Recent Posts…

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…

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Another month, a Kickstarter update, and no temptations at all? Wow!

Another month goes by, another Kickstarter-backed project arrives, and my Temptation List is completely empty. Really? Yes, indeedy!

REVIEW: The Island of El Dorado

As gorgeous as this game looks, and as solid and beautiful as the production seems to be, it’s all window-dressing if the game underneath doesn’t work…

REVIEW: The Ancient World (2nd Ed)

If there’s one thing that Kickstarter has brought to the world of boardgaming, it’s the opportunity to revisit and improve older designs, and invite new audiences to enjoy them. This is one such example, and a damn good one, too!

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Jeez! This year is flying by…

Another month whizzes by, and my rather remarkable 2019 record of having at least one KS project land on my doorstep every single month of the year so far was maintained on the very last day of May…

REVIEW: Pandemic: Fall of Rome

Pandemic: Fall of Rome is one of the newest iterations in the Pandemic collection, but does it have enough to maintain the interest of established players? Well, actually…

REVIEW: Darkness

A passion project for sure, this is both ridiculously compact and rather good fun, too. It’s not ground-breaking design, but neither does it outstay its welcome, which is a good thing nowadays, I feel.

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Oops! Has it all gone a bit Pete Tong?

Four months into 2019 and my resolve not to buy or back any new games this year is really starting to crack… But KS is keeping me honest. Yes, really!

REVIEW: Wildlands

A fast-playing, mad scramble from the very beginning – Wildlands is a game probably best not played with those of a sensitive disposition… You’ll be in a scrap before you can blink!

REVIEW: Leaving Earth

By no means the easiest game to get to grips with, Leaving Earth is one of those games that will have you thinking back to your school days, specifically being in Mathematics class. But does that make it a bad game?