Among the many games we brought from this year’s Essen Spiel, there is a nice little cache of prototypes from newbie and veteran designers alike. This blog post is not about these prototypes. It’s about the ones we did not collect – and what made us pass on them the moment they landed on our… Read More Do not want!
Stories of interactions between board gamers and “normal people” seem to live forever in our community. New forum threads and BGG Geeklists are started, old ones resurface on a semi-regular basis, and we all get a chuckle from stories of non-gamers reacting to our hobby. Among these we find one of the oldest, almost canonical… Read More Is it like Monopoly?
So, you’ve been gaming for some time now, long enough to know that it is a hobby worth exploring. You’ve bought your first few games, you’re slowly becoming the board gaming go to gal or guy of your group, and you are thinking about creating a slightly bigger and more wholesome collection of games.… Read More Your Personal Collection
Here’s a story (a true story) for you: I once met a person who refused to be introduced into board gaming via Ticket to Ride, just to eagerly delve into the first edition of Descent. That person, who had had no experiences with any kind of gaming – including Dungeons & Dragons – was my… Read More The Other Gateway
Last week I talked about games that share a system, a set of rules designed for a specific game that later on came to – officially or not – spawn other games, and in some extreme cases, create a new genre. But it’s obviously not the only way to create a group of games some… Read More The Steam Theme
Every now and again someone comes either to some gaming forums, or directly to Kickstarter, and says that they are going to revolutionize modern tabletop gaming, just to follow it up with a roll and move game, or with a groundbreaking invention of a six-sided die with symbols instead of numbers. Gamers always get a… Read More Flirting with the Classics