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Video: 8 possible triggers for board game arguments

Ellie unpicks 8 possible triggers for arguments at the board game table. Identifying the triggers for your family is the first step to avoiding these situations. https://youtu.be/-nlhSvUXWLc More help on avoiding arguments when playing board games with family can be...

Update: A toy fair, a book review and Good Housekeeping!

Good Housekeeping Magazine Back in November, I was interviewed for an article in the January/February edition of the US version of Good Housekeeping Magazine. The magazine came out this week and while I'm waiting for a copy to reach me, I have managed to get a photo...

Salvo: A variant of Battleships

This post is about Battleships and Salvo, a variant of Battleships. The MB game Battleships can be found in many households. The two hinged plastic boards and the fleet of grey plastic ships are iconic. But the game has much earlier origins. It dates from the First...

Video: 3 games to play with the ELL deck

Ellie shares three games that you can play with the ELL deck. In this video Ellie introduces the game system and talks about Grabbell, Coupell and Alphabeticell. https://youtu.be/apvYhkePkEg The ELL deck is created and published by Bez Shahriari. Bez mentioned some of...

Update: Playtests galore

Uranus! Here we come... There have been playtests galore this week. Uranus! is a cooperative network-building game in which each player aims to move her alien race from her home moon (which is under attack) to a safe place on Uranus. This is going to be the main game...

Are vintage games best left in the past?

Some people get a soft, misty look in their eye when talking about board games they loved playing as children. Others get very animated when waxing lyrical about the virtues of some ancient title. Board games seem to hold a special place in childhood memories. Are...

Update: Cakes & coasters

Blind cake stacking Top Cake was blind playtested this week.  In a blind test, the players teach themselves the rules from the rule book, while the designer watches and takes notes. In Top Cake, players compete to win layers of cake in a partially hidden auction....

10 reasons I love playing board games with Mum

As is quite obvious, I’m a big fan of playing board games with my family. But I must admit, I usually focus more on the benefits of playing with my children than with other family members.  But recently I’ve been touched by comments from fellow board game enthusiasts...

Video: 10×10 Board Game Challenge 2020

Ellie shares her 10x10 Board Game Challenge for 2020. Which ten games will she be playing ten times this year? What will your family's 2020 board game challenge be?   https://youtu.be/ow9ACJId4wI

Update: Blind doughnut testing and new coaster games

Blind Testing Doughnuts Doughnut Dash was blind playtested this week. In a blind playtest, the players teach themselves the game from the rule book while the designer just watches and takes notes. It is really difficult not to dive in and start explaining things that...

Video: Top 10 board games published in 2019

In this video Ellie shares her Top 10 board games published in 2019. Disclaimer: There have been over 4000 new games published this year and Ellie has not played all of them! These are Ellie's Top 10, of the ones she has personally played. It's been a great year for...