Last month I was lucky enough to once again attend Boardgamegeekcon. My second year was an even better experience. I saw many friends from the year before, never spoiled for people to try new games with, and got to play many of the hot new games. Yeah, it's a pretty good way to spend a […]
Last year I was lucky enough to attend the premier boardgaming convention in the US, BGGcon. I will be there again starting tomorrow. Alas, I think it's unlikely that I will do much updating in media res, although like last year I will do a full post mortem (you can see last years starting here.) […]
Been awhile since I did any game reviews, and I have several really good games to cover. Also, I am about to head to BGGcon for the second time, so I have been thinking games even more than usual. I have written previously about how much I enjoy games Jason Matthews and various partners have […]
Race for the Galaxy is a fun card game where each player is trying to conquer the galaxy. There are many different ways to win – economic, military, research. It's all about building an engine that can grind out victory points faster than your opponents. Will you choose to try to get victory points by […]
Last year I covered the games nominated for the most prestigious prize in boardgames, the Spiel des Jahres. I went over the basics of the prize – decided on by a jury, heavily weighted towards family games – in that post, and gave some back ground on the award. Of course, the prediction in that […]
I mainly focus on strategy games here, partly because those are mainly what I play and partly because the people I play with don't enjoy party games that much. I like them, but don't get to play them much. Last night I got to play a party game that quickly rocketed to the top of […]
Unsurprisingly, I love political boardgames. The excellent 1960 is the gold standard, but it can be a long game, and is definitely complex.The designers of 1960, Jason Matthews and Christian Leonhard, have distilled a lot of the concepts and gameplay of 1960 into their latest game – Campaign Manager 2008.
If there is an ur German game, it might be Die Macher. It is the quintessential eurogame, with just about all the mechanics you would expect (role selection, bidding, various paths to victory, etc.) It is also a 3-4 hour simulation of German politics. Oh, and it is one of the best games you will […]
Saturday was a little different day at BGGcon. First off, there were two scheduled activities that I was participating in that morning. I got a little bit of a late start, but made it down for the start of the flea market.
One of the fun things about BGGcon (actually, they were all fun things, but allow me a literary meme if you will..) is the ability to demo games (although, in a later episode, we will see that that can be a drawback as well..)