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Tokaido review

Tokaido (2012)

Tokaido is perhaps the most British game I’ve ever played and that might be surprising given how every element oozes Japanese aesthetics.  It is a gorgeous, sumptuous feast for the eyes that combines elegant minimalism with evocative art.   You take on the role of a traveler following the eponymous Tokaido…

Arkham Horror: The Card Game Review

Arkham Horror: The Card Game (2016)

At this point in the muggy Scottish summer of 2017 I think under most circumstances I’d rather be killed by raging cultists of the King in Yellow than play another Lovecraft inspired game.

Once upon a time Lovecraft and all his weirdly specific public racisms were what literate horror fans used…

Rock, Paper, Wizard review

Rock, Paper, Wizard (2016)

I’ve spent a lot of time imagining myself as a wizard.  Like… a lot of time.  More time than a grown man should ever invest in the pursuit.  Every time I walk up to an automatic door with a pen in my hand I point it and say ‘Alohamora’.    Usually…

The biases of review copies

The Biases of Review Copies

Let’s talk about review copies since it’s one of those topics that consistently bobs up to the surface of the reviewer community like a dead rat in a sewer overflow.  Note here that I’m not going to talk about the emergent trend of ‘payment for reviews’ – that is a…

NMBR 9 Review

NMBR 9 (2017)

We also have an accessibility teardown of NMBR 9 available. If Barenpark is Bear Tetris, then NMBR 9 is Tetris Bingo.   It’s a spectacularly straightforward game – one that even I’m going to find difficult to stretch out into our trademark patent pending Meeple Like Us format.   Oh yes, we…

Santorini review

Santorini (2016)

How Santorini made its way into my collection is kind of an interesting story, except that it’s not interesting and barely counts as a story.  I’d been eyeing it up on various online retailers for several months, watching the price erratically fluctuate from ‘too expensive’ to ‘way too damn expensive’…

Quadropolis review

Quadropolis (2016)

I’ve made it no secret in the past that I absolutely love Suburbia despite it having all the visual appeal of a charted accountant’s wastepaper bin.  The grim, austere graphical design and the furious calculation that goes into every move make it a difficult sell to non-gamers though.  The game…

New York Slice review

New York Slice (2017)

I expected not to like this game when it was first put in front of me.   We got to play a few games on what I have come to think of as ‘The Stressful Saturday’ of the UK Games Expo.   The Bezier Games table was a quiet refuge in a…