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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 brin... Continue reading →

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 rea... Continue reading →

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... Continue reading →

At this time of year, I used to sit and work out a gaming challenge for the following year. Usually a ten by ten challenge, sometimes something crazy - one year we attempted a... Continue reading →

A recent post in a boardgame group on Facebook got me thinking: Is there a market for a value range of boardgames? Boardgaming is a luxury hobby, with even the cheapest games co... Continue reading →

This year was very much about quality rather than quantity, with only a total of twelve games played over the five days. Even then, I didn’t have a chance to catch up with some ... Continue reading →

Obviously, we've brought lots of games back from Essen and it can be quite daunting and difficult to know where to start. Here are a few of the ones we've played since we got ... Continue reading →

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, no, Christmas is months away! It’s Internationale Spieltage aka Essen or Spiel, the biggest gaming convention in the world. With ov... Continue reading →

I've thought hard about this year's must have releases and it gets tougher every year. I boiled it down to 10 must have purchases I'm going to pick up. Continue reading →

We love escape rooms and consequently love the EXIT series, Unlock adventures and we’re almost at the end of Journal 29 (that reminds me, we need to go back to that!) So when ... Continue reading →

I started visiting conventions in the mid-90s. As a high-level Magic player, most of the larger Magic events were run at gaming conventions. So I went to Cork for WarpCon (it’s ... Continue reading →

I hate co-op games. Oh, let’s all ‘work together’, 'there is no I in team', 'it doesn't matter so long as we all win'. NO. I want to bathe in the blood of my enemies, I want to ... Continue reading →

Back in 1996-1998 I was a big MtG player and was introduced to many gaming conventions including GenCon UK / Europe by way of Pro Tour qualifiers. I fully blame GenCon for get... Continue reading →

Wednesday 22nd May, I got up at an unholy hour to make my way to the airport. I was off to HeavyCon V, this time it was in the more convenient (for me!) location of Boston which... Continue reading →

It's almost that time again. There's lots to see at the Expo this year and plenty that I'm excited to try out. I'll be working for the setup and first day of the event but I'm... Continue reading →

We love the base Raccoon Tycoon, Forbidden Games are the company to watch at the moment. Launching on Kickstarter on the 14th May 2019, The Fat Cat Expansion will be taking it u... Continue reading →

There’s always a whole bunch of great stuff on Kickstarter at any given time, but here are some projects currently on there that we love! Continue reading →

So, last Thursday we set off with a car loaded with games ready to start our 275-mile drive to Harrogate for AireCon. This was our third year and it is, by far, my favourite of ... Continue reading →

This year I have failed to buy an Advent Calender and then realised we have one sat in our front room. 25 cubes, ok it will be 24 days until Christmas Day. But we can get a ga... Continue reading →

29 plays of 25 different games over 6 days can only mean one thing! Yup, it’s BGG Con time. Not only do I get to hang out with some of my favourite people that I only see once a... Continue reading →

This was our sixth year at Essen, and I see so many regular faces be they designers, publishers, fellow content creators and friends alike year on year that this was a perfect o... Continue reading →

Having seen Monumental at several events and not having a chance to play it. The prototype arrived with us a few days ago (while I was away at BGG.CON) and we finally sat to a... Continue reading →

Last but not least, this year's must have releases. I boiled it down to 9 releases and then kept finding more... Continue reading →

While there are lots of new games released at Essen, there are many Kickstarters that are finally reaching fulfilment stages that we've almost forgotten about and are starting... Continue reading →

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