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A Game of Thrones: A Feast for Crows

March 31, 2016

The reprint of the Game of Thrones board game included most parts of the previous expansions from the first run, so Fantasy Flight needed new ideas for the new expansion. The second expansion for the reprint is titles Feast for Crows after the 4th book in series (inexplicably being released after Dance with Dragons, named […]

A Game of Thrones: A Dance with Dragons

June 7, 2015

Dragons Not Included I’m not sure if this will be so much of a review, as a comment on how Fantasy Flight has chosen to deal with the expansions for the Game of Thrones board game. Hopefully it’s a little of both, but I may rant a little. Hopefully that’s okay. The Dance With Dragons […]

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 […]

A Game of Thrones: In the Game of Thrones You Win or You Pay for the Pizza

August 22, 2012

George R.R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones” has reached quite a peak of popularity in the last couple years, stemming from the arrival of the HBO television series. For fans of the series like myself, this was great in a number of ways. First, we got to see our favourite book series brought to life […]

Memoir ’44: History in a Box

December 31, 2011

To honour the 60th anniversary of D-Day in 2004, Days of Wonder released a game called Memoir ’44. The purpose was to give players a sense of the history behind the battles in France at that time while also being accessible to anyone who wanted to play. Mission accomplished. Memoir ’44 as a wargame manages […]

Diplomacy: How to Stab Friends and Infuriate People

November 12, 2010

In all forms of art and entertainment, be it film, music, visual art or even board games, there comes along a piece of work which is set high above the rest and stands apart from the usual. Diplomacy is such a piece of work. This gaming masterpiece was released in the late fifties just after […]

Risk: The True Gateway Game

February 19, 2010

Risk Many talk about Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride as being ‘gateway games’, meaning games which open the doors of the board gaming world to many and give them a taste for games which go beyond Monopoly and The Game of Life.  Risk has been around for over 50 years now and is […]