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Space Alert

Space Alert cover

I’d love to post about mysteries and puzzles today, but honestly all I can seem to think about is Space Alert, a real-time collaborative board game by Vlaada Chvátil.  Last weekend, a friend of ours brought over Space Alert with the sales pitch “It only takes about 30 minutes to play.”  Fast forward three hours later, and we had only decided to stop playing because it was 3 a.m. and our engineer was falling asleep at the terminal.  This game is addictive. Here’s the basic concept:  You and your teammates are recruits for a space research initiative.  A ship aptly named…

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal at House on the Hill

In recent years, board games seem to be experiencing a huge surge in popularity, with lots of new and interesting titles popping up in game stores, homes, and college dorms. The Settlers of Catan has become a household name, and games like Ticket to Ride, 7 Wonders, and Small World are following close behind. Games of this new generation tend to have complex rules, strong themes, and beautiful artwork. So far my favorite title from this board game Renaissance is Betrayal at House on the Hill, published by Avalon Games. The horror theme is something fun and different, but what…