Games

This is a list of all games that have so far been discussed on Talking Shelf Space. Doing long form, in-depth reviews and first impressions does take its time. I seem to average one piece every 2-3 weeks and started in early 2022. So by now a sizeable back catalogue exists for you to enjoy!

  • First Impressions of Concordia Roma / Sicilia – Location, Location, Location

    First Impressions of Concordia Roma / Sicilia – Location, Location, Location

  • Review of Sky Team – Tower, we have a problem … or ten

    Review of Sky Team – Tower, we have a problem … or ten

  • First Impressions of Barcelona – Putting the Charm Back Into Euros

    First Impressions of Barcelona – Putting the Charm Back Into Euros

  • First Impressions of Mr President: The American Presidency 2001-2020 – It’s Hard to be POTUS

    First Impressions of Mr President: The American Presidency 2001-2020 – It’s Hard to be POTUS

  • Review of Rolling Heights – True to Its Theme, Things Take Longer Than Planned

    Review of Rolling Heights – True to Its Theme, Things Take Longer Than Planned

  • First Impressions of For Northwood – Trick Taking for One?

    First Impressions of For Northwood – Trick Taking for One?

  • Review of Paperback Adventures – Extreme Combative Solo Wordsmithing

    Review of Paperback Adventures – Extreme Combative Solo Wordsmithing

  • Review of Horseless Carriage – A Class of Its Own

    Review of Horseless Carriage – A Class of Its Own

  • First Impressions of Mosaic: A Story of Civilization – An Epic Exposition Doesn’t Always Make A Great Ending

    First Impressions of Mosaic: A Story of Civilization – An Epic Exposition Doesn’t Always Make A Great Ending

Editorial Policy

When I started this project, I had one firm rule: only write about a game if there is a story to tell. There is already an abundance of content creators that do “this is how the game is played and do I like it” and I noticed that I didn’t find them helpful at all. Often they were produced after only a few plays, which might explain why the enthusiasm with which the games were presented didn’t really match the long term feedback that later came from the community of players out there.

The articles on this site are written only once I’ve played a game enough times to discovered its core, what it is really about. They are more about the experience of playing a game rather than its rules. So don’t expect being able to play the game after reading one of the discussions here. Instead, I love digging into small details that one doesn’t get from a rulebook but only from actively playing a game. There are also no ratings. It is up to you to figure out if a particular game is for you. I can only try to paint you a picture what’s it like to play the game.

As a general rule, I don’t ask for review copies. I’m not opposed to the idea, but mainly I don’t want to have the pressure of having to write about a game I don’t know if it will interest me or not. Pretty much all games you read about on this page have been bought by me, either first or second hand, or been on loan from a friend. In the rare case where that isn’t so, I mention it in the article.