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Here’s a neat case of self-perpetuating archaeology. Medieval history spawned sword & sorcery literature. This literature spawned tabletop fantasy role-playing games and Medieval re-enactment groups. These games and groups spawned live action role playing. And now the larpers have created a market for faux-Medieval coinage, which they are buying at game stores, using at larps…

Most-played Boardgames of 2013

Here are the ten boardgames I played more than twice during 2013. Keltis (2008, travel version, very handy) * For Sale (1997) 7 Wonders (2010) Cave Troll (2002) * Galaxy Trucker (2007) * King of Tokyo (2011) * Kingdom Builder (2011) * Telestrations (2009) Fluxx (1997) * Tikal (1999)* These are mostly short games that…

Role-playing games of the Dungeons & Dragons variety come in the form of books that are functionally analogous to computer software. You get your operating system (core rule book) and then you can buy update packages (rule expansions), programming libraries (campaign settings) and application programs (adventure modules) for it. In this analogy, the computer that…

Gaming at LinCon

Junior and I went for two days to LinCon, the annual gaming convention in Linköping (est. 1984). There was a fine crowd of geeks, all ages and with a good gender balance, many in steampunk finery. I said to Junior, “Look at them closely, son. These are your people.” Here’s what I played. All good…

Karl Olausson has just submitted his Bachelor’s thesis in history: a study of the post-WW2 Swedish boardgame market. The material he’s used is largely interviews with people in our country’s boardgame business. Karl has kindly given me permission to put the work on-line (in Swedish). Here’s the abstract: This essay is about the history of…

Retro Gamer Tattoos

Junior and I met this guy in the line to the EuroGamer Expo in London last September. Anybody know him?

Most-played Boardgames of 2012

Here are the ten boardgames I played the most over a year with about one gaming session a week. Innovation (2010) 7 Wonders (2010) For Sale (1997) Glory to Rome (2005) * Lost Cities (1999) Verräter (1998) * Pergamon (2011, reviewed here) * Telestrations (2009) * Last Night on Earth (2007) * Wok Star (2010)…

Boardgame Review: Beer & Vikings

Beer & Vikings – of course I had to review this new Italian boardgame, the follow-up to 2011′s Sake & Samurai in the “Spirits & Warriors” series. Let me say at the outset that the game art shows little influence from actual Viking Period material culture and the text shows little influence from Old Norse…

Boardgame Retreat

This past weekend saw my third annual boardgaming retreat: 48 hours in good company at a small Nyköping hotel during the slow season, all meals included. Me and my buddy Pieter took a walk upriver to the first bridge and back past the castle ruin late on Saturday night, but otherwise I spent my waking…

Fazer Chinaman Gone, Leaves Hat

Fazer has removed the cartoon East Asian from one of two versions of the packaging for their chocolate-covered puffed rice. Only the conical straw hat remains, an “abbreviated motif” as Karl Hauck would have put it. Tørsleff still has the guy on their gel agent. Gabob recently published the fine boardgame Wok Star which is…