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Nov 29
2021

Mono White Mythic

Gameblog Mikko Saari

I made it to the Mythic rank, the best rank in Magic: The Gathering Arena. I’ve reached Mythic twice before: two months in a row last year when I started playing Magic online, and again last May. Earlier I’ve always made it to Mythic with a Mono Green Aggro deck (2021 variant, 2020 variant), but […]


Nov 25
2021

So Clover!

Gameblog Mikko Saari

So Clover! by François Romain, published Repos Production in 2021. I received a review copy from Asmodee Nordics. Elevator pitch: Come up with clues for four two-word pairs and hope your friends can figure out your clues in this cooperative word puzzling game. What’s in the box? This game sure has eye-catching components. Each player […]


Nov 24
2021

Altiplano and The City

Gameblog Mikko Saari

While my daughter is cheerleading, I’ve spent the time walking. Now that it’s cold and dark outside, walking isn’t as much fun, so I ended up spending the time in the local library, reading books or doing crossword puzzles. Then we realized my son could join me and we could spend the time playing games! […]


Nov 11
2021

First impressions: Similo

Gameblog Mikko Saari

As the last game last night, a friend introduced me to Similo. It’s a quick five-minute filler where you try to guess what someone else is thinking. Twelve character cards are laid down on the table, face up. One of the players tries to get the other players to guess which of those twelve characters […]


Oct 31
2021

First impressions: So Clover!

Gameblog Mikko Saari

Asmodee Nordics sent me a review copy of the game. So Clover! seemed attractive from the first mention, and I wasn’t disappointed when I played the game. It is a cooperative party game. Everybody gets four cards that form four linked two-word pairs, comes up with clues for those pairs, and the other players then […]


Oct 24
2021

Musing on mahjong

Gameblog Mikko Saari

I had a delightful opportunity to play mahjong recently. My son has always been into the game, and my daughter also got into it recently. She’s been interested, but the game has been too hard for her. Now that she’s 12, she can play. We were visiting my mother, who also plays, and while I […]


Oct 10
2021

Blue Skies

Gameblog Mikko Saari

Blue Skies by Joe Huber, published Rio Grande Games in 2020. I’ve played this couple of times with a friend’s copy. Elevator pitch: This very plain-looking game offers an interesting mix of short-term point collection and long-term area majority in a very old-fashioned way. What’s in the box? There’s a big very plain-looking board full […]


Aug 12
2021

My 2021 top 100 list

Gameblog Mikko Saari

Once I again I went through the effort of pitching games against each other in a massive round-robin tournament between my 180 favourite games in order to create a top 100 list. The result can be found here on BGG. The results are somewhat obvious, but there are some interesting newcomers on the list – […]


Jul 02
2021

Lands of Galzyr

Gameblog Mikko Saari

Lands of Galzyr by Sami Laakso and Seppo Kuukasjärvi, launched on Gamefound by Snowdale Design in 2021. The campaign draft can be found here. Snowdale Design loaned me a preview copy. I’ve previewed all previous Snowdale Design games, but I’ve also purchased every one of them afterwards. Elevator pitch: Narrative adventuring in a persistent open […]


May 19
2021

Mono Green Aggro (2021)

Gameblog Mikko Saari

I’m back running a mono green aggro deck. I had a really good run with another variant on this theme back in Fall 2020, when I made it to Mythic two months in a row. I haven’t seen Mythic since. I wanted to give green aggro a go, and found this deck online. I’ve been […]


Mar 02
2021

Mono Black Tergrid Discard

Gameblog Mikko Saari

The Kaldheim set introduced in February 2021 added some interesting cards to Magic: the Gathering, and one of them inspired me to create a deck. The deck turned out to be decent enough, fun to play and probably quite frustrating for opponents. The key card here is Tergrid, God of Fright, one of the new […]


Jan 05
2021

Gaming Year 2020

Gameblog Mikko Saari

2020 was a weird year. Covid-19. Let’s get the big one out there first. Covid-19 was a big thing, and on the other hand wasnt. The total amount of games I played was about the same as it has been in previous years (the ten year average is 751, I played 753 games in 2020; […]


Dec 15
2020

Small city full of crime – Interview with Johannes Sich

Gameblog Mikko Saari

MicroMacro: Crime City has been one of the weird highlights of the 2020. It’s a puzzle played on a big black and white city map, full of detail. There’s a bunch of cases, a crime mysteries you have to figure out. Who was murdered, who did it, what was the motive? The key to these […]


Sep 22
2020

Unlock! Star Wars

Gameblog Mikko Saari

Unlock! Star Wars Escape Game by Cyril Demaegd and Jay Little, published by Space Cowboys in 2020. I received a review copy from Asmodee Nordics. Elevator pitch: Three Unlock! escape room puzzle scenarios set in the Star Wars universe. What’s in the box? This is a typical Unlock! three scenario box: there’s three decks of […]


Sep 17
2020

Mono Black Peer into the Abyss

Gameblog Mikko Saari

I got beaten by the key combo of this deck and thought this might be a fun deck to play. Alternative win conditions are fun. Well, alternative – this deck certainly kills the opponent by wasting all life, it’s just that it’s mostly done at once, and it doesn’t really matter how much life the […]


Sep 14
2020

Mono Green Aggro Stomp

Gameblog Mikko Saari

Since I’m playing lots of Magic: The Gathering on Arena these days, why not post a few words about the game. I’ll post some of the decks I play. If you want to be my friend on Arena, I’m Hutilointia there. This has been my go-to deck. It started as the preconstructed green deck provided […]


Sep 03
2020

Copenhagen: Roll & Write

Gameblog Mikko Saari

Copenhagen: Roll & Write by Daniel Skjold Pedersen and Asger Harding Granerud, published by Queen Games in 2019. I received a review copy of the Nordic edition from Lautapelit.fi, the publisher of the Nordic edition of the game. Elevator pitch: The roll & write version of Copenhagen is a simpler, faster version of the original […]


Aug 12
2020

My top 100 games in 2020

Gameblog Mikko Saari

I just finished my Top 100 list for 2020. It’s on BGG: Mikko’s Top 100 – 2020 edition.


Apr 29
2020

Dale of Merchants 3

Gameblog Mikko Saari

Dale of Merchants 3 by Sami Laakso, coming to Kickstarter on May 1st 2020. Sami Laakso was kind enough to send me a preview version of the game. I know Sami and have helped promote his games before, but I’ve also bought the published versions of all his games and will buy this one as […]


Apr 21
2020

Top 10 tile laying games

Gameblog Mikko Saari

I did a list of top 10 tile-laying games. I’ve defined tile laying much more strictly than the BoardGameGeek tile placement game mechanism list does. I’m looking for games where tile laying or tile placement is the main mechanism. The game should be about laying tiles, with spatial relationships between tiles being important: either connections […]