Thanks to actually getting to a boardgame convention in the middle of the year, and also having an awesome group of designers to play games with, I managed to play about 40 new (to me) board games in 2021. Here is a quick rundown of some of my favourites. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. The original Gloomhaven has always seemed appealing to me. However, the sheer size was enough to cause me some hesitancy in taking that leap. Enter Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. This game has essentially the same rules as the original, but in a more digestible format. It achieves this by slowly introducing the rules through 5 scenarios that serve as in-game tutorials. This is similar to modern video games, where you learn as you play. It is a great way to get you actually playing the game sooner, rather than needing to fully comprehend the entire rule book up front. As a co-op game, it suited playing it with my 10 year old. During lockdown, we were able to work our way through the entire campaign over a f
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