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Board games reviews: Plague Inc; Evolution: The Beginning; Kingdomino

Monday, May 15th, 2017
A mobile game makes an infectiously good transition to tabletop, a card game richly rewards smart selection and a domino-strategy mashup is a quickfire winner

There’s a faintly luddite spirit to the board game renaissance of recent years, perhaps a reaction to the heavy demands screens now make on our time. Yet there isn’t such a great divide between games built of cardboard and those spun from code. They explore similar themes and their designers frequently learn from one another.

In 2007, a simple web game, Pandemic, challenged players with spreading an infection across the world. Around the same time, an unrelated board game of the same name tasked its players with preventing the spread of disease and quickly assumed cult status. Soon after, a mobile game called Plague Inc reversed the goal again, making global epidemic a mainstay of many commutes, while happily crediting the original Pandemic web game as an inspiration. Now Plague Inc has been reimagined as a board game that looks much like a homage to the board game, completing a considerable circle over 10 years.

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Yamatai; Lotus; New York Slice board games review – elegant and challenging

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Our monthly guide to new board games features a mysterious archipelago kingdom off the coast of Japan, a magical gardening game and a chance to play pizza

Welcome to our monthly roundup of the best new board games. This time around we’re building shrines and palaces in ancient Japan, stuffing ourselves with delicious pizza and growing magical flowers in a surprisingly cut-throat gardening contest.

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Is Tunbridge Wells too posh for a game of Monopoly?

Sunday, April 9th, 2017
Despite 2,000 suggestions from the public for the spa town version of the board game, filling one of the cheapest spots on the board is proving tricky

Name: Tunbridge Wells.

Prefix: Royal.

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – The Big Beautiful Book of Board Games: Volume 1 is live

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – The Big Beautiful Book of Board Games: Volume 1 is live 

So a buddy, Neil Meyer is into photography and a gamer. So why not combine both interests? Why not indeed! He has launched a Kickstarter project for a gorgeous, high quality coffee table book with awesome photos of awesome games.

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From the project…

What do you do in the time between playing your favourite tabletop games?  How do you get your ‘fix’?  I know – I feel it too… that hollowness where you just want to open a box and look at the precious things inside.  That’s why I’m printing this beautiful coffee table style book, filled with pictures of over 48 different games and game store locations!

Each game will be spread across 4 pages, with an introduction image listing the name of the tabletop game, the year of release, the designer and artist(s).  Next is a double page spread showing the game at play, illustrating the components and artwork in stunning detail.  Additionally, we provide a short summary about the game, a picture of the box (so you can go grab one!) and information about game time, player numbers and target age.

And here is a list of the games that are featured. Yes I am twisting his arm to include Luchador!

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Worth a look? Yeah I would say so. The photos look glorious and including postage it seems like a nice deal. Check out the Big Beautiful Book of Board Games: Volume 1 here.


Filed under: game news, Kickstarter; Board Game Tagged: board games, book, game, games, kickstarter

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective is a captivating Victorian adventure

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Our guide to the best new board games looks at Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Exit: The Game and Tak

Welcome to our monthly look at some of the best new tabletop games. This time around we’re solving mysteries in Victorian London, escaping from locked rooms with nothing more than brain power and playing a beautiful game from a fantasy world.

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Board games reviews roundup: Vikings on Board; Elections of US America Election: The Card Game; RoboRally

Monday, January 30th, 2017
Three engrossing games put the fun into planning – a Viking conquest, a presidential campaign and an after-work competition for car-plant robots

One of the fascinating aspects of the resurgence of interest in board gaming is how they have demonstrated a knack for making pedestrian or even administrative processes engrossing. Vikings on Board, superficially a game themed around preparing for a journey, is a superb example. It’s not quite a packing-your-suitcase simulator, yet the gameplay remains focused on managing a workforce and moving supplies around a harbour, all with a view to dominating the northern territories with a clan of Norsemen.

The mechanics might seem at odds with the game’s claim to be a family-friendly strategy title. However, thanks to its captivating Viking theme and a riveting betting mechanic, which sees players trying to balance predicting the fortunes of their rivals with racing to claim victory, Vikings on Board shines, whether played with the family or over drinks with adult friends. Elaborate, enthralling and lavishly produced, it can feel a little convoluted when played at the family table, but if your own Viking clan doesn’t mind flexing its grey matter, it is well worth paying attention.

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Insurrection – the board game? Bloc by Bloc brings uprising to your living room

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Bloc by Bloc pits players against the authorities and aims to use a classic board game format to show the impact of gentrification and the power of protest

In Oakland’s commercial district, a diverse coalition of insurgents relieve shops of goods and light storefronts ablaze. Newly flush with fancy clothes, a group of workers evade marauding riot cops. Nearby, freed prisoners and neighboring citizens barricade the streets surrounding an occupied stadium. The military is expected to arrive in just a few days to decisively crush the rebellion.

This is one of the scenarios that plays out on the board of Bloc by Bloc, a cooperative tabletop strategy game that pits players against the authorities in a struggle to liberate the city. The “insurrection game”, as the creators, Rocket Lee and Tim Simons, bill it, is a not-for-profit project aimed, they say, at undermining imperialist themes in strategy games – and perhaps radicalizing unsuspecting players.

Related: LA's black enclave buffeted by police pressure and tech-driven gentrification

Related: Virtual realty: can a computer game turn you into an ‘evil’ property developer?

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SeaFall: is the legacy format heralding a new era of board games?

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

After the success of Pandemic Legacy, designer Rob Daviau is back with a seafaring adventure. But is everyone ready for board games you throw away at the end?

Rob Daviau thought Cluedo was flawed. It was around the end of 2008, while Daviau was working as a designer at Hasbro, and he was brainstorming ideas which could breathe new life into the murder mystery classic. “At one point I made the comment: ‘I don’t know why they keep inviting these people over for dinner, they’re all mass murderers. Why would you keep inviting them back game after game?’”

Daviau was joking, but his boss thought there was something in his critique. What if there was a way for games to change every time they were played? They discussed ways in which decisions made in one gaming session might carry over into the next. An attempt at Cluedo: The Usual Suspects was swiftly abandoned but Daviau soon found another classic with potential: Risk – the somewhat interminable game of word conquest.

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How I became my sons’ Dungeon Master

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
Growing up, Dan Jolin, uninterested in sport, got hooked on Dungeons & Dragons. Now, 32 years later, it’s proving to be the perfect way to connect with his two young sons Some dads stand in the rain bellowing encouragement to their kids on the pitch. Others sit quietly beside their children, fishing-rods in hand, together hoping for a catch. Come the weekend, whenever I can, I send my two boys into dark, dangerous places and make them fight bugbears, dark elves and evil sorcerers. When it comes to father and son bonding activities, it’s no surprise that dads today should look to their own childhoods for inspiration. Yet given my father took me to a boxing club when I was nine, thinking he would toughen me up but succeeding only in giving me weekly anxiety attacks, I searched elsewhere for the answer. I didn’t have far to look. It’s more socially constructive than letting them watch TV all day or play Call of Duty Related: From Game of Thrones to Michael Gove – the legacy of Dungeons & Dragons Continue reading...

Welcome!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

101 Best Board Games is the latest site in our group of “101 Best” websites. We’re not entirely sure the direction this site will go but we have a few plans for adding lots of content and information over the coming few months so watch this space!

If you have a favourite board game and would like to share it with others please register and submit it to the site – it only takes a few minutes and we’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible.

We’re really looking forward to building this site into the first stop resource for board gamers looking to find their next game – we want to keep it simple and accessible for everyone!