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This page is an index to my reviews of board games and other articles I've written about games and related topics. Click on the link for the index or use the search feature to find what you're looking for.

These articles were written for a variety of magazines, including Flagship, Gamers Alliance Report, Games & Puzzles, Games Games Games and Games International, as well as my own 'zine, To Win Just Once. I add more pieces as time allows (and when I can locate them in the case of older articles!).

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Articles and reviews are also published in my magazine, To Win Just Once.

Reviews

Reviews are listed alphabetically by (the first significant word in) the game's title, showing publisher, designer, country of publication and my rating.

Wherever possible, I give the original publisher (and country) of each game as well as the publisher of any English language version. Links to the publisher and game's designer (the term I prefer to inventor or author) are provided where possible.

The rating is my own, highly personal and subjective score for each game, where 1 is something I never want to play again and 10 is a brilliant game.

Index to title: numbers A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 

Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
1812 – the Invasion of Canada (Gathering 2012) Academy Games Beau Beckett and Jeph Stahl USA 7*
1825 Unit 3 PDF button Tresham Games Francis Tresham UK 7
20th Century (Gathering 2011 PDF) Czech Games Edition Vladimir Suchy Czech Republic 9*
Rio Grande Games USA
A Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Abaddon (Gathering 2012) Toy Vault Richard Borg USA 5*
Africana (Gathering 2012) Abacusspiele Michael Schacht Germany 7*
Z-Man Games Games USA
After the Flood (PDF) Warfrog Martin Wallace UK 8
Age of Industry (PDF) Treefrog Martin Wallace UK 8
Age of Steam Warfrog Martin Wallace UK 10
Agricola PDF Lookout Uwe Rosenberg Germany 10
Z-Man Games USA
Airlines Europe (Gathering 2011 PDF) Abacus Alan R Moon Germany 7
Rio Grande Games USA
Al Rashid (Gathering 2013) Yemaia Giorgio de Michele & Pierluca Zizzi Italy 7*
Amazonas Amazonas Review PDF Kosmos Stefan Dorra Germany 8
Mayfair USA
Ambush (PDF) Victory John Butterfield & Eric Lee Smith USA 8
Amun-Re Amun-Re Review PDF Rio Grande Games Reiner Knizia USA 9
Hans im Glück Germany
Ankh-Morpork (Gathering 2011 PDF) Treefrog Martin Wallace UK 8*
Antike Antike Review PDF Eggertspiele Mac Gerdts Germany 8
Anyways (Games Expo 2012) Ragnar Brothers Ragnar Brothers UK 7*
Article 27 (Spiel '12 report) Stronghold Games Dan Baden USA 7*
Artus (Gathering 2011 PDF) alea Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling Germany 5*
Rio Grande Games USA
Ausreisser, Der PDF FX Schmid Pierre Jacquot Germany 8
Automobile (PDF) Warfrog Martin Wallace UK 9
B Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Bean Trader Bean Trader Review PDF Rio Grande Games Uwe Rosenberg USA 8
  (Bohn Hansa) Amigo Germany
Big Cheese Cheapass James Ernest USA 9
Blindside Hangman Alan D Ernstein USA 6
Bora Bora (Gathering 2013) alea Stefan Feld Germany 8*
Brass PDF Warfrog Martin Wallace UK 7
