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Rummikub

Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Teaching Time: 10 mins Playing Time: 15-20 mins Setup Time: 2 mins Value For Money: Mid Luck: Mid Complexity: Mid Strategy: Mid Price: £20 Recommended: Yes There are a few ways of looking at the early history of the Spiel Des Jahres. At least one is as a largely chaotic series of choices prior to either A) the SDJ finding its way and shaping boardgames to the glorious golden age we now live in or B) certain big names arriving on the scene and leading the rest of us onto the glorious golden age we now live in, depending on your general view of history. An alternative view is of an understandable series of evolutionary steps towards what we now see as a fairly reliable ind

Scotland Yard

Players: 3-6 Age: 8+ Teaching Time: 5 mins Playing Time: 30 mins Setup Time: 5 mins Value For Money: Mid Luck: Low Complexity: Mid Strategy: High Price: £19.99 Recommended: Yes Website: www.ravensburger.org At some point I seem to have decided to review all the Spiel Des Jahre winners. Now, for some of them like Elfenland or Hare and Tortoise I feel like I'm adding useful information by doing so, but for Scotland Yard it feels a little bit like reviewing Monopoly. Not that Scotland Yard is totally mainstream but who is reading my blog that hasn't got a decent idea about Scotland Yard? Scotland Yard is the daddy of hidden movement games but unlike other SDJ winners that have spawned many foll

Shadows in the Forest

Players: 2-8 Age: 8+ Teaching Time: 5 mins Playing Time: 15 mins Setup Time: 5 mins Value For Money: Mid Luck: High Complexity: Low Strategy: Low Price: £25 Recommended: Maybe Website: https://www.thinkfun.com/products/shadows-in-the-forest/ I’ve long found the idea of Shadows in the Forest fascinating as it uses light and shadow as game elements themselves. The game itself is very traditional in its approach, despite its central element being so unusual. Gameplay wise it consists of two modes, the one that I’d say was most interesting is a co-op game where one player controls the light source and pushes it around the paths of the board according to the score of a dice between a series of 3D

Shadows Upon Lassadar

Players: 1 Age: 14+ Teaching Time: 15 mins Playing Time: 45 mins Setup Time: 5 mins Value For Money: High Luck: Mid Complexity: Mid Strategy: Mid Price: Print and Play Recommended: Depends Website: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/108080/shadows-upon-lassadar Solo Play Review Shadows Upon Lassadar is a stunning looking game dripping with atmosphere. Its a middle tricky build but it does ask for quite a high number of Euro cubes. For a solo play, dark fantasy basis for your stories its second to none, PnP or not. If it has a problem, which I'll get to later, its that I wanted it a lot more from it. Play involves flipping a set of cards representing your journey through the shadow king's bl

Shahrazad

Players: 1-2 Age: 12+ Teaching Time: 15 mins Playing Time: 10-20 mins Setup Time: 1 mins Value For Money: Low Luck: High Complexity: Low Strategy: Low Price: £12 Recommended: No Website: www.ospreygames.co.uk Solo Play Review Shahrazad is one of the purely best looking, best produced games you are likely to encounter which is quite typical of Osprey Games who continue to turn out stunning looking, high quality, low cost games often for less well supported player numbers. The game consists of drawing and laying tiles into a limited space tableaux according to certain clear, basic rules in such a fashion that they score as highly as possible at the end of the round. Scoring is based on being a

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

Players: 1-8 Age: 14+ Teaching Time: 1 min Playing Time: 90 mins Setup Time: 2 mins Value For Money: Mid Luck: Low Complexity: Mid-High Strategy: Low Price: £30 Recommended: Yes Website: https://www.spacecowboys.fr/sherlock-holmes-consultingdetective Since my foolish quest has gone from trying to play all the Spiel Des Jahres to collecting and playing all the SDJs to now reviewing them all its time to look at Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective. Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective is a flawed game that I personally have a lot of affection for, but beyond my personal affection, its insanely far ahead of its time for 1985. Its got plenty of new and extended versions now and since a lot o

Sideshow Swap!

Players: 2-8 Age: 8+ Teaching Time: 2 mins Playing Time: 4 mins Setup Time: 1 mins Value For Money: Low Luck: Mid Complexity: Low Strategy: Low Price: £20 Recommended: Maybe Website: https://sideshowswap.com/ Kickstarter Edition Having Kickstarted in 2019 to the tune of $14k from around 350 backers Sideshow Swap was the sort of solid workmanlike success from an independent company that makes my heart soar a little. I backed it because it set itself up as a 2-8 player social deduction game and I really wanted to see a 2-player social deduction game work. So, the short question is, does it? Short answer, yeah, pretty much. Gameplay is as simple as you’d expect, cards representing circus sidesh

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