High Society

Thurston Howell III: “Gentlemen. I am Thurston Howell III and this of course is my wife, Mrs. Thurston Howell III.”

Mrs. Lovey Howell: “Charmed.”

Igor: “Capitalist! Exploiter!”

Thurston Howell III: “Capitalist? Exploiter? I was wrong Lovey. They’re very friendly!”

– Gilligan’s Island

These days there are a few thousand new boardgames released every year. Most of us are not rich. I can’t afford the time or money to play anything more than the tiniest fraction of these titles. It’s easy for a game to get lost in the shuffle, even if you’re a well regarded card game from a well respected designer. Such is the case for me and Reiner Knizia’s High Society. First released in 1995 in German, it was the 2003 Uberplay edition that introduced the game to the English speaking world, and quite possibly the 2008 Gryphon Games edition that popularized the game in English. I had heard about the game many times, but it wasn’t until Osprey’s gorgeous 2018 edition that I acquired a copy. It was a full year later before I had a chance to finally play it, and fall in love.

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Paperback

Back in the summer of 2013, Tim Fowers posted his Kickstarter page for Paperback, not expecting that it would pass it’s goal line for funding in four days and go on to fund at over 700% of it’s initial goal. It was a big hit in the Kickstarter world… and I missed it entirely.

Paperback (for those who haven’t heard yet) is a deckbuilding word game. If you’re familiar with Dominion (the granddaddy of the genre), you’re halfway to understanding how Paperback plays… you just need to substitute the knights and wizards on the Dominion cards with letters and letter combinations. It’s a genius mix – and it works beautifully.

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Pack O Game Preview: HUE

Finally! A review of some new pez flavours! No…

Chris Handy pinged me on Twitter a couple weeks ago to ask if I wanted to preview his Pack O Game set, coming to Kickstarter on August 4th. You may be familiar with Chris through his previous games, like last year’s fantastic Cinque Terre or 2009’s Long Shot. The Pack O Games collection of card games is a bit different from that other fare. To begin with, it’s much smaller. How small? It’s so small… I can easily fit all five games in my pocket… at the same time.

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Machi Koro

Machi Koro from designer Masao Suganuma is the new Japanese game that’ll be washing up on North American shores this summer. Like other games in this latest wave of little Japanese creations, it’s small in size, but big in ideas and aspirations. Machi Koro attempts to scratch the same itch that’s currently scratched by Catan.

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