Breaking Away Fiendish John Harrington UK 8
Brief History of the World, A Ragnar Brothers Ragnar Brothers UK 9
Buccaneer Bones (Spiel '13 report) Wattsalpoag Kris Gould USA 7*
Burgen von Burgund, Die (Gathering 2011 PDF) alea Stefan Feld Germany 8*
C Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Canal Mania Canal Mania PDF Ragnar Brothers Ragnar Brothers UK 9
Capone Amigo See The Mob
Carat Queen Dirk Henn Germany 5
  Castles of Burgundy, The Rio Grande Games see Die Burgen von Burgund
Caylus Caylus Review PDF Ystari William Attia France 10
Check the Ripper ASS Alex Randolph Germany 2
Chinatown Rio Grande Games Karsten Hartwig USA 7
alea Germany
Cinque Terre (Gathering 2013) Rio Grande Games Chris Handy USA 7*
(Sid Meier's) Civilization: (the Board Game) (PDF, .3 Mb) Fantasy Flight Games Kevin Wilson USA 7*
Clash of Cultures (Gathering 2013) Z-Man Games Chris Handy USA 8*
Coal Baron (Spiel '13 report) R&R Games Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling USA 6*
  (Glück Auf) Eggertspiele Germany
Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Review PDF GMT Richard Borg USA 8
Confucius (PDF) Surprised Stare Alan Paull UK 8
Copycat (Spiel '12 report) Rio Grande Games Friedemann Friese USA 7*
Cults Across America Atlas Jeff Tidball USA 6
CV (Spiel '13 report) Granna Filip Milunski Poland 6
D Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Devil Bunny Needs a Ham Cheapass James Ernest USA 5
Dominant Species (Gathering 2011 PDF) GMT Chad Jensen USA 7*
Dreizehnte Holzwurm Queen Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling Germany 7
Dschungel Adlung Bernhard Naegele Germany 3
E Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Eclipse (Gathering 2012) Lautapelit Touko Tahkokallio Finland 8*
El Grande Rio Grande Games Wolfgang Kramer & Richard Ulrich USA 10
Hans im Glück Germany
Enemy in Sight PDF Avalon Hill Neal Schlaffer USA 6
F Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Falsche FuFFziger 2F Friedemann Friese Germany 9
Feudo PDF Button Zugames Mario Papini Italy 4
Field of Glory: the card game (Spiel '13 report) Treefrog Martin Wallace UK 6
Few Acres of Snow, A (Gathering 2011 PDF) Treefrog Martin Wallace UK 9*
Fifth Avenue Fifth Avenue Review PDF Rio Grande Games Wilko Manz USA 4
alea Germany
Fire & Axe Asmodée See Viking Fury
Flash Point: Fire Rescue (Gathering 2012) Indie Boards and Cards Kevin Lanzing USA 8*
Foppen 2F Friedemann Friese Germany 5
Formula Motor Racing Gibsons Reiner Knizia UK 9
GMT USA
Francis Drake (Gathering 2013) Eagle Games Peter Hawes USA 8*
Kayal Games Australia
Fremde Federn (Spiel '12 report) 2F see Copycat
Friese's Landlord (Spiel '13 report) 2F Friedemann Friese Germany 9
Fürsten von Florenz alea See Princes of Florence
G Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Galopp Royale Goldsieber Klaus Teuber Germany 9
Ginkgopolis (Spiel '12 report) Pearl Games Xavier Georges Belgium 9*
Z-Man Games USA
Glory to Rome Go West Review PDF Cambridge Games Factory Carl Chudyk and Erek Slater USA 9
Glück Auf Eggertspiele see Coal Baron
Go West Go West Review PDF Phalanx Leo Colovini Netherlands 6
Gothic Game Tolmayax Robert Wynne-Simmons & Nigel Andrews UK 7
Great Heartland Hauling Co (Gathering 2013) Dice Hate Me Games Jason Kotarski USA 8*
H Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Hamburgum PDF Eggertspiele Mac Gerdts Germany 9
Hansa Teutonica (PDF) Argentum Andreas Steding Germany 7
Z-Man Games USA
Hawaii (Gathering 2012) Hans im Glück Greg Daigle Germany 7*
Rio Grande Games USA
Helvetia (Gathering 2012) Kosmos Matthias Cramer Germany 9*
Hermagor PDF Mind the Move Emanuele Ornella Italy 9
Rio Grande USA
High Frontier (PDF) Sierra Madre Phil Eklund USA 9
Homesteaders (Spring 2010 PDF) Tasty Minstrel Alex Rockwell USA 9*
Hornochsen Amigo Wolfgang Kramer Germany 4
I Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Ice Cream Ice Cream Review PDF Face 2 Face Joe Huber USA 4
Industria Industria Review PDF Queen Games Michael Schacht Germany 10
Intrige FX Schmid Stefan Dorra Germany 9
Iron Sky (Spiel '12 report) Revision Games Juha Salmijärvi Finland 6*
J Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Jet Set (PDF) Wattsalpoag Kris Gould USA 9
Just Wait Hangman Alan D Ernstein USA 7
K Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Kalesia (Spiel '12 report) dV Giochi Kong Chan Italy 7*
Kalimambo (Gathering 2013) Zoch Verlag Antonio Scrittore Germany 6*
Key West (PDF) Spiel Idée Martin Schlegel Germany 7
Keyflower
(first impressions: Spiel '12 report)
R&D Games Richard Breese and Sebastian Bleasdale UK 9
Keythedral Keythedral Review PDF R&D Games Richard Breese UK 10
Keywood R&D Games Richard Breese UK 10
King of the Elves Rio Grande Games Alan R Moon USA 9
  (König der Elfen) Amigo Germany
Kingdom of Solomon PDF
(notes from Gathering 2012)
Minion Games Philip duBarry USA 8
Konzern Fanfor Valentin Hermann Germany 6
Kosmonauts (Spiel '12 report) Mesa Board Games Nadezhda Penkrat and Yury Yamshchikov Portugal 7*
Krieg & Frieden TM Gerard Mulder Germany 5
L Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
La Città Rio Grande Games Gerd Fenchel USA 9
Kosmos Germany
La Loire (PDF)
(first impressions: Spiel '12 report)
Mind the Move Emanuele Ornella Italy 8
Last Train to Wensleydale (PDF) Treefrog Martin Wallace UK 7
Last Will (Gathering 2012) Czech Games Edition Vladimir Suchy Czech Republic 8*
Rio Grande Games USA
Le Havre (PDF) Lookout Uwe Rosenberg Germany 8
Letters from Whitechapel (Gathering 2011 PDF) Nexus Gabriele Mari & Gianluca Santopietro Italy 7*
Liberté Warfrog Martin Wallace UK 10
Linie 1 Goldsieber Stefan Dorra Germany 8
Lords of Creation Warfrog Martin Wallace UK 7
Lords of Waterdeep (Gathering 2012) Wizards of the Coast Peter Lee and Rodney Thompson USA 8*
Louis XIV PDF Button Rio Grande Games Rüdiger Dorn USA 9
alea Germany
Love Letter (Gathering 2013) AEG Seiji Kanai USA 9*
Japon Brand Japan
M Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Maharaja Avalon Hill Craig Sandercock USA 7
Mamma Mia! Rio Grande Games Uwe Rosenberg USA 7
Abacus Germany
Manhattan Project, The (Gathering 2012) Minion Games Brandon Tibbetts USA 8*
Media Mogul Media Mogul Review PDF JKLM Richard Huzzey UK 6
Medieval Mastery (Games Expo 2012) Chaos Publishing Miles Ratcliffe UK 7*
Metallurgie Metallurgie Review PDF Argentum Maik Hennebach Germany 7
Mob, The Gibsons unknown UK 7
  (Capone) Amigo Germany
Monastery (PDF) Ragnar Brothers Ragnar Brothers UK 7
Mordred Warfrog Martin Wallace UK 9
N Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Naval War Comparative review of Enemy in Sight and Naval War Avalon Hill Neil Zimmerer and Craig Taylor USA 7
Navegador (PDF) PD-Verlag Mac Gerdts Germany 8
Neuland Neuland Review PDF Eggertspiele Tobias Stapelfeldt and Peter Eggert Germany 8
New England Railways Winsome Martin Wallace USA 10
Nosferatu (Spiel '13 report) Gross Modo Pierre-Yves Lebeau France 8
O Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Old Town Old Town Review PDF Clicker Stephan Riedel Germany 8
Olympos (PDF) Ystari Philippe Keyaerts France 9
On the Underground PDF JKLM Sebastian Bleasdale UK 9
Rio Grande Games USA
Ora & Labora (PDF, .5 Mb) Lookout Uwe Rosenberg Germany 9*
Z-Man Games USA
Origo PDF Parker Wolfgang Kramer Germany 8
P Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Packet Row (Spiel '13 report) White Goblin Åse and Henrik Berg Netherlands 6*
Palaces of Carrara (Spiel '12 report) Hans im Glück Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling Germany 7*
Z-Man Games USA
Pantheon (Gathering 2011 PDF) Hans im Glück Michael Tummelhofer Germany 6*
Rio Grande Games USA
Pastiche (Gathering 2011 PDF) Gryphon Sean MacDonald USA 6*
Pax Porfiriana (Spiel '12 report) Sierra Madre Games Phil Eklund and Matt Eklund USA 9
Peloponnes (PDF) Iron Games Bernd Eisenstein Germany 8
Pergamon (Gathering 2011 PDF) Eggertspiele Stefan Dorra & Ralf zur Linde Germany 8*
Gryphon USA
Perikles PDF Warfrog Martin Wallace UK 8
Phoenicia PDF JKLM Tom Lehmann UK 10
Rio Grande Games USA
Pillars of the Earth PDF Mayfair Michael Rieneck and Stefan Stadler USA 9
  (Die Säulen der Erde) Kosmos Germany
Police Precinct (Gathering 2013) Common Man Games Ole Steiness USA 5*
Princes of Florence Rio Grande Games Wolfgang Kramer and Richard Ulrich USA 10
  (Die Fürsten von Florenz) alea Germany
Princes of the Renaissance Princes of the Renaissance Review PDF Warfrog Martin Wallace UK 9
Puerto Rico alea Andreas Seyfarth Germany 10
Rio Grande Games USA
Q Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Quarriors! (Gathering 2013) WizKids Mike Elliott & Eric Lang USA 5*
R Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Ragami (Spiel '12 report) Mesa Board Games Gil d'Orey Portugal 7
Really Nasty Horse Racing Game Upstarts! unknown UK 8
Robinson Crusoe (Gathering 2013) Portal Games Ignacy Trzewiczek Poland 9*
Z-Man Games USA
Rome & Carthage (Spiel '12 report) Grosso Modo Editions Jean-René Vernes France 5*
S Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Salvo! 3W Michael Smith USA 4
Samurai Sword (Spiel '12 report) dV Giochi Emiliano Sciarra Italy 8*
Sandwich (Gathering 2011 PDF) Le Joueur Christophe Raimbault France 8
Säulen der Erde, Die Kosmos See The Pillars of the Earth
Scepter of Zavandor Zepter von Zavandor Review PDF Z-Man Games Jens Drögemüller USA 10
  (Das Zepter von Zavandor) Lookout Germany
Secret de Monte Cristo, Le (Gathering 2011 PDF) Filosofia Charles Chevallier & Arnaud Urbon France 5*
  Secret of Monte Cristo, The Z-Man Games USA
Settlers of Catan Mayfair Klaus Teuber USA 10
  (Die Siedler von Catan) Kosmos Germany
Shadows over Camelot Shadows over Camelot Review PDF Days of Wonder Bruno Cathala and Serge Laget USA 9
