Sometimes, all it takes to explain a game is one sentence, or even a single word. I’m not talking about describing what it takes to win a game – most well-designed games’ victory conditions can usually be summed up fairly succinctly – but rather the spirit or essence of a game. It’s being able to […]Read more "As Seen on TV"
[Note: This review copy of Crazy Karts was donated to the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction on BoardGameGeek.com, raising $35 and UpWithMeeple shipped it free of charge to the winner.] In many games, the unknown can be fun. Not knowing what cards your opponent is holding in their hand or what resources they’ve stocked behind their […]Read more "Crazy, But That’s How it Goes…"
Welcome to UpWithMeeple’s Insert Review Round Up! We’ll be taking an in depth look at inserts for some of your favorite games from these top manufacturers (listed alphabetically): The Broken Token Custom Game Bits Daedalus Productions GameTrayz Meeple Realty Before this project, I only had experience with an independently made insert for Eclipse. I got […]Read more "Insert Comments Here"
Most of us have something we’re good at – an inherent talent, a skill that’s part of our job, a hobby we love so much we know it inside and out. Often times, that thing we’re good at also becomes our specialty – a ‘calling card,’ if you will. The same is also true of […]Read more "What’s In Your Wallet?"
Have you ever played a game you just didn’t ‘get’ the first time, where the complexity, nuance, and balance of design separating a great game from a merely good one doesn’t hit you until two, three, or more plays through? For me, Tzolkin was one of those games. Thanks to several decades’ worth of tabletop […]Read more "Top Gear"
As a new board game review site, we’ve hit a lot of milestones and experienced a lot of ‘firsts’ here at Up With Meeple since we launched back in April. And hopefully, through our reviews, you’ve been able to not only get a different take on a few new games (or some old ones you […]Read more "I Got Some Wild, Wild Life"
Recently, we realized that we were approaching our 150th different game played. To select the new title which would mark this UpWithMeeple gaming milestone, we decided to run a poll on social media to ask our readers, fans, and well-wishers exactly what game we ought to play for the occasion. The winner was Regis Bonnessee’s Seasons, an interesting […]Read more "Seasons (Cause I’ve Been Waiting On You)"
Hey all, Austin here. Yesterday was the last day of June, and today we’re heading into the big July 4th holiday weekend, so I thought I’d share what games we got played in June! In order of games played: The Grizzled (click for our review) – one of our favorite games. A wonderful co-op game less […]Read more "The Games of June"
During my review of Patchwork, I mentioned the idea of my personal Mount Rushmore of game designers, and one of the individuals, Uwe Rosenberg, who would be featured on that monument. Today’s review covers a game from another designer who I’d place on my designers’ Mount Rushmore, Ignacy Trzewiczek. If you’ve read my Up With […]Read more "Project Funway"
In games, theme is important. An unusual or creative theme can be the element that grabs your attention and helps a game stand out from an ever-increasing array of options. Admittedly, theme might not be the most important aspect of a game – nobody’s going to keep playing a game if it’s repetitive, has a […]Read more "All’s Fair in Telautography & Quadricycles"