The Board Game Book

The ultimate tabletop gaming guide

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The year’s greatest games

Board gaming has become one of the world’s hottest hobbies, with millions of players discovering the fun and excitement of hits like Catan, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride.

The Board Game Book is your essential guide to tabletop games. Written by a team of expert gaming journalists, it’s packed with insightful reviews, gorgeous photography and exclusive interviews with top game designers.

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A world of fun

Our authors explore the world of tabletop gaming, from the year’s biggest smash hits to indie gems. From quick and simple family favourites to complex contests of skill and strategy, we aim to showcase the incredible breadth and variety of the board game hobby.

Whether you’re a newcomer to gaming or a seasoned veteran of a thousand game nights, The Board Game Book is filled with fascinating information on the games you love as well as the ones you’ll want to discover.

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Behind the scenes of game design

We’ve spoken to some of the biggest names in the analogue gaming industry to explore their influences and delve into the secrets of their creativity. The Board Game Book includes exclusive interviews with designers including:

  • Richard Garfield (KeyforgeMagic: The Gathering)
  • Reiner Knizia (Tigris & EuphratesBlue Lagoon)
  • Alan R. Moon (Ticket to Ride)
  • Matt Leacock (PandemicForbidden Sky)
  • Rob Daviau (Pandemic LegacyDownforce)
  • Mike Mearls (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Inka and Markus Brand (Word SlamEXIT: The Game)
  • Nikki Valens (Eldritch HorrorLegacy of Dragonholt)
  • Michael Kiesling (Azul)
  • Corey Koniezka (Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition)
  • Jacob Jaskov (Fog of Love)
  • Alex Roberts (Star Crossed)

Gorgeous game photography

Tabletop games are beautiful physical objects, and the tactile sensation of playing with meeples, miniatures, cards, chips and tokens is a huge part of their appeal. At the same time, there are some incredibly talented artists working in the industry, ensuring that games have an ever-increasing level of visual flair.

We’ve captured the look and feel of the year’s most exciting releases with stunning studio photography, and The Board Game Book features full-colour images that show off the character and atmosphere of every featured game.

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A beautiful coffee table hardback

Right from the beginning of our project, we wanted to publish a beautiful, collectors’-quality hardcover book. That’s why we worked with Bell & Bain, a respected printer in Glasgow, Scotland who have been in business for more than 200 years.

With their expertise, attention to detail and state-of-the-art production, we’ve created a book that any gamer will be proud to show off on their coffee table – or gaming table!

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