10 Games Everyone Should Play at Least Once

There are a lot of great board games out there. Out of all those games out there, though, there are some that just stand out from the rest.

For some, it’s because they are classics that have withstood the test of time. Others are memorable because they started an entire genre. And some games are just so good at what they do, it would be a shame to miss out. Read the rest of this entry »

Magic is expensive!If you’ve been into gaming at all within the past fifteen years or so, you’re probably familiar with Magic: the Gathering.  While the first popular collectible card game (CCG) out there has inspired countless other games in the genre over the years, it still remains the most widely played by far.

I used to play a lot of Magic back in the day, but I finally quit a few years ago for the same reason many others do: it’s expensive!  Wizards of the Coast (the company that publishes Magic) has released fifty-one expansions to date, and shows no signs of ever slowing down.  To make sure they have the latest cards, and to be able to qualify for the current tournament format, players typically shell out $100 or more per expansion to get cards from the latest expansion.  Since there are roughly four expansions being released per year at this point, this can add up to a hefty sum pretty quickly.

So I quit.  But I didn’t really quit.
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I used to be a huge Scrabble fan.  My parents and I used to play a lot when I was growing up, and we were hardcore.  We had the official Scrabble dictionary, we knew all the obscure two-letter words (like xi, aa, oe, mm, etc.), and we knew that is was a cardinal sin to set someone up for a triple word score.  (I usually sat to the right of my dad, who would accuse my mom of setting me up for a big score at least once a game.)

The only problem with Scrabble is that it would invariably take over an hour to play, with most of that time spent just waiting for your turn.  It’s a fun game to play, but there’s just too much downtime.

This is where Bananagrams fits in.  Read the rest of this entry »

How to Organize All the Tiles in Small World

Small WorldMy wife and I played Small World for the first time at our FLGS (friendly local game store) a few weeks ago.  We had so much fun that we immediately went and bought the base game and both expansions!  (This was made easier because I had some extra Magic: the Gathering cards that I could sell to cover the cost of the games.  More on that in another post.)  We had a blast playing it that night and the next day, but soon realized that we had a problem.

The problem, of course, is that I do not have tiny hands.
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“Stash” Promo Card for Dominion Coming This Month

Stash Promo Card

Stash Promo Card

Rio Grande Games has announced a new promo card for Dominion!  The new card (pictured right) will be called Stash, and will probably be made available later this month.  It’s currently unclear how it will be distributed, although previous promo cards (Envoy and Black Market) were distributed through BoardGameGeek.  However, Donald Vaccarino, the game’s designer, has said that he’s unsure whether they will be doing the same thing again with this promo.
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Welcome to The Board Game Blog!

Hey there!  This post represents the beginning of The Board Game Blog.  While there’s not much here right now, this site will soon contain information about the many different board games that are out there.  Blog updates will contain:

  • Reviews
  • Strategy tips
  • Session reports
  • Gaming news
  • Whatever else I think of to post that’s board game-related

So, whether you are a current gamer, or just looking for more information about games that you might enjoy, please check back soon!