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Feature: But not a great one

Why Dota Underlords is a good board game

Most of the board games I like are exciting. They're about betrayals, surprises, audacious cunning. They're games that weave drama around humans rather than systems, driven more by the delights of psychology than the dryness of systems. They pop because humans, at least when they're onto you, are hard to control - but that can be exhausting. Board games cater for less aggressive competitions, too.…

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Decrypto is goodo

How was your New Years? Mine was lovely, in no small part because I went to a hut with my old hiking buddies and watched one of them involuntarily spray champagne out of their nose. It was with impeccable comedic timing, too, right into our bonfire and right after we'd finished singing Auld Lang Syne. It was also lovely because we spent more time playing…

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Feature: Time to ditch the timer

Have You Played… Mysterium?

The people who made Mysterium want you to play it wrong. That's not a problem with the original board game, as long as you don't play with people who insist on adhering to the designer's vision (hot tip: just don't tell people about the extra faff and keep the timer tucked away in the box). PC players can't be so picky.

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Intimidatingly enormous fantasy board game Gloomhaven coming to PC in 2019

I'm always up for learning a new board game, but whenever I see the towering monolith that is Gloomhaven and its multitude of boxes-within-boxes, I start looking for something more my speed... like Snakes and Ladders. Thankfully, I'll soon be able to enjoy its complex world of co-op dungeon crawling without fear of losing hundreds of key components under sofa cushions, as it's being adapted…

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Digital board games going cheap in Steam weekend sale

The best moments in board games happen while making intense eye contact. They're when a twitch betrays a lie in a game of deception, or when you're fixed with a look of smugness and sympathy as your neighbour marches into your territory. Digital board games definitely have their drawbacks, but so does spending hundreds of pounds on cardboard you can only break out when people…

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Being a bad dad in Crusader Kings The Board Game

It didn’t take long for the deals to start flying across the table. We hovered over the weathered map of medieval Europe, shouting out offers and threats between excursions to the Holy Land. There were marriage proposals, bribes and even an assassination plot or two. Like its PC progenitor, Crusader Kings The Board Game has a knack for generating stories, but it does it in…

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Feature: We didn't start the fire

Flash Point: Fire Rescue review

Flash Point: Fire Rescue is the digital adaptation of a board game about rescuing people from buildings on fire. The basic premise is simple: a house is aflame. You command a squad of firemen and penetrate the place, trying to rescue as many survivors as possible before the building collapses. Big question marks randomly appear on the map. Some of them hide survivors, other are…

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Terraforming Mars but without the fiddly bits

Bits are both the joy and bane of board games. You know, bits - those fiddly counters, miniatures and cubes of plastic, wood or metal (oooh, fancy). On the one hand, the tactile sensation of slamming down a plastic train in Ticket to Ride, cutting off your opponent’s train route to their howls of anguish, is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and a feeling that’s…

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Lovecraftian board game Mansions Of Madness coming to PC

Fantasy Flight's Lovecraftian board game Mansions Of Madness, which cardboard dad Rab Forence has praised so much in these pages, is getting a video game adaptation next year. Publishers Asmodee Digital yesterday announced Mansions Of Madness: Mother's Embrace, which will send a team of investigators to investigate a spooky mansion, being waylaid by traps, monsters, and other terribleness. Asmodee have a lot of experience in…

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Feature: That's exactly what a spy would say.

Hidden role games let me be sneaky in ways that video games can’t

I'm a big fan of being sneaky. I don't mean being sneaky in a 'creep up behind people and put a knife behind their shoulder blades' kind of way. Stealth in video games can be fun, sure, but the joy there lies in gaining mastery over a system rather than, well, people. I'm talking about the kind of sneakiness that revolves around putting on a…

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Board game Terra Mystica rolls onto PC

I'm not a big board game lover, but friends who are keep telling me there's two in particular I must try. There's The Resistance: Avalon, a game about figuring out other players' identities, and Terra Mystica, a strategy game. As it happens, the latter has dropped on PC this week. So now I have no excuse. In Terra Mystica [official site] you control one of…

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Feature: A grave proposition

Mysterium review

Mysterium [official site] is one of my favourite board games. It's somewhere between Dixit and Cluedo in that you're a psychic trying to find a murder's culprit, location and weapon but the only clues you have to go on are these wonderfully illustrated cards given to you by the "ghost" player which form your psychic visions. The game now has an official online version so…

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Quarantine looks a lot like board game Pandemic

A cursory glance at the newly announced Quarantine [official site] could easily lead you to say something like “oh, it looks like Plague Inc but from the human's side”. But you are not thinking hard enough, cursory glancer. As board game aficionados will tell you, Quarantine looks a lot more like a single-player version of the much-loved Pandemic.

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