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As I’ve talked about before, board games aren’t simply enjoying a resurgence right now. They’re in a glittering golden age with fabulous releases every single week, the entire hobby evolving and adapting with Borg-like ease. There’s no easier way to prove it than with my favourite releases from 2013.
It’s here! Like a murderous detective leaping from a Skyline, the Bioshock Infinite board game wants to come crashing into your house and help itself to the money in your pockets. It’s a pretty exciting proposition — unlike video game tie-ins of movies, board game tie-ins aren’t a meritless lake of bilge water. Some, like the Game of Thrones game, are pretty wonderful. So I was really curious sitting down to play The Siege of Columbia for a lengthy playtest. What have we got here? Bilge or anti-bilge?
Two years ago, I left a job at Rock, Paper, Shotgun to start a board game site. But that’s not the strange part. What’s odd is that I’ve never looked back. I’m getting more out of table games these days than video games, and the biggest reason is that somewhere along the line, video games became obsessed with winning, and it’s killing them.
Right. For my first ever board game column for Kotaku, the editor-in-chief here suggested I cover the top games coming in 2013. This created an anime-sized bead of sweat on my forehead. You see, board games aren’t like video games. You want to know if a video game’s coming out, you call a guy who works in a place, or perhaps do a Google. Board games? Oh, man.