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Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace brings cardboard spookings to PC next year

Iä! Iä! The great wurm turns again, the cosmos lurch uncomfortably, and we awake anew with new faces and only fleeting memories of who we once were. Why, here comes news of Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace, a video game inspired by a popular Lovecraftian board game, Arkham Horror. Yes, yes, it was based on a different Lovecraftian board game when it was initially announced in…

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Roll For The Galaxy is a hard digo-board game to learn – but it’s worth it!

There was a period about two years ago where I'd play a few games of the digital version of Race For The Galaxy every single day after work. It's a very fiddly board game about conquering space by building planets and industrial developments, as represented by your tableau of up to 13 cards. The game ends when that thirteenth card goes down, at which point…

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This World Of Warcraft board game should be good

When videogames try to return to their ancestral routes, it doesn't always go well. There are exceptions (hello, XCOM), but you often wind up with overwrought slogfests (hello, Dark Souls). I'm confident that the upcoming Small World Of Warcraft will buck that trend, because it's basically Small World wearing a World Of Warcraft coat with new ideas stuffed in its pockets.Small World is pretty good!…

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Have You Played… Crokinole?

I only had one chance to play Crokinole before we entered the end times, but it's still one of the things I miss most about the real world. It's a board game that requires a very special, very expensive board, as well as several bags of a magical, edible substance known as gliss. It's about sliding counters into a hole, which turns out to be…

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Nab board games Carcassonne and Ticket To Ride free from the Epic Game Store

Board games don't belong on computers. They're a refuge from the screens that bore into our eyeballs and our lives, a chance to bask in the musky glow of fleshy humans. But sometimes those humans are far away, and sometimes stores give digitised board games away for free. The Epic Games Store is handing out the tile-laying town-planning sheep-appreciating Carcassonne, along with the railway-building Ticket…

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Riot Tabletop is the League Of Legends developer’s new board game division

Riot Games have announced the opening of Riot Tabletop, a brand new tabletop division currently working on a brand new board game, Tellstones: King's Gambit. This isn't the developer's first foray into the world of tabletop gaming, but now they finally have a dedicated team to get to work on all things board games."We’re gamers. That means more to us than just video games," Riot…

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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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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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