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5 engine-building games to get your motor revving

In board gaming, a player's 'engine' is her set of accumulated cards or resources. An engine-building game warms up slowly. It often takes many turns to gather a few resources. Cards are acquired that may have no immediate effect but could be a great benefit later on....

Update: BuzzleBox is GO!

This week has been all about the BuzzleBox. The second game, Don't Count Your Chickens, arrived from the printers and together with Gnome Grown (and several other games and puzzles), it is going in the first BuzzleBox. There's been a lot of lightbox photography, an...

Alfie reviews…. Rolling Ranch

Alfie Dix, 17, reviews board games that he plays with the family and subsequently with groups of friends.  Everyone has their own personal favourite games, whether it’s the one that you recommend to friends when they come over, or the marathon game that you’ll play...

Video: The Dark Imp at The Spiel in Essen

Ellie and family attended the 2019 Spiel held at the Messe Essen in Germany. The Spiel is the biggest board game convention in the world! It was a full-on four days. Lots of games played, quite a lot purchased, 6 halls to explore, live shows, live streaming, giant...

Update: Spiel, interviews and getting ready for release

Last week we went to the Internationale Spieltage a.k.a. The Spiel in Essen, Germany. The Spiel is the biggest board game convention in the world. It lasts for four days and sprawls six massive halls. This year there were over 1000 new board game releases being...

Lucy Rycroft-Smith’s Eight Games

In Eight Games different board gamers share the eight games they’d select in eight different situations. The games are not explained, but the links are given to Board Game Geek listings for you to find out more.  This month Lucy Rycroft-Smith chooses her eight...

Update: In the press and hot off the press

I had another 5-minute hack in Fabulous Magazine, which comes with The Sun on Sunday, this week. The 5-minute hack appears at the bottom of the agony aunt page. My first hack, back in August, was on "How to get your teens off screens and playing board games". This...

Crosswords (the game)

As I child I played loads of pen and paper games, especially with my granny, who, to my young mind, seemed to know several hundred. For the most part, it was just the two of us, playing games together in her granny flat. It was glorious. One of my favourites was...