Board Games

Wot I Have Been Playing

I arrived back in Scotland last weekend after a couple of weeks in Florida.  I had a fantastic holiday with my family and I came home shattered, but happy.   This week has been visiting…








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…