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Written by: Michael Barnes
#All Hail the Master of Theme.
September 18th, 2014
Written by: San Il Defanso
#A couple of years ago I wrote an article talking about the lack of historical context within the board gaming hobby, especially when compared to other mediums. There is a pervasive ambivalence about old...
July 8th, 2014
Written by: San Il Defanso
#I owe Lost Cities an apology. Lost Cities is the classic two-player card game by Reiner Knizia, a perennial favorite of gamers for more than a decade now. Not me though. In fact I would say I just about ...
June 10th, 2014
Written by: San Il Defanso
#One of my favorite things about board gaming is the math trade. For those who’ve never had the pleasure of participating in one, it’s essentially an enormous board game lottery without nearly as much...
May 13th, 2014
Written by: San Il Defanso
#“It’s more of an experience game.” Gamers have heard this phrase many times, which means it might be borderline meaningless. When I hear it, it conjures up a game where the process of playing it i...
April 29th, 2014
Written by: San Il Defanso
#A little while ago I played Small World for what had to be the fiftieth time. I’ve enjoyed Days of Wonder’s best game since it came out almost five years ago, across a handful of expansions, all sort...
April 21th, 2014
Written by: Sagrilarus
#        Ladies and Gentlemen, you’ve been playing for three hours, and the entire game comes down to just one die roll.  180 minutes of painstaking planning, car...
March 10th, 2014
Written by: San Il Defanso
#Last night some friends and I had a conversation over a board game, as is our tendency. The chitchat wandered over to games that for whatever reason we didn’t like much. Eventually this turned to my we...
February 5th, 2014
Written by: MattDP
People seem to like these lists. So here I am again with your yearly dose of statistical hype-mixture. I've actually made a table this year rather than my previous paragraph-based efforts, but there are ...
February 3th, 2014
Written by: San Il Defanso
#Being the guy who reviews games means that I’m usually the guy teaching them. This was the case even before I started writing about games regularly, since I was one of the buyers among my friends. I wo...
January 21th, 2014
Written by: Ken B
# It's not secret my column has been very irregular over the past half of last year. There are a lot of reasons for that; at the start when I could see this was becoming an issue I apologized for it. I'd...
January 17th, 2014
Written by: San Il Defanso
#Every end-of-the-year board game article I read makes a general assessment over the entire year, something I’ve never felt qualified to do. For starters, there are a lot of big releases that I still ha...
January 1th, 2014
Written by: San Il Defanso
#I visited a friend of mine to play some games a couple of weeks ago, and as often happens we spent some time chatting about different games we enjoy. I commented on his copy of the Fantasy Flight edition...
December 10th, 2013
Written by: MattDP
#I've always loved interaction in games. I'd bet that most gamers do, really, it's just that those who've chosen to embrace the bloodless, over-balanced mechanical model that runs screaming as far from ze...
November 18th, 2013
Written by: San Il Defanso
#One of my strongest influences in board gaming came from noted French designer Bruno Faidutti. Aside from his many designs over the past 15 years, at one point he maintained one of best board gaming site...
November 12th, 2013
Written by: Michael Barnes
# Is this the most divisive game of our time?
October 24th, 2013
Written by: San Il Defanso
#Until this year, I think everyone had played Magic: the Gathering except for me. I moved overseas literally months before it debuted in 1993, and it totally passed me by. I never felt like it was a big g...
August 20th, 2013
Written by: Ken B
# Getting back on the horse. That's the hardest part, isn't it?
July 10th, 2013
Written by: San Il Defanso
#Readers who have met me in real life know that I live for social interaction in games. It doesn’t even need to be an element of the mechanics, just present at the table in some form. If you’re the ta...
May 14th, 2013
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Wait, before you go any further- go read Alexander Awesome's interview with Bruno Cathala about Cyclades...it ties into my article this week in a way. I bumped off the top spot, but y'all need to go chec...
May 2th, 2013
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