Sunday, 18 December 2016

Party Games and Gifts

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It is that time of year again and oh how I love it! This weeks #BoardGameHour is all about party games and giving games as gifts

Hope you enjoy the board game chat this week :0)

This weeks questions are:

Q1: Party Games: How would you describe a "Party Game" to a new gamer?
Q2: What do you like about party games?
Q3: What don't you like about party games?
Q4: What party game would you recommend to new players?
Q5: What are your top 3 party games to play?
Q6: Whats tips would you give to someone designing a party game?
Q7: Games as gifts: Do you give board games as gifts? Who too?
Q8: Do you get given board games as gifts, by who and how does it work?
Q9: Do you ever give board games as gifts to "non hobby games" to show them what is out there?
Q10: What are your top 3 games to give as gifts this year?
Q11: What are your top 3 board games you would life as a gift during the holidays?
Q12: What tips would you give to someone wanting to give board games as gifts?

Come and join in our chat

#BoardGameHour is simply an hour long twitter chat about board games (tabletop games). To join in all you have to do is be on twitter that the right time and add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0) If you can't make the first installment, I now run a #2ndTurn to try and let more people take part.

#1stTurn (Original Times)
Monday 11pm PST - USA west coast time
Monday 2pm EST - USA east coast time
Monday 7pm GMT - UK time
Monday 8pm CET - Germany
Tuesday 3am AWST - Western Australia
Tue 5am AEST - Eastern Australia

#2ndTurn 
Thursday 7pm PST - Western USA
Thursday 10pm EST - Eastern USA
Friday 3am GMT - UK
Friday 4am CET - Germany
Friday 11am AWST - Western Australia
Friday 1pm AEST - Eastern Australia 

Making it easier to take part in!

I generally used to use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


Hope you can make it!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Taking Two Turns & Americana

Roll Again

I am making the leap of faith and am stepping #BoardGameHour up to be twice a week. Our original slot will stay exactly where it is (allowing the whole of the western world to take part at the same time), with a new slot added to help allow more people take part.

I'm calling the new slot #BoardgameHour #2ndTurn (no need to use the 2nd turn hashtag when you take part though). It will start Thursday 7pm PST, 10pm EST and should allow more Americans to take part. Our questions from the Monday's #BoardgameHour will be repeated giving people who can't make the original session the chance to chat about the same topic (unless you live in the UK like me in which case #2ndTurn starts at 3am)

I'm going to see how this works out, but the #BoardGameHour times for the next few weeks will be:

#1stTurn (Original Times)
Monday 11pm PST - USA west coast time
Monday 2pm EST - USA east coast time
Monday 7pm GMT - UK time
Monday 8pm CET - Germany
Tuesday 3am AWST - Western Australia
Tue 5am AEST - Eastern Australia

#2ndTurn
Thursday 7pm PST - Western USA
Thursday 10pm EST - Eastern USA
Friday 3am GMT - UK
Friday 4am CET - Germany
Friday 11am AWST - Western Australia
Friday 1pm AEST - Eastern Australia

MAIN TOPIC

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"What will the main topic be this week?", I hear you ask. Well, in honor of making it easier for the fine folks in the US to take part in #BoardGameHour I thought we would take a look at "Americana" themed games this week.

What is Americana? Well in short it's "things strongly associated with the United States of America"

SIDE TOPIC
For a side topic, I thought we would talk about something close to my heart, which is wooden bits. I just love the feel of wood in my hands, so why not chat about it with the world.

Hope you enjoy the board game chat this week :0)

This weeks questions are:

Q1: What defines games with Americana theme to you?
Q2: Do you generally like games with an Americana Theme
Q3: Which games do you feel promote American culture (Americana) well?
Q4: If you want an Americana themed game night what games would you play?
Q5: Do you feel America produces the best board games? Why?
Q6: What aspects of American culture do you feel would make a good board game theme?
Q7: What board games tackle American history well?
Q8: Are there any publishers who focus on Americana theme?
Q9: What tips would you give to someone designing a board game for an American audience?
Q10: Side Topic: Do you like wooden components in board games?
Q11: Which game has the best wooden components?
Q12: Which is the best game that has wooden components?


