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Theme Attracts You, But Mechanics Keep You

I was discussing the age-old hot potato of theme vs mechanics the other day with the Boardgame Opinions team.  The question had been phrased as, “Which is more important: theme or mechanics?”  Not surprisingly,...

Two-Player Games

Recently, my local boardgame café (The Dice Cup) started running a two-player games night.  My initial reaction was, “Eh?  Why would you want to get a bunch of people together only to play two-player...

Why don’t abstract games have theme?

Abstract games, by definition, have very little (or no) theme.  I’ve always just taken that for granted.  “Of course it doesn’t have any theme – it’s an abstract game!” But recently, I’ve started questioning...