Boardgaming 101

How to Explain Rules Properly

Posted by Martin Yong on

So you've gathered your mates together, and you're ready to start a game of Machi Koro. But there's a slight problem - there is someone who is totally new to the game. How do you go about explaining the rules, what will the vets who've probably heard the rules a million times do while you go on an exposition?  Rule #1: Beginning with the end in mind When you are in charge of explaining the rules of a game, think of yourself as a storyteller. You need to pitch to the lizard-part of your new player's brain - why should their...

Read more →

5 Things You Should Never Do When You Explain Rules

Posted by Martin Yong on

5 Things You Should Never Do When You Explain Rules

Everyone loves playing games, but people in general are afraid of taking up new games. Why is that? It's because we're all afraid of coming across as an idiot when we have no idea what to do when it's our turn to play. What most new players don't realize is that most of the time, when they screw up playing a new game; it's not their fault, it's because they were not briefed properly on the rules of the game.  Explaining the rules of a game is as much an art as it is a science. You have to give people...

Read more →

New to Boardgames? Here is our recommended list

Posted by Martin Yong on

New to Boardgames? Here is our recommended list

Hello there, I'm Martin. I like board games. I like them because board games allow me to shoot my best friend repeatedly in the toes and not go to jail in real life. I like them because they allow me to fulfill my secret dreams of being a super evil villain.   

Read more →

I Hate Losing

Posted by Martin Yong on

I Hate Losing

Don't you just hate it when you are the first player to die in a game? Ugh, the dread of the impending boredom now that you are no longer an active player of the game.  "Ah crap, I'm dead." "First to go, too." "Shit." "Do I leave the table?" "I'm bored..." "Come on... Finish the game already so we can start a new one."

Read more →

5 Kinds of people you will meet at Gaming Sessions

Posted by Martin Yong on

5 Kinds of people you will meet at Gaming Sessions

5 Kinds of People that you will meet at tabletop sessions

Read more →