Flashpoint: Fire Rescue
Mar30

Flashpoint: Fire Rescue

To write Flashpoin: Fire Rescue off as a Pandemic clone, or a Forbidden Island clone, is to miss the point. While both of those games and this share elements – controlling the environment through movement of pieces around a board while trying to get to the endgame – all three differ significantly enough to be fun. But what each has, in spades, is theme. Pandemic – essentially Outbreak: The Game – is probably...

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A year and a bit – shelf one
Nov11

A year and a bit – shelf one

A lot changes in a year and a bit. 15 months ago I was looking for things to enrich my life as the most desperately dull job I’ve ever had wore me slowly down. I bought an old copy of Space Crusade, then HeroQuest, then a newer game and the rest, as they say is history. This first year in the hobby has seen me pick up old interests, collect more games than I have the time to play, and learn to start painting again. I’ve...

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A month of gaming
Sep01

A month of gaming

  Gosh, has it really been this long? When 2012 started and this nugget of an idea settled in my head for Caution: Small Parts, I wasn’t sure exactly where it would go or take me with it. Unfortunately, just as we began to get something of a pace going the usual thing that occurs early on in every blog’s life happened here: real life. I can’t talk for any other member of the crew, but I know that I’ve been...

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UK Games Expo
May23

UK Games Expo

Saturday 26th May 2012 shall forever be known as the day I either embrace this new found hobby with both arms and a cock rub, or the day I decided I don’t actually like boardgames much at all thanksverymuchokbye. It’s pretty simple, really; I’m going to the UK Games Expo, being held in Edgbaston, Birmingham. In the UK. It’ll be the first consumer fair I’ve ever really been to. I’ve done plenty of...

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The Rules of Responsibility
May14

The Rules of Responsibility

New games drive me mad, so why do I keep buying them? There’s that initial rush of satisfaction as you hand over cash, the thrill of looking at the long coveted box, the joy of opening it up and punching it. All of that is swept to one side as I open the rulebook. Or even worse, the rulebooks. My latest purchases – Crossbows & Catapults, Space Alert and Red November – all suffer in different ways. They take...

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