Shadows over Camelot – the card game (Spiel '12 report) Days of Wonder Bruno Cathala and Serge Laget USA 4*
Sheepdogs of Pendleton Hill (Spiel '12 report) Stratamax Max Michael USA 7*
Skallywaggs Skallywaggs Review PDF Bent Castle Workshops Ben Crenshaw USA 8
Snowdonia (Spiel '12 report) Surprised Stare Games Tony Boydell UK 9*
Space Beans Rio Grande Games Uwe Rosenberg USA 5
Amigo Germany
Special Delivery Kevingston Kevin Rolph UK 4
Struggle of Empires Struggle of Empires Review PDF Warfrog Martin Wallace UK 10
Study in Emerald (Spiel '13 report) Treefrog Martin Wallace UK 8*
Suburbia (Gathering 2013) Bezier Games Ted Alspach USA 8*
Sun, Sea and Sand (PDF) Cwali Corné van Moorsel Netherlands 7
T Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Tales of the Arabian Nights (PDF) West End Eric Goldberg USA 10
Z-Man Games Eric Goldberg et al
Tempus PDF Various Martin Wallace UK 8
Terra Mystica (Gathering 2013) Z-Man Games Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag USA 7*
Feuerland Spiele Germany
Test of Fire (Games Expo 2012) Mayfair Martin Wallace USA 5*
Through the Ages (Spring 2010 PDF) Czech Games Edition Vlaada Chvatil Czech Republic 10*
Eagle USA
Thunderstone Advance (Games Expo 2012) AEG Edward Bolme, Mike Elliott, Mark Wootton USA 6*
Thurn & Taxis PDF Hans im Glück Karen and Andreas Seyfarth Germany 9
Rio Grande Games USA
Ticket to Ride Ticket to Ride Review PDF Days of Wonder Alan R Moon USA 8
Tinners' Trail (PDF) Warfrog Martin Wallace UK 8
Triassic Terror (Gathering 2013) Eagle Games Peter Hawes USA 7*
Kayal Games Australia
Tulipmania 1637 (PDF) JKLM Scott Nicholson UK 7
TV Wars Avalon Hill Bob Nash USA 6
Tweeet (Spiel '12 report) Cwali Corné van Moorsel Netherlands 7*
Tzolk'in (Gathering 2013) Czech Games Edition Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini Czech Republic 6*
U Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Ubongo Ubongo review PDF Kosmos Grzegorz Rejchtman Germany 4
University Games USA
Upon a Salty Ocean (PDF, .5 Mb) Giochix Edizioni Marco Pranza Italy 8
V Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Vanuatu (PDF, 1 Mb) Krok Nik Douil Alain Epron France 9
Velo City (PDF) Abacus Kevin G Nunn Germany 6
Viking Fury Viking Fury review PDF Ragnar Brothers Ragnar Brothers UK 8
Vikings are Coming!, The ASS Alex Randolph Germany 2
Village (Gathering 2012) Eggertspiele Inka and Markus Brand Germany 8
Tasty Minstrel Games USA
Vinhos (PDF) What's Your Game? Vital Lacerda Italy 7
W Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
We Will Wok You (Spiel '12 report) Pegasus Spiele Sebastian Bleasdale Germany 6*
West Riding Winsome Han Heidema USA 9
Wildlife Wildlife Review PDF Uberplay Wolfgang Kramer USA 9
Clementoni Germany
Workshop of the World (PDF) Ragnar Brothers Ragnar Brothers UK 6
Y Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Yedo (Spiel '12 report) Eggertspiele Thomas Vande Ginste and Wolf Plancke Germany 8
Yunnan (Spiel '13 report) Argentum Aaron Haag Germany 7*
Yspahan PDF Ystari Sébastien Pauchon France 9
Rio Grande Games USA
Z Top
Title Publisher Designer Country Rating
(1-10)
Zepter von Zavandor, Das Lookout See The Scepter of Zavandor
Zong Shi (Gathering 2012) Gryphon Games Kevin G Nunn USA 7*
* provisional rating based on initial play

