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When Murder is the Name of the Game

Lying, trickery, murder. With up to 11 of your friends talking past each other, trying to hint and push each other to incriminate someone else. Dramatic accusations and hilarious denials. Loose logic and double-takes. All in less than 30 minutes, most of the time. Deception: Murder in Hong Kong is a grand way to rope in […]

Conquer the Galaxy – Star Wars Rebellion and a Board Game Feast

There are board games, just like there are stories, at every level of scale. Some put you in control of a single piece with one ability – often just being able to move in a direction. Others give you mountains of rules, pieces, and options and it’s up to you to parse what to do […]

Caravel Island – Avoiding the Sword – Part 2

There’s a certain image that comes up in “Fantasy” settings – usually some monstrous creature, a dragon, say, is facing off with a knight and his (or her) sword. A horse might be there too, for color. After a couple of sessions of Caravel Island, what I’m finding is that the combat is actually the least interesting […]

Caravel Island – On Playing a Game in a World You Create – Part 1

So, around a month ago and at the behest of a friend who’s been watching a lot of Harmonquest, I agreed to run a tabletop game for some of our local group. If you’ve never had the experience of being a GM/DM (game master, dungeon master – both interchangeable terms for the person in charge […]

Betrayal at House on the Hill: A story every turn

The best board games tell stories. Victories and defeats occur in dramatic fashion. It wasn’t simply a roll of the dice that decided the fates of the players, it was the cunning move to trade this resource for that. To turn two other players against each other. To corner a section of the board and […]

Surburbia and Organic Storytelling in a world of tiles

Last night, as I’m wont to do, I gathered around a coffee table with an assortment of ne’er-do-wells that I call friends and engaged in what, on the face of it, should have been the epitome of dull. Suburbia is a board game about, yes, building a suburb. Generally regarded as the most boring places on […]