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Salty tears – losing gracefully (Topic Discussion)

Nobody likes losing. Most of us don’t mind it, but I don’t think anyone actually relishes it when they come last. When we play board games with others, we want to have an enjoyable time. That’s something we should keep in mind. So in this article, I want to talk about how to try and be a good loser.

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Let’s face it – the joy of in-person gaming (Topic Discussion)

For some of us, not being able to see friends or family, or anyone else for that matter, in person is becoming a distant memory. I appreciate that for some of you, it’s still very much the present, depending on where you are in the world or the health of the people you would otherwise meet, you live with or your own. In this article, I want to write about how it feels to be playing board games face-to-face with other people, as this has now been possible for me for quite some time.

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Slow death – player elimination in board games (Topic Discussion)

In many modern board games, all players participate until the very end. Everyone continues to take their turns until the game has finished and it’s time to decide the winner or winners. That’s true for co-operative as well as competitive games. Player elimination games are very different in that respect. In these games, some people around the table could be out of the game early on and end up sitting it out until it’s all over. If done well, player elimination can be a very interesting mechanism in modern board games. In this article, I want to look at different ways this mechanism is implemented and discuss how well these work.

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Teaching games – responsibilities as a learner (Topic Discussion)

Here is another article in my series about teaching games. Last time I spoke about the responsibilities the person has who teaches the game. This time I want to cover what is expected of the people learning the game. After all, the teacher will not get anywhere if no one is willing to actually learn the game. So, as a learner there are certain things you have to try and do to make the rules teach easier for everyone.

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Teaching games – responsibilities as a teacher (Topic Discussion)

Continuing my series of articles about teaching games, in this article I want to talk about what responsibilities the teacher has. It’s not always obvious, but when you teach a game, you’re not done after explaining the rules to the group. You have to continue to keep an eye on things, to make sure everyone plays correctly. You also have to be ready to answer questions during the game. That’s a lot of responsibility to shoulder.

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Trawl the haul (Topic Discussion)

It’s been a long-standing tradition in the board game hobby to show others your lovely collection. People love posting photos of their board game shelves. It’s no surprise really. People are proud of the games they’ve got. Some of the games in your collection will be rarities, they might be out of print, maybe you have games signed by the designer or you just love the latest and greatest. In a similar vein are so-called “haul photos” showing off the games you managed to get your hands on at a convention. In this article, I want to look at the latter in more detail.

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Uncertain death – end game triggers (Topic Discussion)

It’s always interesting to see how different games decide when they end. There are so many different ways of ending a game. Some games are played over a fixed number of rounds and others end when a certain goal or goals are achieved. There are also games that have a slightly more random timer. What happens when a game ends is also not always the same. In some games, all players get one more turn or the current round is played out. Other games end immediately and nobody gets another chance. In this article, I want to look at how all of these different endings create different player experiences.

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Enough is enough – minimum board game review requirements (Topic Discussion)

Reviewing board games is something I take quite seriously. It’s important to me that people reading my reviews know that what they read are my own, independent thoughts. I also want to ensure that my views properly reflect my experience of a game. I want my reviews to be relatively thorough and a fair assessment of the game. In this article, I want to look at how often I feel I need to have played a game before I’m ready to review it.

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Reviewing games – the importance of gameplay experience (Topic Discussion)

The goal of board game reviews is to give the reader the information they need to make a decision about whether a game is for them or not. Reviews are always going to be subjective and people may agree with them or they may not – or most likely they’ll agree with some things and not others. Either way, reviews have to convey what a game is like, from a product perspective as well as a gameplay experience angle. In this article, I want to focus on the latter and explain why I think gameplay experience is so important.

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