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Video: How to avoid dangerous games

Video: How to avoid dangerous games

Not all games are created equal. That's especially true when selecting games to play with family. Some families never play because of the arguments board games cause. But a large part of the problem may be that you're selecting the wrong type of games. Here are some...

Update: Campaign pre-launch, a podcast and a live show

Update: Campaign pre-launch, a podcast and a live show

Kickstarter pre-launch It's just 10 days until the Cracker Games Kickstarter campaign goes live! The pre-launch page is now on Kickstarter and you can register there to be notified when the campaign starts. One giant cracker. Six brilliant games. Reusable, re-playable...

The Sisyphean Cycle of Technology Panics

The Sisyphean Cycle of Technology Panics

Each morning as I walk the dog I listen to podcasts. Podcasts about board games, storytelling, human behaviour and entrepreneurship. Earlier this week, a podcast called “How to Overcome Our Fear of the New” from the Entrepreneur Network came up on my playlist. As part...

Video: “I used to LOVE playing board games”

Video: “I used to LOVE playing board games”

When people find out what I do for a living, the response is often, "Oh I used to LOVE board games." I always want to ask, "Well, what changed?" If you used to love playing board games, you probably still will. But as board games are loads better than they were when...

An exhausting digital treasure hunt

An exhausting digital treasure hunt

Last week we spent the week in Wales. We had a holiday rental at Plas Talgarth near Machynlleth. The first time I visited Plas Talgarth was in 1979 when I was 3. We went every year for the whole of my childhood - one week in the summer and later a second week at New...

Video: Why board games are perfect for family holidays

Video: Why board games are perfect for family holidays

If you're off on holiday in the next few weeks, make sure you are armed with some board games. Family holidays are a perfect time to try a new game. There are fewer distractions, more time and less stress. Plus the expectation from everyone is that you will all spend...

Update: Three reviews and a podcast

Update: Three reviews and a podcast

Cards or Die Cracker Games Review   The first review of the Cracker Games is in... and it's a goodie! "I have bought more expensive crackers but even the higher end of the cracker 'gift' range includes a lot of useless tat. The Dark Imp Christmas Cracker offers...

Alfie reviews… Dead & Breakfast

Alfie reviews… Dead & Breakfast

Alfie Dix, 17, reviews board games that he plays with the family and subsequently with groups of friends. Here’s his review of Dead & Breakfast. Enjoy your stay? Unlikely! If only hospitality was a concern in this game of monsters and managers. In the twisted...

Update: More reviews and a free magazine!

Update: More reviews and a free magazine!

Board Game Gumbo Review BuzzleBox 2: Doughnuts & Cake has had a lovely new review from the American site - Board Game Gumbo. Here are some quotes: "I’m trying to make this review sound like the kids were excited about opening all of this stuff up, and sure, they...

Paul Sharman’s Eight Games

Paul Sharman’s Eight Games

In Eight Games different board gamers share the eight games they’d select in eight different situations. The links are given to Board Game Geek listings for you to find out more.  This month Paul Sharman chooses his eight games. Paul is a board and card game...

Finding time to play board games

Finding time to play board games

Whenever I meet a family that doesn’t play many (or any) board games, I ask the parents why. Sometimes the response is about the cost of games. Sometimes parents struggle to prize the kids off their phones. Sometimes it’s that board games cause arguments and they want...