Come and join in our chat

#BoardGameHour is simply an hour long twitter chat about board games (tabletop games). to join in all you have to do is add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0)

#1stTurn (Original Times)
Monday 11pm PST - USA west coast time
Monday 2pm EST - USA east coast time
Monday 7pm GMT - UK time
Monday 8pm CET - Germany
Tuesday 3am AWST - Western Australia
Tue 5am AEST - Eastern Australia

#2ndTurn 
Thursday 7pm PST - Western USA
Thursday 10pm EST - Eastern USA
Friday 3am GMT - UK
Friday 4am CET - Germany
Friday 11am AWST - Western Australia
Friday 1pm AEST - Eastern Australia 

Making it easier to take part in!

I generally used to use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


Hope you can make it!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Time Folk's Please


MAIN TOPIC
I have been thinking about how to allow more people to join in with #BoardGameHour. The time chosen for our weekly chat was picked to allow the whole of the western world to take part. So it's Morning on the west coast of the USA and evening in Eastern Europe at the current time. This was done because I like the idea of people from such a wide area chatting about the hobby they love. Having said that, it also means many people can't take part because of work or other engagements. This was always going to be the case, but I'm hoping to help with this situation. How?

Starting next week boardgamehour will run Twice a week! The topic will be repeated at a latter time later in the week. Watch this space for a full announcement later this week.

This brings me onto our topic for this week.. Which is Time.. Time is an important element in games so I have a range of questions to explore some aspects of it :0)

SIDE TOPIC
For a side topic I thought we would talk about games that are "new to you" E.G. games that have been around for a while but that you have just discovered.

Hope you enjoy the board game chat :0)

Monday 5th Dec 2016 questions are:

Q1: How much time do you send thinking about preparing for and playing board games?
Q2: What mechanisms represent the passing of time well?
Q3: How long have you been playing board games? How did you start?
Q4: What is your favourite game that takes place over many years (theme wise)?
Q5: How many hours can you play board games for in a day before you get fed up / tired?
Q6: What games go on to long / don't last long enough for you?
Q7: What are your farourite games that involve time in some way?
Q8: Are there any good time travel games? Should there be more?
Q9: What tips would you give to someone designing a time travel board game?
Q10: Side Topic: New to you.. Have you discovered any older games that you like lately?
Q11: Are there any games that you have never played that you feel most people have?
Q12: Are there any older games that you think most people have not played that you feel they should?

Come and join in our chat

#BoardGameHour is simply an hour long twitter chat about board games (tabletop games). to join in all you have to do is add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0)

MONDAY'S
11pm PST - USA west coast  
2pm EST - USA east coast
7pm GMT - UK
8pm CET - Germany

Making it easier to take part in!

I generally used to use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


Hope you can make it!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Historic games

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MAIN TOPIC
Our main topic for this weeks BoardGameHour is History based themes... This could be a wide topic, but also an interesting area of board gaming :0)

SIDE TOPIC
I love all the seasons (and in fact Seasons the game) for different reasons. I love the colors of Autumn and the cold of winter. Our side topic is board games set in winter.

Hope you enjoy the board game chat :0)

Monday 28th November 2016 questions are:

Q1: Do you like games with an historic theme? Would a historic game excite you? Why?
Q2: Do you expect history themed games to be 100% accurate?
Q3: What games are good for teaching a historic subject?
Q4: Have you ever learnt anything while playing a history themed game?
Q5: What game would you use to introduce modern board gaming to a history fan?
Q6: What are you favourite history themed games?
Q7: Are there any periods of history you would not like a board game theme based on?
Q8: Are there any historical events you would like to see more board games about?
Q9: What tips would you give to someone designing history themed board game?
Q10: Side Topic: What games do you like that have a winter theme/feel?
Q11: Do you like playing games that fit the current environment? If it snows do you play games with snow in them?
Q12: What tips would you give to someone designing a game based in winter?

Come and join in our chat

#BoardGameHour is simply an hour long twitter chat about board games (tabletop games). to join in all you have to do is add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0)


11pm PST - USA west coast  
2pm EST - USA east coast
7pm GMT - UK
8pm CET - Germany

Making it easier to take part in!

I generally use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


Hope you can make it!

