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Soulaween (Saturday Review)

It was soon time for the most anticipated festival at Death School, whose motto was “Soul to win”. According to legend, there was an accident at the school many years ago. Somehow numerous souls had been able to escape, and the teachers and students raced to recapture them all. Every year hence, Papa Death, Osiris, Hei and Bai Wuchang lead the students into a race of reaping souls, the Soulaween by Shi Chen from Play With Us Design.

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Alien: Fate of the Nostromo (Saturday Review)

The Nostromo was returning to Earth with a seven-member crew in stasis. Detecting a transmission from a nearby moon, the ship’s computer awakens the crew and they land on the moon. While one part of the crew tracks down the source of the signal, the rest decipher part of the transmission and discover it’s a warning – but it’s too late! Despite protestations, the returning crew brings with them an Alien: Fate of the Nostromo by Scott Rogers from Ravensburger.

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Tricky tricks – trick-taking and other games (Topic Discussion)

Growing up in Germany, I started playing traditional trick-taking games like Skat or Doppelkopf from a relatively young age. I’m used to the idea of suits, trump, following suit, taking tricks, gleaning information from what cards others play and much more. Traditional trick-taking games sort of have their own language. So I love to see modern games developing this mechanism further and incorporating it into other mechanisms, creating completely new game experiences.

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Outpost 18 (Saturday Review)

Natural resources had long been depleted on Earth, but the asteroid belt was rich in ion and ore. The battle for control of these invaluable commodities had begun. We were part of this fight and were operating from our own Outpost 18 by Adam Wilk.

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Two players – how games change in 2-player modes (Topic Discussion)

I often play games with my wife. We have a fair few two-player-only games, but mostly we play games that were designed for two people or more. Some games do it really well and the experience is no different to higher player counts. Other games introduce two-player-specific setup or other rules and that can work too. In this article, I want to look at how games, that weren’t specifically designed for two people, change, or don’t change, when played with two people.

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Aves (Saturday Review)

Changing your plumage from pure white to a rainbow of colours wasn’t easy. It took time and patience. It was the fruit from the rainbow tree that contained the necessary pigment. Unfortunately, the fruit wasn’t always in season and when it was, other birds were quick to eat it before I had a chance to get to it. It was a race, be it a slow and thoughtful one, to become Aves by Shi Chen from Play With Us Design.

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Second chance – giving games another try (Topic Discussion)

So sometimes you play a game and you just don’t get on with it. That’s understandable, because not every game is for everyone. At the same time, I do think there is a game for everyone. I also think that games deserve a second chance. In this article, I want to look at why we might bounce off games and why the game experience is a lot better when we play the game again at some point later.

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Villagers (Saturday Review)

The Great Plague was slowly becoming a thing of the past and you had decided to move into the country and start a new village. You had found the perfect location that was big enough to build new houses, workshops and other structures, while also being close enough to farmable land, a large wooded area and there were indications that coal could be mined nearby. It had everything to support a growing community of craftspeople and labourers. Now all you had to do was find Villagers by Haakon Gaarder from Sinister Fish Games.

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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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