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A collection of things I have made and things I find interesting.


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A Feast for Probabilities

Tuesday, 22nd February 2022 ◆ Looking for French one in strange night (7)

In somewhat of a break from Uwe Rosenberg's usual worker placement games, A Feast for Odin introduced an element of luck in the form of die rolls. These die rolls come in two flavours:

  • Hunting/snaring/whaling - where you aim to roll low
  • Raiding/pillaging - where you aim to roll high

Under normal circumstances, you are allowed up to three rolls to get the result you want. After you stop rolling, you may spend resources and cards to further modify the result. I never really know how many resources and cards I need before I should risk using these spaces, so I thought I'd do a quick probability run-down. This also serves to determine how large the element of luck actually is...

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Sobek: 2 Players

Sunday, 13th February 2022 ◆ Sandwich/panini left in Egpytian river (4)

I have really enjoyed the boom in dedicated two-player games, and I own several: Le Havre: The Inland Port, Caverna: Cave vs Cave, Agricola: All Creatures Big And Small, Patchwork and, taking the crown, 7 Wonders: Duel. With a tighter design, I think they usually play much better than games which try to adapt for a variable number of players.

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A Feast for Odin

Wednesday, 9th February 2022 ◆ Itinerant half-mage is after staff (8)

Since I was first exposed to it, Agricola has been one of my favourite boardgames. As a student I used to go and visit friends and go on (what we called) "all-night Agricola benders". Agricola's designer, Uwe Rosenberg, is a real heavyweight of the boardgaming world, and he has made many another game I adore too; of which I am a proud owner of many!

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Skull

Wednesday, 14th April 2021 ◆ Air clan's lobotomy of the skull (7)

Skull is a beautiful party game which revolves around bluffing, and marks my fourth released adaptation on BGA. It comes from designer Hervé Marly. Each turn you must play either play a facedown coaster (either a Skull or a Flower), or assert that you can turn over a certain number of Flowers without revealing any Skulls... The twist is that you must always turn over your own coasters first - so if you place a bid, you are implying you don't have Skulls on your mat. But perhaps you are just trying to goad other players into bidding higher!

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Rest In Peace

Thursday, 8th April 2021 ◆ To be a spooky presence at a habitual hang-out (5)

My third adaptation for Board Game Arena is now live: Rest In Peace is a 2-player boardgame, designed by Fabien Gridel and published by Blue Cocker Games.

Rest In Peace

In the game, you have to decide which tokens to fight for, and which to cede to your opponent. You need tokens to win the game, but giving one up affords you a powerful Psychic card which can have big impacts on the game...

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Abyss

Friday, 19th February 2021 ◆ Vegetable roll tips found in oyster (5)

Abyss is a 4-player boardgame, by game-design titans Bruno Cathala and Charles Chevalier. I'm excited to have created the implementation for this game over at Board Game Arena, where the game has just been officially announced.

Abyss in progress

The art in the game is beautiful, and even more so with the physical version. You collect "Ally" cards in your hand, and use them to purchase "Lords". The Lords are worth points, and usually come with a one-off or passive effect. It's one of those games which is pretty simple when you look at the rules, but nonetheless it feels satisying and deep. You are playing in the Deeps, after all...

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Polis

Thursday, 8th November 2018 ◆ In Europe, girl eyes chef oddly (6)

Polis: Fight for the Hegemony is a two-player asymmetrical territory-control board game. I'm usually cautious of territory control games, but Polis avoids most of my reservations. Firstly, it's strictly two player which means there is no kingmaking to contend with. Secondly, the game is exactly four rounds long so you don't have to play for aeons after a loss becomes evident. Its asymmetry is exciting, and the theme is strong.

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