Board Games



First Impressions: Rex

Last night, I finally got Rex: Final Days of an Empire to the table.  We played a six player game, so every faction was used and the game was reasonably busy.  This was a game…



Starting a Board Game Collection: Part 1

Like any niche hobby, getting started in board gaming can be a daunting prospect. There are so many differing opinions on what makes a good game, or what makes an appropriate game for someone new…


The Beauty of Asymmetry

A lot of the board games that are considered mainstream family games (Monopoly, Cluedo, Uno et al) are what we might call symmetrical games. By this I mean that in these games all players begin…


Freebie Friday: Board Game Rules Summaries

This week’s freebies are a selection of player aids and rules summaries for a large selection of board, miniature and roleplaying games.  These are courtesy of a fantastic website, named The Esoteric order of Gamers….


Droll and Move

I’ve bitched and moaned about the roll and move mechanism extensively in my previous posts and, although I generally consider it lazy design, it’s not always as bad as I make it out to be….


Getting a Clue

As I suggested in a previous post, we really are in a Golden Age of board games just now, and it pains me to see so many people sticking to old-fashioned, creaky games when there…


Dismantling a Monopoly

The big problem when discussing modern board gaming with the uninitiated observer is that the subject is just so firmly associated with a handful of really dry, old games that have come to be labelled…


Judging a Game by Its Cover

Just a short pictorial post today.  Having recently spent some time looking through the work of the late Wayne England, I’m struck by how much artistic talent exists within our fantastic little hobby and the…


King of New York Powers Up

Both King of New York and Richard Garfield’s earlier game, King of Tokyo, are excellent games.  I’m generally not a fan of dice games, and I find games like Yahtzee to be incredibly dull, but these ones work….



Twilight Struggle: Factions and Regions

Back in July I posted my first impressions of Board Game Geek’s #1 rated game, Twilight Struggle.  At the time, I gave a quick rundown of how the game works, trotted out a couple of generic…