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Board Game Review Site Roundup
« on: August 18, 2010, 10:37:54 AM »
As some of you know I've caught the board game bug.  More than playing them I enjoy reading about them and thinking about the different mechanics and game design ideas.

I'd like to start a thread collecting various sites and blogs that review board games.  Here's a few to start us of -- fellow board game fans please add more.  I'll link directly to the sites or to DC threads about them:


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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2010, 01:03:43 PM »
I have found some great reviews on Funagain Games. (Tom Vassel was a contributor till the end of 2008)

The site also gives away $100 game grants to schools, libraries, community organizations, game groups, and US military personnel deployed overseas.
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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2010, 02:19:21 PM »
Most of the sites that sell games also have reviews of some extent, and I think (at least in the case of board games) that they know better than to shill their reviews.

Thought Hammer aggregates the reviews from their site, geekdo and, in the case of kid games, Kid Game Ratings.  Kid Game Ratings is a good source of ratings for kid friendly games.  I've been trying to get the family into board games since I've moved and don't have anyone local to play games with, and that's my source for reviews that let me know if they'll possibly like them.

http://www.boardgamedesign.com and http://www.gameparts.net are two resources for budding game designers also.
« Last Edit: August 18, 2010, 02:22:01 PM by wraith808 »

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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2010, 03:13:17 PM »
I won almost 80 board games (of various types).  { My wife and I are strange in that we don't watch TV.  Instead we spend our nights playing games }
Whenever I am considering the purchase of a game (fortunately, I am local to CoolStuff Games - the best prices on the Internet for games), I rely on the Board Game Geek.
It gets a high personal recommendation from me!

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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2010, 11:21:43 PM »
« Last Edit: August 24, 2010, 03:07:12 PM by mouser »

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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010, 10:56:56 AM »
Nice Topic  :Thmbsup: Board Game Geek is one if not the best Board Games Site on the net. Are Board Games becoming some kind of a trend in the US? Here in Germany they are "big" for years (well, at least among Geeks and Nerds ;)), but I read more and more English posts about games the last, lets say 1 - 1.5 years...

{ My wife and I are strange in that we don't watch TV.  Instead we spend our nights playing games }
Hehe - I know two other guys who abandoned TV entirely and focus on games or good books - we usually meet once or twice a week for a Game-Night.

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« Last Edit: September 04, 2010, 01:46:58 PM by mouser »

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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2011, 06:43:50 PM »

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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2011, 12:12:42 PM »
A new site is aiming to fill some of the same functions as board game geek:
http://www.boardgameinfo.com/

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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2011, 05:01:07 AM »
For something different, "Watch It Played" (WatchItPlayed) is a very fun youtube series where each episode is just one turn of an extended game.  They already did Mansions of Madness and now they are on "Wrath Of Ashardalon" and up to move 11.

If the host and his family didn't have such winning personalities you can see how this might get tiresome very quickly, but i'll be darned they make it fun and interesting.  Perfect for those who want to really see in depth how a game is played, learn the rules well, and get a real feel for the experience.  Big thumbs up from me.
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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2011, 09:09:01 PM »
Nice find!  I'm enjoying it!  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2011, 08:41:30 AM »
Another good board game review site: http://www.oldboardgamers.com/

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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2011, 09:44:06 AM »

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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2012, 06:40:48 AM »
Just wanted to add an update -- the creator of WatchItPlayed has begun a little indie fundraiser to help him do more videos.  I love their videos and I love these independent funding projects (like kickstarter).  This kind of grass roots direct funding is one of the greatest things and we need to all support it whenever we can  :up:

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Re: Board Game Review Site Roundup
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2012, 11:52:37 AM »
I love board games too and have a blog where I review many. Click here to check it out. I am always looking for feedback so any suggestions are appreciated.

Many of the sites listed in the thread are full of useful information. If you enjoy board games you should check them out!
« Last Edit: May 21, 2012, 12:26:12 PM by jcrog »