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    Ahoy (Saturday Review)

    Ahoy (Saturday Review)

    "Captain!" came the shout from the deck. I turned around to see who from my Bluefin Squadron had called over to me. "What is it?" I shouted back in the general direction of my crew. "The crow's nest has spotted something. It looks like a smuggler ship." Ah, yes, the Smugglers. We were neither allies nor enemies. They would help us up to a point, while also always looking out for themselves. I only trusted them as far as my cannons could fire at them. "Fine, fine. Come about and let's see what they're up to." Minutes later the smuggler ship was upon us and I shouted "Ahoy!" by Greg Loring-Albright from Leder Games.

    Read the full review here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2023/03/18/ahoy-saturday-review/

    Useful Links


    Ahoy: https://ledergames.com/products/ahoy
    Leder Games: https://ledergames.com/
    Rulebook: https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/245047/ahoy-rulebook
    BGG listing: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/359402/ahoy
    Root review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2022/02/12/root-a-game-of-woodland-might-and-right-saturday-review/

    Intro Music: Bomber (Sting) by Riot (https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/)

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    • 9 min
    Evergreens - games I'll always play and never sell (Topic Discussion)

    Evergreens - games I'll always play and never sell (Topic Discussion)

    As a reviewer, my collection has quite a large turnover. After all, I need to play at least 52 new-to-me games every year, one for each week, to have enough material to write about. I regularly buy new games and I also get a fair amount of review copies. Review copies usually go back to the publisher or are sent to the next reviewer. The games I buy don't always stay in my collection though. I do regularly prune it and get rid of games that I no longer want to keep. However, some games are evergreens for me. They stay in my collection, because I know I'll play them at least ever so often.

    Read the full article here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2023/03/14/evergreens-games-ill-always-play-and-never-sell-topic-discussion/

    Useful Links


    2022 - A Year in Review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2022/12/31/2022-a-year-in-review-saturday-review/
    Board Game Geek Marketplace: https://boardgamegeek.com/market/user/oliverkinne?pageid=1
    Wingspan review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2019/03/16/wingspan/
    Quacks of Quedlinburg review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2020/06/06/the-quacks-of-quedlinburg-saturday-review/
    Tapestry review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2019/11/09/tapestry-saturday-review/
    Andrew Bosley interview: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2020/07/22/andrew-bosley-let-me-illustrate/
    Brass: Birmingham review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2020/10/03/brass-birmingham-saturday-review/
    Clans of Caledonia review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2019/03/02/clans-of-caledonia/
    Terra Mystica review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2019/06/01/terra-mystica/

    Intro Music: Bomber (Sting) by Riot (https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/)

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    • 8 min
    Village Rails (Saturday Review)

    Village Rails (Saturday Review)

    Nestled between hills and blanketed with beautiful fields of grass, where cows grazed happily, our village was in the perfect place. Country life was slow and relaxed, because nobody had anywhere urgent to get to. However, that was all going to change soon. Metal tracks were soon going to crisscross between hills and along rivers. They would connect our sleepy corner of the world. They were the Village Rails by Matthew Dunstan and Brett J. Gilbert from Osprey Games.

    Read the full review here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2023/03/11/village-rails-saturday-review/

    Useful Links


    Village Rails: https://ospreypublishing.com/uk/village-rails-9781472853967/
    Osprey Games: https://ospreypublishing.com/uk/osprey-games/
    BGG listing: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/358085/village-rails

    Intro Music: Bomber (Sting) by Riot (https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/)

    Sound Effects: bbc.co.uk – © copyright 2023 BBC

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    Music: Sounds by Alexander Nakarada
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    Artist website: https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com/

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    • 7 min
    Risky games - playing to win vs taking risks (Topic Discussion)

    Risky games - playing to win vs taking risks (Topic Discussion)

    I normally don't win, at least not when I play with my games group. That's not a problem and I still have a lot of fun, whatever the outcome. In fact, I sometimes create some extra excitement by not playing it too safe. I actually really like games where you can gamble and create huge point swings. However, I know many people who play to win and who will always play it safe. So in this article, I thought I'd compare the different approaches.

    Read the full article here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2023/03/07/risky-games-playing-to-win-vs-taking-risks-topic-discussion/

    Useful Links


    Mystic Vale review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2018/12/08/mystic-vale/
    Deep Sea Adventure review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2020/04/11/deep-sea-adventure-saturday-review/

    Intro Music: Bomber (Sting) by Riot (https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/)

    The following music was used for this media project:
    Music: Buzzkiller by Alexander Nakarada
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    • 7 min
    The Spill (Saturday Review)

    The Spill (Saturday Review)

    We had been called out in the middle of the night. A major disaster had been declared. It was all hands on deck. After a swift site rep, we were dispatched to various locations around the oil platform. As we approached by helicopter, which was going to lower us onto the deck of our assigned rescue boats, we could see the extent of The Spill by Andy Kim from Smirk & Dagger Games.

    Read the full review here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2023/03/04/the-spill-saturday-review/

    Useful Links


    The Spill: https://www.smirkandlaughter.com/the-spill
    Rulebook: https://www.smirkandlaughter.com/_files/ugd/693f33_96269c0a08db4f2aa86c354b7107a122.pdf
    Smirk & Dagger Games: https://www.smirkandlaughter.com/
    BGG listing: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/338479/spill
    Pandemic review: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2020/01/18/pandemic-saturday-review/

    Intro Music: Bomber (Sting) by Riot (https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/)

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    Music: Mermaids by Rafael Krux
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    Artist website: https://www.orchestralis.net/

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    Music: Glory Hunters by Rafael Krux
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    Artist website: https://www.orchestralis.net/

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    • 7 min
    Solitary Happiness - multiplayer solitaire games' popularity (Topic Discussion)

    Solitary Happiness - multiplayer solitaire games' popularity (Topic Discussion)

    An interesting question Phil Gross recently asked is why low-interaction games are so popular these days. Even though I'm not really sure whether these types of games are actually popular nowadays, I do wonder why people like games with very little player interaction. So in this article, I want to look at the attraction of games that are either completely multiplayer solitaire or provide very little opportunity for players to interfere with each other's game.

    Read the full article here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2023/02/28/solitary-happiness-multiplayer-solitaire-games-popularity-topic-discussion/

    Intro Music: Bomber (Sting) by Riot (https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/)

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    • 8 min

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