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Steve Mackenzie

Steve has been playing role-play and board games since the age of 11, especially enjoying the social aspects of the hobby. He favours cards over dice and theme over mechanics. He is wary of all games that look like dry Euros. He also enjoys sweeping generalisations and judging books by their covers.

Steve was a teacher for 13 years, cramming board games in to his lessons when he could, but now resides in Denmark, where he counts himself lucky to be working for LEGO.

RPGs: 5,000 Shades of Grey

The notion of good versus evil is a very common dichotomy. It runs through just about every corner of society, shaping our …

Alchemists Box Cover

Review: Alchemists

Alchemist’s is a deduction game from Czech Games Editions, which utilizes Smart phone technology and worker placement mechanisms, where player’s take on …

RPGs: The ‘K’ Word

In this article, Steve considers the positive effect of Kickstarter on authors, designers and their crowd-funded RPGs.

RPGs: Reflections on Essen

“All gamers are born equal but some are more equal than others.” So I was yet another newbie attending this year’s Essen. …

RPGs: Bored with boards?

In this week’s RPG article, Steve takes a look at the distinctive differences between roleplaying games and board games, focusing on five …

RPGs: That Player Got Game

“Don’t hate the player.” Then again, it isn’t always the game’s fault either. This second article contains my observations of the certain …

RPGs: Origins

In this introductory episode of a new series on roleplaying, Steve Mackenzie takes you back to his origins as a role-player, and guides you …

Five Tribes Box Art

Review: Five Tribes

Designed by Bruno Cathala, Five Tribes builds on a long tradition of German-style games that feature wooden meeples. Here, in a unique twist on the …