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Ranked: Every Ticket to Flight map

Ranked: Every Ticket to Flight map

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. You may have played one of the most successful titles in tabletop gaming, Alan Moon's Ticket to Ride. But have you tried all of the game’s expansions and standalone spinoffs? These additions introduce new boards and rules…
Evaluation: Jaws is a better parlor game than we had any right to anticipate

Evaluation: Jaws is a better parlor game than we had any...

Jaws and its components. Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. If I had predicted a brand new Jaws tabletop game in 2019—one that would actually be excellent—you might have called me crazy. And yet here we are: Jaws the board game is…
Sneak peek: Unmatched, a deck-battling video game where Bruce Lee can battle King Arthur

Sneak peek: Unmatched, a deck-battling video game where Bruce Lee can...

Your combatants in this Unmatched play through: martial arts legend Bruce Lee... Nathan Mattise ...and sword and sorcery legend, King Arthur. Nathan Mattise A look at a basic Unmatched board Nathan Mattise Other character sets include a trio of Jurassic Park reports... Nathan Mattise ...and Alice, of In Wonderland fame. Nathan Mattise AUSTIN, Texas—It should…
Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering video game that puts the enjoyable in weakening democracy

Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering video game that puts the enjoyable in weakening...

Behold, the gerrymandering board game you didn't realize you wanted: Mapmaker Nathan Mattise The Lafair siblings behind Lafair Family Games (L to R): Josh, Louis, and Rebecca. They're quite a bit older now (Josh, the youngest, is about to start his freshman year of college). They live in the TX-10, a congressional district that... somehow…
How to follow-up Pathfinder? Enhance the video game, do not significantly alter its character

How to follow-up Pathfinder? Enhance the video game, do not significantly...

Enlarge / The floor of Gen Con 2018... Aaron Zimmerman I’ve been an avid player of Pathfinder The Roleplaying Game since its first edition debuted back in 2008 at Gen Con, the great-grandsire of American tabletop conventions. So as I planned to attend Gen Con 2018 last fall, I had my sights set on one…
Sorcerer’s biggest technique? Diminishing a CCG experience into a single box

Sorcerer’s biggest technique? Diminishing a CCG experience into a single box

Enlarge / From the animist deck. I hope you like spiders... Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Card battle games are a cornerstone of analog gaming. From the venerable Magic: The Gathering to the recently departed Android: Netrunner, their addictive blend of…
Here are the finalists for 2019’s “Parlor game of the year” award

Here are the finalists for 2019’s “Parlor game of the year”...

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. The nominees for board gaming's biggest award, the German "Spiel des Jahres" trophy, were announced this week and feature a total absence of entries from designers Wolfgang Warsch and Michael Kiesling. (If you have no idea…
Star Wars: Outer Rim evaluation– Piloting as Han or Boba Fett might utilize more delights

Star Wars: Outer Rim evaluation– Piloting as Han or Boba Fett...

Enlarge / The game's player board. Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. One of the defining aspects of Star Wars is its dramatic sense of adventure. Hopping from planet to planet, quarreling with local cultures, and getting swept up in something greater…
Evaluation: Precious parlor game Castles of Burgundy is now an app

Evaluation: Precious parlor game Castles of Burgundy is now an app

Enlarge / Let's get ready for some hot Renaissance action! Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. The Castles of Burgundy has long been one of my favorite strategy board games, a 90-120 minute game of tile-laying with a complex scoring system that…
Parlor game evaluation: Ultimate Monster Tradition

Parlor game evaluation: Ultimate Monster Tradition

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Our 16 games of Werewolf sprawled across 20 hours and two lengthy play sessions. They began well enough, with enthusiastic people enjoying each other's company, keen to backstab, betray, and devour their fellow participants. Villagers—and the…

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