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4 games I am excited to play and why

14th February 2023 2

I play a lot of board games and have an open taste, always looking to discover new experiences and see how people are advancing the hobby. As a publisher, I find it fascinating to see the new ideas that come out each year, and I would like to discuss a few games I am excited to try.

Moku Tower

Moku Tower was first on Kickstarter a couple of years ago and I was lucky enough to discover it via a new version on Kickstarter.

The game itself is a fun looking dexterity game which I am keen to try, yet, what excites me is the balance between gameplay and modern art. Moku Tower is designed to allow you to leave components out on display in your home as it combines Japanese rock gardens with the Romanian infinite column.

Can you design a game that is beautiful enough to qualify as a piece of art to display in your home?

Tiny Epic Dungeons

Tiny Epic Dungeons is a game that is now available but I have not yet played my copy, which I need to rectify soon.

Dungeon crawlers are some of the biggest games in board gaming with giant boxes containing hundreds if not thousands of pieces. These games provide a grand experience that requires an investment in time, money, and shelf space.

Can a tiny box that’s a fraction of the size of these beasts offer a comparable experience?


When I first saw the images of Redwood I thought the game looked beautiful and as I discovered it’s story I was intrigued. You play the role of a photographer who is looking to take the perfect shots of the scenes around them. The game features templates that represent the area your photo will include that are displayed neatly on stands.

There are many games that let you play the role of a person, but what I love about this is how the game brings you down to the board level, making you look through your characters eyes.

Can a game make you feel like you are looking out of your characters eyes?

Hand-to-Hand Wombat

I’ve always enjoyed werewolf and other social deduction games that involve you sitting around a table and reading players by talking to them. What Hand-to-Hand Wombat does is they replace some of the discussion with a dexterity phase, effectively giving both teams something they need to physically achieve without others noticing.

Combing existing mechanisms in new ways is a great way to create something new and this combination sounds very appealing to me.

Will the dexterity phase add to the experience, or will it interrupt what I love most about deduction games?

Are there any games you are currently looking forward to playing?

Original photo of Moku Tower was taken by Louis Hsu.

Frank West

Frank West is a gamer and designer based in Bristol, UK. He published his first board game, The City of Kings, in 2018 and now works on other games and organising events in the local area. His goal? To design and publish games focusing on immersive themes, fun mechanics and beautiful components. If you have any questions or would just like a chat, feel free to get in touch at any time!


  • Sam Francis

    14th February 2023 at 9:04 pm

    I’m interested to try Hadrian’s Wall with multiple players. So far I’ve played solo and I wonder what it’s like with the minimal interaction (a type of trading) and the parallel competition.


    • Frank West

      15th February 2023 at 10:39 am

      I have heard good things about Hadrian’s Wall and hope to be able to try it soon – I’m also curious about how the multiplayer feels compared to solo.


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