It’s February, and it’s time for another blast of board game news. Did you have a good Valentine’s Day? Did you play some good board games with your beloved? I hope not. I hope you just had sex instead.
RPS Feature Cyclades, Sentinels of the Multiverse and ZOMBIE TOWER 3D
RPS Feature How do you decide which games to keep?
Well, the cull is underway. Actually, I’m going to capitalise this… Yes, The Cull is underway. I have too many board games, not enough time to play them all, and not enough room to store them all. So some of them have to go. And I thought it might be interesting to document that process here over the months ahead. As this is primarily a column about board game recommendations, perhaps it would be a worthwhile thing to explore why certain games will be leaving my collection. What has happened to these games over time? Is it me or them? Why are they facing The Cull?
In the first few years of doing this column, I would always do a Game of the Year award thing. It’s the kind of thing you’re supposed to do at the end of a year, right? You look back over the months and follow your heart to the place where everything was magical for you. There was a time when a game would absolutely stand out over all the rest, and you’d feel like you’d seen enough of the rest to make a confident call on what you thought was “the best”. But times have changed.
RPS Feature A surprising, simple story game
We were all sitting at my kitchen table, and I was laughing so much it hurt. I was in physical pain. Sure, I was a little bit drunk. But me and my pal were absolutely roaring with laughter, and it wasn’t just the wine – sometimes wine gets us a little bit melancholy. Believe me on that.
I can’t tell you exactly why we were laughing – that’s the frustrating thing. But something so completely perfect was happening in a board game, something so clever and surprising and awful and wonderful, that we just couldn’t control ourselves. My character in this game had come to life in such a brutally real way that all you could really do was laugh, and laugh a lot.
T.I.M.E. Stories is absolutely fantastic. Let me try to tell you why.
RPS Feature Drive yourself mad.
I’d avoided Elder Sign, because I’d heard that it was a weak game. A dice game drawing on HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos (more accurately, a game drawing on Fantasy Flight’s other Cthulhu game Arkham Horror), I’d heard that it lacked bite. As much as I love rolling dice, and I DO love rolling dice, I just felt that Elder Sign was a game best left on the shelf. However, last year’s expansion “Gates of Arkham” was said to improve the game hugely. I thought I should probably take a good long look, now that the game was being called “the game it always should have been”. So what did I think?
RPS Feature videoGaiden returns in 2016.
Oof, it’s 2016. We are all so old. I’m almost 40, and so are you. Even if you’re 19, believe me, you’re almost 40. Did you have a nice Christmas? Did you get any board games? Are you loved? Are you in control of your life? Well, bully for you, pantywaist. Shall we look ahead into 2016 in the world of board games and see what the big news might be?
RPS Feature Life.
Hello youse, and Merry Christmas! At dinner, just the other night, the TOMY action game Screwball Scramble was brought out as a post-coffee treat. And a treat is exactly what it was. This wasn’t a board gamer’s house, and everyone in attendance was an adult. I played it while beautiful people watched, and it felt like something very real.