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The Settlers of Catan: Explorers & Pirates

December 3, 2015

While games these days seem to come out with expansions every year, Settlers of Catan, with its rich 20 year history, only needs an expansion every 5 or 6 years it seems. Mind you, it has lots of spin-offs and the like, but the last proper expansion to the same was back in 2007. Then […]

My Top 50 Board Games – Part 5: #10 – #1

July 7, 2014

About the list These are my favourite 50 board games at the present moment.  However, I will readily admit that some games here are fairly new (especially in the 40s and 30s) and may lose polish over time, or rise up to be higher up over time.  There are also many more games I have […]

The Ten Best Game Expansions

July 27, 2012

10. Innovation: Echoes of the Past A rather new entry to start the list off, since the game innovation was only released a year or so ago. But expansions don’t take long to be released anymore, and Innovations first expansion was no exception. Now, they could have gone the easy route of simply adding new […]

Traders and Barbarians of Catan: Exhausting the Island

October 3, 2010

It took seven years for a new expansion of the Settlers of Catan come out, but when Traders and Barbarians was released it was as though Klaus Teuber had been planning expansions throughout that whole time gap and then just threw them all into one package. Traders and Barbarians is really five expansions in one, […]

The Cities and Knights of Catan: Catan Gets Complicated

June 27, 2010

The Settlers of Catan is known for being a game with quick playing time and easy to learn rules; a game which has brought many players back to the gaming table for these reasons. However, Cities and Knights takes these aspects of the game and tosses them out the window, creating a more complex and […]

The Cities and Knights of Catan 5-6 Player: Too Much Catan?

June 27, 2010

The Catan series is a board game powerhouse which has brought in all sorts of new people in the rank and file of board game aficionados. Some of the qualities which have been vital to its success include its easy-to-learn strategy and its quick game time. However, Catan is also known for its interesting expansions […]

The Seafarers of Catan 5-6 Player: Expanding an Expansion

May 23, 2010

The Seafarers of Catan 5-6 Players: Expanding an Expansion Recently I’ve begun extending my board game reviews to include reviews of game expansions. Here, however, I have a more unique case; to review an expansion of another expansion! In fact you could even say it is an expansion of two other expansions since you need […]

The Seafarers of Catan: Bigger and Better

May 22, 2010

The Seafarers of Catan: Bigger and Better So you have discovered the island of Catan and have traversed the land from coast to coast to coast. You have harvested the wheat in the fields, sheared the sheep of the pastures and mined the mountains for ore. Cities have been raised, roads have been built, and […]

The Settlers of Catan 5-6 Player: To Review an Expansion

May 17, 2010

The Settler of Catan 5-6 Player: To Review and Expansion The Settlers of Catan has introduced the masses to the realm of Eurogaming, and along with that honour it has also introduced the concept of game expansions. Expansions are not games in and of themselves but are instead additions which you can buy which enhance […]

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 […]

The Ten Greatest Board Games

November 3, 2009

The Ten Greatest Board Games 10. Trivial Pursuit (1981) In 1981, two Canadian magazine editors decided to design their own game and ended up creating a champion medium for all sorts of useless facts and knowledge. The gameplay is decent enough, simple in concept, but the trivia challenge is what made this game a huge […]