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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…

Heptagonal Dice Trays

I don’t like the loud rattle of dice or the way they careen across the table, scattering game markers and ending up on the floor. And so I’ve been thinking about buying a dice tray. With low walls and a soft interior surface, it solves both problems. When my friend Foaad gave me a huge…

Vacation Fun

Spent a week gloriously off-line at my mom’s glorious summer house in the archipelago. Oh the joy of reading 300 pages for fun in one day without feeling the need to check e-mail! Here are the books I read: Invented Knowledge. False history, fake science and pseudo-religions. Ronald H. Fritze 2009. One amazing essay covers…

Weekend Fun

Played Eclipse for the first time with my new Muscovite friends Anton & Maria and frequent guest Swedepat. This Finnish 2011 boardgame has become a runaway international hit and is currently ranked #7 on Boardgame Geek. It’s about interstellar colonialism: good fun, very neatly designed, and has a lot of inherent replayability. I look forward…

Boardgame Review: Pergamon

There are some good archaeology-themed boardgames out there. None depict archaeology as an activity directed towards the gaining of knowledge. Let’s look at the top three on Boardgame Geek. Tikal has a pretty absurd premise. A number of archaeological expeditions reach an area of jungle-covered ruins in the Yucatan peninsula at the same time and…

Sunzi’s Ancient Art of Cheating

When I was a kid I enjoyed playing the 1984 computer war game Sun Tzu’s Ancient Art of War. Last spring I visited Tiger Hill in Suzhou where there is a small temple to the great strategist’s memory. The game is good fun, not least thanks to the scenario editor that was years before its…