Index to title: numbers A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Articles

Articles are listed in reverse chronological order: most recent first, oldest last.

Spiel '13 – Pevans's report on new games from the 2013 Spiel games fair in Essen: PDF version of Spiel '13 report (2.4 Mb)

Memoir '44 at the 2013 Expo (PDF .9 Mb) – Pevans plays in the tournament at the 2012 event

UK Games Expo 2013 (PDF 2 Mb) – Pevans reports on the new games in Birmingham

The Gathering of Friends 2013 (Gathering 2013 PDF, 4 Mb) – Pevans reports from this year's Gathering, concentrating on the new (to him) games he played

Spiel '12 – Version 2 of Pevans's report on new games from the 2012 Spiel games fair in Essen: PDF version of Spiel '12 report (3.3 Mb)

Memoir '44 at the Expo (PDF .4 Mb) – Pevans plays in the tournament at the 2012 event

UK Games Expo 2012 (PDF Report of UK Games Expo 2012, 1.4 Mb) – Pevans reports on the new games in Birmingham

The Gathering of Friends 2012 (Gathering 2012 PDF, 3.2 Mb) – Pevans gives his first impressions of the new (to him) games he played at the annual get-together

British Toy Fair 2012 – the games on show at the London Olympia event: PDF version of Toy Fair 2012 report (600 Kb)

Spiel '11 - new games from the annual games fair (version 2): PDF version of Spiel 11 report (6.8 Mb)

EuropeMasters 2011 - Pevans reports from the European Board Games Championship

Gathering of Friends 2011 (PDF, 2.5 Mb) - Pevans plays new games in Niagara Falls

Toy Fair 2011 (PDF) - this year's new games at the London show

Spiel '10 (PDF 3.6 Mb) - new games from the annual games fair (version 2)

UK Games Expo 2010 (PDF) - Pevans went to the Bimingham show

Spring Round-up 2010: Homesteaders and Through the Ages

Toy Fair 2010 (PDF) - this year's new games at the London show and the Spring Fair

Spiel '09 (PDF 1.6 Mb) - new games from the annual games fair (version 3)

Blasts from the Past: 1 Tales of the Arabian Nights (PDF); 2 Ambush (PDF)

UK Games Expo 2009 (PDF) - Pevans went to the Bimingham show

Toy Fair 2009 (PDF) - this year's new games at the London show

Spiel '08 (PDF) - what Pevans saw at the 2008 Spiel games fair

EuropeMasters 2008 (PDF) - Pevans was at the European Board Games Championship

SpielChamps 2008 (PDF) - The UK Board Games Championship at Manorcon

UK Games Expo 2008 (PDF) - Pevans went to the Bimingham show

Toy Fair 2008 (PDF) - this year's new games at the London show

Spiel '07 - a report from the 2007 Spiel games fair: PDF version Toy Fair 2004 Report PDF

Toy Fair 2007 – a report of the new games on show at the UK’s annual showcase. Toy Fair 2005 Report PDF

Spiel '06 - a report from the 2006 Spiel games fair: PDF version Toy Fair 2004 Report PDF

Toy Fair 2006 – a report of the new games on show at the UK’s annual showcase. Toy Fair 2005 Report PDF

Spiel '05 - a report from the 2005 Spiel games fair. Toy Fair 2004 Report PDF

Toy Fair 2005 - a report of the new games on show at the UK's annual showcase. Toy Fair 2005 Report PDF

Spiel '04 - a report from the 2004 Spiel games fair. Toy Fair 2004 Report PDF

Toy Fair 2004 - a report of the new games on show at the UK's annual showcase. Toy Fair 2004 Report PDF

Toy Fair 2003 - a report of the new games on show at the UK's annual showcase.

Spiel '02 - a report from the 2002 Spiel games fair.

Toy Fair 2002 - a report of the new games on show at the UK's annual showcase.

Spiel '01 - a report from the 2001 Spiel games fair.

Toy Fair 2001 - a report of the new games on show at the UK's annual showcase.

UKBCGC 2000 - a report from the UK's Board and Card Games Championship.

Toy Fair 2000 - a report of the new games on show at the UK's annual showcase.

TV Wars - The Pevans Option - alternative rules for this game that remove much of the luck element and reduce the playing time.