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The Estates (2018)

The Estates is a well-designed game and I don’t like it.   Worse, I don’t want to like it.  That’s an awkward pitch for a review.   The last time I had a similar issue was when I reviewed Catan – a game that makes me so angry I can only play…

No Thanks review

No Thanks (2004)

The games about which people often get the most excited are the ones that look substantial.   Big, bold, beautiful games.   Thematic monsters with miniatures and rulebooks thick enough to choke an otter.  Complicated games are difficult to get right because they have so many different elements that need to be…

Second Chance (2019)

The last time I covered a polyomino placement game (Cottage Garden) I said that I probably wouldn’t look at another game of this type unless it actually captured what I feel to be the most important aspect of what I’ve occasionally referenced as ‘Tetris style games’.   For me, that’s the…

Inis review

Inis (2016)

I don’t really feel like I’ve given Inis the best possible crack of the whip. It’s been languishing on the ‘to review’ pile for a year and a half because I thought ‘I suspect this is a better game at higher player counts’, and I’d only managed to try it…