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Back to basics with X-Wing and Armada

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 05:00:24 +0000

My wardrobe is full of spaceships. So many spaceships that there’s barely room for clothes. Most of them live in an enormous box which crushes my shirts out of all recognition when it’s squeezed in and out for play. It’s a good job I play with spaceships a lot more than I wear shirts. Having […]



Ticket to Ride: United Kingdom & Pennsylvania Review

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:29:22 +0000

I’ve nurtured a long, slow hatred of American cultural imperialism. As a developer, having to spend every working day spelling “colour” wrongly in your code will do that to a man. So, petty as it is, wherever possible, I’ll pick a British version of a thing over an American one. And if a British one […]



Barnes’ Best- 2015 Game of the Year Awards

Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:34:38 +0000

It’s been a great year for games- and not just because I played and reviewed more this year than I think I ever have before, but because there were a number of really high quality, innovative releases that came both through traditional publishers as well as crowdfunding. My collection has a high turnover rate- I […]



Bolt Thrower: #2015 Game of the Year

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:44:08 +0000

This time last year, I was so tired of the generic nature of most new board games that I’d started to wonder if my favourite hobby had passed its glory days. I’ve never been happier to have been proved wrong. After a couple of years of wretched releases, 2015 has been a stellar time for […]



Codenames Review

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:34:35 +0000

I love me some Vlaada Chvatil. I delight in his imagination and skill in welding together unlikely elements to create brilliant games. He likes pushing dexterity into unlikely place. Or adding depth of strategy to genres and mechanics that have not, traditionally, had much. So it came as something of a surprise to find that […]



Bolt Thrower : StarCraft, Civilization, X-Wing, Hard West, Journey

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:08:14 +0000

It’s been a while since I steered anyone toward my series on tabletop versions of video games over at Gamerati. But since I did one on the StarCraft board game to coincide with the final digital game in that series, Legacy of the Void, I figured it was time for a reminder. However great the […]



Fury of Dracula 3rd Edition Review

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:42:59 +0000

The original Fury of Dracula was a seminal game of my childhood. Whisked off the shelf as a curio on a trip to get some gaming miniatures, it quickly became a staple. Van Helsing and his pupils spent hours sweeping Europe, seeking for the Count. Instead they often found feral wolves and savage gypsies as the […]



Cracked LCD- Cthulhu Wars in Review

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:08:19 +0000

I was very, very skeptical of Cthulhu Wars to say the least. I’m not a big supporter of the current trend toward crowdfunding in the hobby games market and I’m not entirely on board with the concept of these “Cadillac” games with astronomical presale prices. But there were three things that drove me to ask the […]



Dungeon Saga Review

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:46:50 +0000

If you know your dungeon crawl games, I can give you the shortest review ever of Dungeon Saga. It’s a cross between Descent and HeroQuest. It has the aesthetics and design philosophy of the latter, but incorporates the overlord versus players setup of the former. Job done. Still here? Okay then. Dungeon Saga has one […]



Cracked LCD- Champions of Midgard in Review

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 19:29:49 +0000

Champions of Midgard is a really good game. It’s new from Grey Fox Games and designer Ole Steiness (Police Precinct). It’s also one of the best looking games released this year, all done up in a heavy metal Viking motif with rockin’ fonts and illustrations that will make you want to throw up horns and […]