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Catan (1995)

This is an awkward review to write.  On the one hand Catan is a well-designed title beloved by millions – one of the few modern designer board-games that can claim genuine fame outside of an ultra-niche demographic of ultra-niche nerds.    If you say to most normal people that you are…

Wibbell++ Review

Wibbell++ (2017)

Wibbell++ presents me with something of a conundrum when it comes to a review and the teardown to follow.  It’s not a game as such.  It’s a ‘card game system’ which can be used to provide the raw components for many games.     To an extent this whole review is going…

Yamatai Review

Yamatai (2017)

Every time I set up and play Yamatai I am struck again by just how bloody lovely every single part of it is.  This is a game that is much participatory art project as it is an exercise in play – at the end of a session you can sit…

Five Tribes review

Five Tribes (2014)

Right everyone, I need you to listen here.  This is going to be a rough review.  I’m going to be unironically saying things like ‘table presence’ (urgh), ‘analysis paralysis’ (urgh, urgh) and ‘mancala mechanisms’ (ur… uh?).   I’m going to be talking about this game in a way that makes it…

Potion Explosion review

Potion Explosion (2015)

We also have an accessibility teardown of Potion Explosion available. When I think back to my time at Hogwarts, my recollection of Potions was a somewhat different experience to how it’s presented in Potion Explosion.  It was less about unconstrained play and more about trying not to catch Snape’s eye…

Arboretum review

Arboretum (2015)

We also have an accessibility teardown of Arboretum available. Arboretum doesn’t look like it, but this is a game about when the Ents go to war.   Arboretum is a scorched-earth battleground set in the Lord of the Rings universe.  It doesn’t say it anywhere, but that’s the only conclusion a…

One Deck Dungeon (2016)

We also have an accessibility teardown of One Deck Dungeon available. Oooh, One Deck Dungeon was an unexpected treat.   I bought it mostly on a whim largely because I wanted to talk about its approach to inclusion in the art.  It’s an all woman cast which is simultaneously something of…