Author Archives: RichMShay

Recon #6: Trajan

Welcome to another episode of Play Boardgames Better Recon. In this episode, I’ll examine Trajan, Stefan Feld’s 6 ring circus of a Euro with more direct competition than many games.

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Recon #5: Le Havre: The Inland Port

Welcome to another episode of Play Boardgames Better Recon. In this episode, I’ll examine Le Havre: The Inland Port. Its Uwe Rosenberg’s 2-player, fast game based on Le Havre for theme and Ora & Labora for mechanisms.

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Recon #4: Village

Welcome to another episode of Recon. This time we are going to explore Village.  It was designed by Inka and Markus Brand. Originally published by Eggertspiele, an American edition has been produced by Tasty Minstrel Games and is now widely … Continue reading

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WBC 2011 Yspahan Final Game

In the “better late than never” category, I have finally finished and published the write up of the 2011 WBC Yspahan Tournament Final Game. I think it is a good example of how the game is played by great players, … Continue reading

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Recon #3: Eminent Domain

This is a podcast about Tasty Minstrel’s game Eminent Domain by Seth Jaffee. It has more introductory information than previous Recon episodes because the game isn’t as widely know. I’m a big fan of the game and my favorable opinion … Continue reading

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Episode 4 – Puerto Rico the Beginning

In this episode, I start a series on playing Puerto Rico and I interview Andy Latto, an incredibly good player and a nice guy to play with. I’ll present what I think every Puerto Rico player should understand right after … Continue reading

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Episode 3 – Just Enough Math & Meet the Other Sheas!

In this episode I attempt to cover enough probability to help you make better decisions in games, without giving you so much that you fall asleep behind the wheel and drive into a ditch. I interview the gamingest family that … Continue reading

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Total Confusion 25 (2011) Results & Comments

Not only did I attend Total Confusion 25 in Mansfield, I also worked as the #2 Minion for boardgaming. Thanks to Rob Kircher’s experience and discipline, the events were organized and on time. Participation was up from previous years and … Continue reading

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Recon #2 7 Wonders

This is the second Recon. It is not a review, unboxing or session report. Instead, I assume that you are familiar with the game and own or have played it. This session goes over the resources and structures of the … Continue reading

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Episode 2 – Be Ready to Play Better

In this episode, I concentrate on what you can do to play better that has nothing to do with the games or their rules. There is an interview with Rob Kircher. Rob is the Board Game Room Director at Total … Continue reading

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