Posts by greg

REVIEW – Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Board Games | 0 comments

REVIEW – Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island

Iconic book. Iconic game.

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REVIEW – Castles of Burgundy

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Board Games | 0 comments

REVIEW – Castles of Burgundy

Game design over style? Look no further than Castles of Burgundy.

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REVIEW – Splendor

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Board Games | 0 comments

REVIEW – Splendor

Splendor is one of the hottest games of 2014. How does it play?

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REVIEW – Steam Park

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Board Games | 0 comments

REVIEW – Steam Park

Rollercoaster Tycoon on a board?

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the Monopoly effect (why I ignored board games for so long)

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

the Monopoly effect (why I ignored board games for so long)

Monopoly, Risk, Battleship, the Game of Life, Sorry. If you’re any sort of age over 20, I’m sure you look back at these games with more than a hint of nostalgia. And if you’re younger than 20, I’m sure you’ve played your fair share of these games yourself.  But if you’re anything like me, those three hour Risk marathons or Sorry hope-and-roll games were…lacking…in a way that young me couldn’t put my finger on. Don’t get me wrong, still a lot of fun but sometimes in a going-through-the-motions-now-we’re-going-to-play-a-board-game kind of way.  Other interests came along and board games were a foregone conclusion. And that’s too bad. I’m the target demographic for game publishers (heck, I have a board game review site now), and though I enjoyed them, board games were often shelved when growing up. Why is that? Well, for one, video games at the time stole all the thunder. While they were inventing and reinventing themselves during their meteoric rise in popularity, what board games were available on the shelf?   Monopoly, Risk, Life, Sorry, Chinese Checkers, Connect Four, Battleship, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Operation. If you played one of these games, this was going to happen: You were going to roll lots of die lots of times, and you were either going to land on a certain space and win or you were not. You were going to decide to secure Australia again, roll poorly again, and spend two hours hanging around with no chance to win until you were finally eliminated. You were going to start another game of Life, make the only meaningful game choice available (your occupation), and wait until the spinner decides who wins. No wonder other forms of entertainment climbed ahead. Now, some classics still do hold up well today (Stratego, Chess, Clue, Scrabble, Mastermind, etc). Certainly, the advent of the internet age has helped the steady spread of modern design board games–especially the titanic Amazon and the presence of thousands and thousands of user reviews to narrow down the games worth our time. But the main reason for board games’ recent resurgence is due to one simple factor: better games are available now. Admittedly behind the times, I was first introduced to Settlers of Catan. Then Ticket to Ride. Then Dominion, Pandemic, 7 Wonders.  Eventually Agricola. I was hooked. Interesting, strategic, fun games that weren’t based mostly on luck or die rolling or required actual decisions as the main driver of the game. Fun around a table with a group of friends or family. Young me would have been all over these. Now, even Big Box stores like Target, which for a long time only could claim Catan as a modern title, are stocking other modern games like Pandemic, Munchkin, Small World, and King of Tokyo. This is a great thing. That’s what this site is about. Reviewing interesting games and giving you an idea of what’s out there now. Your friends and family will thank you. Don’t worry about starting late. I did too, all due to Monopoly.¹ ¹Not hyperbole.  ...

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REVIEW – Forbidden Desert

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Board Games | 0 comments

REVIEW – Forbidden Desert

Stranded in the desert with friends has never been so fun.

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REVIEW – Cashflow

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Board Games | 0 comments

REVIEW – Cashflow

Financial wealth-building, better than Monopoly. How much better? A lot.

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REVIEW – Wits and Wagers Party

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Board Games | 0 comments

REVIEW – Wits and Wagers Party

Even Uncle Frank will play this one.

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REVIEW – Monopoly Deal

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Board Games | 0 comments

REVIEW – Monopoly Deal

Monopoly in 15 minutes! (and it’s fun)

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REVIEW – Pandemic

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Board Games | 0 comments

REVIEW – Pandemic

The big brother of cooperative games. Satisfyingly difficult.

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