That was nice to read.
Unfortunately, the last Guardian piece I read on board games seemed a little slapdash: "20 awesome board games you may never have heard of". It had the subtitle "Here are the alternative board games you should really have in your life". It's "crowdsourced", meaning that readers emailed in with their suggestions.
The list includes quite a few games I've never heard of, which is fair enough (though unexpected), but there is mostly little or no description of a game beyond what one random reader has emailed in. For example, Catan is described thus:
Eye-rollers, move on to the next game. Non eye-rollers: this game is awesome! Give it a go. The regulars at Basingstoke Discovery Centre can’t be wrong.
That's it. Plus a cheesy photo. And the choice of games is quite strange -- for example, Pandemic: Contagion, which has the lowest rating of all seven Pandemic games and expansions? Why??
Anyway, well done the author of the Essen article! And tell them that the other writer on board games is not working hard enough!