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Video: Top 10 Most Played Games of 2020

Video: Top 10 Most Played Games of 2020

This is not a list of my top 10 favourite games, or the 10 games I most highly recommend. It's purely and simply the games I've played the most times in 2020. It's a very varied list! There are huge games and small games. There's a party game from 1985 and a...

How to play Join Five

How to play Join Five

Here’s a great pencil & paper game for two players for you to try at home.  All you need is a pen or pencil, paper and a ruler. Draw a cross of dots on a paper as shown in the image. You start with a 4 x 4 grid in the middle, then add four 3 x 4 grids to each side...

Video: My Top 5 Games of 2020

Video: My Top 5 Games of 2020

Last year I created a list of Top 10 games of the year. But with the lack of board game conventions this year I've not played nearly so many new games as normal. So instead of doing my Top 10 games of the year, for 2020 I'm doing a Top 5. This list contains five very...

What is a bidding game?

What is a bidding game?

In this blog: Ellie explains what ‘bidding’ means in board gaming.  There are all sorts of terms used within board gaming to describe the mechanics of a game. Familiarity with the jargon helps us to define the types of games we enjoy and find new ones to add to our...

Update: Festive articles

Update: Festive articles

Family Time in Juno I wrote a piece for the Winter issue of Juno Magazine about how to make family board game playing more harmonious this Christmas. The article is published in their 'Family Time' section and contains six tips for fewer arguments this festive season....

Video: 7 tips for avoiding board game arguments this Christmas

Video: 7 tips for avoiding board game arguments this Christmas

About 60% of families play board games on Christmas day and somewhere between ⅓ to ½ of all board games played this Christmas will result in arguments. So here are 7 handy tips to avoid table-flipping, snide comments and all out family feuds.Other relevant Dark Imp...

Alfie reviews… Trails of Tucana

Alfie reviews… Trails of Tucana

Alfie Dix, 18, reviews board games that he plays with the family and subsequently with groups of friends. Here’s his review of Trails of Tucana. Welcome Adventurer, to Tucana! An island unlike any other. Undiscovered animals and relics of a past civilisation lay in...

Video: Downloadable Print & Play Games

Video: Downloadable Print & Play Games

The Dark Imp has a growing range of games that you can download, then print and play at home. All of these games are available for instant access through The Dark Imp online shop. Each game can be played with any number of players. You can play while social distancing...

Update: A new game and oh so many articles!

Update: A new game and oh so many articles!

Palatial: A new Dark Imp game I'm really excited to announce that a new Dark Imp game is now available. Palatial is a roll & write game for any number of players and is available as a downloadable print & play game!  You have inherited a palatial stately home,...

Kirsten Lunde’s Eight Games

Kirsten Lunde’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 Kirsten Lunde shares her Eight Games. Kirsten is a former homeschool mum who...

Video: Dark Imp games for 5 or more players

Video: Dark Imp games for 5 or more players

In this video, Ellie talks about the Dark Imp games for five or more players. There are the cracker games, the placemat games, mini town and three of the coaster games! Lots to choose from. Best of all, lots of these games are playable with any number of players and...

How to play Newmarket

How to play Newmarket

Quick Links Introduction: A family game How to Play Newmarket Thoughts about the game Other great Family Games 'How to play' Video Introduction: A family game Newmarket is a card game of luck which revolves around betting money on four horses and hoping that your...