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If you like tabletop games, then this blog will give you some food for thought and an opportunity to discuss hot topics. I aim to publish two new articles every week, one on a Tuesday, the other on Saturdays. If you like what you see, please support me and become a Patron. Thank you! Also feel free to visit the related YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkEg4Ebkrr5M_AuCXJvupaw where you will find videos giving you brief impressions of the games we play in our games group, alongside unboxing videos and other material. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, use the contact form. You can find the full blog at https://tabletopgamesblog.com/about

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Dune: A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy (Digital Eyes)

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Spice, the final frontier. These are the adventures of the Houses Atreides and Harkonnen and the Imperium their five-round mission to explore Arrakis, to seek out new territories and new Spice Blows, to boldly go where no Fremen has gone before. This is Dune: A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy by Bill Eberle, Jack Kittredge, Peter Olotka, Greg Olotka and Jack Reda from Gale Force Nine.

Read the full review or listen to the audio version here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2022/01/22/dune-a-game-of-conq...
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Teaching games - teach-as-you-go (Topic Discussion)

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I have mentioned it on this blog before, but my favourite way of being taught a new game is by diving right in. Teach me only the absolute minimum, just so I roughly know what sort of game we're playing and get an outline of what I'm trying to achieve and then let me start taking my turn. It's the sort of style of teaching that Paul Grogan of Gaming Rules advocates and it's probably the best option for demoing a game at a convention as well.

Read the full article or listen to the audio version here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2022/01/18/teaching-games-teac...
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CoraQuest (Saturday Review)

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Oh no! Wizard Pebbledash’s assistants, Kevin and Annabelle, are missing! Of course, it is our task to find them and return them home safely. We are a motley crew of four daring adventurers of all shapes and sizes. Some of us have brave hearts, others have strong minds and there are some here who have a keen eye, but all of us are in high spirits and ready to face the dangers ahead of us. So off we go into the shadows of Hoodez Dungeon on our first CoraQuest by Cora and Dan Hughes.

Read the full review or listen to the audio version here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2022/01/15/coraquest-saturday-...
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Teaching games - learn yourself (Topic Discussion)

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I want to continue my series on how to teach board games to others by talking about how you can learn the game yourself or ask others to learn it for themselves. After all, you can't teach others until you know how to play it yourself and you're a better teacher if you've actually played the game yourself. Also, sometimes it's actually fun to learn a game and not always a big onus to expect others to learn a new game for themselves before you all meet up to play it.

Read the full article or listen to the audio version here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2022/01/11/teaching-games-lear...
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The Split (Saturday Review)

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We had pulled off the heist of the century and everyone was still buzzing, pumped with adrenaline. We had made it safely back to our hideout and now it was time to divvy up the loot. We were about to count out cash, gold, gems, paintings and microfilms when the boss came up with a crazy idea. "Let's play Blackjack," they said, "and sort out who gets what that way." They even gave it a name. They called it The Split by Michael Fox from Wayfinder Games.

Read the full review or listen to the audio version here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2022/01/08/the-split-saturday-...
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Looking ahead at 2022 (Topic Discussion)

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Let me start by wishing you a Happy New Year. We all somehow made it into 2022, probably a little worse for wear, but we made it nonetheless. The world has changed a lot, but there are still many moments of positivity and hope. I don't want to make predictions about what might happen to us all in the future, but instead, I want to focus on the Tabletop Games Blog and maybe talk about a couple of things that I hope for in our hobby.

Read the full article or listen to the audio version here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2022/01/04/looking-ahead-at-20...
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Colt Express (Saturday Review)

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It's the 11th of July in the year of our Lord 1899. At 10am Mountain Daylight Time, the Union Pacific Express departed Folsom in Union County, New Mexico as scheduled, but only a few minutes after leaving the village's last buildings behind, heavily armed bandits started robbing the 47 passengers, taking purses and jewellery. A short while later, gunshots could be heard and some of the bandits had climbed onto the roof of the train. It was feared that Marshal Samuel Ford, who was protecting the Nice Valley Coal Company's weekly pay, was being attacked. The whole incident went down in history as the "Attack of the Colt Express" by Christophe Raimbault from Ludonaute.

Read the full review or listen to the audio version here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2022/01/01/colt-express-saturd...
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2021 in review (Topic Discussion)

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Like probably everyone else does at the end of another calendar year, it's time for me to look back on 2021 and share with you what I've been up to. In fact, this year I want to share with you some more detail, so that you can see what is involved in doing what I do in the name of the Tabletop Games Blog.

Read the full article or listen to the audio version here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2021/12/28/2021-in-review-topi...
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Top 5 Board Games of 2021 (Saturday Review)

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Yes, it's the time of year again where I list the 5 board games that I think were the best in 2021. The games don't necessarily have to have been published this year, but as long as I have played them in 2021, they qualify to appear on this list. Of course, as is now custom on the Tabletop Games Blog, the #1 game will receive the exclusive and prestigious Top Table Award. I know you're already at the edge of your seat to find out who got the coveted trophy, but let me list the top 5 board games of 2021 in reverse order, to raise the excitement even further and make you wait a little bit longer.

Read the full review or listen to the audio version here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2021/12/25/top-5-board-games-o...
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Teaching games - light games (Topic Discussion)

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In my third article about teaching games, I want to talk about light games. The advantage of these games is, that they are easy to teach and quick to learn - and often also quick to play. So, this article should be rather short, but as we know, the easier something is, the better you have to execute it and given that lighter games are usually the sort of games new people to the hobby will come in contact with first, we need to do a good job teaching these types of games or we may miss a chance to grow our hobby. So, no pressure.

Read the full article or listen to the audio version here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2021/12/21/teaching-games-ligh...
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