adventures

Unlock: Heroic Adventures

*Spoiler Free* Steve always messages me as soon as the latest Unlock or Exit games arrive at the cafe. We quickly book a time and gobble them up like candy! We never have any...
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Unlock: Exotic Adventures

*Spoiler Free* I love escape-room games. There are lots to choose from now, but the two series that have risen to the top are the Exit games and the Unlock adventures. The key difference...
Heaven & Ale

Heaven & Ale

The Spiel nominees were announced recently and one of the surprise nominations was a game called Heaven & Ale.  It’s been nominated for the Kennerspiel des Jahres – the “Strategy Game of the Year”...
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Top 10 Anticipated Games of 2018 – Part 2

Last week we looked at numbers 10 through 6 of my Top 10 Anticipated Games of 2018.  Today, we finish the list and look at the Top 5.  You might wonder where people hear...
Exit vs Unlock

Exit vs. Unlock

This year, there has been an explosion of ‘escape the room’ games.  Some have been better than others, but two series in particular have risen to the surface and really excelled: Exit and Unlock. ...

The Kennerspiel Des Jahres 2017

The Spiel Des Jahres (Game of the Year) nominees were all strong candidates this year, but what about the Kennerspiel (Strategy Game) nominees?  It’s an unusual selection of games, that’s for sure.  Let’s take...
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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...