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Civilization VI Announced

I must admit that I grew rather disappointed with Sid Meier’s Civilization V once the initial enthusiasm wore off. The simplicity of the original Jon Shafer design looked appealing at first, but on closer examination was neither very elegant nor as conducive to a strong AI opponent as one might have hoped. After many erratic […]

Quarriors’ Quirky Dice

Icarus Studios’ Quarriors! for iPad was released in December 2013 to mixed reactions. The app was certainly pretty but the interface was a confusing mess of taps and swipes, with too many pointless pauses and not enough information for those new to the game. On top of that, the AI players were pretty terrible and […]

Tales from the Roman Republic

Rome’s messy transition from republic to principate has been well-documented by ancient authors and often revisited by modern ones. Since 1990 there has been a veritable explosion of historical fiction set in this era. I’ve devoured a good part of it, so here are some recommendations for your reading pleasure. The authors generally keep to […]

Cubist Lords of Waterdeep

Playdek’s latest iOS board game adaptation is Lords of Waterdeep, a worker placement game set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. The board game itself is quite recent, published in March 2012 – click “Product Details” to download the original PDF rules. There was some apprehension regarding the fairly simple design that shares very little […]

Fall Patch for Civ5 Brave New World

Firaxis has just released patch version 1.0.3.142 for Sid Meier’s Civilization V, or rather for Brave New World since most changes are specific to that expansion. I’ve updated my own Civ5 Patch Notes accordingly, this time with extensive reordering and reformatting since the official post was somewhat disorganized. Firaxis also published the Scrambled Continents Map […]

Small World 2 Review

Small World is a strategy game about territory control, similar in concept to Risk yet quite different in execution. The 2009 board game was designed by Days of Wonder, most famous for the Ticket to Ride series. In the evolution of board games, Small World’s closest relative is not classic 1959 Risk itself but rather […]

Space Hulk Returns

Space Hulk has recently arrived on Steam, with an iOS version soon to follow. This isn’t the first electronic adaptation of the classic 1998 board game, but unlike the 1993–95 versions it’s an almost literal translation of the board game, of the kind you often see on iOS but very rarely on Windows. Specifically, Space […]

Civilization V: Brave New World

Brave New World, the second expansion to Sid Meier’s Civilization V, is finally upon us. I was quite fond of the original game and its first expansion, Gods & Kings, so I was very much looking forward to this one. Unfortunately I’m somewhat disappointed, as I’ll explain below. But first, here’s a rundown of information […]