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Written by: San Il Defanso
#It’s rare that a game makes an amazing impression from the very beginning, so when it happens, you remember it. I’ve only had a few games reveal how impressive they are right away. The Settlers of Ca...
July 11th, 2012
Written by: Michael Barnes
# WARNING: PRETENTIOUS GAMES WRITING AHEAD
June 21th, 2012
Written by: MattDP
#As most of you know, I don’t get out much nowadays so I’m forced to get a lot of my gaming goodness through electronic tools. Play by email is my medium of choice most of the time, but of late I’ve...
June 4th, 2012
Written by: MattDP
#Sorry there's no new material this week: I've been caught out being really busy at work and at home and there's been no time. Plus I'm told today is a holiday in the US so you lot should all have better ...
May 28th, 2012
Written by: San Il Defanso
#Last fall there was a little dust-up in the gaming world. Stronghold Games announced that they had received the rights from the designer for Merchant of Venus, the classic Avalon Hill title. The reprint ...
April 17th, 2012
Written by: MattDP
#You might well have seen Jesse Dean’s fantastic article on boardgame reviews and A Few Acres of Snow the other week - it deservedly generated a lot of discussion on the forums. Jesse’s work on this i...
April 9th, 2012
Written by: Sagrilarus
#At times when I’m reading I unexpectedly wade into something much deeper than it initially appears. A turn of the page reveals a moment when the author suddenly stands on his head, and these are the mo...
March 20th, 2012
Written by: Sagrilarus
#"I want my team to lose today." This isn't the kind of thing you expect a coach to say to you when you're shaking his hand over top of home plate.  But Wally wasn't kidding -- he wanted his girls to lo...
February 28th, 2012
Written by: Ken B
# Humor me for a moment.Take a look at the following IMDB page, where it details the top 100 films.The Top 250 Films according to IMDB users Done? Okay, now here's a link to one of many video game user da...
February 16th, 2012
Written by: Lewis Pulsipher
#What are the fundamental functional differences between boardgames and card games?  I’m not sure how important this question is from a game player’s point of view but it’s certainly important for ...
February 7th, 2012
Written by: MattDP
#It’s that time of year again when I head on over to boardgamegeek and compile the average game ratings of everyone that’s bought an Ameritrash Fan badge and make a top fifty chart. In some ways it’...
February 6th, 2012
Written by: Lewis Pulsipher
#30-40 years ago many hobby game players looked for gameplay depth (and occasionally narrative depth) in their games. Now most game players don’t look for gameplay depth but look instead for variety, wh...
January 30th, 2012
Written by: MattDP
#A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of reviewing A Few Acres of Snow, Martin Wallace’s game of the American colonial wars. In short, I decided it was a deep and demanding game that was worthwhile...
January 9th, 2012
Written by: Sagrilarus
#“Imagine that the cow is a sphere.” This is the punch line to an old Physics Professor's joke. I could repeat the setup, but it isn't funny enough to warrant the effort. The punch line on its own is ...
November 28th, 2011
Written by: San Il Defanso
#About a month or so ago, I traded for the very excellent game, Imperial. I’ve played twice now, with another game to come this weekend. So far, I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen. It’...
October 13th, 2011
Written by: MattDP
# I’ve done the full circuit in terms of hobby gaming. In addition to all the usual suspects, I’ve also dipped my toes into LARP and, at one point, spent some time involved with living history and bat...
October 10th, 2011
Written by: mads brynnum
#Games tell stories. They can tell a big story of victory and defeat, of treachery, of despair, or even of how you managed to impress a king a bit more than the other players. But how they do it, that's t...
October 4th, 2011
Written by: MattDP
# A long time ago, after spending countless hours pondering the question of what defines an Ameritrash games and why I chose to pin my colours to that particular mast, I was struck by the realisation tha...
October 3th, 2011
Written by: San Il Defanso
#Why do you keep saying "theme?" I do not think it means what you think it means.
September 27th, 2011
60. Idiots
Written by: Sagrilarus
#Consider for a moment -- you’re a soldier in a big concrete bunker.  Coming up the hill towards you are: a) a group of 20 men with rifles, and b) a tank.  Beside you in the bunker is an artillery pie...
September 26th, 2011
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