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So, Kashgar is one of those things we all hate - a card game in a big box! But believe, me this deserves a big box (plus, there are quite a lot of cards!) This is one of those games I played then ran away to find my own copy of. In theory, it’s simple, you only ever have a choice of three actions, but that can be a really tough decision at times - don’t let this ‘card game’ fool you!


‘OK, this is strange!’, I hear you cry, ‘Kat is talking about a co-operative game.’ Well, let me assure you lovely people I haven’t been body-snatched or anything sinister, it does happen occasionally. There are a few great games that are co-ops (and I mean just a few!!) but this one caught my eye because of….. Theme (let me assure you again this is not an alien in Kat form) Universal Studio Monsters, there, I said it, that’s the only reason I HAD to track down this game!


We love a good train game here and Traintopia certainly fits that category! Train games can vary wildly in complexity but Traintopia is a great family game that has us puzzling over our moves at times. Build routes for tourists, commuters and goods, building up your routes to become the best rail network.

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Posts about board games, conventions, fun gaming related things.
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Hi, I'm Kat and I Play Red

Remember when we used to go to shows and conventions? Since most of my work is shows / conventions this year has hit hard and with Spiel this week this is a time to try and bring forth something positive. A few years ago I put together a video of designers and gaming industry regulars that I met around the convention and asked them to record a simple message "Introduce yourself and tell us what colour you play"

It takes two

We all know that games are not the work of one person, it takes a team of play-testers, developers, marketers and artists to get a game on a shelf. However, usually all we really see is the one name on the box. Today we look at some of the best partnerships out there.

What did you play last year?

So, last year I played just over 200 games total. (BGG says just under 200 but I know I forget to log sometimes!) At least 82 of them were ‘new to me’ games, either games from our shelf of opportunity or new releases. I don’t want to do a ‘top ten of 2019’ or even of the decade as I haven’t played ALL the games and know there will be stuff I’m missing out that deserve to be on there


Photos of games I play, conventions I attend and places I go and occasionally cats.
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Finally got Shakespeare off the shelf of shame! Not sure Rob enjoyed it as much as me and our choices were quite limited playing only 2 players . . . . #boardgamegeek #tabletopgames #tabletop #boardgaming #boardgamegirl #tabletopgaming #iplayred
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Finally got to play Azul: Summer Pavillion from @next_move_games Not sure how I really feel about it just yet. Think I preferred the streamlined scoring in Stained Glass of Sintra. . . . . #tabletop #boardgaming #boardgamegirl #tabletopgames #eurogames #boardgamegeek #boardgames #iplayred
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Weve been playing a lot of Russian Railroads online at @boardgamearena while it's only been the 2 of us, but we did have to pull out the real thing to use these awesome upgraded pieces from @bgexpansions . . . . #tabletop #boardgaming #boardgamegirl #tabletopgames #eurogames #boardgamegeek #boardgames #iplayred

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Today we took a look at White Hat from Dragon Dawn Productions. Their crowdfunding project went live this evening (22nd January 2022) and you can find it here. https://gamefound.com/projects/ddpgames/white-hat
Boba Mahjong is currently available on kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tatewu/boba-mahjong Hi, I'm Kat and I Play Red. Thank you for watching this video. To help support the channel and keep us creating content please Like, Subscribe, Hit the bell and share with a friend who would find it useful. Please consider supporting I Play Red on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/iplayred I try to publish new video content every Thursday (but if you Subscribe you won't miss it) You can also find I Play Red at ... Website / https://iplayred.co.uk Twitter / https://twitter.com/IPlayRedGaming Instagram / https://www.instagram.com/IPlayRed Facebook / https://www.facebook.com/IPlayRedGaming Patreon / https://www.patreon.com/iplayred YouTube / https://www.youtube.com/IPlayRed Thank you, Kat #IPlayRed #Boardgame #TabletopGaming #BoardgameGirl

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We might play quite a few games on occassion
Goetia: Nine Kings of Solomon
Thurn and Taxis
White Hat
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