Heat: Pedal to the Metal board game table setup

First Impressions of Heat: Pedal to the Metal – Zero to Fun in Sixty Seconds

We’re approaching the next corner and I’m way too fast. In the front, the leader is trying to pull away from me so I have to keep up. In the back, the rest of the competition is breathing down my neck. There is a discerning amount of stress, heat is starting to build up, and …

Encyclopedia board game kickstarter

On The Table: Encyclopedia, Endless Winter, Sabika, Hamlet, Lacrimosa

I got a number of new games to the table, none of which I really felt had an interesting enough story to tell for one of my full length articles. So instead, let’s try this new lightning round format: On The Table. Encyclopedia: I’m quite fond of this one. Love the art style, the dice stealing …

John Company Second Edition

First Impressions of John Company: Second Edition – A Story Worth to Be Told

Great riches can be found by leaving one’s own comfort zone. Sometimes they come in the form of new discoveries we love, other times in an affirmation that we were already where we wanted to be. John Company: Second Edition is pretty far outside my normal area of interest, in fact it might be in …

Woodcraft board game

First Impressions of Woodcraft – Who Knew Carpentry Would Be Such a Tight Business?

The first games of my virtual Essen haul have started arriving. Instead of going to the convention in person, I opted for watching from home and just ordering a couple of games that fancied my interest. It’s kind of a crapshoot to buy those games without any serious reviews already out but fun in its …

Preview of Tranquility: The Ascent – The Things We Do for Board Games

What is the craziest thing you have done to get a board game? Stood way too early in front of the Essen convention halls, waiting for the gates to open? Check (cannot even remember the game I so desperately wanted at the time). Searched through a foreign land’s eBay to acquire that expansion you really …

Carnegie Table Setup

First Impressions of Carnegie – A Perfected Euro Experience

One of my favourite experiences in board gaming is being unexpectedly blown away by a game. I realise I’m tipping my hand here as to what direction the conclusion of these first impressions will likely go, but let’s stick with it. I fondly remember the day when I picked up a second hand copy of Dune: …

Castles of Mad King Ludwig Collector's Edition

First Impressions of Castles of Mad King Ludwig Collector’s Edition – Lovely Game Gets Dreamy Production

Alright, let’s get this out of the way. These first impressions will likely be different for two reasons: one, this is the very first Kickstarter that I backed myself and has actually fulfilled. Up to now, I’ve typically just waited for games to actually ship, checked how they turned out and then grabbed a copy …

Stars of Akarios

First Impressions of Stars of Akarios – Which Way to The Battle, Kind Sir?

I was just thinking I might be the least qualified person on BGG to write about Stars of Akarios: I have played neither Gloomhaven, Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon, nor Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game, so a lot of comparisons others make I cannot draw from. I’m also not a miniature-driven purchaser of games. But for some …

Curious Cargo

Review of Curious Cargo – A (Solo) Knife Fight in a Phone Booth

I’ve been playing Curious Cargo a lot in the last two weeks. And I mean a lot a lot. There are some games that immediately trigger something in my brain to go “yeeees” and make it difficult to stop wanting to play it. I’m thinking of games like SET or Ricochet Robots, games that most of my friends …