A “Third-Rate Burglary Attempt” (Watergate, #1)

Watergate. The most famous of all political scandals. A salacious mix of illicit surveillance, dubious finance, and open felonies. And the president of the United States embroiled in it. Of course, the topic is not only fascinating to politicos, journalists, gossips, and everyone out for a quick buck – but also to the designers and players of board games. Thus, here’s the first half of a two-part piece on Watergate in history and board games – from the mood at the Nixon White House in the early 1970s over the break-in at the Watergate complex itself to Nixon’s irregular campaign finance.

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Most Anticipated Historical Board Game Releases in 2023

Happy new year, everybody! I hope it will bring you much joy. I also hope it will bring you board games (which is basically the same thing). The question is, however: Which games? – Here are a few 2023 releases which look most intriguing to me.

As always, don’t take this as a shopping list (neither for you nor for me). Over the course of 2022, I bought one single game. That was all. (More entered the collection as gifts, though.) Your taste in games and your discretion how many new games you want to chase decide what will end up in your shelf (and, hopefully, on your table)!

After that reminder, on to the games. As all of them are set in human history, they are ordered from most ancient to most recent.

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Farewell 2022 – The Best on the Blog!

Now the year truly comes to a close. I’ve celebrated the fifth anniversary of this blog this year.

Some things don’t change: Slightly over 40% of my blog’s visitors come from the United States, followed mostly by other countries of the Anglosphere (the UK, Canada, Australia, and Ireland make up well over 20%) and the large European board gaming countries (Spain, Germany, France, and Italy account for another ~15%). By sheer clicks per population, no country might be more into Clio’s Board Games than Luxembourg – 0.008 % of the global population, but 0.5% of my page views. Whoever reads this from Luxembourg – get in touch. I’d love to get to know you!

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Farewell 2022 – Historical Non-Fiction!

For the first time in forever, I read more works of fiction than non-fiction this year. History books only made up 32% of my total reads. What’s happening to me? Am I becoming a normal, functional member of society, living fully in the present instead of hopelessly searching for meaning in the past? – No, I think it was just a fluke. At least some of the works of historical non-fiction were so enlightening that I want to share them with you as well.

You can read the other Farewell 2022 posts here:

New-to-Me Games

Historical Fiction

Non-Historical Games

Historical Games

The Best on the Blog

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Farewell 2022 – Non-Historical Games!

My non-historical gaming mostly treaded on well-known ground – all the more testament to the quality of these games that I keep coming back to them. Here are the three I enjoyed most this year:

You can read the other Farewell 2022 posts here:

New-to-Me Games

Historical Fiction

Historical Non-Fiction

Historical Games

The Best on the Blog

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Farewell 2022 – Historical Fiction!

On to the next post in my Farewell series! Today, it’s all about works of historical fiction. I didn’t read a lot of these this year, but here are three I really enjoyed.

You can read the other Farewell 2022 posts here:

New-to-Me Games

Non-Historical Games

Historical Non-Fiction

Historical Games

The Best on the Blog

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Farewell 2022 – New-to-Me Games!

There’s a lot of things that happened this year which I didn’t have on my 2022 bingo card… but let’s not dwell on that and talk about board games instead!

As the year comes to a close, I’ll do my usual end-of-year posts: My personal top three in a range of categories. As tradition commands, we’ll begin with the games that I played for the first time this year… Another thing I didn’t have on my bingo card was how many good new games I played! Here are the best three.

You can read the other Farewell 2022 posts here:

Historical Fiction

Non-Historical Games

Historical Non-Fiction

Historical Games

The Best on the Blog

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Harry S. Truman (Presidential Ratings, #2)

Last year, I have inaugurated a new irregular series on my blog assessing the merits of UK prime ministers (illustrated through the lens of a single board game each). The rating system seemed robust enough to apply it to other countries/leaders (at least if they are more or less democratic). Thus, we branched out to an American president and a German chancellor. Today’s subject is another US president – Harry S. Truman, the first Cold Warrior in the White House. And which game could be more appropriate for him than Twilight Struggle (Ananda Gupta/Jason Matthews, GMT Games)?

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2022 Holiday Gift Guide feat. Naty’s Bookshelf

As the end of the year nears, many hallowed traditions come to us. One of them, of course, is the annual collaboration post between Naty (from Naty’s Bookshelf, your prime source of book recommendations and reviews) and me! Here’s what we’ve done in the previous years together:

This year, we’re giving gift ideas – board games (written by me) and books (written by Naty), particularly suited for the more casual gamer or reader.

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