Author - Andrew Holmes

I’m a husband, father, scientist, poet and, of course, gamer who lives in Wales, works in England and owns a Scottish rugby shirt. When I’m not working or playing board games I write scientific haiku (Japanese micro-poems) and I run the website The Sciku Project for sharing the latest research discoveries through the medium of haiku – stop by, discover something new and contribute if you’d like!

I’ve always played board games, with the ‘classics’ a staple entertainment in my family my whole life. More recently I stumbled onto the modern board game phenomenon, through the gateway drug of Carcassonne. I love how board games bring people together, for me they are a medium for enjoying time with family and friends.

Since joining Meeple Mountain in early 2018 I have written board game and app implementation reviews (e.g. AuZtralia and Istanbul: Digital Edition), satirical articles (e.g. The Collectable Collectable-Living Card Games Game), a Top 6 list (Tips for Balancing Board Games and Babies), a convention report (AireCon 5), and interviewed Kickstarting game designers (From Game to Campaign).

I have also contributed to communal pieces, including First Take Fridays, Expansions of 2018 and Monopoly Memories. Two of my articles have been mentioned by Tom Vasel on The Dice Tower’s Board Game Breakfast (Harry Potter Miniatures Game to Feature 9 ¾ Sided Dice mentioned very briefly here and In Defence of Monopoly: Why a Toxic Attitude is Bad for the Hobby mentioned here), but I am most proud of my Hare & Tortoise review/article/reflection on board games, life and progress.

I’ve gone for the desert island approach for my Top 6 board games and as a result there’s a balance of game types in my list. Victims of this selection method include Village, Dale of Merchants, Istanbul and Caverna – I feel guilty for leaving them off.

  1. Carcassonne
  2. Backgammon
  3. Suburbia
  4. Scrabble
  5. Escape: The Curse of the Temple
  6. Tales of the Arabian Nights

Recent Articles & Reviews by Andrew Holmes

New Spiel des Jahres Award Announced

The Spiel des Jahres, the board game industry’s most esteemed award body, has announced a new category for this year’s awards: The SdJ Reviewer Prize. The new annual prize is intended to recognise the hard work of individuals...