Picking up a new hobby can be intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be difficult No mater whether it’s getting to grips with a challenging meta, getting enough ‘game’ to enjoy your experience, or just grappling with cost – finding a quality starter set can help you quickly learn if a game is ‘for you’ So, here are some of our favourite boxes that let you hit the ground running. Starting with- An unabashed classic, Plaid Hat’s flagship series paved the way for the company’s many successes. And while collectable card games can be tough to get into, Alliances offers everything you need in one simple (and surprisingly affordable) box. [read more]
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Ask yourself – what moments do you remember most in your lifetime of playing games? Was it those exceptional plays that won you the session? Maybe the lucky breaks that allowed you to capture the points you needed to eke out a win? Perhaps exceptional moments of teamwork that let you prise a victory from the jaws of defeat? Or maybe it’s when the wheels came off and the table descended into howling anarchy. Here are eight of our favourite games that generate these amazing memories with every game and are damn fun to boot. Starting with- “UNLOCK ME, PHILIP!!”: Offering bedlam in a box, there are few games that cultivate a [read more]
We’ve all been there. After hours of waiting, the stars have aligned, and you are ready to make the perfect play that will go down in history. Or maybe your opponent just made a massive mistake and you’re right there to make the most of it. The best games in the hobby provide these feel-good hits during every session. So, if you’re looking for the next big hit for your games group or to play among your friends, here are some of our favourite options that bring the dopamine. Starting with- Building a car and playing Dominion have a lot in common. Both require you to carefully understand what’s being asked of [read more]
Whether you’re looking for an affordable adventure, something that’s portable and compromise free, or just taking on your friends – card games can be a fantastic way to scratch your gaming itch. But while cards may not be costly to produce, keeping up with the meta can be pretty expensive. This can make even the most eager player reluctant to try something new. So, here are some of our favourite CCG’s that won’t cripple you financially. An ancient IP with a much loved history, this weird west icon knocked the socks off reviewers when it first released in 2014. Replicating the push-and-pull of the greatest western epics (with a smattering [read more]
Time - like the entirety of your 100+ game collection - is precious. No matter whether you have a gap over lunch, are waiting for a takeaway to arrive, or whiling away a lazy Sunday, having something great that plays fast is a massive bonus. Being able to pull a solid pick from your shelves can leave your friends hungry for more, let you get more games in during the week, and even help fight off the curse of…(shudder) Monopoly. So, here are some of our favourite games that play fast and leave room for dessert. Starting with- If you’re looking for all the tactical decisions, economic development, and agonising analysis paralysis [read more]
Sometimes even a classic gets a little ‘meh’. No matter whether you’re facing down a dominant strategy, stale gameplay, or overfamiliarity, it’s a tragic day when you stuff your favourite game back on your shelf for good. Thankfully, there’s a solution to hand. Picking up a quality expansion can breathe new life into the most overplayed piece of cardboard. This can help expand your player count, add new mechanics, or tighten up gameplay to make things more competitive. But with such a crammed marketplace, it can be difficult to know where to begin when it comes to bringing some corners of your collection back from the dead. So, here are some of our favourite expansions you can [read more]
Let’s be honest…how many games in your collection are gathering dust right now? Whether it’s depth, a satisfying loop, reduced downtime, or some special sauce that keeps you playing – here are some of our favourite games that are great for repeat play. No matter whether you like it or not 😉 Starting with- You’ve heard the positive press and picked it up, but…you’re unimpressed. A stripped back version of its mother, Duel pits two players against each other in a streamlined tug of war that is over as soon as it begins. And yet, you want to play again. Tight, taut, and surprisingly deep, Duel stands out for a reason as [read more]
Few things go together better than fluffy pets and masses of carboard. But, cats aside, the warm and welcoming world of board games is crammed full with a wealth of animals that can warm the cockles of even the most hardened 18XX player. So, here are ten of our favourite games with critters at their core. Starting with- A mainstay in many player’s top-tens for close to a year, Wingspan’s art design combines book-worthy illustrations with crunchy play that could keep the most demanding of players engaged. Now featuring birds from Europe as well as the Americas, the game gifts players with a wealth of options to help craft the [read more]
When it comes to horror tropes, there is nothing better than the thrill of a haunted house. No matter whether you grew up on a diet of scooby doo, enjoy a bit of classic terror, or just love to be scared – there’s few settings better than a haunted house. So, here’s some of our favourite crack’d and crook’d manses in gaming. Starting with- An absolute delight of a party game, Mysterium is arguably the most gorgeous and thematic game on our list. Letting you enjoy Dead-Man’s Dixit, the game puts you in the role of psychic investigators summoned to help a ghost solve their own murder. Tasked with solving [read more]
Whether you’re keen to explore the depths or get pulled into the murk by a squamous horror, boardgames have something for every fan of the ocean. But the best the industry has to offer can sometimes be difficult to get your hands on. So, here are some of our favourite games that allow you to plumb the depths of what boardgames have to offer. Starting with- Tabletop RPG’s allow you to go anywhere and do anything. So why not pop down to the shoreline and spear a selkie? Offering a range of environments and way to explore them, a request to your DM can quickly see you trekking through the foam [read more]