Shunning the Zpocalypse

I’m moderately obsessed with Kickstarter right now, but purely for board games. I’m not sure why – there are plenty of games out already that I want, which I don’t own, but there’s something more altruistic about this type of consumerism. Though I worry that it’s eating away at revenue streams for indie retailers – we’re essentially consuming our way up the food chain – I do...

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Ganging Up On Me
Mar14

Ganging Up On Me

A few weeks back I had a game of Necromunda with my pal Rob (you may recall his excellent hand modeling work in my AT-43 post). Necro-who-what? never heard of it… Well I’m feeling a bit lazy so I’ll pinch the Wikipedia description which does a pretty nice job of summing the game up Necromunda is a skirmish tabletop war game produced by  Games Workshop Specialist Games. In Necromunda, players control rival gangs...

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Marbles: The Brain Store
Mar12

Marbles: The Brain Store

With GAME in free-fall you might be wondering how tabletop games can capitalise on this blow to video games, their greatest foe. This is the moment when board games can rise and conquer. Have at thee, Halo Reach. Rest in peace, Super Mario 64. This is a new age, an era of dice and cardboard and dear little figurines. It’s an age of brain power, not processing power. It’s an age that’s come not a day too soon, because let’s face...

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s scalp
Mar09

Gwyneth Paltrow’s scalp

was about the most entertaining – and shocking – bit of Contagion, the recent Hollywood remake of Outbreak which doesn’t really need to exist. The film as a whole was a pretty boring, cold, unemotional look at how society breaks down in the event of everyone dying of bat-pig flu. People look sternly at each other, Jude Law has a wonky tooth and strange accent and Matt Damon looks a bit chubby. I had to rewind when...

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Shadows Upon Lassadar
Mar08

Shadows Upon Lassadar

We’ve been looking at Print and Play quite a bit lately, and I’ve found a little solitaire gem, “Shadows Upon Lassadar“. Design Todd Sanders is one of the more prolific home boardgame designers, and his work has a fantastic high design feel. As an artist he takes real care in the presentation of his games, and this means you end up with great looking cards, counters and components. His work is of a higher...

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