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Enchanted Forest

Players: 2-6 Age: 4+ Teaching Time: 1 mins Playing Time: 15-20 mins Setup Time: 5 mins Value For Money: Low Luck: High Complexity: Low Strategy: Low Price: £20 Recommended: Not for a serious gamer. Website: https://www.ravensburger.org/uk/products/games/children-s-games/enchanted-forest-22292/index.html Before reviewing a game I try to play it at least four or five times, more depending on the nature of the game and the complexity, or if I just plain like it. There are two exceptions so far, Hare and Tortoise, where the rage it created in my wife made only playing once a matter of self-preservation. The other is Enchanted Forest, but not because it annoyed anyone, just because the game is

Fair Means or Foul

Players: 2-6 Age: 12+ Teaching Time: 10 mins Playing Time: 45 mins Setup Time: 5 mins Value For Money: Mid Luck: Low Complexity: Mid Strategy: High Price: £20 Recommended: Yes Website: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/120/hoity-toity As part of my stupid idea to both acquire and review every Spiel Des Jahres winner I received Fair Means or Foul as a birthday present. I honestly didn’t expect too much of this one, additionally since I’m personally not a huge fan of bidding or auction games and this game is pretty much built around it. Having played it I was very pleasantly surprised and would say that other than Scotland Yard it’s the best of the SDJs up to the date of its release. It g

A Fake Artist Goes To New York

Players: 5-10 Age: 8+ Teaching Time: 2 mins Playing Time: 5 mins Setup Time: 0 Value For Money: Mid Luck: Low Complexity: Mid Strategy: Low Price: £16 Recommended: Depends Website: www.oinkgms.com Oink Games has a very distinctive and highly effective graphic design style which is arguably necessary since, as with certain other time filler games, Fake Artist as a play at home game is largely unnecessary. The description of game play makes owning the game essentially superfluous. One player picks a theme and indicates it to all but one other player, the fake artist. The players who didn't pick the theme take turns adding one line at a time to a drawing indicating the theme, after a set number

Fantastiqa Rucksack Edition

Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Teaching Time: 5 mins Playing Time: 45-60 mins Setup Time: 15 mins Value For Money: Low Luck: Mid Complexity: Mid Strategy: Mid Price: £40 Recommended: No Website: https://www.eaglegames.net/FANTASTIQA-The-Rucksack-Edition-Expansion-4-7-p/102063.htm Somewhere around the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl it was decided that movies should no longer be numbered to indicate sequels. Boardgames always enjoyed obscure sub-titles to indicate expansions, re-designs or, in some cases, utterly un-related games. It is for this reason that I found a recommendation for Fantastiqa: Rival Realms and ended up owning Fantastiqa: Rucksack Edition. Still, I

Firefly: shiny dice

Players: 1-5 Age: 12+ Teaching Time: 10 mins Playing Time: 30 mins Setup Time: 5 mins Value For Money: Low Luck: High Complexity: Low Strategy: Low Price: £20 Recommended: No Website: Solo Play Review There are games that write carefully crafted solo experiences that are akin to living out a novel or movie on your table top. There are games that build brain burning puzzles that live up to the best that an expert crossword setter can make for you when playing alone. There are games that provide solid versions of AI for the player alone, and then there are games like Shiny Dice that seem to decide that you could play it on your own so why not stick an extra number on the player count. Play con

Focus

Players: 2-4 Age: 12+ Teaching Time: 5 mins Playing Time: 20 mins Setup Time: 5 mins Value For Money: Depends Luck: Low Complexity: Low Strategy: High Price: £20 Recommended: No Focus has been re-made multiple times such that a cheap version should be easy to find. As such value for money can be spotty, the £20 listed above is if you want a copy right now but you should be able to track down a copy for under £10 with a little patience, it would be good value at that price. Its understandable that the game got so many re-prints, designed by Sid Sackson its very much the sort of game he specialised in and made excellent versions of. Focus feels like it could have always existed and its essenti

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