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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

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?

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...

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