Shut Up & Sit Down Game Recommendations

Finding the perfect gift can be tricky. As minimalist sensibilities have continued to power pop culture (think Marie Kondo, mid-century modern furniture, and experiences over objects) the landscape has become even more daunting. What if I told you, dear readers, that there exists a compact gift that transcends age and...

Balanced Play in Social Deduction Board Games

You’ve been carefully observing the actions of the players around you, knowing full-well that they might not be who they claim. No, you’re not a character in John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” or stuck at a speed-dating event. You are playing “The Resistance: Avalon,” a social deduction board game. Players in...

Scrabble Strategy: Board Position, Leaves, and Bingos

Scrabble was my greatest passion for many years. I played in many national and international tournaments during Middle School and High School. Throughout this time, I was immersed in an intriguing and vibrant community of Scrabble players, where I witnessed the game and its various strategies. What I found most...

On Trading Games

We talk a lot on this site about how various games are related to trading. Poker is our favorite example, but we’ve also mentioned Agricola, Magic: The Gathering, fantasy drafting, and even video games. One may notice, however, that we’ve never mentioned a board game that involves trading. Why is...