Reflections on play: Pasion de las Pasiones

I was recently lucky enough to get to play Pasion de las Pasiones by Brandon Leon-Gambetta. Pasion is a (currently ashcan-only) PBTA game based on telenovelas. If you haven’t come across telenovelas, my totally uninformed layperson’s summary is: overwrought, over-the-top Latin American soap operas. Now you might be thinking “why would I play a game about that when […]

Read More

Reward rules

I’m currently wading my way through Tenra Bansho Zero (the English translation thereof), which I received as a Christmas gift from the ‘rents. TBZ appears at first glance to be a very trad game indeed. The things that are normally regarded as core mechanics – conflict resolution – are based around a tediously bog-standard attribute […]

Read More

Microscope

Rating: *** Type: RPG / world creation # Players: 3-5 Recommended # Players: 4-5 Time to play: 2 hours or more Summary: Microscope is a collaborative world-building game. More accurately, it’s a history-building game (in the sense of building a fictional history of a fictional world). Players take turns to create elements of the game […]

Read More

Qwirkle (Mindware)

Rating: *** Type: Strategy # Players: 2-4 Recommended # Players: 3-4 Time to play: Up to 1 hour Summary: Qwirkle is a spatial strategy game. Players take turns to try and make rows and columns of tiles that either match colours or match symbols. It’s sort of like Scrabble but without any vocabulary requirements or […]

Read More

Condottiere (Fantasy Flight Games)

Rating: * * * * * Type: Card game/strategy/bluffing # Players: 2-5 Recommended # players: 3+ Play time: 1-2 hours Summary: Condottiere is a strategic card game. Players fight battles to capture provinces in renaissance Italy. Condottiere is fast-paced, easy to pick up, and plays well. Games don’t usually take too long (provided careful players […]

Read More