Author Archives: Erin Mellor

Pillars of the Earth: A Cathedral Building Game

Pillars of the Earth is a cathedral building game, based on the novel by Ken Follett. With restricted resources, employees and choices, and the constant challenge from competitors with the same aims as you it’s an interesting medieval parallel to modern business. Your objective is to win, and to do so your must become the… Read More »

Canal Mania: An Industrial Revolution Game

Current concerns about how to reduce carbon emissions, combined with worries about how to move freight around Britain’s ever more congested roadways without bringing the country to a standstill have led to a renewed interest in Britain’s waterways. Canals fueled the industrial revolution, transporting goods around the country quickly and cheaply compared to road transport… Read More »

Hannibal: Rome v Carthage a Battle Board Game

The long awaited reprint of Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage may look like a historical war game covering the Second Punic War, but plays as a fascinating battle for territory and resources. As such it works well as a market share game. Whilst getting Hannibal and his team of elephants over the Alps may seem like… Read More »

Sherry Courgette Pasta

Like anyone who has ever grown courgettes/zucchini I occasionally find myself with a huge glut that I need to use up.  I’ve tried making Courgette Muffins, they’re great, Greek style Zucchini Pasta and Courgette and lemon pasta, also a treat, and Courgette and Tomato Soup, which has the double whammy effect of using up some garden… Read More »

Tara, Seat Of Kings: An Irish Board Game

Tara Seat Of Kings is an unusual abstract game where each player vies for power, attempting to become High King of Ireland by gaining control of two of the four provinces. The game is intensely tactical with the placing of pieces on the board restricted by the cards a player holds and the funds they… Read More »

Tinner’s Trail – Cornish Board Game

Ahead of a planned spring time walking trip in Cornwall, England we’ve been playing Tinner’s Trail. You may not have thought about designing a board game around the economics of copper and tin mining in nineteenth century Cornwall, but Martin Wallace has.  He’s carefully avoided added arsenic mining to the game, although that was a… Read More »

Almond Butter Spinach Pesto Pasta

I love almond butter, it’s like peanut butter went to finishing school and got all fancy and refined.  Sadly it got finishing school expensive too so it’s not ideal for AB&J sandwiches or Joey style peanut butter fingers.  It’s great to use as an ingredient, particularly for people who can’t eat peanuts, but before serving… Read More »

1960: The Making of the President

The United States Presidential election last year was probably the most interesting one ever in terms of twists and turns, rabbits out of hats and gotchas. A fascinating battle, the likes of which we haven’t seen before wit social media, “alternative facts” and leaks-a-plenty really being felt for the first time. The election of 1960 fought… Read More »