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Musings about history, board games, and history in board games.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (Presidential Ratings, #1)

Last year, I have begun a new irregular series on my blog assessing the merits of UK prime ministers (illustrated through the lens of a single board game per prime minister). The rating system seemed robust enough to apply it to other countries/leaders (at least if they are more or less democratic). Thus, I’m branching out! Today, we’re doing our first US president. And we’re starting with none other than 20th century heavyweight Franklin D. Roosevelt. The accompanying game will be Cataclysm (Scott Muldoon/William Terdoslavich, GMT Games).

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Most Anticipated Historical Board Game Releases in 2022

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 2022 releases which look most intriguing to me.

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Farewell 2021! – The Best on the Blog

The fourth full year on this blog has come to an end, and the blog keeps growing – this year, the pace of growth even picked up from last year (despite a few slouch months in the middle). I’d like to believe that is because of the quality content I put out here.

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Farewell 2021 – Historical Board Games!

Finally, we come to our noblest category in the annual farewell posts – historical board games! Here are the three I enjoyed most this year.

You can find the other posts in the Farewell 2021 series here:

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Farewell 2021 – Historical Fiction!

I did not read a whole lot of historical fiction this year – it was either non-fiction or fiction on different matters. Still, there were a few books that stayed on my mind.

You can find the other posts in the Farewell 2021 series here:

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Farewell 2021 – Non-Historical Games!

There are surprisingly few non-historical board games I played this year – almost everything I played had a (more or less solid) base in history. Still, there were a few games taking me to fantastical worlds – and here are the three I enjoyed most.

You can find the other posts in the Farewell 2021 series here:

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Farewell 2021 – Historical Non-Fiction!

Three years after finishing university, most of my reading is still historical non-fiction – be that books I read for this blog or just for my pleasure. Here are the three I enjoyed most this year.

You can find the other posts in the Farewell 2021 series here:

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Farewell 2021 – New-to-Me Games!

2021 is almost over. I could philosophize about the kind of year it was, but I assume you’re not here to read these kind of ramblings – and, despite a global pandemic, every single one of you will have made different experiences this year anyway. I hope they were good ones.

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 per usual, we’ll begin with the games that I played for the first time this year.

You can find the other posts in the Farewell 2021 series here:

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Highlights from SDHistCon – Fall 2021!

Sunny San Diego is a few thousand kilometers away from me. No way I could just go to a board game convention there… or could I? In 2021 I can! For pandemic reasons, San Diego Historical Games Convention (SDHistCon) has been held online the last few times, including this November 12-14. I’ve had a blast at the previous SDHistCon in May this year, so of course I signed up for this one as well. Once more, it was a great time – thanks to Harold Buchanan and all the many volunteers who made this event happen. Here are a few of my highlights.

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