Plaid Hat Brings Legacy of Frankenstein to Life

The year is 1819, and a sinister darkness has descended upon the city of Paris. A mysterious benefactor, one with off-putting coloration and an array of ghastly scars, has created a competition to determine which studious soul can unlock the secrets of Frankenstein’s...

Why Are So Many Game Boxes Getting HUGE?

I haven’t done any measuring, but a lot of good boardgames are coming in humungous packages. Struck by the gargantuan boxes of Gloomhaven, Twilight Imperium and other boxed behemoths, I began to wonder whether boardgame boxes were actually increasing in size as much...

IT’S NOT MONOPOLY, IT’S YOU

Maybe the game so many love to hate is really not so bad I recall enjoying Monopoly as a child, but I haven’t wanted to actually play it in forever.  The “high summer” of my discontent (in junior high), was my suspicion that the game was all about blind luck. But...

Interesting game . . . but is it Accessible?

Game designer Brandon Rollins (of http://Brandonthegamedev.com) put it the best way I’ve heard so far: board-game accessibility “is a very complex issue that’s hard to talk about succinctly.” Earlier this year, I came across his post that introduced me to the work of...

SHOULD CHESS BE MANDATORY?

In 2011, Armenia instituted mandatory chess instruction in schools, starting at age 6. Armenia is proud of its prowess at chess, and rightly so; it ranks third in the world in chess grandmasters per capita, second only to Iceland and Andorra. Grandmasters are...

The Eleven Best Games To Put You In The Caribbean

Regret missing your chance at that late-winter, early-spring tropical cruise? Here are some games that may give a little taste of what you missed. 1. CARIBBEAN (2004) Ever wonder how pirates used to unload their bulkier booty, to convert it to gold? Well in this game,...

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