This is where you'll find my incredibly erudite insights into life, board games and stuff. And nothing says erudite more than triple emphasis and the word 'stuff'.

April 28, 2019

Grandpa Beck's card games have a homely family feel to them from the text, to the illustrations to the games themselves. They have a statement on their instructions which resonates loudly with me:

'Your stories about enjoying time together as a family while playing our...

March 8, 2018

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May 14, 2017

Style and Substance 

As you've probably gathered by now if you follow me on instagram, twitter or facebook, one of the main criteria for a successful Cards or Die game is aesthetic value. Much can be forgiven if your cards or board are pretty and charming and I have def...

May 7, 2017

You wake up late to the smell of coffee and the sizzle of bacon crisping up. The sun streams into the tent, as you unzip it, fresh air floods in. Gentle music drifts towards you, the folkiness of a melodeon or a favourite song you had almost forgotten. Someone hands yo...

February 19, 2017

I was going to write a long detailed blog with delicious recipes, life hacks and insights into life, the universe... you get the idea. Then I thought I'll 'just' do my flyer for the launch first. Hahaha 'just'. Hours later, and with a partner who now regrets asking me...

January 29, 2017

Like most people of my age, I was raised on board games. The sight of the MB logo makes me feel nostalgic and casts me back to an era when playing a game didn't involve any electricity but did require other people, (unless your brother had tricked you into playing 52 c...

January 15, 2017

It started with an innocuous event: I drove past a hairdresser's window with a sign which proudly began

'With over 10 years experience...'

My automatic negative thoughts responded instantly: 

'Oh my God, I've just started a business, I can't put that. I have no experience...

November 14, 2016

OK that's not the exact wording of the article but I think that's an acceptable precis if, like me, you should be doing something other than getting your head round a new set of rules (for me it's The Big Book of Madness)

November 11, 2016

Found these beauties in a charity shop. Pathfinder is a fun variation of Battleships; Deflection is an intense strategy game which I'm finding very challenging (in other words I keep getting beaten by child 2- I am of course *not* practising while he is at school, that...

November 6, 2016

Thoroughly enjoying the expansion pack for Exploding Kittens (Imploding Kittens). The reversal card is a killer with the first person to get confused wearing the cone of shame. I was sure it was going to be me but luckily Child 1 was first!

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