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Author - David McMillan

Prior to 2001, my only experience with board gaming was the standard board game fare: Risk, Scrabble, Monopoly, and the like. I was more of a Magic: the Gathering fanatic than I was a fan of board gaming. Then, one night in 2001, my life changed forever. I was at an internet cafe in my home town of Memphis and a guy walked in with a copy of The Settlers of Catan and asked if anybody wanted to play. Having nothing better to do, I agreed and my mind was subsequently blown. But it wasn’t until I played Carcassonne for the first time that I got really hooked into the hobby.

Since that time, my board game collection has grown by leaps and bounds. I’ve designed a few unpublished games, written a ton of reviews on BGG, and joined a local gaming group with my wife. Board games and board gaming have become central to my life and it is a thing which I am not ashamed to admit.

My interests tend to lean toward the heavier euro-type games such as Keyflower, Caverna, or The Castles of Burgundy. These three games, in particular, are probably my favorite games ever and those also happen to be my favorite game designers. However, I am not adverse to playing lighter games. I’ll pretty much play anything at least once, but I tend to shy away from games that rely heavily on chance and games that have a lot of miniatures in them.

Outside of board gaming, I am an avid reader and bibliophile. I currently own something in the range of 2,000 books and I’ll read just about anything. Most of my collection is comprised of a mixture of fantasy, science fiction, history, English language studies, and books about physics and string theory. I also own more than a few books about cryptography and cryptographic systems (a subject which I have been fascinated by ever since I did a term paper on the William Shakespeare/Francis Bacon conspiracy way back in high school). And I am also an ardent Minecraft player.

Recent Articles & Reviews by David McMillan

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Fields of Arle Review – Uwe Rosenberg

In today’s 2-player spotlight, we talk about Fields of Arle. One of the largest two player games ever created, the game recreates 3 years in the life of a farmer in the German region of...

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Step Ladder – Mancala

Mancala, a game about picking things up and setting things down, has been around for quite some time. How do you elevate such a simple concept? Where do you go if you really enjoy Mancala...

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Top 6 Gorgeous Games

There’s something undeniable about the way that gorgeous game can draw you to the table like a moth to a flame. Many modern board games look great, but there are a few standouts that...

Cobra Paw Review

Do you know what time it is? It’s time to crack your knuckles, shake the stiffness out of your hands, sharpen your claws, and get ready to pounce in Cobra Paw! Read our review now!

ELO Darkness Review

Is it possible to translate the action and excitement of a video game into an analog format? ELO Darkness attempts to do just that. Read our review to see if it pulls it off!