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Written by: ubarose
#I was totally surprised to learn that a game I liked had won the Kennerspiel des Jahres Award. Several months ago The Village had some buzz among the women in the internet board game community. It was al...
July 12th, 2012
Written by: Pete Ruth
#There's this truly brilliant investigative journalist who creates a career out of learning about others' experiences and then writing novels about them, but unlike other journalists, he embraces the subj...
July 11th, 2012
Written by: Lewis Pulsipher
I go to a college game club during the academic year.  Recently a couple of the college students have designed their own games and brought them to playtest at the club.  One of these is the pas...
July 11th, 2012
Written by: ubarose
#The Spawn invited her cousin, Ghost, and her friend, Kindle Girl, over for Arkham Horror and a sleep over on Friday. This kind of took me by surprise, since The Spawn has never played Arkham Horror, and ...
July 9th, 2012
Written by: Tom Grant
Carl Paradis talks about the genesis of the No Retreat! series of wargames, and where they're headed. We also journey into Carl's secret Napoleonic room, and we find out about the challenges designing a ...
July 9th, 2012
Written by: Jason Lutes
#[Previous chapters in this series: 1, 2, 3] Rockwell Jones was a prizefighter before he was asked to throw one too many matches and quit the racket in disgust. Taking over his deceased father's accountin...
July 9th, 2012
Written by: Lewis Pulsipher
Here is an example of how a simple misunderstanding in the rules can break a game.My 1982 game Dragon Rage was reissued at the beginning of 2011.  The process of finding a publisher, who was a new p...
July 4th, 2012
Written by: Jur
#I've set myself the goal to have played my Essen 2011 purchases at least once before going back this October. Although there's always a stack of unplayed games, unread books and unpainted lead and I can ...
July 4th, 2012
Written by: Rliyen
Thank you for your generous gift of the D&D Adventure Board Game.  After getting it and doing an inventory of its missing parts, I made it an effort to make it whole, by photocopying tokens and ...
July 3th, 2012
Written by: Pete Ruth
#There has been a great deal of hand-wringing about the lack of what people are calling "true criticism" in the board game industry, of late. What the hand-wringers are wringing wildly about is the idea t...
July 2th, 2012
Written by: Jason Lutes
#[For previous entries in this playtest session report, see Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.] When last we left Doktor Radium and his faithful bodyguard, Gunther, they had discovered a Pit Chamber in the basemen...
July 2th, 2012
Written by: Jur
#There is a magic about the year 1989 that is difficult to explain. The disintegration of the communist bloc generated a sense of opportunity and hope that was lacking in the dour Eighties. It affected us...
July 2th, 2012
Written by: JMcL63
It lives! Site-visitors who’ve tracked the ‘Recently played games’ widget over on my Blogger sidebar (or on my BGG profile page) during the months of this longest of bloglags will have ...
July 2th, 2012
Written by: Dave Denton
Gratuitous breast cleavage and naked Scottish bums in a Disney movie! IN 3-D! Now that I have your attention...  It does have a PG rating after all...(parents of small children, I advise it may be a...
July 2th, 2012
Written by: Lewis Pulsipher
A major objective of any game designer should be to avoid inflicting unnecessary frustration on the player(s).  In video games in particular it’s easy to find reviews that criticize the user i...
July 1th, 2012
Written by: Pete Ruth
# So, out of the blue I get this email from a nice gent from New Zealand, asking me to review a new card game called "Gettalife", where you and several of your closest friends attempt to build a tableau o...
July 1th, 2012
Written by: Rliyen
Location: Mt. Yamaguchi Time: T-5 hours It took us longer than expected to get to the mountain, but at least we were out of the Taint.  The lot of us were worried about scaling the thing, but we w...
June 28th, 2012
Written by: Jur
Just come back from Prometheus on the big screen in 3D. And just as expected it's a visual spectacle. Some images will last me a long time. Beautiful, scary, just wow.The sound (as separate from the musi...
June 27th, 2012
Written by: Rliyen
With our armaments running low, Cpl. Zizo called for a Regroup.  During the rearming process, we discovered that our efforts were ahead of schedule, despite some of our earlier defeats.  We a...
June 27th, 2012
Written by: Rliyen
To add insult to injury, several flying triangles circled above us like carrion birds.  Armored Gliders. Great. Undaunted, Cpl. Amoroso contacted the Schenectady and requested air support.  I k...
June 26th, 2012
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