After over two years of writing consistently about the wonderful and frightening world of board games, I’m sad to report that I will no longer be updating Board Gamer in Paradise on a regular basis, if at all. The rigours of full-time employment are simply too much for me to contemplate tackling the level of quality content this site so richly deserves. When I look back to where my life was when I began Board Gamer in Paradise, a frustrated graduate student with far too much time on his hands, I totally understand why I began the site and how I was initially able to write so prolifically, but now I struggle just to post a few paltry sentences each week. I also barely seem to be playing board games anymore, and when I do, I find myself always calling on a select group of favourites, rather than experimenting with new titles, as I seemed to be doing a while back. All of these red flags are warning me that I’ve already overstayed my welcome, and maybe it’s time to move on.
I’ll try to post occasionally when I feel inspired enough, but for now please enjoy the archives. Thankfully there’s still a lot there to keep you company. I want to express my sincerest thanks to anyone who ever gave Board Gamer in Paradise a passing glance, or stopped to read an article from start to finish. You’ve truly made it all worthwhile. I also need to extend my most heartfelt gratitude to those generous souls who were kind enough to grant me a bit of their time in agreeing to be interviewed for the site. Thank you, I truly appreciate it. See you around the gaming table, my friends.
Designed by Bernard Tavitian and released in 2000, Blokus is an abstract strategy game that is easy to pick up and learn in the course of a quick afternoon. Avoiding the pratfalls of an elaborate board with complicated rules, Blokus just involves the placement of coloured tiles within a confined space. Sounds simple enough, right? The challenge is that players can only lay their pieces down if they touch corners (and not sides) with any of their previously played tiles. A round typically takes well under an hour, so there’s no major commitment. Blokus is definitely worth your time, not that you’ll waste much of it if you find yourself underwhelmed, which hardly seems likely. Nobody puts Blokus in a corner!
With summer finally here, now is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a board game in the park with a few friends. What are you waiting for? Get out there and make it happen!
Just wanted to wish any readers out there who are enjoying our national holiday a very happy Canada Day! Try to set aside a bit of time for gaming with those closest to you. Bonus points if you can squeeze in a board game while basking in some beautiful summer weather. Enjoy the day, my friends.
If you’ve ever wanted to pick up a decent reference book devoted to the classic Parker Brothers real estate trading game, I highly recommend checking out The Monopoly Companion: The Players’ Guide, which is purportedly by Rich “Uncle” Pennybags but was actually penned by the knowledgeable Philip Orbanes. The book covers plenty of fertile ground, including helpful chapters devoted to strategy and statistics that should help players of all skill levels avoid a few of the pratfalls common to Monopoly. My favourite part of The Monopoly Companion: The Players’ Guide, though, is the extensive insight the book offers into the exciting arena of tournament Monopoly. If you’ve ever wondered what the midnight world of competitive Monopoly has to offer, then this book should go a long way in satisfying your curiosity. The Monopoly Companion: The Players’ Guide even includes optional rules and scoring sheets for ending a round early, so you really can’t go wrong with picking it up. The book is a light read as well, and easy to get through in the space of a short trip or quiet evening at home. Do yourself a favour and pass go on this one. Do we have a deal?
Here’s an image of the vintage copy of Kingmaker I recently picked up online, right before I tarnished my investment by punching out the pieces to prepare it for play. Though it feels almost like a criminal way of treating a game that is almost forty years old, where’s the fun in not playing a classic gem of the Kingmaker sort? Who’s up for a round?
I was very excited to find this recent video of the fine folks over at Beer and Board Games enjoying a round of the wickedly delightful Cards Against Humanity live in Chicago, Illinois. The creators of Cards Against Humanity even come along for the ride, offering a bit of a unique insight into the creation of their hit card game. Watching the game played live is also an interesting experience, and definitely worth checking out. Enjoy!