Board games and tabletop games have evolved so far beyond the classics like Monopoly and Life - now providing a plethora of experiences from quick, ten-minute long games to lengthy strategy adventures with various, carefully structured areas of play to consider. There are also dozens of video game adaptations, and games which require a mobile phone to play! Board games are a great way to socialise with friends, and can often be combined with [insert your drink of choice here] to create a brilliant evening of entertainment.Once seen as slightly nerdy, there's no longer a stigma around board games, card games, or tabletop gaming, so it's a great option to have ready for a party or family gathering. But with so many options and loads of different games to consider, you might be wondering where to even start. Hopefully, I can address some of that today. And if you're looking for more recommendations, here are the best board games you can play in 2018.What are modern board games and … [Read more...] about How to start with board games, tabletop, and card games (and what games are best)
Board game conventions
What I love most about Gen Con, the nation’s largest tabletop gaming convention, is the vendor floor. Literally hundreds of developers and publishers are on hand from all over the world, each one looking to draw the discerning eye of more than 60,000 attendees. This year, it seemed like every booth had a game that I’d never seen before. Unlike in years past, most of them were actually for sale. With the rise of Kickstarter as a venue to fund and sell pre-orders for tabletop games, the last few years at Gen Con have seemed more about hyping future games than selling what’s on hand. But not this year. My trip was all about great games that were available for fans to take home. Here are my top picks from Gen Con 2018. Princess Jing The most eye-popping game on the floor this year was a thematic hidden movement game called Princess Jing. Imagine the classic game Stratego where, instead of moving soldiers around the board, you’re a young woman trying to sneak out … [Read more...] about The best new board games from Gen Con 2018
Indie developer Edmund McMillen has announced his latest project, titled The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls. The developer revealed the existence of the project via Twitter, where he posted a video with his wife followed by a couple of “clarifying” tweets (which don’t really clarify much at all). McMillen promises that the game will be multiplayer, and is “not something [he’s] made before”. The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls will also not be a battle royale. The game “can be played on something almost everyone owns”, and features art by “fans of Isaac“. It “plays nothing like The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords“, won’t be on consoles, but “is a social game” which may make players “lose friendships over it…but may also find love”. The game was made by McMillen in conjunction with his wife, with some assistance in design aspects from occasional collaborator Tyler … [Read more...] about The Binding Of Isaac: Four Souls Announced, Could Be A Board Game
Origins Game Fair is the premier early summer tabletop convention in the US, and here in gaming’s new golden age that means it has new game releases, announcements, and previews aplenty. I came back from that feast of games with a lot of playtime under my belt, so I’m ready to go over what I think were the best, most interesting, and most promising games games of the convention. Some of these are destined to join the ranks of the best board games, and most of them are either already out or coming soon. Here's the cream of the crop. A Song of Ice & Fire: The Miniatures GameAvailable: It’s produced, but in transit, so expect it in stores August at the soonest.Despite a decent design pedigree and a highly successful Kickstarter, I was skeptical going into my demo of A Song of Ice & Fire because, to be very frank, the quality of licensed games tends to scale inversely to the popularity of the property. I was pleasantly surprised to find a fast-playing … [Read more...] about 9 great new board games from Origins 2018
Passes for this year's Game Developers Conference are still available, and today organizers are proud to announce that the perennially popular Shut Up & Sit Down board game lounge will once again be at the show!Shut Up & Sit Down, will offer GDC 2018 attendees a comfortable space to relax and play some of the best card and board games in recent memory. This year the Shut Up & Sit Down folks will be encamped in a prime spot on the 3rd floor of the West Hall of the Moscone Convention Center, and it will be open to all GDC passholders (from Expo to All-Access) at various points during GDC week, March 19th through the 23rd.Board Game Design Day! Taking place over the course of Tuesday, March 20th, the Board Game Design Day will afford attendees the chance to take a deep dive into the art and science of designing non-electronic board (and card) games. It's a great counterpoint to what you'll see in the Shut Up & Sit Down lounge, and will … [Read more...] about GDC 2018 welcomes back the Shut Up & Sit Down board game lounge!