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Oct 01
2020

What Have We Been Playing: October 1, 2020

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WHAT HAVE WE BEEN PLAYING – October 1st, 2020 It’s a new month, yes it is! We have five Thursdays in October, giving us plenty of time to dig through September statistics regarding BoardGameGeek’s logged game play. In honour of Steve T’s Cult of the Old, let’s look at the ten most played games last […]


Sep 30
2020

TAMMANY HALL : HISTORY HAS ITS EYES ON YOU

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Alexander Hamilton was the United States Secretary of the Treasury at the time of Tammany Hall’s founding. As immigrant populations flowed to New York City, they undoubtedly had the hopeful refrain of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lyrics in their minds – “look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now!”  Pandasaurus Games took their […]


Sep 28
2020

Game Changers Episode 10 Part 2: Less is More

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Love Letter dared people to accept the fact that a fun and interesting game could be made with just sixteen cards and some cubes. Its designer, Seiji Kanai, kicked open the door for a generation of Asian designers–and Tabletop was thereby nourished and enriched. Click here to dig into the second part of Episode 10.


Sep 25
2020

DESIGNER DISCUSSION : RETURN TO DINOSAUR ISLAND!

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Nearly four years have passed since Dinosaur Island exploded onto Kickstarter, becoming one of the most popular and successful tabletop games in recent years. Between the game’s two campaigns, Pandasaurus Games has raised over 3 million dollars to bring the original game and its expansion to life. Now, Dinosaur Island is back on Kickstarter with […]


Sep 24
2020

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN PLAYING – September 24th 2020

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We are back for another snapshot of the games that our Daily Worker Placement team has been tabling! Before we share their experiences, let’s take a look at the 10 most played games on BoardGameGeek from last month, August 2020: The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (22661 plays) Wingspan (8896 plays) Marvel Champions: The […]


Sep 23
2020

A Pandasaurus Card Quartet

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Pandasaurus Games is on a roll. Not literally–that would make a hella sandwich, rimshot–but in the sense of becoming a go-to publisher for quality games. They’re in the niche that used to be dominated by Rio Grande, Amigo, Mayfair, or Z-Man. This year alone we’ve enjoyed (and reviewed) Silver & Gold, Sonora, and CTRL–each very […]


Sep 21
2020

Oh! The HAManity: The Game of HAM

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Earlier this year I wrote an article for the DWP titled 5 Games that Kill Cards Against Humanity. If you read that then you already know some of the problems I have with the hit party game that took over game nights for several years. Well the success of CAH led to a swarm of […]


Sep 18
2020

Super Popular Games with a Strong Theme That You Should Be Playing Right Now!

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These games are hitting the table all across the world and there’s a reason why. Not only are they fun, but they are incredibly thematic. Gloomhaven This immersive, cooperative game tops BGG’s list of all games for a reason. It takes players on an epic journey of character discovery, development, and retirement all while presenting […]


Sep 17
2020

What Have We Been Playing: Sept. 17, 2020

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Welcome back for another rundown of games played by the DWP crew and beyond! Shifting a bit from our recent trend of looking at the most-played games logged on BoardGameGeek on a week to week basis, we’ll start looking at statistics from the previous month instead. For this week, let’s take a peek at the […]


Sep 16
2020

Flash 8

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I am generally not great at games where you have to think and act fast, but I do really enjoy them. Games like Times Up require speed and performance, games like Scattegories is all about thinking creatively under pressure, and Ghost Blitz tests your powers of speedy perception. Flash 8 is like a speedy version […]


Sep 14
2020

The Game Changers: Less is More, Part 1

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The games we play–and in particular, design–cannot help but reflect the particular attitudes and sensibilities of our cultures. As the 2010’s began, a new hotspot for game design reached a critical point in the Far East. Click here to listen to Part 1 of Episode 10 and hear my take on how Japanese culture influenced […]


Sep 11
2020

6 GREAT NEW DECKBUILDERS

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The release of Slay the Spire in 2019 introduced deckbuilding to a whole new audience; the slew of copycat releases (some arguably as good or better) only confirms that the deckbuilding is the most popular mechanic to cross over recently from the analog to digital realms. Back in the Before Times, I wrote about my […]


Sep 10
2020

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN PLAYING: September 10th 2020

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In keeping with our recent trend of tracking the most played games on BoardGameGeek, here are the 10 games that found the most tables last week: The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (3866 plays, ⇧0) Marvel Champions: The Card Game (2095 plays, ⇧2) Wingspan (1567 plays, ⇩1) Cartographers (1463 plays, ⇩1) Terraforming Mars (1441 […]


Sep 09
2020

Coátl: Famous Serpents Through History

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Recently, I’ve been seeing a trend in gaming. There have been some big hits with titles like Sagrada, Azul, Bosk, and Dice Forge. All of these games have simple, accessible rules. They’re the types of games you can introduce to your non-gaming friends or people just getting into the hobby. They each also have a […]


Sep 07
2020

Deep Dive: Coimbra

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Coimbra is one of those games that I first judged by the cover, I’ll admit. Lucky for me, I judged it positively off the cover. I have a board gaming friend who first brought it to my attention through his love of and interest in anything Portuguese. As at Portuguese man, he loved seeing the […]


Sep 04
2020

Life is a Co-op Game

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Note: I am a Canadian, but like much of the world, I closely follow U.S. politics. Much of the analogies in this article will refer to the current political and societal situation in the States. I have many family members and friends in the States. I love and respect the potential it holds. Hold on […]


Sep 03
2020

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN PLAYING: Sept 3, 2020

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We’re back with another round of game play reports! But first, let’s check in with BGG for the most played games from the last week: The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (4615 plays, ⇧0) Wingspan (1901 plays, ⇧1) Cartographers (1716 plays, ⇧8) Marvel Champions: The Card Game (1639 plays, ⇩2) Terraforming Mars (1614 plays, […]


Sep 02
2020

LITTLE THUMBS, BIG THUMBS : Champion of the Wild (second edition)

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Our Big Bean is currently 5 years old. Nearly every morning, she wakes up and announces that she will be hosting a party for all of her friends, family, and neighbours. If left unchecked, she will then step out onto our front porch and loudly invite all of our neighbours to the party! Little Bean […]


Aug 31
2020

The Game Changers: Brother, Can You Spare a Crime, Part 2

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Cards Against Humanity was one of the first–if not the first–indie game success stories of the 2010’s to use Kickstarter to get its seed money. It was also one of the first to use Amazon to fulfil its orders. In those respects at least, it blazed a trail for others to follow. Oh yes, and […]


Aug 28
2020

The Best Games I’ve Never Played

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There’s no denying that the hobby of board gaming has a broad catalogue to draw from when it comes to game titles. Given the 90,000+ listings in the Board Game Geek database, who among us could have played all the games? In my whole life, I’ve played maybe 600-700ish unique titles. Every so often, there’ll […]