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Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth

Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth

I fell in love with Fantasy Flight’s Mansions of Madness 2nd Ed when I first ran the companion app. It made so many aspects of gaming (setting up, keeping track of monster health, random...
Through the Ages App

Do Apps Count as Boardgames?

I was recording one of our “Top 30 Games of All Time” videos on the Boardgame Opinions channel the other day and we got into an interesting discussion about app implementations of boardgames and...
Risk: Godstorm

Designer Spotlight: Mike Selinker

Mike Selinker is an old hat in the boardgaming industry.  He has worked at Wizards of the Coast and Avalon Hill, and has founded his own publishing company: Lone Shark Games.  Of course, he...
Eldritch Horror

Designer Spotlight: Corey Konieczka

I always associate Corey Konieczka with Kevin Wilson.  They have both designed a significant number of big-box Fantasy Flight games, and frequently collaborate with other designers, as is the Fantasy Flight way. Once again,...
Mansions of Madness

Companion Apps

Last year, Fantasy Flight released the second edition of a game called Mansions of Madness.  It was one of the first games that required a companion app to play.  They provided absolutely no alternative...
Dark Souls 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...
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


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...