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Update: Tweaking Uranus!

I was a guest on the Sue Atkins Podcast this week. You can listen here. My interview is at the start of the podcast. Do have a listen. Game design this week has all been about Uranus! The cooperative network builder has been through two more versions and had a few...

Try this… Hexapawn

Last week my son, Bertie, and I had a go at making a Hexapawn machine. We were inspired by listening to Geoff Engelstein talk about the Hexapawn in his GameTek segment on The Dice Tower podcast. The Hexapawn demonstrates machine learning in a very simple way. All you...

Video: 3 Filler Card Games

Ellie shares 3 card games that can be used as time 'fillers'. If you like filler card games, also watch Ellie's video on 3 easy card games. https://youtu.be/u05-4Ny8l_k

Update: Turf wars, an interview and Uranus!

On Monday I was interviewed for the Sue Atkins podcast. Sue is a is an internationally recognised Parenting Expert, Broadcaster, Speaker and Author. She regularly appears on ITV's “This Morning,” Sky News, Good Morning Britain, talkRADIO and The Jeremy Vine Show on...

My Top 10 Spiel des Jahres winning games

James Wallis, Theo Clarke, Ellie Dix and David ParlettIn September I was thrilled to be asked to join a panel of experts at Tabletop Gaming Live. Our remit was to discuss 41 years of the Spiel des Jahres Award. This is the biggest award for board games around the...

Video: Who goes first? Let the apps decide

Ellie shows you three apps that help you decide who the first player will be for your next board game. And... here's another video with some non-digital methods to choose first player. https://youtu.be/ktLz_tcrSBo  

Game Design Update: Blind chickens and a game jam

Don't Count Your Chickens was blind playtested on Friday. The art and graphic design has been done, so I printed out a test version of all the components to mock up a game box. The group had to teach themselves the rules from the rule book while observed. It's always...

Alfie reviews… Cryptid

Alfie Dix, 16, reviews board games that he plays with the family and subsequently with groups of friends.  Games of deduction and mystery like Cluedo have been popular for years. I bet there's almost one in almost every home. There are, however, innate problems to...

Video: Games with no downtime

Ellie shares 4 games that eliminate down time by using simultaneous action selection or simultaneous game play. https://youtu.be/rnvzgs_w_6w

James Richards’ 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 James Richards, avid gamer and...