Reviews

Ticket to Ride is a fantastic game that has an incredibly wide appeal. It strikes a delicate balance between being accessible to everyone while still providing the opportunity for real strategic action. It is touted as probably the best overall “gateway” game, and its popularity has given rise to an ever-growing catalog of exansions and sequels…

Liar’s Dice is such a pure and elegant game. It is the perfect opener or closer, and with 2-4 people can be a great filler as well. It’s varied enough that you can also play it or hours without getting bored…

Citadels is a very popular role-selection game in which players seek to build the best and most expensive city… I was very pleased when it was chosen as the Hypermind BoardGamers Game of the Month! for July, both because I have enjoyed the game in the past and because I wanted an opportunity to explore both the expansion characters as well as some basic strategy. Overall, I still enjoy the game quite a bit, but have come to see some flaws that kept my personal opinion of the game from increasing appreciably…

Since I’m still so new to the hardcore boardgaming community, it’s still really cool to me to play brand new games, especially when they have received as much good press as Notre Dame and Arkadia have. So I thought I’d share my initial impressions of both of these fine games after my first plays of each.

Since it was first introduced at our weekly BoardGame Night, To Court the King has been one of our most-played and most-enjoyed games. My initial impression, like most other players I’ve talked with, was that it provided an interesting way to introduce strategy and control into a dice game, a setting usually dominated by blind luck. The more I’ve played, however, my opinion has begun to change…

The Pillars of the Earth was released at Essen last year and immediately received fantastic reviews from almost everybody, with several people naming it as the early favorite for several “game of the year” awards. So when the Spiel des Jahres nominations were released last week and it was conspicuously absent from the short list, lots of people were shocked. I thought I’d take a little time to do a full review of the game and discuss my opinions on whether or not it should have received a nomination…

This is a reworking of a review I wrote on BoardGameGeek not too long ago. I hope it can be useful to someone out there.

Tigris & Euphrates was an excellent game to serve as our first Game of the Month. It is a modern boardgame “classic” from one of the most well-respected and prolific game designers in the world, Reiner Knizia. Currently, it holds the #2 spot on the BoardGameGeek with an average rating of 8.3. More than that, the game also has an incredible depth of play, using very simple actions and mechanics but creating a gaming experience that is very entertaining and satisfying.