Month: June 2021

Why Terraforming Mars: Turmoil is my favourite expansion in the entire series

Turmoil is the Terraforming Mars expansion that introduces something actually fresh into the mix: a solid dose of reality in the form of global events that can mess up your best-laid plans. In all fairness, these global events can also bring some lucrative windfall benefits – that is IF you’ve planned for it and taken stock of the unfolding situation. Keep an eye on the unfolding political upheavals taking place within the Terraforming Committee and position your delegates carefully and accordingly to welcome any winds of change that are inevitably coming.


The Game Havana is the capital of Cuba. The game Havana is a sister game of the game Cuba, but they are by different designers. Just same publisher. Havana was released in 2009. I was looking for low complexity games to play with younger daughter Chen Rui during […]

Sky Towers

  The Game   Sky Towers is a card game from Japan, designed by Charles Ward, winner of the BGG 2020 9-card nanogame design contest. The game is an entry in the BGG 2021 54-card design contest. The voting period will start on 1 Jul 2021. Charlie contacted me […]

An obsession for Obsession

If ever there is a prize for a board game that best marries mechanics and theme so eloquently and elegantly, Obsession 2nd Edition would have to be a serious contender. Dan Hallagan’s first board game design about love and courtship in Victorian England is itself a true labour of love.

Teotihuacan: City of Gods

The Game Teotihuacan is an archaeological site in modern day Mexico, famous for its many pyramids. It was once one of the largest cities in the world. It was most prosperous from 1AD to 500AD. Historians still debate whether it was the seat of an empire, but most […]

Lost Ruins of Arnak

The Game Lost Ruins of Arnak is one of the hottest games in 2021. It has just been nominated for the Kennerspiel des Jahres. When I first heard of it, the setting did not grab me at all. It seemed like a very typical run-of-the-mill Eurogame. I hadn’t intended […]