Monday, 21 November 2016

Betting / gambling

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MAIN TOPIC
One of the oldest forms of entertainment known to mankind is gamble / betting. Most people just love to try and predict the outcome of something unpredictable. However, I personally am not aware of a lot of board games that use this mechanism. Push your luck is a form of gambling and that features quite often but put gambling out outcomes seem to register less often. Do you agree? Let me know later :0)

SIDE TOPIC
I love Theme park computer games (and can't wait to get my teeth into Planet Coaster) so was wondering if I can get the same enjoyment out of my main hobby of board games. So our side topic is theme park board games.

Hope you enjoy the board game chat :0)

Monday 21st November 2016 questions are:

Q1: How would you describe betting / gambling mechanisms, what's the heart of this mechanic?
Q2: How often do you play game with betting in them? What was the last one?
Q3: What do you like about games with a betting / gambling mechanism?
Q4: What don't you like about games with a betting / gambling mechanism?
Q5: What games have gambling / betting as a side mechanism rather than the main one?
Q6: What are you favourite betting gambling games?
Q7: Are there any interesting things that designers have done with the betting mechanism?
Q8: Do you ever gamble real money when playing board games? Why?
Q9: What tips would you give to someone designing a betting / gambling board game?
Q10: Side Topic: Do you like theme parks as a board game theme? Which is the best one?
Q11: Are there any board games that replicate roller-coaster tycoon well?
Q12: What tips would you give to someone designing a theme park board game?

Come and join in our chat

#BoardGameHour is simply an hour long twitter chat about board games (tabletop games). to join in all you have to do is add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0)


11pm PST - USA west coast  
2pm EST - USA east coast
7pm GMT - UK
8pm CET - Germany

Making it easier to take part in!

I generally use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


Hope you can make it!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Game Boards

MAIN TOPIC
We all love board games right? So for our main topic let's have a chat about a component that doesn't seem to get that much attention, the boards themselves. Are they important? which games have the best boards? Why?

SIDE TOPIC
For a side topic, I thought we would try something different. If it works I'd like to make it a regular feature. What is this feature? Doing a spotlight on a game each week. So we pick a game and have a few questions about the end of the chat just about that game. If you know the game you can share your views on it, if you don't know the game its your chance to ask questions and find out about it. Feels like a win win if people give it a go (maybe).

Hope you enjoy the board game chat :0)

Monday 14th November 2016 questions are:


Q1: I use the term "board games" to describe most tabletop games, some don't have boards (like card games), do you?
Q2: What is your favourite board game that doesn't actually have a board?
Q3: Which game has the best looking / best art on its board?
Q4: Which game has the best designed board? What does the design add to the game?
Q5: Do you prefer modular boards or fixed boards as a rule? Why?
Q6: What is the main function of a board in a game? What are the essential elements of a great board?
Q7: Are there any interesting things that designers have done with boards?
Q8: Does the size of the board matter? Are some too big / too small?
Q9: What tips would you give to someone designing a game board?
Q10: Side Topic: Spotlight on Terra Mystica.. Do you / would you like to own Terra Mystica?
Q11: What are the pros and cons of Terra Mystica for you?
Q12: What can designers / publishers learn for Terra Mystica?


Come and join in our chat

#BoardGameHour is simply an hour long twitter chat about board games (tabletop games). to join in all you have to do is add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0)


11pm PST - USA west coast  
2pm EST - USA east coast
7pm GMT - UK
8pm CET - Germany

If Nurph is still down!

I generally use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


Hope you can make it!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Health and Illness

MAIN TOPIC
Over the last few days my son has been sick. This has had two effects on #BoardGameHour. First it meant that I did not get the questions up early (sorry) and second that our topic is going to be connected to my lack of sleep etc... So today's topic will be "Health and illness" board games.

