The 2015 Good Gift Games Guide

My 2015 Good Gift Games Guide appears in The Morning News today. Here are the ten games featured: Game Rules Purchase Patchwork PDF Amazon Codenames PDF Amazon Pandemic Legacy BGG Amazon Lanterns BGG Amazon Colt Express PDF Amazon Ca$h & Guns PDF Amazon Sheriff of Nottingham PDF Amazon Mysterium PDF Amazon Looney Quest PDF Amazon

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The 2014 Good Gift Game Guide

The 2014 Good Gift Games guide appears in The Morning News today. Here are the ten games featured: Game Rules Purchase Splendor PDF Amazon, Funagain Machi Koro PDF Amazon, Funagain Concept PDF Amazon, Funagain Marrying Mr. Darcy How to play Amazon, Funagain Tokaido PDF Amazon, Funagain Star Realms How to play Amazon, Funagain Terror in Meeple City (FKA "Rampage") PDF Amazon, Funagain Camel Up PDF Amazon, Funagain Mascarade

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Board Games via Skype

@matthewbaldwin My husband @gkr and I want to Skype and drink while playing a board or card game with some East Coast geekfriends. Any recs? — Virginia Roberts (@askvirginia) March 2, 2014 Hmm, that's an interesting challenge. I'm sure I could search Google and find some board games that are routinely played via Skype, but let me ruminate on the problem

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Upcoming Gamenight / Tweetup

Based on the success of the first one, the Seattle Gamenight / Tweetup has officially become A Thing, and will henceforth be held on the last Friday of each month. For the next, February 28, I have reserved a room at Cafe Mox, Seattle's premiere game parlour. The space only holds 10, so please RSVP via Twitter or email if you intend to join;

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Seattle Gamenight / Tweetup

SEATTLE! Impromptu gamenight/tweetup, 6 PM Thursday, 01/30 at the Elysian. http://t.co/BsrMDruXce— Matthew Baldwin (@matthewbaldwin) January 14, 2014 Come join me, royalbacon, hellbox and more on Thursday, January 30th at the Elysian on Capitol Hill for an impromptu gamenight / tweetup. The festivities will begin around 6 PM, and I will come armed with: @maxtemkin's Cards Against Humanity (and Werewolf) @malki's Machine of Death @cbdarden's

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The 2013 Good Gift Games Guide

The 2013 Good Gift Games guide appears in The Morning News today. Kind of a strange list this year, populated almost exclusively with card games. The only games with traditional boards are VivaJava and Eight-Minute Empire (albeit one the size of a large index card). There also no games exclusively for two-players. I was originally going to include Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small (see below), but

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Animal Upon Animal

What is your son’s favorite game. I am a fan of board games, so folks often wonder what I play with my son. He doesn’t get the social aspects of play (competition, cooperation, trading, and so forth), nor the narrative arc of games like Max, but he enjoys the pattern-matching of picture dominoes and The Kids of Carcassonne, even if we don’t keep score.

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Games: Dungeon Roll

playtested: Let’s get this out of the way: Dungeon Roll is a solitaire game ... But as solitaire game, it shines. I'm friends with Chris Darden, the designer of Dungeon Roll, so declined to review it myself for Playtest. This instead comes from Sandor Weisz, a.k.a. The Puzzler. When Sandy describes Dungeon Roll as a "solitaire game", it's not criticism in the same way

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PAX Impressions

Some brief thoughts on the games I learned at PAX. Alien Frontiers: I’ve heard a few raves about this worker-placement game, and jumped at the chance to give it a whirl during PAX. It is one of a number of newer worker-placement games that use dice as the workers, with the values determining what can be done with them. Along

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Games: Tzolk’in

This review is a cross-post from Playtest. Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar is available through Amazon and Funagain Games. ♪ For every season, turn, turn, turn … ♫ As with any form of art, boardgame design is subject to trends. "Worker placement games”, for example, were all the rage in the years following the release of Agricola. Most games of the genre had similar

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