Kelly Bedard

My go-to board game for a long time was Pandemic. It’s fun, complex, difficult, re-playable, and cooperative so I was never accused of personally attacking my friends with my strategy (I once made someone cry during a game of Power Grid; I think she was projecting). But now is really NOT THE TIME for that […]

Click Here to read all of our coverage from 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Games of all types and toys both practical and collectible abound at Comic-Con and the hyper-commercial landscape of the convention floor is where all that stuff lives. Video games may be king when it comes to intense geekery (the true measure of […]

  Leeman Kessler

So one of the casualties of my new-found fatherhood has been my ability to easily round folks up to play games. People tend to like to congregate in the evening right around the time babies insist on going to bed. To make matters worse, I now have all this extra free time to read about […]

  Leeman Kessler

With babygeddon almost upon me, I have found it increasingly difficult to find the time to gather people and play games. There are just too many trips to Babies Я Us that need to take place and so I am left looking at a wall of board games and trying to figure out which ones will provide […]

  Leeman Kessler

Dear Nine year old Leeman, shut up, put down those Battle Beasts for five minutes and heed my tidings from the future.  No, I’m not here to give you stock tips nor do I possess a dog-eared sports almanac but I do have wonders to share.  You know that board game you inherited from your […]

  Leeman Kessler

“Mommy Mommy!” “What is it, little Andreas?” “I want to play a game!” “What kind of game, my darling?” “One where I can help develop the postal infrastructure of 16th century Bavaria!” “…” While such a conversation may or may not have taken place in the Seyfarth household, it should have because the end result […]

  Leeman Kessler

My wife and I aren’t speaking right now.  That’s mostly because she’s in the kitchen making flat bread but if it were due to an argument, the most likely root of it would be Settlers of Catan, which I find to be a charming game which has done wonders for popularizing Euro-style games to the North […]

  Leeman Kessler

Once upon a time there was a board game called Talisman, but that’s a story for another day.  The story today is about one of Talisman‘s Robert Baratheon-esque bastards, Runebound.  The best way I can describe games like this is as analog World of Warcraft.  Players run around a board taking turns killing monsters, collecting […]

  Leeman Kessler

One of the joys of going back and watching old episodes of Deep Space Nine is seeing Ronald Moore’s name in the opening credits and thinking, “Hey!  I liked Battestar Galactica for a time!”  This same thought is present as one plays the board game which has been stunningly crafted to create the same level […]

  Leeman Kessler

So winter decided to bite back a few weeks ago and, in the midst of a relatively anaemic January, hit my city with enough snow to give one pause. Not to be dismayed, two of my friends braved the winter winds and arrived for what would be a couple of hours of Lovecraftian fun. The adventure board game […]

  Kelly Bedard

My current Torontonian obsession is a geek-chic café just west of Bathurst on Bloor called Snakes & Lattes. The wildly popular destination is pretty much exactly what it sounds like- a board game café. If you’re lucky enough to get a table (or smart enough to call the day before to get yourself on the […]