Curators review

  Context of the review – I am reviewing Curators during the current Kickstarter. I have played the game twice at the 2 player count, plus another time at the 3 player count. The copy of Curators is a prototype copy which was provided to reviewers by the designer.  I love museums and have since […]

Tapestry review

Context of the review: This review was written after 3 plays of Tapestry at the 2 player count and 2 plays at the solo player count. The copy of Tapestry was provided by Stonemaier Games at a significant cost reduction to Next Player. Tapestry, designed by Jamey Stegmaier, came to the scene with massive fan […]

Hobby Games for the Family

This is the first post in the ‘What you might like’ series looking at games that may suit your style of play or your situation. First up is games for the family. In this time of isolation I see a lot of family time happening and especially playing games that you can pick up from […]

Maintaining Mental Health

The world is very rapidly changing with the coronavirus, which means a lot of closures, lockdowns and other restrictions on movements and activities. Personally, I am currently working from home which brings about it’s own set of challenges and I thought that I would write a little bit on how you can maintain your mental […]

Predictions for 2020 Board gaming

So it is a few months into the year, but I thought that I might write down some predictions on what we may see happen in the industry. The release of Blood on the Clocktower, I feel, will be a watershed moment in board game criticism and the line between review, preview and paid promotion. […]

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Kickstarter Week 7 2020

So I don’t release these posts every week, but definitely when there is something good going on, which means this week! Wonderland’s War by Druid City – This one looks really cool, like a mix between bag builders like Quacks and more strategy based games. Alice in Wonderland has never been a draw for me, […]

Rival Restaurants review

Context of the review – This review was written after 4 plays at the 4 player count. Gap Closer Games provided a Deluxe Kickstarter copy of the game for review. There are no further arrangements, commercial or otherwise between Gap Closer Games and Next Player Australia. I tend to swing towards Euro games and Solo […]

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A controversial Gloomhaven review

Context of the review – This review is written after playing Gloomhaven at 2 player count for approximately 10 sessions. The copy of Gloomhaven is the reviewers own.  I write this review after playing around 10 games of Gloomhaven and then having it sit on my shelf for a long time. This Gloomhaven review is […]

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Kickstarter in review – 2020 Week 3

What a week it is on Kickstarter!  There are a few great projects that have hit the site this week and, I dare say, will be pretty highly ranking when they are released whether it’s this year or next.  Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile: Cole Wehrle has to be one of the hot designers […]

Why it didn’t rate – The Game of Things

I recently reviewed Just One, a simple word/party game that has gained the attention of Board Game media and received both critical and consumer acclaim. I played a heap of this game over the holidays with a bunch of different people and it was always a hit.  Another game that hit the table this holidays […]