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A Study in Dystopia

It is the immensity, I believe. The hugeness of things below. The darkness of dreams.

– Neil Gaiman

So starts a wonderful, mind-bending journey into a realm shared by HP Lovecraft and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in equal measure, and threaded together in a way that only Neil Gaiman could manage in a short story called A Study in Emerald. And when Mr. Geekess found out that the Gaiman short story was being turned into a board game, we were quick to kick-start it, even before our board game addiction had properly kicked in.

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Small (and brutal) World

We had been to every single shop that we could think of in Durban. We’d spent more money on board games than we had intended on a trip that neither of us could really afford but had decided to come on anyway. And we were still searching for one more game. It wasn’t like it was an obscure one – we probably could have bought it online without a problem, but we were in Durban, a city centre, and for Pete’s sake, somewhere had to have it! On the last day of our trip, we made one final attempt. It wasn’t even to a shop that we held out high hopes for – we’d been to other Exclusive Books branches with absolutely no luck, but we wanted one last try. And sure enough, as I wandered into the aisle of board games, I whooped loudly enough to make other readers glare as I caught a glimpse of the colourful box. “Baby,” I half-shouted, half-whispered, not wanting to irritate anyone else unnecessarily. “They’ve got Small World!”

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Traitors Hide In The Shadows (over Camelot)

Mr. Geekess and I differ in our opinions of many things – music, reading material, whether or not we should acquire a third kitten – but there are a good many things that we do agree on too! And one of those things is our love for Arthurian legends. They stem from different places – mine from reading Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series as a child, his from watching Excalibur – but when Mr. Geekess returned home from a business trip last year with a copy of Shadows Over Camelot, the origins of our excitement didn’t really matter. What mattered was that we were both bursting at the seams with excitement at playing it!

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What Game Is For You?

I have a friend. Surprising, I know, but I have a specific one in mind. The first time she came over to our house, she warned us that she hated board games.
“That’s because you don’t know of the good ones,” we said, rolling our eyes and shaking our heads.
“I do,” she assured us, “I come from a gaming family.”
And, sure enough, she recognised and had played a good few of the games that we had in our collection. But she still left our house having been converted to the joys of board gaming. I like to think that this is because we can read people pretty well and know what kind of games would suit their personalities.

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