Articles · General Gaming

Thoughts on “Over-Produced” Games

Recently in many of the board gaming groups I follow, I have been seeing a trend of people complaining about games being over produced. This is a somewhat puzzling statement to me, after all I find a lot of joy in games that go a step above and beyond. Generally when I see this statement,… Continue reading Thoughts on “Over-Produced” Games

Main Event Games · Reviews

Review of Blue Lagoon

Game: Blue Lagoon Designer: Reiner Knizia Published: Blue Orange Games Players: 2-4 Playtime: 25-45 Minutes Play Type: Route Building/ Set Collection Synopsis: You are the chief of a tribe and you seek to explore new islands to settle and expand your tribe's resources. When you stumble upon a newly discovered archipelago, you hurry to create settlements on the resource rich… Continue reading Review of Blue Lagoon

Articles · General Gaming

Thoughts on Scoring Mechanisms

The other day while I was browsing Facebook, I came upon someone asking about why a game had a score pad rather than a dry erase score tracker. I don't remember which game was being discussed, but it caught my attention because I was surprised that so many people would prefer a dry erase method… Continue reading Thoughts on Scoring Mechanisms

Filler Games · Reviews

Review of Swordcrafters: Expanded Edition

Game: Swordcrafters: Expanded Edition Designer: Chris Neuman (II), Adam Rehberg Published: Adam's Apple Games Players: 1-5 Playtime: 25-35 Minutes Play Type: Tile Drafting/ Set Collection Synopsis: You will be competing against your fellow blacksmiths to forge the best sword in the realms. There are many things to consider while crafting a magnificent sword, including length, quality and magical capabilities.… Continue reading Review of Swordcrafters: Expanded Edition

Main Event Games · Reviews

Review of Between Two Castles of the Mad King Ludwig

Game: Between Two Castles of the Mad King Ludwig Designer: Matthew O'Malley, Ben Rosset Published: Stonemaier Games Players: 2-7 Playtime: 45-60 Minutes Play Type: Tile Placement, Tile Drafting Synopsis: King Ludwig requires only the best castles, and it is simply a task above just one measly designer. You will be working with another designer to build a magnificent… Continue reading Review of Between Two Castles of the Mad King Ludwig

Articles · General Gaming

Five Games I Love to Play but Hate to Teach

Being both a teacher and the main gamer in my house, it means that I get delegated the task of teaching pretty much every game my family plays. While I sometimes play at public game nights, the majority of my gaming happens with my family so I am frequently teaching new games. While it is… Continue reading Five Games I Love to Play but Hate to Teach

Filler Games · Reviews

Review of Meeple Steeple

Game: Meeple Steeple Designer: Craig Zipse Published: Black Oak Workshop Players: 2-4 Playtime: 15-30 Minutes Play Type: Cooperative Dexterity/ Resource Management     Synopsis: The king has ordered the top builders in the kingdom to construct a new steeple. The builders must work together to efficiently and carefully build a steeple from bottom up. The number of workers… Continue reading Review of Meeple Steeple