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Update: A cracker of a Christmas

Cracker Games I've been using the holiday week to do some more testing of cracker games on the family. These are a series of games that will go inside Christmas crackers and will be available in 2020. Finally, some Christmas crackers which will last more than 2...

Byron Raal’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 Byron Raal chooses his Eight Games. Byron is...

Video: Top 10 most played games of 2019

In this video, Ellie shares her Top 10 most played games of 2019. Some are new, some are old. Some are short, some are long. Quite a few are 'roll & writes'!  But each game has something special that demands time at the table. What will be Number 1?...

Update: Book signings and contract killings

Book Signing The Little Bookshop in Cookham hosted a book signing last weekend. It was lovely to see copies of The Board Game Family in the window and in their own display inside. The bookshop is everything you'd like a bookshop to be. Welcoming, cosy and stacked with...

My Top 10 Family Games for Christmas

During the festive season many families tend to favour games that are easy to learn, quick to get started and can accommodate lots of people of different generations. Here is my 2019 Top 10 family games for Christmas that can be played with 6 or more players. The...

Update: A board game on a placemat

A board game on a placemat A new roll and write game designed to be played while you eat, has had three full days of iterations and playtesting this week. This stranded-on-a-desert-island themed board game on a placemat needs only two dice, but the choices are...

The humble deck of cards

I always tell parents who would like to use board games to reclaim family time, to start by developing their own love and enthusiasm for tabletop games. If you don't play many games and don't know where to start, then go back to basics with a humble deck of playing...

Update: BuzzleBox review and Christmas crackers

A BuzzleBox Review This week we've had a great BuzzleBox review from Jenny at The Brick Castle. In the review, which is littered with pictures, Jenny says, "The Buzzlebox is gorgeous. It felt like a treat opening it, and then I saw what was inside. This is almost...

Alfie reviews…. Tokyo Highway

Alfie Dix, 17, reviews board games that he plays with the family and subsequently with groups of friends.  Many gamers, myself included, enjoy difficult games. It matters not whether it is a long or short game, just that it has a multitude of decision points. These...

Video: 2 Roll (or flip) and writes

Ellie shares two "roll & write" (well one is a 'flip and write') games - Smoothies and Trails of Tucana - that are great for keeping every player involved all the time. https://youtu.be/sPVo7ItggBk