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.


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Drew is a contributor to the Board Gamers Anonymous podcast. He's a curator by nature, compulsively reading and obsessively organizing what he's read. He's also been a gamer since the age of 3, which means he's been playing board games for... let's just say more than 40 years, and leave it at that...