SIDE TOPIC
Being from the UK it has not gone unnoticed by me that the world is following what could be a world shaping election with is about to happen. I of course refer to the 2nd round of the presidential election in Bulgaria. With this in mind our side topic will be voting in board games

Hope you enjoy the board game chat :0)

Monday 7th November 2016 questions are:

Q1: Is health / illness / viruses etc a theme at interests you as a rule? Why?
Q2: Are there any board games that promote health and well being?
Q3: Do you prefer the idea of playing as the illness or the people fighting it?
Q4: Do you think board gaming is good for your health? Why?
Q5: Are there any games about mental health? Is it a good theme for you?
Q6: What are your favourite board games about health/illness?
Q7: What game would you use to introduce someone to gaming that has a health/illness theme?
Q8: What board games just make you sick?
Q9: Side topic: Voting in games… Do you like this mechanism?
Q10: Are there any games that involve voting that you don't like
Q11: What are your top 3 games what involve voting?
Q12: What tips would you give to someone who wanting to design a voting game?

Time zones are back to normal!

The US have now changed away for summer time just like Europe so we are back to standard times again :0)

This weeks #BoardGameHour will take place at:

11pm PST - USA west coast  
2pm EST - USA east coast
7pm GMT - UK
8pm CET - Germany

If Nurph is still down!

I generally use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


What ever you use, try to ensure you add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0)

See you at:

11am (L.A)
2pm (New York)
7pm (UK)
8pm (Germany)

Hope you can make it!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Killer Games

Happy Halloween everyone... A couple of weeks ago we covered spooky games, so that you had time to get your hands on any that you liked the sound of. With today being All Hallows Eve I wanted to do a fitting topic without repeating our Halloween chat.

So today's topic will be "Killer Games". We will chat about games that have slayed other games. What board games have left your collection because another game came in and killed them?

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To keep on theme, as a side topic we will cover player elimination in games.

Hope you enjoy the terrifying board game chat :0)

Monday 31st October 2016 questions are:

Q1: How often do you cull your board game collection? What was the last game you got rid of?
Q2: Do you have games in your board game collection that don't get played? Why?
Q3: What tips would you give to someone who wanted to cull there game collection?
Q4: What games do you feel have been "killed" (replaced) by newer games?
Q5: Are there any games you feel are un-killable (irreplaceable) ?
Q6: How do you feel about re-prints of games that "kill" older editions (make them seem worse)?
Q7: Are there any board games about killing / murder? How do you feel about that?
Q8: Side topic: How do you feel about player elimination in games?
Q9: What are your favorite board games with player elimination in them?
Q10: If you could remove or add player elimination to a game what would it be?
Q11: What tips would you give to someone who wanting to design a game with player elimination?


Time Zones Warning!

The UK (where I am based) has left summer time now and moved back into GMT which means for a week or so the timings in the USA will be off by an hour.

This weeks #BoardGameHour will take place at:

12pm PDT - USA west coast  
3pm EDT - USA east coast
7pm GMT - UK
8pm CET - Germany


If Nurph is still down!

I generally use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


What ever you use, try to ensure you add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0)

See you at:

11am (L.A)
2pm (New York)
7pm (UK)
8pm (Germany)

Hope you can make it!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

3rd Birthday- Growning our hobby

Happy 3rd birthday #BoardGameHour...

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As we enter our 4th year I would like to thank each and every one of you for taking part!
This week we chat about a topic that is close to my heart, which is growing our hobby
Hope you enjoy board game chat :0)

Monday 24th October 2016 questions are:

Q1: Do you like that our hobby is growing, what are the upsides for you?
Q2: What do you feel the down sides of our hobby growing might be?
Q3: What do you think are the biggest barriers to entry into our hobby (social, financial, rule books)?
Q4: What can be done to lower all these barriers for new people?
Q5: What role does the friendly local game store have to play in growing our hobby?
Q6: Thinking about diversity. What can be done to expand the range of people who play games? Gender, race, sexuality etc
Q7: What do you do to grow our hobby? Do you introduce new people to board games.. How?
Q8: Does game length effect your choice for what to play with new player?
Q9: What can designers do to make a game good for introducing new players?
Q10: What are your top 3 games to introduce people to board gaming?
Q11: How big a difference does theme make when playing games with someone new to gaming?
Q12: What tips would you give to someone entering our hobby?


11am (L.A)
2pm (New York)
7pm (UK)
8pm (Germany)

Just use #BoardGameHour to join in

See you there!

If Nurph is still down!

I generally use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.

