Posts Tagged ‘boardgames’

Cardboard Children – Rab’s Top 50: BREAKDOWN 1

By Robert Florence on April 22nd, 2014.

Hello youse.

Never let it be said that I don’t listen to feedback. After the first part of my Top 50 list last week, quite a few people asked that I go into a little bit more detail on the games I selected. So, here’s the plan – the week after each part, I’ll do an analysis piece talking about the games that are in the list. That means that this week I’ll be revisiting last week’s video to look at my choices. Next week – the next part of the list. The week after – analysis of THAT part. The video will be for the reveal and the light description, and the follow-up piece will be for more talk about the games. You dig?

Also, I don’t need to be all PG-friendly in these in-between columns, because my wee lassie ain’t directing them. BOOM!

HEY, IT WAS YOUR IDEA.

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Cardboard Children – Rab’s Top 50 (50-41): The Video

By Robert Florence on April 15th, 2014.

Hey youse.

Please enjoy the first bit of my Top 50 Boardgames of All Time video. I tried to keep it as brief as possible. 50-41 this week. My 7 year old daughter directed it. Please enjoy.

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Cardboard Children – Rab’s Top 50 INTRO

By Robert Florence on April 8th, 2014.

Hello youse.

Before the column goes VIDEO HEAVY over the next few weeks, I wanted to glide into it with a little chat about how I went through the process of deciding my TOP 50 BOARD GAMES OF ALL TIME. It was really hard, and I’m still unsure of myself, and I want to give you all an opportunity to remind me of any great games I might have missed, because I’m in a panic about it. Let’s talk.

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Cardboard Children – Splendor

By Robert Florence on April 1st, 2014.

Hello youse.

Sometimes a wee game comes along that just feels nice. It drops a board game reviewer in a difficult spot, because saying a game feels nice doesn’t actually tell anyone anything. Through the words below I will try to explain why Splendor works so well.

But it does feel nice. Honestly.

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Cardboard Children – NEWS

By Robert Florence on March 25th, 2014.

Roll a die.

On a 5-6, you have scored a success, and may read the rest of this board game news column.

If you fail, close the browser.

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Cardboard Children – Robinson Crusoe

By Robert Florence on March 18th, 2014.

NOTE: This column was started a few weeks ago, long before the disappearance of the Malaysian flight MH370. While there is no reference to air disasters in the column (only my irrational fear of flying) I wanted to assure readers that this column wasn’t written in the wake of that incident. I’m sure everyone would join me in hoping for the best possible outcome for the families of the crew and passengers of MH370.

Hello youse.

Why have I waited so long to talk about Robinson Crusoe? Let me tell you why. Sometimes I worry that in the discussion of board games we dig too far down into the detail of the mechanics of these things. You do THIS and then you do THIS and then you do THAT. I constantly worry about how we talk about games, because I’m that kind of guy. A worrier and an idiot. Great games never really feel like a string of IF and THEN commands. They feel like a living story, a true experience. So I did something different with Robinson Crusoe. I played it and then I gave it some distance. Some months later, stranded across an expanse of time, I’m ready to tell you about it.
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Cardboard Children – Cardboard Souls

By Robert Florence on March 11th, 2014.

Hello youse.

In the video game world, this is a big week. A BIG week. Dark Souls 2 is on its way, and it’ll be heading towards your PC not too long after. I’m such a huge fan of From Software’s work with King’s Field and Demon’s/Dark Souls. I think the games stand alone – they feel like truly unique experiences. I’ve been trying to come up with a board game design that captures the feel of these games for quite some time. But more of that later. AT THE MOMENT I thought it might be interesting to talk about some games that Dark Souls fans might enjoy. I’m talking dark, atmospheric, tough, mysterious board games that tell a great story.

ONWARDS
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Cardboard Children – Stream of Cardboard

By Robert Florence on March 4th, 2014.

Hello youse.

If you like board games and you know my column, then you’ll know that it’s been a long time since I went into one of my weird–

SLIPS INTO TRANCE

–stream of consciousness type of columns I say uh oh uh oh here we go!
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Cardboard Children – Discworld: Ankh-Morpork

By Robert Florence on February 25th, 2014.

Hello youse.

I haven’t read any of the Discworld books. Don’t judge me. I’m just – DO NOT JUDGE ME – not that big a fan of fantasy stuff, really. I couldn’t even make it through Lord of the Rings, that stuffy phone book of a thing. I was a horror guy in my youth. Stephen King and James Herbert and HP Lovecraft. Wizards? Nah. Not my bag. So Discworld was something that passed me by. Which makes it VERY INTERESTING that I now review a Discworld board game, because I have no fucking idea what any of the stuff refers to. ONWARDS.
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Cardboard Children – Caverna: Game Of The Year 2013

By Robert Florence on February 18th, 2014.

As I continue my build-up to the announcement of my Game of the Year 2013, I think-

No, actually. Let’s just do it now. Let’s just state my Game of the Year 2013 right now. I feel like there’s been enough build-up. I was going to wait another five or six months, but maybe you’ll forgive me for stating it this early. I’m excited, you see.

I am excited about Caverna.
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Cardboard Children – Battlelore 2nd Edition

By Robert Florence on February 4th, 2014.

Hello youse.

As we build up to my historic announcement of the best board game of 2013, I think it’s worth taking a break to talk about an exciting new edition of a great game. I’m really pumped about how good this game is. Are you sitting down? Do you like dice? Do you like games with lots of replayability?

Okay then.
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Cardboard Children – Hotel Tycoon

By Robert Florence on January 28th, 2014.

My Game of the Year? No. No. Next week. No, I am NOT just trying to annoy you all at this point. No. Honestly. But yeah, next week. Next week. *Wink*

This week… a new version of an old FAMILY game. Yeah, we’re moving away from the hardcore hobby stuff this week to try out something that is designed for normal, functioning members of society. Read on.
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Cardboard Children – Eldritch Horror

By Robert Florence on January 21st, 2014.

Hello youse.

Way back in the day, when I first covered Arkham Horror I made it clear that while it was a game I loved, it wasn’t a game I could easily recommend. You can travel back through time by the power of “link-clicking” to find out all about that if you wish. Once you’re done, you can click to read further into this edition of my column, where I’ll recommend a different game to you, and recommend it easily.
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