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Cole Wehrle of Root on Systems, Player Interaction and Political Theory in Root.

Cole Wehrle shares his inspiration in creating the massively successful asymmetrical strategy game Root, and what drives him to make board games.

Pioneer Days is the Most Pleasant Game about the Oregon Trail You’ll Ever Play

Pioneer Days gives you exactly what’s displayed on the cover—a pleasant stroll through the 19th century countryside

A Koalaty Game: BarBEARian Battlegrounds Review

BarBEARian Battlegrounds: Dice Drafting? Check. Secret actions? Check. Adorable bears? Check and double-check.

A Definitive Guide to Koi-Koi

In the months leading up to my 2017 mission trip to Japan, I immersed myself in Japanese culture: I studied the language, listened to podcasts about Japanese history and true crime, devoured essays on Japanese culture, tried to translate snippets of manga, and watched lots of Sword Art Online critically acclaimed Japanese cinema. But as […]

Isaac Vega of Starship Samurai and Dead of Winter on Making Memories Through Board Games

We chat with Isaac Vega, co-designer of Dead of Winter about his newest games Neon Gods and Starship Samurai about how board games have the potential to create meaningful memories between human beings.

Watch These Kids Play Animal Upon Animal

Our Chief Content Nerd plays and reviews Animal Upon Animal from HABA Games with his daughters.

How POG Throne Helped Me Rediscover the Joy of Chucking Things at Other Things

One of April-Lyn's favorite games at PAX Unplugged reminded her that sometimes, the best way to have fun as an adult is to temporarily forget that you're an adult.

LTN Advent Calendar 2018

As we enter the season of Christmas, the Love Thy Nerd writers want to share moments from nerd culture that resonate with them and reflect the weeks of the Advent calendar. Week One – Hope – Prophet’s Candle Kingdom Death: Monster – Madeline Turnipseed The Children of Israel were scattered, conquered, enslaved, and subject to […]

Need a Gift Idea? Here are Our 11 Favorite Games from PAX Unplugged

If you're still on the lookout for that perfect Christmas gift for the tabletop gamer in your life, we've got you covered. Our writers recently returned from PAX Unplugged, one of the largest tabletop gaming conventions in the country. While we were there we had the chance to try out some great games, and we've written about our eleven favorites.

The Playful World of My Little Scythe

My Little Scythe stands out among current kids games by giving young players a sense of freedom that encourages creative problem solving and critical thinking skills.