If you follow me on Instagram you know that earlier this month I took some time off to head up to the sunny – but very chilly – shores of ..
I’m a fan of puzzle-y games like Rolling America where you feel like it’s a puzzle you’ll never quite win but doing “mildly decent” is a v..
Kingdomino was pitched to me as a “family light strategy game that plays in 15 minutes” — sounds great, right? And it totally is! It ca..
I don’t have a super sweet tooth so gobs and gobs of Easter candy just isn’t my thing. However, if the Easter Bunny filled my basket with..
The Toy Fair Trends articles are done (whew!) and before I hop into my Easter Basket games article, I thought I’d review a game I’ve not h..
Whew – what a weekend! ChiTAG is over and I had an amazing time at the conferences, the TAGIE Awards, PlayChic, and finally the fair itsel..
Remember Rubik’s Race? This classic Rubik’s spin-off game is back on the market with University Games, and it’s still a quick to learn, fu..
Recently I received a copy of Quadropolis and I can’t stop thinking about it! Thankfully, those I play with want to play it too so I’ve be..
This year Qwirkle is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, so big CONGRATS to MindWare and Susan McKinley Ross! In honor of the milestone they..
I’ve been meaning to write this post since January, but honestly Toy Fair and other stuff got in the way. I got Patchwork as a gift for C..
My collection of “great for 2-players” games really got a boost over the holidays – one of the new ones is Pagoda, and it is for exactly 2..
Splendor is not a game I would have reviewed if it came out back when I started this site. It’s amazing to me what kinds of games appeal ..
It’s Labor Day so it’s time to honor the worker! To do that I chose a game about building, producing, and trading goods – things that requ..
I think I’m in love with Qwixx. No really, this has quickly moved to the tip-top of my list of favorite dice games (and I really like dic..
Way back in 2009 I wrote about one of my all-time favorite word games, Boggle. Funny enough I said you’d never see me write an article ab..
Carcassonne is an interesting game in my collection because I bought the app before I purchased the physical game. And I’ll admit that I ..
A couple weeks ago I wrote about the fabulous game Acuity by Fat Brain Toys and invented by BlueMatter games. If you didn’t read it – y..
A couple years ago at ChiTAG I kept running into these two other inventors… it was almost like they were following me. Or was I following..
Oh my gosh it’s the board game version of Bejeweled! To start, you fill the board randomly with all non-glitter gems (the glittered one..
Jaipur was recommended to me via a twitter pal (@ErskineThompson) and I’m so glad he mentioned it because I really enjoyed playing it…
Thanks to all the articles about Toy Fair it’s been a little bit since I wrote a review but I think this game will make you forget all a..
I’ve been mulling over whether or not I should review Ticket to Ride on The Game Aisle because it can ABSOLUTELY exceed the 30 minute ..
Way back in my ChiTag roundup article I mentioned that I was I excited about a new, not-on-the-shelves-yet game called Word Winder. Wel..
Two weeks ago I ranted about two player games and while I have no intention of revisiting that rant for more than a sentence or two, I s..
Back in the summer of 2009 I wrote an article on one of my FAVORITE dice games: Can’t Stop by Sid Sackson. In this article I mention..
Great two player games don’t cross my desk all that often. I find that a lot of games say they can be played with two players but for..
As many of my regular readers know, I’m not really a fan of abstract strategy games. They’re just not my thing, but every once in a whi..
Earlier this week I posted an interview with Mary Jo Reutter who won the TAGIE award for Excellence in Game Design in November of 2010..
Part 1 of this article is a reprint from an article I wrote for Global Toy News; Part 2 reviews the two games.
Every holiday season at ..
ChiTag was over more than a week ago, and I’ve yet to do a recap but it’s because I have to PLAY the games I found there before I review t..
It’s officially the first day of fall. I don’t have any idea where my summer went, but it’s indoor volleyball season again so I’m not..
Tic Tac Toe – I don’t think there isn’t a person out there who didn’t spend quality childhood time trying to dominate an adversary but ins..
This past weekend was my one-year anniversary and for our honeymoon we went to Puerto Rico and Dominica for ten days. So how odd is it ..
The neighborhood I live in here in Chicago, well let’s just say it’s “up and coming” and it’s been “up and coming” for pretty much the e..
Endless Games did a nice job of summing up the game play of their new board game, Name 5, in the title so this review was pretty short..
Sometimes I think people are willing to cut games a little slack when they look really great but don’t play as well as they should. Whe..
This is going to be a review for Gamewright’s new game Order’s Up which came in a box of goodies from them last week, but before I get int..
This review of Word on the Street is SERIOUSLY over due and it’s all because one of my favorite playtesters doesn’t like the game. Why? ..
Not far from my house there is a dive bar, with scary red lighting that hosts bingo on Monday nights. It’s really not all that exciting; ..
A friend of mine was over recently and asked if I could recommend a card game that’s “like UNO, but not UNO, but is easy for non-game pe..
There are times that you just know fate has a hand in things. Like I swear fate pushed the toy/game industry on me. There’s no way I wou..
On the very edge of the Chicago suburbs, right at the last exit that divides the bustling commuters from the nothingness that spans to wes..
A while back I wrote an article about taking games with you when you travel (see here) and Nate Scheidler, Organizer of Chicago Boardgam..
I like word games, but only specific word games. You will probably never see me review Scrabble on this site because I think it takes far..
Earlier this month I was at Richard Gottlieb’s “Future of the Industry” conference and someone brought up the issue of packaging. Given..