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Review – The Adventure Zone: Bureau Of Balance

If you listen to podcasts, you may have heard of The Adventure Zone. The McElroy family put together a podcast chronicling their adventures in a Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) campaign called The Bureau of Balance. It was a smash hit that spawned graphic novels and a huge fan following, and now, a game. This game.
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Blog – 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.
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Blog – Fighting The Hype

Hype surrounds us all in this hobby. yet most recent review covered The Castles of Burgundy, a game that came out ten years ago. While I was playing it and writing about it, I was forced to do something I don't usually, and that was thinking about the age of the game, and whether that had any bearing on whether I should be recommend it.
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Review – The Castles Of Burgundy

The Castles of Burgundy was released way back, in 2011. Stefan Feld's most famous game made its way to our shores shortly after, so why am I reviewing it now, ten years later?
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Blog – Onwards & Upwards

It's been a while since I posted anything non-review on here, so this is long overdue. We're decidedly in 2021 now, and I'm at a point where things are going well for Punchboard. So, here's a little about what's been going on with me, and what's coming next.
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Review – Euphoria + Expansion

Way back in 2013, Stonemaier Games published a worker placement game called Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia. Fast-forward six years and they released an expansion called Ignorance is Bliss. Here's what happens when you put them together.
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Review – Viscounts Of The West Kingdom

The third, and final, installment in Garphill Games' West Kingdom trilogy is here, picking up the baton from Paladins, and running in a different direction. Rondels and deck-building in the same game? Be still my beating heart!
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My Top Ten Games In 2020

Here we go, it's my top ten most-enjoyed games for 2020!
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Review – Merv

Merv: The Heart Of The Silk Road is a new game from the mind of Fabio Lopiano (Ragusa) and the design of Ian O'Toole (Nemo's War: 2nd Edition, Lisboa).
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Next week is Escape Week over on my little corner of the internet. @BoardAndDice have a series of games called Escape Tales, and I’ve been immersed in them for the last few weeks. I’ve got reviews of all three ready to go, so be sure to keep an eye open, puzzle fans. #boardgames

When you first look at Santa Monica from @alderac you think “ooh lovely relaxing game”. But there’s a proper optimising puzzle there. I absolutely love the setting, and I have the Everclear song of the same name stuck in my brain. #boardgames

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