Author: Charlie Theel

Come out to Play-ay The Warriors

Listen up, boppers. We have a new cut from that cool crew called Prospero Hall. A slick hit for our friends in the mass market. It only takes a smooth 45, but we gonna play this one all night long. You hear me, babies? All night long. It’s still on. And we’re playing. Now, everybody…

I Walk in the Rain, in the Rain – A Godtear Review

Godtear is not what I expected. It’s tighter and more succinct than the standard Steamforged Games release. The ruleset is very clean and sensible, surprisingly so. Better yet, it manages to avoid any native sense of sterility that is common in stripped down conflict-oriented designs. All things told, this is a fantastic work. Before I…

Fog and Salt – A 303 Squadron Review

303 squadron was the most effective unit in the Battle of Britain. Of note, it was made up entirely of Polish pilots displaced by the German war machine. Many books have been written about this famous unit and its exploits. Several movies have been released as well. I’d advise you stick to the literature and…

Llama Drama – a L.L.A.M.A. Review

What a stupid card game. You’re dealt some numbers between one and six, and possibly one or more bright absurdist rainbow llamas. You want to get rid of these silly digits because any you’re left with at the end of the round are points. L.L.A.M.A, like golf, is a dignified pastime. It’s also scored in…

Down in the Midnight Sea – A Dive Review

It’s the summer solstice and our rite of passage, so we compete. The sacred stone is tossed from a towering cliff overlooking the sea. Into the depths the artifact plunges. We follow. Dive is surreal. Originally published by Sit Down! and distributed in North America by Lumas games, this is an experience that asks players…

Eccentric Modernism – A Free Radicals Review

Asymmetry in the board game space has existed since Eon Games’ 1977 and ’79 releases of Cosmic Encounter and Dune. It continued being a thing through Chaos in the Old World, Space Cadets, and Vast, among many others. Root really changed everything. Root traversed traditional boundaries, slyly pulling a new segment of players into a…

(PG-8) What Next?

The PG series is a collection of articles incorporating the perspective of my eight-year-old daughter, Lila.   She’s looking over the shelves, her eyes the usual mix of indecisiveness and enthusiasm. I speak up, “how ’bout What Next?” “That’s what I’m deciding”, she gives me a quick jab with those brown eyes. “No, I mean…