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Feb 25
2021

What Have We Been Playing?

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We are back with another round of our DWPeeps sharing their gameplay experiences from the previous week! So let’s step into the ring and see which games have climbed to the top rope of our gaming tables… JON-PAUL D: In preparation for an upcoming Little Big Thumbs YouTube video, I’ve been subjecting my gaming partners […]


Feb 24
2021

Boardgames and Mental Health

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I know I am not alone when I say, this global pandemic has been rough for my mental health. With each passing day, it’s become harder to stay positive and optimistic, even simple tasks like getting dressed or eating a proper meal have become chores for me. Good days become bad days and bad days […]


Feb 22
2021

Colonialism In and Of Boardgames, Part Two

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Welcome back! Or if you’re just joining us in this exploration of a considerably meta topic, you can read the first part of it here. What I primarily wanted to dive into there was the interaction of the player and games with colonial themes, and the impacts that can have on our understanding of the […]


Feb 20
2021

(My) Family Games

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This past Monday was Family Day in Canada. It got me thinking about games that have been a big hit with my family. My love of games definitely has been inspired by nights playing games with my brothers and parents while we were growing up. We played lots of classics like Yahtzee, Euchre, Risk, Monopoly, […]


Feb 19
2021

Decktective: Sweet Mysteries of Death

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Tabletop mystery-solving games have a fine pedigree. The modern era was ushered in by the exquisite Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (1982)–heck, even 1975’s roll-and-move 221B Baker Street wasn’t horrible. Obviously a huge chunk of the genre mines the well-explored veins of Victorian gaslight in part due to the ongoing popularity of Deerstalker Dude, and in […]


Feb 17
2021

Three Games with Excellent Family Modes

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Despite the fact that my children are VERY keen to play board games with me, there are some games that are simple off limits, both for their long-term enjoyment of these products, and my own sanity! However, every now and then a game arrives, not intended for their consumption, that simply cannot evade their curiosity. […]


Feb 15
2021

Colonialism In And Of Board Games: Part One

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When I was a kid, I never really thought about the larger context of the games I played — and I’m sure few of us did! Life and Monopoly were standards on my table, and even as I got older I didn’t consider the world they represented — bringing society’s history and standards to cardboard […]


Feb 12
2021

Games = Fun, but Whyyy?

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A couple of years ago I experienced exquisite agony trying to pair-rank my collection. Trying to decide which game was “better” or “more fun” led to all sorts of interesting questions, which have been stewing in my mind ever since. So here’s a stupid question: why are games fun? I mean, they are fun, right? […]


Feb 10
2021

Games That Blew My Mind

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If you’ve been in this hobby long enough, you’ve probably seen some of the some mechanical or thematic trends appear over and over again. In any medium, it’s hard to keep coming up with original ideas. Thankfully, as a hobby, we’re exploring lots of new creative spaces and getting away from the ‘trading in the […]


Feb 08
2021

Deep Dive: Brass: Birmingham

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Back with another one of the games that skyrocketed up my list of favourites, this time with Brass: Birmingham, my #1 game, up there with A Feast for Odin. Like many of my wonderful experiences in gaming, Brass: Birmingham was an impulse buy. I had heard good things about the production quality of the game, […]


Feb 05
2021

Dune: Imperium or, Spice Up Your Tabletop Life

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Of course I was a science fiction nerd growing up. The “hard” kind: Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, Haldeman, Blish…Never Herbert. Dune (the book) was too space-opera-ish and fantasy for my taste. I didn’t hate it or look down on it–I just wasn’t interested. Same goes for the movie–I mean, lots of people avoided the movie. Never […]


Feb 03
2021

Little Thumbs: The Color Monster

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Both Mrs Thumbs and I are the oldest siblings in our family. As such, we’ve both had to learn to empathize with Little Bean’s plight as the youngest one in our home. Plenty of strong emotions bubble to the surface for her, when moments arise that make her feel weak, small, and unheard, both by […]


Feb 01
2021

Check My Temperature, I Think I’ve Got Unicorn Fever

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Remember when your mom told you the world wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns? Well, she was lying to you. Unicorns do exist! And there are also pots of gold, fairies, gnomes, goblins, witches, and leprechauns. In Unicorn Fever, players wager bets at the Great Unicorn Racing Championship. The six unicorns in the game love chasing […]


Jan 29
2021

Carpe Diem 3rd Edition: Re-Seize The Day!

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Reprints and reissues present both opportunities and challenges to designers and publishers. Normally a relatively new in-demand game doesn’t change much from printing to printing. But designers can and do take advantage of a new printing revisit and tweak rules and systems that have been battle-tested by the buying public. In fact, some designers (Ignacy […]


Jan 28
2021

What Have We Been Playing?

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We’re back with another round of DWPeeps sharing their gameplay anecdotes from the past week! You’re probably not here for the witty introductions, so let’s jump right to the games… JON-PAUL D: There’s a new roll-and-write game that has caught my attention – Seven Bridges, published by Puzzling Pixel Games and designed by Ron Halliday. […]


Jan 27
2021

Birds! Birds! Birds!

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What is it about birds that we, generally, love so much? Amateur ornithology is such a popular pastime, birds are remarkably popular as fashion motifs and in pop culture (I am particularly fond of False Knees and Effin’ Birds), and birdwatching has never been more popular! (Shout out to the Feminist Bird Club.) So, it’s […]


Jan 25
2021

Games That Should be Movies

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There are a lot of games out there that deliver a cinematic experience when you’re playing them. You can picture yourself in the middle of the action as you battle for tabletop superiority. A number of video games have been turned into movies and a very few board games have been given the same treatment, […]


Jan 22
2021

Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps(e)

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What happens when three gamebro’s–each with their own unique and varied take–get together to give the latest Aliens game a whirl? Well, if they happen to be David W (DW), Steve T (ST) and Scott E M (SEM), they decide to have a roundtable discussion. And you, lucky readers, get to benefit: DW: So, after […]


Jan 20
2021

AROMA : Oily Game Time!

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Social benefits aside, my favourite aspect of tabletop gaming might very well be the variety of sensory experiences. It’s likely why I’m less keen to play board games online (although I’m absolutely enjoying it throughout our recent lockdown situations).  The feel of a quality linen card.  The sight of an expertly painted miniature. The sound […]


Jan 18
2021

The Game Changers: End-of-Game Scoring

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In the finale to Season One, David looks back on the year-long project of trying to tell the story of Modern Tabletop from Magic: the Gathering to Wingspan, and brainstorms ideas for Season Two. Click here to listen to Episode Fourteen.