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Cyclades: Get Your Greek On

August 28, 2012

Theme is an important aspect of board games. Of course some simply don’t have a theme, such as Backgammon, and others have tired themes which are vastly overused, like the annoying influx of dungeon crawl games out there. But when you see a game with a theme based on one of your other interests, it’s […]

Vinhos: An Excellent Vintage

February 12, 2012

Many popular board games today are praised for being highly accessible and easy to learn, simple yet fun. Vinhos is not one of those games. It seems fitting that such a rich and complex game is about wine; a beverage which is notorious with being connected with elitists and enthusiasts, whose value seems to only […]

Small World Underground: A Step Below the Original

October 9, 2011

I love Small World. I love the theme, the artwork, the variable player powers, the strategies. I love all of the expansions. So when I heard that a whole new base game with a new board set in a subterranean world with all new races and powers was going to be released, I was very […]

7 Wonders: A Colossal Hit

July 11, 2011

Sometimes new games being introduced to a group will strike just the right chord and become an instant hit. Seven Wonders certainly didn’t have to go through three ages to gain popularity. It became one of these instant hit games and captured the attention of all who were there for the inaugural game. It has […]

Tobago: X Marks the Fun

May 28, 2011

Within the realms of board game geekdom, there are games which are considered vastly more popular than others. This may seem weird to those people who don’t know much about board games beyond Monopoly or even those who think that more serious board gamers just play Catan. But within board game circles, there are varying […]

Stone Age: Tribal Tedium or a Prehistoric Pleasure?

March 26, 2011

Stone Age is a game of worker placement, resource collection, and civilization building. There are many other games with these same ideas. So is Stone Age special, or is it just another run of the mill Eurogame designed to bore your pants off? Let’s find out, shall we? Looking into the game mechanics without going […]

Ticket to Ride: All Aboard the Bandwagon

February 6, 2011

Every once in a while a game comes along with captures the attention of casual and serious gamers alike, which dominates the leisure room table, whose reputation spreads through word of mouth like wildfire. Ticket to Ride is certainly one of the best examples of this type of game. Released in 2004, Ticket to Ride […]

Small World: The Next Big Thing

December 31, 2010

Designer games have exploded onto the board gaming scene over the last decade and as a result board gaming has never been so popular. The success of these designer games has been propelled by three particular games: the Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Ticket to Ride. These are the tent-poles of the Eurogame movement. The […]

Zooloretto: Strategy in Camouflage

December 28, 2010

Zooloretto looks like a children’s game. And at first glance is may seem and feel like a children’s game. By behind all the flashy colours, underneath the furry spots and stripes, beyond the cute and cuddly animals, lies a game which is full of strategy and wit. The game may be quick and simple, but […]

Pandemic: Infectiously Intense

December 26, 2010

Some board games are great at creating a unique gaming experience which feels different from all other games. Pandemic is one such game. Pandemic is different than many games for two reasons: its a cooperative game where all players work together, and it is incredibly intense. You feel like you are on pins and needles […]

Ticket to Ride Europe: A Train Trip Through Memory

November 21, 2010

Ah Europe, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… while also playing a really cool board game. I received Ticket to Ride:Europe from my sister last Christmas and decided to go with the Europe version of the popular train game series because she knew that I have a certain soft spot for […]

Carcassonne: A Piece-by-Piece Masterpiece

July 15, 2010

Some people complain about long set-up times for board games. However, with Carcassonne it could be argued that the entire game consists of setting up the board. Carcassonne presents a neat twist on the idea of a board game, as the board is built one tile at a time with each players’ turn consisting of […]

The Settlers of Catan: Explore the Possibilities

May 16, 2010

The Settlers of Catan: Explore the Possibilities Welcome to Catan. For those of you who have never been, prepare yourselves for a land of new possibilities. For those of you returning, I trust that you will find this place to be comforting and familiar and will remind you of your very first voyage. For Catan […]