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A Tale of Two Essens

In October of each year, the city of Essen, Germany, hosts Internationale Spieltage SPIEL, arguably the most prestigious board game trade fair. The Messe Essen convention center turns into a funhouse packed with game demos, sales tables, and board game geeks. The fair inspires awe and anticipation, as publishers release their latest games and savvy […]

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microfilms

[microfilms] is a micro-deduction game set in the world of [redacted]. Designed by David J. Mortimer (Pocket Imperium) and Dávid Turczi ([redacted]), [microfilms] pits spy against spy in the Ambassador’s high-stakes game of intel and intrigue. Be the first player to find the intel and reveal the identities of your opponents, and you’ll infiltrate the […]

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…and then we held hands.

…and then we held hands is a non-verbal, cooperative game about balancing relationships. Without speaking, the two players must strategically play cards to meet the emotional objectives of the players, each from their own perspective. …and then we held hands was designed by David Chircop and Yannick Massa as part of Global Game Jam in […]

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The garden party has been redacted

[redacted] is a game of intrigue and espionage. Intel is located and retrieved. Players radio for extraction via helicopters, which can be blown up by their enemies. Probably. You see, at the beginning of [redacted], you have no idea where everybody’s loyalties lie. Adding to the confusion, encounters are double-blind, so only the two players involved […]

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Comic Spotlight: Tiny Wooden Pieces

There’s an old Irish proverb: May your comics be funny and your games good. OK. Maybe that’s not old, Irish, or proverbic, but there is a couple in Ireland that marries comics and games better than I just did. They’re Colin O’Mahoney and Aileen Cudmore, the brains and hands behind the mostly board-game-based comic Tiny Wooden Pieces that […]

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