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Boardgame Recommendations

There’s a scifi convention in my home municipality near Stockholm this weekend: Fantastika 2016. I’m giving a talk on my Medieval castles project, and I’m also on a boardgame recommendations panel. Below is the list I’m bringing: it’s a selection of my favourites with an emphasis on the period 2010-2016. “BGG rank” refers to the…

LinCon 2016 Gaming Convention

Spent two happy days at the LinCon 2016 gaming convention in Linköping. 1500 gaming geeks of all ages from newborn to dotage, and with a very good gender balance. The only age/gender demographic that was visibly missing was old women. But brown and black people were sadly almost entirely absent. My own main complaint though…

Most-played Boardgames of 2015

Here are the ten boardgames I played the most during 2015. The year’s total was 78 different boardgames. Saboteur (2004) * Istanbul (2014) * Love Letter (2012) * Manhattan (1994) * 6 nimmt / Category 5 (1994) Elysium (2015) * El Grande (1995) * Magic: the Gathering (1993) Province (2014) * Boss Monster (2013) *…

A Tangled Tale Of The Arabian Nights

Most story boardgames don’t let you do much tactically to influence the results or win. I’ve reported previously on what a game of Arkham Horror (2005) can be like. And I’ve played Betrayal At House On The Hill (2004) quite a lot. But the storiest of all story boardgames I’ve played is Tales Of The…

Gaming Retreat

This past weekend saw my sixth annual boardgaming retreat: 43 hours in good company at our usual small Nyköping hotel, all meals included. My buddy Oscar organises everything. There were a bit more than 20 of us this year after a few late cancellations, mainly guys in our 30s and 40s. After Sunday lunch I…

Most-played Boardgames of 2014

Here are the ten boardgames I played the most during 2014. Sechs nimmt / Category 5 (1994, gets swift intense buy-in even from non-gamers) * Innovation (2010) Magic: the Gathering (1993) * Plato 3000 (2012) * Keltis (2008, travel version, very handy) Glass Road (2013) * Archaeology: the Card Game (2007) * For Sale (1997)…

Boardgaming Retreat

I spent last weekend at the annual boardgaming retreat organised by my friend Oscar. This was my fifth retreat, and I enjoyed it greatly. Oscar negotiates a good off-season all-inclusive deal for 25 of us at a small rural hotel, and then we spend two days gaming and sharing meals. People bring huge numbers of…

LARPing Enters the Archaeological Record

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…