What ever you use, try to ensure you add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0)

See you at:

Hope you can make it!

Friday, 14 October 2016

Games for Halloween

It's that spooky time of year again...
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I like to run our Halloween special a little before the event to give you time to make any purchases etc rather than hearing about something cool just to late.

Hope you enjoy the horrific board game chat :0)

Monday 17th October 2016 questions are:

Q1: What emotions / feelings are you looking for a board game to invoke at Halloween?
Q2: What tips would you give for improving atmosphere for Halloween gaming?
Q3: Which games would you recommend for younger people at Halloween?
Q4: Do you think its possible to make a truly scary board game?
Q5: What themes would you like to see used for a new Halloween style game?
Q6: Do you use sound effects to enhance your Halloween games? Where do you source them?
Q7: What games would be good for cosplaying during at Halloween?
Q8: what are your top 3 games to play at Halloween?
Q9: Which games would you recommend for introducing people to gaming at Halloween?
Q10: What advice would you give to publishers about making Halloween type games?
Q11: What advice would you give to someone running a games night for Halloween?
Q12: Do you have any good memories of Halloween board gaming?

See you scare!

If Nurph is still down!

I generally use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


What ever you use, try to ensure you add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0)

See you at:

11am (L.A)
2pm (New York)
7pm (UK)
8pm (Germany)

Hope you can make it!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Head to Heads

This week, we are going to run a celebrity death match in a board game context. So we are going the have a week of "head to heads". Which (for you) is best and why? Let's get it on!!!!

Hope you enjoy the chat

Monday 10rd October 2016 questions are:

Q1: Head to head, what wins out of Pokemon, Magic the Gathering or Net Runner? Why?
Q2: Head to head, what wins out of Cards or Dice? Why?
Q3: Head to head, what wins Twilight Struggle or Twilight Imperium? Why?
Q4: Head to head, what wins out of Theme or mechanisms? Why?
Q5: Head to head, what wins Chess, Go or Hive? Why?
Q6: Head to head, what wins Randomness or Control? Why?
Q7: Head to head, what wins Through the Ages, 7 Wonders or Impirial Settlers? Why?
Q8: Head to head, what wins Worker placement or Bluffing games? Why?
Q9: Head to head, what wins X-Wing, Imperial Assault or Rebellion? Why?
Q10: Head to head, what wins Modular Boards or Asymmetric Powers? Why?
Q11: Head to head, what wins King of Toyko, Ra or Can't Stop? Why?
Q12: Head to head, what wins Formula D, Camel Up or Thunder Alley? Why?

See you there!

If Nurph is still down!

I generally use Nurph to host http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour (providing its working) but every now and then it goes down and causes problems.

If this happens, I recommend using http://twubs.com/boardgamehour or http://tweetchat.com/room/boardgamehour or Tweet Deck or Hootsuite to follow the hashtag chat. Of course you can just use twitter but sometimes the amount of #boardgamehour tweets can be challenging to keep up with.


What ever you use, try to ensure you add #BoardGameHour to your tweets so everyone can see what you are saying :0)

See you at:

11am (L.A)
2pm (New York)
7pm (UK)
8pm (Germany)

Hope you can make it!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Review - Originz


I'm getting a taste for this reviewing lark. Today i'm going to put my pants on over my trousers (sorry for this reference America) and give you my impressions of Originz - The Superpowered Card Game which is in it's final hours on Kickstarter now... 

Survival games

Recently when not playing board games I have been getting my teeth into strategy computer games. They are the closest thing to board gaming I can get when on my own (cause I feel they serve me better than solo playing a board game). Two I have really enjoyed lately are Rimworld and This War of Mine (soon to be a board game by the way). Both are survival games. This got me thinking about how much I like the survival theme, so I thought we could have a little chat about it.

Our side topic, is about how I can improve #BoardGameHour for you. I have had some very testing times recently and I feel that if I'm going to keep doing something in my life, that it should be as good as I can make it. I run #BoardGameHour ever week for you, so would love to hear your thoughts on it's direction.

Hope you enjoy the chat

Monday 3rd October 2016 questions are:

Friday, 30 September 2016

The Football Game - Review


Today i'm taking a look at a Pre production copy of a Football management board game, which is currently on Kickstarter, called "The Football Game" (would not have been my choice of title). 

