“To eat figs off the tree in the very early morning, when they have been barely touched by the sun, is one of the exquisite pleasures of the Mediterranean.”
― Elizabeth David

When I started in this hobby a couple of years ago, I had some gaming under my belt already. I’d been down the RPG path. I’d played a little Magic on the hallway floors of my highschool, but board games? Like… Risk? Clue?

I was yet to be indoctrinated in the ways of Euro boardgaming when I strolled into Snakes & Lattes in Toronto for the first time. This was a new world. When my wife and I sat down with her brother from British Columbia, we played Carcassonne, Tsuro, and then we asked the local guru what else we should play. He recommended Finca. We played it, and I bought it the same day.

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Spiel des Jahres 2014

There are lots of awards in the board game industry, but the Spiel des Jahres is the one that publishers really care about, because it’s the one that sells games. Over the last few years, board game enthusiasts have become a little critical of the award and the choices made, but the truth is that these awards are designed to showcase German games that appeal to families. They’re generally awarded to titles that are easy and quick to learn and don’t take an entire afternoon to play.

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