Hypothesis: The level of complexity and player agency in a board game’s design should be reflected by it’s playtime. Simply put: random games should be shorter than games where players make more complicated decisions. One of the obvious proofs we could state for the assumption above is that games with more complex mechanics will inevitably […]Read more "A Word on Complexity, Agency and Playtime in Board Games"
I have been playing modern board games for over ten years now and had never played a game designed by Mac Gerdts. That is until this last week when I played two of his games with two totally different play groups. Gerdts has designed such notable games as Antike (2005), Imperial (2006) and Hamburgum (2007) […]Read more "Concordia vs. Imperial: Mac Gerdts, Master of Disassociation"
Last night I had the pleasure of playing Scythe for the second time. It was at a great store called Player’s Wanted in Vancouver. Every Thursday a group of gamer’s meets to play games from 6:30 to about 9:00 when the store closes. Last week a group played Scythe and half-way through the game one […]Read more "Scythe: Mechs Ado About Nothing"
The year is 2010. I’m a bus headed to a friend’s house. I just bought 7 Wonders. The game is in my backpack on the seat next to me. I have watched a review for the game (at that time, probably Dice Tower) and I imagine what the game will be like. Will my friends […]Read more "7 Wonders: Pass the Civ to the Left Hand Side"
Rarely does one encounter the joy of opening a product as magical as Shadi Torbey’s Sylvion. The small box contains only 188 cards, a single token and a rulebook, yet it creates a solitaire gaming experience which is unparalleled in the gaming world. The game balances charm and intensity as the player lays out fountains […]Read more "Sylvion: We Didn’t Start the Fire…"
A Feast for Odin is designer Uwe Rosenberg’s newest worker placement, resource collection, player board optimization euro game. Having previously played games of Agricola, Le Havre, Caverna and Ora et Labora (all worker placement, resource management games by Uwe) and having watched a few reviews of Feast, I thought I was prepared to take on […]Read more "A Feast for Odin: The Gods Demand Cardboard"
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