January 10th, 2016
They just did a Dice Tower podcast where they talked about gaming hype and how that affects your decision to buy a game. A lot of people, especially people who are in the industry, really like hype, but I was a little surprised at how many people openly hate hype, especially with the prevalence of “the cult of the new” thinking in the hobbyist board game market.
So what do I think of hype? What the heck do you think?
November 24th, 2015
Every once in a while, The Dice Tower podcast has a good idea. It’s rare, frankly, I think they’re one of the worst offenders in this ridiculous “cult of the new” madness that has afflicted hobby board gaming, but occasionally, they hit a gem. A while back, Tom and Eric talked about games that they would never ever remove from their collections, even if they never played them again and I thought that was a really interesting topic, so here are my three games that are in my collection forever and ever, no matter what.
November 10th, 2015
I love boardgaming. I always have, I always will. There’s a semi-newfangled thing called “hobby board gaming”, where people get together and play games that are challenging, creative, sometimes that are based around certain designers, etc. It’s not people just sitting down to play Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit, or even Settlers of Catan, which is widely acknowledged as the beginning of the modern hobby board game revolution. I have absolutely nothing against any of those games, unlike some, I think they’re all still fun in the right settings, but there are some problems that I have with the hobby aspect, one right off the bat that I think is killing the whole thing for me.
July 28th, 2015
Not long ago, on The Dice Tower Podcast, there was a segment about how to interest non-gamers into playing board games and the final recommendation was not to overload new players with tons of requests to play games or you risk burning them out.
How about you just don’t be a gaming fanatic?
May 17th, 2015
It struck me recently, while listening to a board gaming podcast, that there is a significant difference between the modern board game hobby and a hobby that I’ve had for most of my life, playing tabletop role-playing games. I suppose I had known it for a long time but I had never really recognized it, although I think it is an important and significant divergence between the two otherwise similar hobbies.
That difference is, board games tend to focus on buying new games constantly, while RPGs focus on playing the same system almost exclusively for a long time.
March 17th, 2015
Honestly, I was certain I had posted a review of this a long time ago, but when I went looking to link it to my Forbidden Desert review last week, I couldn’t find it. Mea culpa! So I’m going to rectify that right now and give you a review for Matt Leacock’s “prequel” to Forbidden Desert, where you trying to survive a sinking island while searching for four treasures.
Race you for the airfield!
March 10th, 2015
A long time ago, I reviewed Matt Leacock’s cooperative board game, Forbidden Island and more recently, his classic game Pandemic, but I’ve had this one for a while and am finally getting around to posting a review.
This is Forbidden Island on steroids, a much more difficult task where you traverse the shifting sands, looking for the parts of your airship before the sun and the sand finally do you all in. Can you survive? Let’s see as we take a look at Forbidden Desert.
February 22nd, 2015
While I’ve seen a couple of episodes in Rodney Smith’s Watch It Played Youtube series, I had never listened to any of his Table Talk segments. He had one, pretty early on, about losing games and while I think he’s got a pretty decent perspective on it, it’s a perspective I don’t share.
Why? Because I couldn’t care less if I win or if I lose in tabletop games. I only care how fun the game is while I’m at the table.
January 29th, 2015
There are some games that are just wrong. They are tasteless, offensive and morally reprehensible. Oh, and they are funny, very, very funny. That’s the case with this game, Cards Against Humanity.
Essentially, it’s Apples to Apples with no moral compass. It’s a party game for adults where you try to come up with the funniest, raunchiest answer to questions. It’s quick to learn, easy to play and, with the right group of people, a lot of fun. But is it something that you should spend your gaming dollars on? Let’s see.
January 18th, 2015
This falls into my “holy crap, why didn’t I review this before?” list because I should have done it a while back but entirely forgot. It isn’t because Pandemic is a bad game, most certainly it isn’t, it just fell through the cracks like so many things do when I’m absurdly busy.
However, this classic cooperative game by Matt Leacock really does deserve my attention and my review, so here I go, saving the world, one cube at a time, here’s my take on Pandemic.