Strategy and guides for your favourite games by critic Erik Twice. Learn how to improve as a player and how to beat even the toughest competitors.

How to play boardgames faster

How to play boardgames faster

Many boardgame players wish they could play faster. While there’s nothing wrong with playing at a relaxed peace, many feel their enjoyment is reduced by taking too much time. Furthermore, there are players who would like to play in a competitive environment but fear not being able to keep up with the strict time requirements.

The good news is that fast play is a skill. It can be taught, practiced and learned. In this guide, I’ll provide basic tips for those who want to improve and become a faster player.

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MTG: Why is Grim Monolith broken?

Most Magic players are aware of the power of fast mana. Being able to play more, better spells earlier than you normally would be able to is a huge advantage, to the point that cards such as Mana Vault, Lotus Petal and the Moxen have ended up being banned for it.

But there’s one card in this group that has never gotten as much respect as the others and that’s Grim Monolith. Is it truly that powerful? And if so, what makes it fly under the radar so much compared to other similar cards?

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Netrunner: How to play online with Jinteki.net

It may have never been officially supported by Fantasy Flight, but Android: Netrunner has a very active online play community. Centered around Jinteki.net, a fan-made website where everyone can join up and play, this community represents a great opportunity to play a little bit more and against larger variety of opponents.

In this article I’ll explain how to join Jinteki.net and how to navigate its interface to interact with the community, build decks and play. Let’s begin!

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Terraforming Mars: The best cards in the game

Cards are the heart of Terraforming Mars and understanding them is the key to win. But each one of them is unique and they interact in subtle, different ways. It’s often difficult to gauge exactly how good a card will be in a given game and often cards we thought would be standouts end up not panning out.

But there are some cards that I know I can always count on. Cards so versatile or so useful that will make a game easier or give me a much needed boost. They are the nine best cards of Terraforming Mars:

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