Score Keeping in Board Games: How Do You Deal with Independent Scoring?

We play a lot of games that require independent score keeping, such as Azul and Bunny Kingdom. These are basically honor system games, more so than general victory point games. Since the scoring is complex and completed round by round, there's no way of knowing whether the score is being calculated correctly for each person -- and, often, it just isn't. Over time, I've noticed that the same people tend to win these games, even if they aren't generally good at that type of game. 

They aren't cheating.

They're confused

Bucket of Doom Party Game Review (Big Potato)

I don't know why people play party games with me. It's probably akin to playing a party game with the ghost of Larry David, some kind of ephemeral spector of wit long dead, telling and retelling the haunting jokes of yesteryear. It's a thing that happens, though, because we often have more than a reasonable number of people, and party games are frequently marked (as this one) with a "+" instead of a maximum number. Really, "Bucket of Doom," 3+ players? So 30? 30 people could play your game? I didn't think so.


Board Games & DND: What Do You Do About the "Creepy Guy/Gal?"

If you're running events, you'll eventually encounter one of them: those people who just have a knack for making everyone around them uncomfortable. Sometimes the problem resolves on its own: they come once, and then never again. Other times it becomes a larger issue. If it's not addressed, it can drive people out of your group. But what can you really do?

Iquazu Board Game Review (HABA)

Hunt for treasure by climbing the extraordinary Iquazu waterfall. Brightly colored, warmly illustrated, and kinda fun to put together, Iquazu is a family-style game that marries competitive strategy with a sort of match-3 mobile game aesthetic. Iquazu is absolutely a gimmick game -- it includes gems and planks -- but that doesn't necessarily make it a bad game. Unfortunately, the game's strategy can get bogged down by its trappings.


Super Hazard Quest Board Game Review

You would think, you would really think, that a game that "plays like an 8-bit side scroller" would be our favorite -- especially since we have a lot of fun with Boss Monster. There's something really magical about Super Hazard Quest, from the obvious, knock-off characters ("polish plumber"), to the goofy little settings (spooky ghost hallway). Everyone selects a character (ranging from NotLink to NotSamus) and explores the world, defeating both environmental hazards and combat hazards along the way.


D&D Mini Figurine Painting: Enamel vs. Acrylics

I recently co-hosted a D&D mini figurine painting event with an exceptionally talented -- but amateur -- artist. After having already completed the preparations, advertising the event, and steeling myself for the inevitable chaos, I started purchasing supplies. There was only one problem.

"Wait. What kind of paints are you using, there?"

"Enamel. Everything I use is enamel."

"Oh noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooo ooooo..."

Bill and Ted's Excellent Board Game Review (Steve Jackson Games)

I'm excited to announce that for just $18.71 you can now order a board game that tells you to loudly yell "69" before progressing. Bill and Ted is a cultural touchstone of my generation, but I'm not sure I wanted it touched in this way. Made by Steve Jackson Games and maintaining a near 5 star rating everywhere on the web, Bill and Ted's Excellent Board Game is a dynamic and competitive programming game made and played by people who were clearly high when doing it.


Takenoko Board Game Review (Asmodee)

Who doesn't love a board game that comes with its own little comic backstory? Takenoko is a relaxing game about a garden, a gardener, and a panda. A grid-based strategy game, Takenoko is the story of a garden that is constantly growing and constantly being devoured. With enough random elements to keep things challenging and a wide variety of strategies, it's a fairly in-depth little game that can be played in under an hour.


Camel Up Board Game Review (Pegasus Spiele)

I don't think camels race by stacking on top of each other, but I don't know enough about camels to dispute it. In Camel Up, five brilliantly colored camels race to the finish line. As they advance, they'll encounter both help and hindrances, all while the players bet on which camel is going to pull ahead. Camel Up looks like an absolutely ridiculous children's game, and it is one, but there's actually a charmingly simple strategy game hidden beneath.



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