Let me start by giving you an idea of my starting position when it comes to football overall (which for the rest the review I'm going to call Soccer because lots of the people who read this page are from the USA). I am a big sports fan, but tend to lean in the direction of American sports. I play American football and basketball, but do not
play soccer. I'm not a huge soccer fan and I find watching it quit frustrating because of all the faking injuries and acting like over paid children. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Resource management

Our main topic this week is resource management with a side topic of watching board games.

Hope you enjoy the chat

Monday 26th September 2016 questions are:

Q1: Are most board games resouce management games?
Q2: What do you like about resource management as a mechanism?
Q3: What don't you like about resource management as a mechanism?
Q4: What unusual resrouces can you recall having to manage in a game?
Q5: What uncommon or unused resources would you like to see in a resource management game?
Q6: What board / card games would not be classed as resource management?
Q7: What are your top 3 resource management games?
Q8: What is your favourite type of resource to manage in a game?
Q9: What tips would you give to someone who wanted to design a resource management game?
Q10: Side Topic: Do you like to watch people playing board games?
Q11: Do you like the idea of "Let's play" videos for board games?
Q12: Are there any good "let's play" board game videos out there?

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2pm (New York)
7pm (UK)
8pm (Germany)

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Gender in gaming


Just floating around on Twitter, trying not to cause trouble (like I do), I came across a conversation about sexism in board gaming. One of the conversationalist suggested that gender would be a good topic for #BoardGameHour. I'm always open to suggested topics, so as if by magic, here we are.

I crowd sources a number of these questions, but in the full interests of disclosure, I should point out that I am a male.

As a side topic I'd like us to chat about "the Hotness".. Mainly this will focus on the Board Game Geek Hotness list.

Hope you enjoy the chat

Monday 19th September 2016 questions are:


Q1: Do you feel the board gaming hobby is male dominated? Is this something you would like to see change?
Q2: Who are your favourite female board game designers/publishers/reviewers (personalities)?
Q3: What games represent both men and women well?
Q4: Do you feel sexualised art and minis promote sexism in our hobby?
Q5: What pronouns are best for rulebooks to use when referencing players?
Q6: How could we make our hobby a more welcoming environment for women?
Q7: Are there any games you won't play because they encourage sexism?
Q8: Which publishers do you feel handle gender balance well?
Q9: Side Topic: Hotness.. Do you look at the BGG hotness list? How often?
Q10: How representative do you feel the BGG hotness list is of what is "hot"?
Q11: If you want to find out what is "hot" in board gaming, where do you go?
Q12: What tips would you give to a publisher who wants to build "buzz" around their game?

See you soon!

11am (L.A)
2pm (New York)
7pm (UK)
8pm (Germany)

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Dream board gaming day

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A lot of board gaming or gaming in general for that matter is about suspension of disbelief. Pretending if you will. Those bits of cardboard are so much more than that when you add art and story. We as gamers and designers tend to have good imaginations and I want to see them put to use this Monday. I want to you imagine your dream day of board gaming! Who would be there, how long would you play for, what games would you play? Let your imagination take you to a gaming session that you can only dream of :0)

As a side topic and to keep in the same mind frame, we will picture our dream game... It is yet to be created.. What would your perfect game look and feel like?

Hope you enjoy the chat

Monday 12th September 2016 questions are:

Q1: Where would your dream board gaming day be held?
Q2: How long would your board gaming session last on your dream gaming day?
Q3: Who would be at your dream board gaming day (living or dead)?
Q4: What would be the opening game of your dream board gaming session? Why?
Q5: What other games who you play at your dream gaming session? Why?
Q6: What game would you want your dream gaming session to end with? Why?
Q7: What snacks / food / drink would you have at your dream gaming day?
Q8: Is there anything else that would make your dream gaming day special?
Q9: Side Topic... What theme would your dream (yet to be made) game have?
Q10: What mechanics would your dream game have?
Q11: How long does your dream game take to play and how many players can play it?
Q12: Who would design / publish your dream game?

See you soon!

11am (L.A)
2pm (New York)
7pm (UK)
8pm (Germany)

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