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Tichu Turns 25: A Retrospective on the Hobby’s Favorite Card Game

Game History by Chris Wray, Tichu Tips by Mary Prasad This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Tichu’s publication.  In a hobby that is often defined by the “cult of the new,” Tichu is still a perennial favorite among gamers, … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Pandemic Legacy, BGG’s new #1 game…

Pandemic Legacy just became the #1 game on BoardGameGeek.  Congratulations to designers Rob Daviau and Matt Leacock, as well as publisher Z-Man Games.   Pandemic Legacy was released on October 8, 2015, and since then it has earned rave reviews … Continue reading

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El Grande Big Box

As a fan of boardgames from birth, I stumbled upon Settlers of Catan while surfing the rec.games.board newsgroup in the mid 90s.  After Settlers, I was looking for the next similar upgrade in my boardgame collection and I read about … Continue reading

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Gioco dell’Anno: Nomination

The Gioco dell’Anno (Game of the Year) committee is proud to announce the nominees of the 2015 edition. The committee members are Roberto Genovesi (president), Luca Bonora, Riccardo Busetto, Massimiliano Calimera, Fabio Cambiaghi, Paolo Cupola, Caterina Ligabue, Fabrizio Paoli (coordinator) … Continue reading

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Are Boardgames Getting Better? An Empirical Analysis

By: Chris Wray and Jeff Lingwall We often mention the “cult of the new” in boardgaming, meaning the feeding frenzy that follows the release of new games. BGG ratings bear this out. For instance, as of today, 23 of the top … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers predict the 2015 Kennerspiel des Jahres

Opinionated Gamers Predict the 2015 Kennerspiel des Jahres (Roundtable) Now that the short list has been revealed for the 2015 Kennerspiel des Jahres, it’s time for us to discuss the three finalists and predict who we think will win from … Continue reading

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2015 Spiel des Jahres lists announced!

For Spiel des Jahres – the list is: Colt Express Machi Koro The Game   The recommended list includes: Cacao Looney Quest Patchwork Simsala…Bumm? (Abraca… wha?) Ugo Vollmondnacht (One Night Ultimate Werewolf)

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The OG tries to predict the 2015 Spiel des Jahres award!

OK – so it’s time for the annual attempt of the Opinionated Gamers to show just how wrong we can be in trying to prognosticate the annual Spiel des Jahres winner.   As you likely know, the Spiel des Jahres in … Continue reading

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Alan Moon to release a country music album

In another surprising turn, multiple SdJ winner Alan R. Moon has announced that he’s going into the recording studio to record a selection of country music covers.  Looking to become the second “Man in Black” of country music, it remains … Continue reading

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Friedemann Friese returns from seclusion to design more games

BREMEN, GERMANY – After being relatively silent for the past two months, Friedemann has finally emerged from his seclusion.  In an email conversation with me, he let me know that he had been engaged in some serious in-depth counseling.  As … Continue reading

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