This blog looks at the modern board game hobby, why I think they can be beneficial in a family environment, and how I've introduced my family to games.
It will contain reviews on games we play, and how I rate them for families.
I'll also add my random musings on the board game hobby and specific games.
When you hear "board games", and think I'm talking about Monopoly, then read further - and welcome down the rabbit hole!
Click the link above to find more details, but essentially at the beginning of the game each player gets a number. Whenever that number is rolled they move 1 space on the track (or 2 if they roll their own number).
Well, yes but then there are the cards - if a players number is rolled more than once, then they get to draw either a rat or a mouse card. Rat cards are negative cards that can be played on other players, whilst mouse cards are beneficial and can be played by the player drawing the card.
Candyland meets Mouse Trap? There are even some Early Bird space left, so back it today!
But seriously, what is going on with the prices of board games in the UK?
Take Tash-Kalar. Post-Essen it was £30. Now? The MSRP is £49.99 - a 66% increase.
Ok, well maybe it;s something to do with economies of scale? Let's check.
The German edition of Tash-Kalar is on Amazon.de for €27, or roughly £22. Whilst Germany is the home of the modern board game, I'm fairly sure that the English language version would have a larger print run and therefore should be cheaper.
So, maybe it's something to do with Germany - maybe board games are cheaper out there, or tax-free or something? Well, let's head back to Amazon.de and check the International version. €55 (or £45), so the same price I can get it in the UK.
Heading across the pond, we can see that US online stores have it for around $45 - so it appears this is mainly a UK issue.
Really - what's going on here? Can anyone explain?