About Me

Andrea Ligabue was born in Modena on 07/18/1972. Married with Serena Cavazza since March 2000, father of Catherine Ligabue from January 2001 and Francesco from December 2006. He lives in Modena, Via Alghero 7.

Boardgames expert, reviewers and journalist is trying to make his passion a full-time job offering his know-how to boardgames publishers and magazines

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Graduated from Liceo Classico San Carlo (Modena) in 1991 with voting 60/60, graduated in Chemistry from the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia in July 1997 with final mark 110/110 cum laude and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry at the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, in January 2002.

Since I was 16 years my hobby are games: board, card and role. I am member of Club TreEmme, the Italy’s largest and oldest gamer associatio (founded 1980).

Since 1998 I have worked actively for ModCon, the largest national event for players, which took place every year in September in Modena. I was responsible for the boardgames area. In the editions from 2002 to 2006 I also managed, along with others, the press office of the event. I was the head of the program for the 2008 and 2010 edition of PLAY: Game Festival, holding also in 2010 the role of Coordinator. I am a consultant staff for PLAY 2011.

I write articles and reviews for the major Italian portals such as La Tana dei Goblin (www.goblins.net) and International such BoardGameGeek (www.boardgamegeek.com). I am a member of the editorial staff of BoardGameNews (www.boardgamenews.com) the world’s most popular news portal for boardgames. I have the role of columnist from Italy, mainly writing news regarding Italian games and events that can be of international interest. I I also wrote a series of interviews with Italian designers named “Cosa Bolle in Pentola ?” … I have interviewed over 40.

I was a member in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 Jury for Personalità Ludica dell’Anno. I resigned from the jury in 2008 becaus I was a candidate for the award.

Since 2007 I am a member of the International Gamers Awards Jury, world’s most popular prize (after SDJ and DSP, the two German press) (www.internationalgamersawrads.net). I’m the first and only Italian to be part of this jury.

Runs from January 2008 a weekly column about boardgames on La Gazzetta di Modena, a local Italian newspaper.

Writing articles regularly for the magazine Game Master Magazine (published by Stratelibri) as long as it has existed and I write for Tangram, Counters, Games Alliance Report and (for the future) Win.

I am one of the founders and I’m part of the editorial staff of the free aperiodic magazine ILSA: Informazione Ludica a Scatola Aperta (www.ilsa-magazine.net).

I am one of the two authors of the project Ludoteca Ideale (www.ludotecaideale.it) and member of the jury.

I have collaborated on several chapters of the Almanacco del gioco da Tavolo published by Panini.

I lead a boardgames workshop in primary school since 2007. I have conducted, in collaboration with the Local Health Unit of Modena, dyslexic children playing sessions.

I’m a play-tester for most of the major Italian publishers and some foreign

I made the Italian translation of various boardgame rules including Sector 41 and Soccer Tactics.

I collaborated with the City of Modena, as an expert play, to create a card game 1099: Domus Clari Geminiani (the Duomo of Modena) and I served as project leader, alongside Martin Wallace, in the realization of the game Moongha Invaders published in 2010.

I held a course titled “L’Arte del gioco: corso per dimostratori di giochi da tavolo” (Art of the game: lessons for games demonstrators” in collaboration with the libraries of the City of Modena in January-February 2010 and will be the holder of the same course in 2011.

Manage Facebook page for PLAY: the Game Festival, International Gamers Awards, LEGO Games Italia, Club TreEmme. I manage the youtube channel LEGO Games Italia.

I realized for LEGO and other publishers boardgames video-tutorial (videospiegazioni).

With all these activities have direct contact with almost all the Italian authors and publishers in the industry, with many foreign authors and publishers and a large number of associations.