Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases at Essen Spiel 2019

Internationale Spieltage SPIEL (also known as Essen Game Fair) held every year in Essen, Germany is the largest board gaming event in the world. Although held late in Q4 (October 24th-27th), it marks the debut of some the hottest eurogames of the year. There are dozens of board game titles that I’m excited for this … Read more

RONE (Complete Edition) & Last Stand Expansion Review: an Under-the-Radar Card Game Worth Your Attention

Did you ever wonder what it would be like after a nuclear fallout? Enter the world of RONE: Races of New Era. In RONE you play as a hero forced to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland—a world of diminishing resources, with enemies around every corner, and devoid of Kickstarter. Life is grim and you need … Read more

Gùgōng Review

The following is a guest post from contributor Anthony Ball. Game: GugongDesigned by: Andreas StedingAccommodates: 1-5 playersAuthor’s Plays: 13 at various player counts (1-4 players) BoardGameGeek Link Appearance The front of the box is very pretty and shows someone being given a gift which is the theme of the game. The back of the box … Read more

10 Japanese Board Games Worth Checking Out

Play is a universal activity. Though we often focus on the types of games from our own region, healthy tabletop design culture exists around the world. Titles from countries such as Argentina, Nigeria, Brazil, Iran, Indonesia, India, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan join the familiar western publishers at Spiel in Essen, Germany each fall. In this … Read more

Top 100 Board Games of All Time: Analyzing Your Favorite Reviewers’ Top Games Lists [2019 Edition]

Is your shelf of shame ever growing? With thousands of new board games being released every year, it’s harder than ever to figure out which games to buy, which to play, and which to avoid. There’s simply too many games! Overwhelmed with choices, many of you may have turned to popular board game reviewers such … Read more

Guardian’s Call Review

The latest from designer James Hudson, Guardian’s Call, is a high player-interaction party game designed to create interesting moments and natural stopping points during play. Playing it with a group of close friends felt a lot like poker night. I believe that’s no accident, and that this game can fill a very important niche for … Read more

Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write Review

The following is a guest post from contributor Anthony Ball. Game Title: Imperial Settlers: Roll & WriteDesigner: Ignacy TrzewiczekPlay Time: ~30 minutesAccommodates: 1-4 playersAuthor’s Plays: 8 at player counts of 1-2 BGG Link Appearance The front of the box is amusing. It shows a person drawing a town and some animals using a pencil, giving … Read more

Cat Café Review: Roll Kitty, Roll!

Roll and write games are very popular nowadays, and although there’s no shortage of new ones being released, none but Cat Café feature adorable kittens. Cat Café, designed by Giung Kim and Juhwa Lee, is very appropriately published by Alley Cat Games (in participation with Korean publisher, Mandoo Games). It accommodates 2-4 players and takes … Read more