Last Week at the 'Geek: Beautiful Boards, Broken Boxes, and Boardgame Betting

Stop by our sister blog on Board Game Geek for a look at each day’s most interesting and informative threads from the BGG general gaming forum, August 4-13.

The Week in ‘Geek is now published every Thursday.  


Alphonse and Gaston are comic strip characters famous for their unctuous courtesy: “After you, Alphonse!” “No, after you, Gaston!” In the sphere of metagaming, there are some who always want to be last, who need to go last. But that’s not always a good thing. Many games offer the choice of turn order, which adds yet another layer to developing a strategy.

Sure, going first is important in worker placements games. For me, it’s not that big of a deal. More and more games (think Russian Railroads) are trying to balance out the turn order by giving bonuses to those who don’t go first.

Compare your views with fellow gamers on the ‘Geek, at
How important is it to be the first player?


Other highlights of the past 10 days include:

What’s a box worth to you?


Beautiful beautiful boards


For these threads and more thoughtful posts, check out each day’s best at our blog at Board Game Geek.

  • Anthony lives and plays games in Philadelphia, PA. A lover of complex strategy, two-player war games, and area control, Anthony is always eager to try a new game, even if he's on rule-reading duty.

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