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PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE (March 2020): A Month of Two Halves… LOCKDOWN!

March was the month we had AireCon to help celebrate some Yorkshire gaming goodness, but already feels a lifetime away in the wake of COVID-19… Damn!

AireCon 2020 – Sunday 15th March

Day 3 at AireCon — Sunday 15th March, 2020…

The final day of AireCon has been and gone, and ’tis a scary thought that it might actually be the last decent-sized gamer gathering for a while in the current climate…

AireCon 2020 – Saturday 14th March

Day 2 at AireCon — Saturday 14th March, 2020…

Saturday was always going to be a busy day, and this year proved no exception. I did at least get to playtest a couple of other designer’s games, which was nice…

AireCon 2020 – Friday 13th March

Day 1 at AireCon — Friday 13th March, 2020…

The first day of AireCon was relatively quiet, but that didn’t stop an awful lot of people from turning up and doing what they love…

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE (Feb 2020): A devastated wasteland of few games, many headaches, and the weirdest dream…

Not much gaming action happened in February, I’m afraid, but that didn’t stop it being a most bizarre and very weird month. ‘Twas damn busy, too…

Yup, 'tis that crazy at the moment...

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE (Jan 2020): A chaotic start to the next decade…

A haphazard start to the new year thus far. Arguably, things can only get better, but they could always be a lot worse, too, in truth. #GlassHalfEmpty

OPINION: Top 5 Games I Played in 2019…

By all accounts this annual ritual has become de rigueur, and by heck I’m not planning to let the side down. At least one pleasant surprise in here, I hope, too…

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: 2020 – The Year Ahead…

A short summary of 2019 in terms of personal gaming and other games-related stuff, and a look at some personal KS highs and lows, too…

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Full-throttle November…

With MidCon and the first ever UK Protospiel both taking place in November, all else got pushed aside (well, almost…)

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Back to gaming, and Birthdays…

Lots of games were played in October, ‘twould seem, and there might have been a birthday treat or two, too! See what I did, there?

REVIEW: Nanty Narking

Discworld Reimagined: a wolf in sheep’s clothing, or just a trip down memory lane for anyone who loved My Fair Lady? A simple, clever game, but does OTT production and gorgeous art always deliver the goods…?

REVIEW: The Genius Square

You can argue among yourselves whether this is a puzzle or a game, but I’ve had great fun with this, and it’s one of the few games I have managed to get to the table with the rest of my family. This is solid Christmas-fodder, for sure.

OPINION: Essen 2019 Preview – My Personal Picks…

Yup, it’s that time of year again. What forthcoming titles are tugging at me this time round…?

REVIEW: Barrage

Don’t let the title confuse you: this is a classic ‘heavy euro’ game featuring worker-placement, future dystopic overtones, and hydro-electric power. Dam [sic], it’s good!

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: A busy ol’ month, September…

September flew by, but I did manage to compile, collate, and do all the layout and graphics for a magazine this month!

PERSONAL DIARY/ UPDATE: A few new games and toys, and some other stuff…

In stark contrast to July, August saw a relative bonanza of games arriving at the ManGo doorstep… at least two of which are going to zap away many hours of the rest of the year by the looks of things. Awesome games, though…

REVIEW: Space Explorers

A highly stylised and well-themed retro space collection game, or just another version of Splendor wearing new clothes? Surely not…!

Photo courtesy of Henk Rolleman

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: No KS stuff. Resolve shattered. WTF!?

Oh dear, what a horrible month July proved to be — with my personal resolve broken, are the purse strings back open? Nope, but it’s all looking a bit shaky…

PLAYTHROUGH (pt 2): Rogers’ Rangers: America’s First Commandos

Part two of my full campaign playthrough of this neat little package from Decision Games…

PLAYTHROUGH (pt 1): Rogers’ Rangers: America’s First Commandos

A good game in a neat little package, with a small footprint, and plenty of variety. I really enjoyed this, so do please follow along with my first full campaign playthrough…