The Blood of an Englishman

2016 Cardboard Edison Award Winner The Blood of an Englishman is a random-setup, open-information card game for two players aged 10 and up that takes about 30 minutes. One player takes the role of Jack, and his opponent plays the Giant, who is trying to capture Jack before he can run off with his gold, […]


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Posted by admin on April 6th, 2016 at 12:24 am

Judges’ comments on The Blood of an Englishman

“I loved this game. Very solid and fun game. The theme and mechanics are meshed perfectly. Great job!”

“I want this game now. If I were a publisher, I’d be signing this now. Great work.”

“Great integration of theme and mechanics. I think I played about four-and-a-half games. Both sides feel great, and really really distinct.”

“Everything about it is really tight and it always feels like you have many ways to try to win. Quick and clean.”

cardboard edison awardRead all about the award here.


Posted by Ludonautics on March 14th, 2018 at 11:22 pm




A gibbering mouther, one of my favorite post-Monster Manual 1st ed AD&D creatures.

(Erol Otus, from C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, TSR, 1980.)

The first published illustration of a gibbering mouther had to be by Otus.  I always thought there was some inspiration from Picasso here.  Maybe it’s the orientation of the highest mouths above the chaos, similar to the central horse in Guernica.

This is another classic piece available as a signed print through the Eye of the Beholder D&D art documentary on Kickstarter for one more day.