Author: roman

For God and Glory: Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done Review

Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done (2018) is a new game by Seth Jaffee and Tasty Minstrel Games.  Looking at the map, you might think this is a Risk-type strategy war game, but it’s actually something quite different.  Playing this game is almost working a puzzle, but it makes things happen on the map in an …

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Surviving the Chicago Winter: Polar Vortex 2019 Review

Since I live in Chicago this post will review 2 things: The Polar Vortex 2019 board game convention outside of Chicago Jan 25-27, and the Polar Vortex 2019 weather event, happening right now in Chicago, Jan 30-31. Sign up for updates! Talk about the Weather Less to discuss here so let’s get this out of …

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Fewer People Get Eaten: Duelosaur Island Review

To follow up our play of Dinosaur Island, we took out Duelosaur Island for a couple of spins and had a lot of fun.  This is sort of in the vein of 7 Wonders Duel and Caverna: Cave vs Cave, as it’s a 2-player-only version of more elaborate game that is played by 3 or …

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So what if a few people get eaten? Dinosaur Island review!

We started off 2019 by diving into one of the most-talked about, most photographed and most socially shared games of 2018 in my un-scientific opinion, and that’s Dinosaur Island! Hey everyone’s doing it: Getting their own private island, synthesizing DNA, growing dinosaurs, and charging people to see them! But of course, it’s an ultra competitive, …

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Board Game Design Diary: Play Testing and the Art of Balancing Feedback

I see the question on other blogs:  How much play testing do you need to do?  Also, I’ve gotten some feedback, that I don’t respond to feedback, and got to thinking about how challenging it can be to handle all the feedback I get.  This post addresses both areas. As far as how much testing to …

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Is Kickstarter Over-Saturated?

Is Kickstarter over-saturated?  I was going to blog about something else entirely, but this topic has heated up in my mind to where it’s overflowing like a volcanic island. By over-saturated, I mean simply:  Have we reached the point of saturation of games coming out on Kickstarter to where a finite gaming community can’t take …

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Board Game Roundup: Best Worker Placement Games

Worker placement games are some of the most fun types of games I’ve played, and one good thing about it is that it’s a pretty distinct genre, and pretty much any semi-serious gamer knows the meaning of “worker placement”.  I’ve played a lot of them, but certainly not all.  For me, these rise to the …

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Board Game Design Diary: 3 Key Lessons Learned

If I did what was practical, Cage Match would never be a game.  I was working on another game entirely, one that I was sure would go nowhere, when the idea for Cage Match came through, and it’s a good lesson to learn:  If you want to design board games, Always. Be. Designing.  Like Alec …

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Board Game Roundup: Best 5-player games

5 can be an awkward number as many games can only play up to 4, or work best with an even number of players.  But 5 is the perfect number for many great games: Colt Express (2014) First off, Colt Express is a great game.  It’s a fun, quick (under 1 hour) little romp where …

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