Category: Blog

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Playing By The Rules

With the numbers of board games released each year growing by thousands, there’s a lot of cardboard trying to grab your attention, and the quality of the rulebook can mean the difference between a smash hit and a damp squib.

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Sort Your Life Out

I am a messy person. I don’t know how it happens, but despite my best efforts, I’m often disorganised and untidy. It’s frustrating, because I find it so satisfying when things are all in their proper places. What has all of this got to do with board games, you ask? Plenty, as it happens

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UK Games Expo 2021 Round-up

The last weekend of July 2021 saw the rescheduled UK Games Expo roll into the NEC in Birmingham. This was my first trip to the Expo, and despite the anxiety of attending a major public event during the middle of a big spike of Covid-19 cases, I had a great time.

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Why Not Just Play a Video Game?

Those three words on their own – “solo board gaming” – seem pretty paradoxical to many. Taking a hobby that relies on people around a table, and doing it on your own.

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From Screen to Table: Board Games of Video Games

Over the last few years we’ve started to see a lot of board game adaptations of video games. It’s a trend that shows no signs of slowing down. Why are we seeing more and more of them, and most importantly – are they any good?

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Know Your Audience

I was watching one of Bez’s streams this week (please check out her site and channels here), and the guest was another prolific creator I know – Oliver of Tabletop Games Blog. One of...

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Solo Modes In Board Games – Part Two (Automa)

Last time, I took a look at the various ‘beat your own score’ variants available in board games. This time, I’m taking a bit of a deep dive into the world of automa, or AI opponents, in games.

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Solo Modes In Board Games – Part One

During this, and the next couple of blog posts, I’m going to take a look at the options available for the solitaire gamer, the systems used, the games that do it well, and those that don’t. We’re starting with beat your own score.

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The Pace Of Progress

A week or so ago I wrote a blog piece about hype, looking at why games are forgotten so quickly in this hobby. One major reason is that aforementioned hype, and getting swept along on the wave of The Cult of the New. The other though, in my opinion, is the crazy rate of progress and evolution in board games.

Mystery Ingenuity

One of the best things I’ve ever done in the past, was to go to a professionally-run murder mystery evening. We went to a big manor house, had dinner and drinks with the cast while the mystery unfolded. I loved that, and I really want to do it again soon. There’s one big problem with that however, the biggest baddie we’ve come up against recently: Covid-19.