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November 10, 2015

When people hear “board games” they common think of the old-style family games like Life and Monopoly, unless they are in the know and realize the hobby is quite diverse. However, some of the general public’s minds may also go to the more classic abstracts. You know, like Chess, Backgammon, Chinese Checkers, and so on. […]

Blokus: More than Just Tabletop Tetris

November 13, 2011

It’s easy to mistake Blokus as the board game version of Tetris on appearance alone. It’s full of brightly coloured blocks arranged in varying assortments which must be configured within proper spaces. But Blokus really is its own game and has strategy and gameplay all its own. While Tetris is about compacting these bricks into […]

Backgammon: Famous Yet Unknown

January 9, 2011

It’s hard for me not to relate Backgammon to chess. After all, both are games which exist in the public domain, both have been around for centuries, and both are included among the most fundamental and historic of all board games. However despite backgammon’s fame and notoriety, I feel like very few people are actually […]

Hive: Believe the Buzz

October 30, 2010

Hive: either you know it, you’ve heard of it but never played it, or you’ve never heard of it. If you are the former, chances are you love it. If you’ve heard of it before, you’ve probably heard great things. And if you are in the latter group, you are in for a treat. Hive […]

Chess: History`s Game

October 24, 2009

Chess If I were to compile a list of the greatest board games based not only on gameplay but also on impact, influence and history, Chess would most certainly be sitting at the top. Chess has a spot in board game history that no other game will ever occupy. Chess is the most recognized board […]