New Year’s Board Game Roundup

Enjoy a selection of some of my favorite recent board game articles. It’s fun to see how many of these are showing up outside of the normal channels these days. One of the hallmarks of the gamerati-types is to declare games terrible and it’s funny to see more mainstream folks trashing games, especially traditional ones. Even Fivethirtyeight, which I read for a lot of other reasons, has gotten into the action. Be sure to follow their link to the discussion about Twilight Struggle as well.

I certainly recommend browsing around beyond just that one article of the League of Game Makers. The League is made up of a lot of great SoCal designers (plus some guest folks from elsewhere) but that’s not why I’m recommending it to you – the writing is fun, informative, and they take on some thoughtful subjects I don’t see anywhere else. I’m actually due to write a cross-post for them soon but they funny thing is that they asked me to write about a subject I’m terrible about – keeping focus while you are designing multiple games. Egad, anyone who has been waiting for updates on Theme Park knows that is not one of my strengths.

A video roundup is coming soon.

The Worst Board Games Ever Invented

When we say "worst" – worst song, worst book, worst game – we usually consider factors other than just quality. It has to be a product with a certain amount of exposure in addition to being awful – a flop. That’s why the "worst" movie ever made is more likely to be considered "Gigli" than that awful student film I made in college.

More game info… at Fivethirtyeight

The Missing Links: The Worst Board Games of All Time

Here is a statistical analysis to determine, once and for all, the worst board games of all time. * This Star Wars droid remix is everything an internet user could ever hope for. * It’s all starting to happen in 2015. Nike has announced that, by the end of this year, they will begin selling Marty McFly-style power laces from the futuristic year of 2015 in Back to the Future II.

More game info… at Mentalfloss

Gameological Unplugged: Board games substitute cardboard for pixels to emulate retro video game genres

Old video games seem to be constantly finding new life through reboots or re-releases on modern systems, drawing back players with fond memories of Asteroids or Final Fantasy Tactics and making new fans. This trend even reaches into the frontier of board games, where some aim to capture the feel of early arcade and console games without bothering to license any property in particular.

More game info… at The AV Club

How To Use Board Games To Improve Your Real Life

If you’re playing a board game, your goal isn’t necessarily to win, but to have fun. Nonetheless, a game can be tough to enjoy when you never have a shot of winning. Here’s how you can get better at board games, and how those same techniques can improve in your workplace, relationships, friendships and other areas of real life.

More game info… at Lifehacker Australia

BGB says:

Voice of America notes the cool Pandemic Parties events that have been running the last week or two. Pandemic designer has set out to raise $100,000 to help Doctors Without Borders fight Ebola in countries where they need the most help.

We held our own Pandemic Party the week prior and I’m sorry we missed the great event at GameHaus, co-hosted by celebrigamer Rich Sommer. Check out the video for this brief report.

As doctors and scientists continue to try and contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and find a cure, a global community of board gamers is also helping to fight this disease. The goal is to raise money to help stop the spread of Ebola.

Read on, gamers… at Voa News

BGB says:

A huge video with great stories about the SDJ, our hobby’s biggest award, directly from Tom Felber, the jury chairman.

United StatesApexNorth Carolina Spiel des Jahres jury chairman Tom Felber has been touring North America to talk about the Spiel des Jahres – Germany’s "game of the year" award – at various conventions and game stores, and as part of that outreach effort he visited BGG.CON 2014 and spent an

Read on, gamers… at Boardgamegeek

BGB says:

This guy is so smart!

Wizards of the Coast has revoked Jared Boettcher’s Magic: The Gathering Rookie of the Year title after an investigation found that on multiple occasions he manipulated opponents’ decks while shuffling. Jared was also banned from official tournaments for 46 months. MGA is suing Hasbro for stealing employees.

Read on, gamers… at Purplepawn

Essen Spiel 2014 Roundup

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A Bipolar Gamer at Essen: 2014 edition

by Philip Thomas Another year, another Spiel. As with the previous essen entry this is more about games than Bipolar Disorder. Unlike last year, Neil was doing a stint demonstrating games on Saturday, so had to be in Essen for 2pm on Wednesday for training purposes. Which meant leaving London at 4.30am.

More game info… at Boardgamegeek

aka pastor guy

The expansion – only published in Germany as far as I know – is very, very good. It adds one-way walls as well as three special one-time abilities: a felt wizard’s hat (cause another player to miss a turn), a wooden vial of potion (move until you reach your destination or hit a wall), and a wooden magic wand (get rid of your destination chit & draw a new one).

More game info… at Akapastorguy

October 2014 roundup

by Garry Lloyd With it being Essen month, in October, I managed to play 35 games of 30 different titles, 17 of which were new to me. Great family gaming fun. Ciub – a dice game of developing your dice pool and rolling to achieve objective cards. Versailles – Interesting worker movement game that I quite enjoyed my half game of, but not enough to pick up at Essen.

More game info… at Boardgamegeek

Dale Yu – Essen 2014 – What’s in my bags (I think)

OK, so my record keeping system kind of failed me this year, and as I’m recounting the week on the flight back, I realize that I don’t necessarily know everything that I picked up. I was in the middle on the plane on the way back, and I was anticipating about a 30 minute wait to get processed thru customs.

More game info… at Opinionatedgamers

BGB says:

Lorna is always a great source for new game news. She’s posted her Spiel 2014 impressions (and made me jealous of her acquisitions!)

Home again and recovering. Had a great time as usual but I didn’t buy as many big games as usual, mostly because some of them offered shipping post Essen and I hope they start arriving soon. I purchased a number of expansions this year including Hansa Teutonica: Britannia, Concordia: Britannia & Germania,Keyflower: The Merchants, Russian…

Read on, gamers… at Opinionatedgamers

The folks at Miniature Market have an unusual game for sale at the low-low price of $0.00 right now (if you act fast). Boardgame Babylon (with a tip of the hat to the soon-to-depart Late Show with David Letterman) presents you the Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know about this not-too-interesting game, available now at an amazing price.

10. Over 100 Geeks tried to add it to Boardgame Geek for some lousy geekgold.

9. The Seinfeld license was too expensive so this is what you get.

8. A surprisingly common theme, originated by Reiner Knizia himself.

7. A game Friedemann Friese would have designed if he had a Tuesday Project, because everyone knows Tuesdays just suck.

6. Attendees from the Gathering of Friends will still tell you they’ve never played the printed version of the game.

5. The Dice Game version is due at Spiel 2014. The Deckbuilder Version is due out at GenCon 2015. The Legacy Version due out at Spiel 2015.

4. The Munchkin Version already sold 500,000 copies.

3. Tom Vasel loved it even though the “parts dump” portion of his review video was somewhat uneventful.

2. A Cryptozoic Design.

1. Still a better game than Change Horses.

Only joking, of course. We love Miniature Market and their Daily Sales. But we also love to mock typos and digital mistakes.

Want to buy a better game? Try Concordia.

 

Get it now for only $0.00! MSRP $0.00 and Normally $0.00.

Read on, gamers… at Com