Agonising over not writing enough board game reviews has been a hobby I’ve developed lately. “I just got this new game, I should review it.” Repeat a few times, each time getting less and less convincing.
I didn’t know what the problem was until I asked myself, “What’s the point?” Is it the “score”, or the pros and cons, or the discussion over the games intimate mechanics, or is it the handsome reviewer imparting their cleverest English in a row of words (aka sentences) to the entertainment of a lucky reader? Or am I asking what’s the point because it feels as if no one’s going to read it anyway? Continue reading
Guest post by Marvin, who laments about an avalanche of new games and why we don’t talk more about the old ones.
Being part of “cult of the new” for our hobby can be exhausting. You simply cannot buy, play, or even know about all the new games released. If you don’t believe me, head over to the trusty BGG advance search and look for games published in 2015. Yes, more than 3400 games and expansions were released this year so far. True story. And that’s not even counting the massive number of Essen releases that will follow in October this year. Continue reading
We’ve got a great guest post from Marvin Hsiao on Terra Mystica, that favourite of Euros (at least with regards to militant gardening). It’s a long one, so settle in with a cuppa.
Currently ranked number 2 on BGG, Terra Mystica is one of the most loved thinky, complex games. Since its release in 2012, it has won half a dozen international awards and occupied the hearts and tables of gamers across the world. While TM’s myriad of in-game choices can be the source of much intellectual tension and joy, it may appear intimidating for the uninitiated. Well have no fear and let me take you through the basics of Terra Mystica. Continue reading
A lot of people ask me, “How do you pick the Weekly Hotlist item?” Well, that’s a lie, no one has ever asked me that. But I will answer it anyway. I check out the top most item on the Hotness list of Board Game Geek – if you’ve not visited that site, then let me tell you. Wait, don’t go… not yet. First read this week’s Friday Round Up.