Samurai Rochambeaudown

It’s time for another first here at Up With Meeple!  At the end of last year, we were fortunate enough to receive Crazy Karts, the first title sent to us by a publisher for review at the time of its retail release, rather than a game pulled from one of our personal collections.  For two […]

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As Seen on TV

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 […]

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Crazy, But That’s How it Goes…

[Note: This review copy of Crazy Karts was donated to the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction on, 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 […]

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What’s In Your Wallet?

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 […]

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Top Gear

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 […]

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I Got Some Wild, Wild Life

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 […]

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Project Funway

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 […]

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