Bicycle Rider Backs


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I remember when I was new to the hobby. I owned a handful of euro’s, and I wanted to dip my toe into the very intimidating war game waters. Like a total noob, I made the mistake of jumping on the BoardGameGeek war game forum and asking if there were any war games that weren’t luck dependent. I was laughed off the board. I learned a couple of important lessons. 1. Sometimes people on the internet aren’t nice. 2. War games strive to be realistic, and the idea of war without luck is laughable. (more…)


Coal Baron

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Coal Baron is a unique take on worker placement from R&R games. Most people in the hobby know the name Wolfgang Kramer. Whether you’ve played Princes of Florence, Tikal, Torres, El Grande, or any number of other games, you know Kramer has a unique voice in game design. (more…)


Showdown: Craig Counsell

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MLB Showdown is the first game I got into on a competitive basis. Showdown is a collectible card game where players play baseball using a 20-sided die and a deck of strategy cards. This was in the height of the collectible card game (CCG) craze and at the time Pokémon was popular and you could find a CCG with just about any theme you wanted. The one I chose, MLB Showdown, made perfect sense for me, being the baseball lover that I am. (more…)


Xenoshyft Onslaught

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Mining is a hard job. It’s especially hard on another planet. It’s even harder when the stuff you’re mining drives the locals into a homicidal frenzy. When the stuff is Xenosathem, the most important fuel source in the universe, those threats don’t matter. You work for NorTec. They put you there to get a job done, and that’s what you’re gonna do. (more…)



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When the average American thinks of a board game, they most likely think of Monopoly. It is far from the only type of game, but this roll-and-move mechanic is what many non-gamers think of when they think of games. It is a classic, and certainly no game has been more important in the hobby since it was created way back in the 1930s. But is it a good game? That is what I intend to focus on here. (more…)