Today, we come to the blog itself. It’s been a very good year for the blog – I posted 48 times (up by 9 in comparison to 2018) and doubled the number of hits and visitors.
The blog had visitors from 122 different countries and dependencies this year. Unsurprisingly, most (around 40%) of them come from the United States as the biggest English-speaking country, with the UK, Canada, and Australia accounting for another 20%. I’m always a bit surprised to see the blog doing well in countries where I don’t know a single subscriber (but of course, I cannot know everyone personally who stumbles over this blog) – so whoever you are who reads this blog in Sweden, Portugal, South Africa, Hong Kong (among many others) – thanks for stepping by! Leave me a comment. I’d like to get to know you!
Dear readers, thank you for your interest! I hope you had a delightful and possibly even educational time. I certainly had fun writing these posts. And here are the three projects which I regard as my finest achievements this year:
And here, finally, is the pinnacle of Top Three posts for the end of the year – historical board games! That’s what you’ve come for. So, without further ado, here are the three history-themed board games with which I had the most fun I this year: Continue reading →
This is part 3 of my end-of-year posts. I select three nominees in each category and crown a winner. Here are the first two posts on new-to-me games and historical non-fiction books.
Today’s category are non-historical games. I know – games which are not about history? – A wild notion! But I admit, I sometimes dabble in them. No, in fact, more than half to two thirds of my plays are of games which are not about history. They’re often easier to pitch to other people (who might or might not share my interest in the Austrian Succession of 1740), and they often play a bit faster (I assume my Unconditional Surrender! campaign will keep me busy until late 2020). And: They are often (almost!) as much fun!
So, here are the three non-historical games with which I had the most fun this year:
Welcome to my second post looking back on 2019! I always select three nominees for each categories and crown one winner. You can find the first post on new-to-me games here.
One of the nice side effects of writing this blog is that I read a lot of history books for my research – in addition to the history books I read just for pleasure. Yes, I’m a huge nerd. Anyway, here are the three best historical non-fiction books I read this year: Continue reading →
The year is coming to an end. I hope you had a good 2019 and could move some things in the directions that you wanted. One of the most enjoyable ways of that is to move wooden meeples, plastic miniatures, or cardboard counters over game boards, and I also hope you had a lot of good board gaming. While I am not the person who plays the most new games every year, I certainly play some that are new to me – and so I invite you to have a look at the games which I discovered this year which I enjoyed the most! Obviously, no „new-to-me“ post could be complete without a shoutout to the inventor of the concept, the venerable Cult of the New-to-Me Leader Dave! Check out his blog and subscribe for reviews on and news about board games (including excellent coverage of their digital versions!).
So, here are my top 3 new-to-me games of 2019: Continue reading →
We come to maybe the most noble category: Historical board games. Isn’t that what this blog is all about? As usual, the “rules” are simple: The list is based on my personal gaming in 2018, regardless when the game was published. I give a top three and crown one game the winner. Continue reading →
And here’s the third post in this year’s series of books and games I enjoyed most. The previous two were on new-to-me board games and historical fiction. Today, I’ll continue with my favorite non-historical board games. In case you missed it, the “rules” are simple: All lists are based on my personal reading/gaming of 2018, regardless when the book/game was published. The top three in each category are given and one of them is named the winner. On to the best… Continue reading →