Author Archives: Chris Wray

PSA: Puerto Rico 1897 is literally unplayable…

Puerto Rico 1897 released last month, at least here in the United States. I was excited for this redo of the Andreas Seyfarth classic, and in fact, I had preordered it last fall. I love the gameplay of Puerto Rico, … Continue reading

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Tricks and Trumps #2: Variations on the Classics (1967-1990)

Tricks and Trumps #2: Variations on the Classics (1967-1990) This is our second entry in a thirteen-part series featuring trick taking games.  You can find the first entry here and the series introduction here. This entry will focus on trick … Continue reading

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What makes trick-taking so enduring? And is it the most popular game mechanic on the planet? Eight trick-taking designers weigh in!

Trick-taking is one of the oldest card game mechanics: the first entry in our Tricks & Trumps series was Pitch, which dates to around 1600. I also have a theory that trick-taking is the most popular game mechanic on the … Continue reading

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Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition is the latest mega-hit on the trick-taking scene. It was arguably the hottest game at Gen Con 2022, and it has been wildly popular in the months since then. Nearly 5,000 people report owning … Continue reading

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Five Three Five (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Five Three Five is a new climbing/shedding game from Portland Game Collective. Five Three Five was originally published in Japan in 2020 by Game Nowa. The game was a massive hit at the trick-taking convention back in January (even though … Continue reading

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Trick-taking Week: The Artwork of Sai Beppu (Article by Chris Wray)

This week is about celebrating trick taking games, and today, we’re celebrating a leading artist of trick taking games, Sai Beppu! Historically, the trick taking game mechanic was packed with dull and drab art, but that has changed in recent … Continue reading

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