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Top 15 Brilliant Board Game Mechanics!

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Board game mechanics and design is something that I am interested in. When I first got into modern board gaming, I knew very little about board game mechanics and how board games worked. I had made lots of little games when I was younger but the idea that different games have different mechanics that underpin them was new to me. It was like learning anew language altogether.

This was the inspiration for this blog. The idea that if are new to board games and want to look for a game that is similar mechanic to other games that you've played. Often I have played a game that has a cool Rondel mechanism, but I never really new what the term for it was, not until Board Game Geek came to the rescue.



In the video I chat about some of my favourite board game mechanics and provide examples of games that highlight that game mechanic.

What are some of your favourite board game mechanisms? Are there any that you think would be super helpful to people who are just getting into modern board games?
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Most Anticipated Board Games of 2022

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Hey everybody,

As 2021 is coming to an end and as we celebrate the holiday season, it is so exciting to think about what cool board games are coming out in 2022. In this blog post, I talk about 5 board games that I am so excited to play in the new year.

Some of the board games that I enjoy playing are typically Euro style games where there are multiple pathways to victory as well as a lot of different moving parts and things to think about. I do love it when the mechanics in a Euro game just meld perfectly together with its theme.



These games are ones that I am currently excited about and I apologise if I got any of the rules wrong. These are just my initial impressions.

What board games are you excited to play in 2022?
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Not Another Christmas Gift Guide!

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Hey everybody!

I am sure that as November wraps up and December comes rollicking around, the thing that you might be thinking right now is ... what should you get that important loved one or family member for Christmas. It is ten times tougher if that person is a board gamer!

I know that there are a lot of Christmas lists going around, but this year I thought it would be a good idea to put together a video where the gifts are for different types of board gamers.

From Solo gamers to new games to family games or even word gamers! A gift for any gamer! I hope you find it useful and I want to wish everyone a lovely festive season!



I would love to hear about some of your great Christmas gift ideas. One thing that I know I am going to try is to make some DIY home made board game components that are hand crafted for some of my friends favourite board games.
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Games That Draw You In.

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Hey everybody.

This is my top 3 board games of the month blog (November!). Wow the year has gone so fast. This month I look at the first 3 roll and write games that I ever played. These three games have stood out in the collection as one to use for new players and to also take on a road trip! I love Roll and Write games and they always evoke that feeling of scratching or buying a lottery ticket. I have also found that laminating the last few sheets in the game helps to preserve the game for future use with white board markers.

I also have a huge love for drawing fantasy worlds and have created my own. There is something about exploring a new location or new world that is just really fascinating.

What are some of your favourite Roll and Write games?

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Innovative Worker Placement Board Games

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Today I just wanted to share some of my favourite innovative worker placement board games. Worker Placement games are some of my favourite style of board games to play as they have you competing for space. I love Euros and just something about worker placement games just makes them feel so satisfying whether it is gathering the right resources you need or stopping someone else from doing so. I just really love how different designers have experimented with this and taken it to another level. What are some other worker placement board games that you would consider as 'innovative'?

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Games Like Pandemic

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Hi everyone, welcome to this months three board games of October!



This month we are looking at 3 cool board games that are similar to Pandemic.

There were a few criteria used for this list.
Mainly they had to feel quite similar to Pandemic, the mechanics and the system itself. Also the games had to not be designed by Matt Leacock who designed the original game. I would also love to hear other games that feel similar to Pandemic apart from all of the great spinoffs like Iberia and Rising Tide.

I love the original game and keen to find out what you think.
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How Board Games Tell Stories?

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How Board Games Tell Stories?
Join me on my new series called Talking Sanctuary where we delve into a range of different board game topics.

Today we talk about Stories in Board Games. How do they differ from a Role Playing Game experience? Are they one and the same or are they different altogether?

What are some of your favourite story driven mechanics?

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3 Hot Games I Played This Month - July 2021

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Hey Everybody!

