Chits & Giggles

Board Game Deep Dives

The 2010s were an exciting decade for modern abstract games. After an interregnum the decade prior, who would've though we would see so much new and innovative gameplay arise from some of the simplest looking games? #decade

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The 2nd Chapter of the West Kingdom trilogy features a (medieval) engine builder taking place in France. We'll take a look at what makes this suit of armor shine, and what unfortunately dulls its sword. #Paladins #WestKingdom

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Logging in the 19th century was no joke! A tight optimization game as players try to squeeze out just enough money each season, Lignum makes sure each of your decisions matter and every dollar counts. Are you and your axe up to the task? #Lignum

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While certainly not a mechanically unique game in the genre of economy optimization, Pipeline manages to add a new interesting spatial dynamic to the genre. The gameplay is vicious, the decision space is tight, and all-together the game is a fantastic freshman entry from the designer. #Pipeline

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Robots in space! What can be more exciting? Unlike the AI in the game, Black Angel takes a step away from telling us how to experience the journey and lets us discover our own path through the galaxy instead. #BlackAngel

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Quick reviews and first impressions of games people bought from GenCon 2019. #gencon

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This is a common question I see asked on BGG forums and over in the r/boardgames subreddit, so we'll cover a bit of what makes these two games with the same DNA similar, and what makes them different. #Brass

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Balancing a game is difficult, and it's not completely uncommon for savvy gamers to find a slightly “stronger-than-intended” strategy or combo. This time, however, we'll take a look at the infamous Western Union strategy — which left people wondering how the game made it past playtesting — and what we can learn from it. #RailroadRevolution

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Our last faction from the base game of Root, The Woodland Alliance is the de facto muckrakers of the forest. We'll take a look at the rebels and how they ultimately interact with the greater powers that be. #Root

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Coming hot off the press last year, The Estates is a reimagining of an earlier German game called Neue Heimat (New Homeland) originally released in 2007. Having never seen wide distribution in the USA, Neue Heimat was an unassuming hidden gem of an auction game. We'll take a look at how, more than a decade after its original release, Neue Heimat's original design remains relevant and entertaining. #TheEstates

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