With the wide expanse of games out there. I thought it would be fun to start a Top 3 board games I've played or encountered each month. They might be new games that have piqued my interest or games on my radar or even games that I haven't played for a while and just want to revisit the joy of some of the older board games that don't get played as much or aren't on the hotness list. I hope you enjoy reading about these games as well as what the experiences that I have had with them. Please share your experiences or even if you have played any of the games featured each month, I'd love to hear what you think.



Spicy is a bluffing style game of telling half truths. Players are aiming to play cards from their hand face down by following a chilli suit as determined by the starting player. There are three suits in the game, red chillis, blue peppers and green wasabi. The cards range from 1-10. Players are trying to play to win the stack of face down cards placed in the centre. For example player one would say green wasabi 2, then player 2 would say green wasabi 8 increasing in numerical size. When players reach 10 they start again.

I took this wonderful gem of a game away on a weekend trip. IT was so much fun to call out people's bluffs. The fun aspect of the game is that you can lie about the number, suit or both. There are even wild cards that act as all of the suits or all of the numbers. It is so much fun. It does evoke similar feelings to games like Cockroach Poker.

Master Word is a game similar to 20 questions. Its about listing concepts and trying to funnel the answers down to what the key word is. Players begin with the topic (for example animal) and then they write on cards key words like mammal, can it fly or even does it have four legs. I was hesitant about this game at first but it actually requires a lot of binary thinking. It turns out that it is probably one of my top 5 favourite word games! Definitely give it a try.

Brew is an area control dice placement game where players are placing their forage dice on forest cards to gain ingredients and claim control to score victory points. Players brew different potions to alter the effect and the nature in which the dice are placed. Players can train creatures that provide special dice effects that reflect their desired play style or strategy. A fantastically fun by brutal game that has a high level of interaction. I actually really really enjoyed this!
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The Most Beautiful Abstract Board Games Ever...

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Hello everybody, Danny here!

Abstract board games are a genre of games that feature heavily in my collection. Sometimes when I have people over, I can get a little apprehensive about bringing out an abstract game as there can tend to be a stigma around Abstract Board Games as being too much like chess or being relatively dry or even having no element of chance.

I love abstract games as they really draw on your strategic thinking skills. When you win, you win because of your skill and not the luck of a dice roll or card draw.



The other comment stigma about abstract games often get tagged with is the idea that they are themeless. I guess this is what inspired me to create the video linked in this blog. I wanted to create a video to show people that there are some really fantastic and approachable abstract board games out there that can have a really fun theme and be a great entry point into the abstract board gaming genre.

For example, I love the pattern building elements in Reef and the light economy and growth of the trees in Photosynthesis. Azul just simply has an elegant flow of laying tiles and connecting them together as a mosaic. Whilst Santorini just is visually gorgeous and I absolutely love how the original game was elevated to such a great level.

I would love to hear some of the other beautiful abstract board games out there. I love games like Hive and Onitama as well!
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Hello everybody, Danny here!

Abstract board games are a genre of games that feature heavily in my collection. Sometimes when I have people over, I can get a little apprehensive about bringing out an abstract game as there can tend to be a stigma around Abstract Board Games as being too much like chess or being relatively dry or even having no element of chance.

I love abstract games as they really draw on your strategic thinking skills. When you win, you win because of your skill and not the luck of a dice roll or card draw.



The other comment stigma about abstract games often get tagged with is the idea that they are themeless. I guess this is what inspired me to create the video linked in this blog. I wanted to create a video to show people that there are some really fantastic and approachable abstract board games out there that can have a really fun theme and be a great entry point into the abstract board gaming genre.

For example, I love the pattern building elements in Reef and the light economy and growth of the trees in Photosynthesis. Azul just simply has an elegant flow of laying tiles and connecting them together as a mosaic. Whilst Santorini just is visually gorgeous and I absolutely love how the original game was elevated to such a great level.

I would love to hear some of the other beautiful abstract board games out there. I love games like Hive and Onitama as well!
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