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The Board Game Grind

August 17th, 2014

Pile of Board GamesOn a recent episode of The Dice Tower podcast, Tom Vasel was answering a listener question about paring down one’s board game collection and he said that he had a huge problem getting rid of games.  Now granted, he’s a special case because he is a professional board game reviewer, he continually gets new games, usually review copies given to him by manufacturers, but I see the same thing going on in discussions on Google+ and other forums.  I have a solution to this problem though…


Game Review: Revisiting Smash Up

July 27th, 2014

Science Fiction Double Feature CoverWhile I’ve already done a review of Smash-Up, there are three expansions to the game and those add a ton of new gameplay options and fun to an already excellent game.

As I was recently in a position to try all of the expansions together in a couple of mega-games, I thought that I would revisit the mixed-up world of Smash Up and look at the three expansions and how they change the feel of this wonderful game.

Board Gaming: Competitive vs. Casual

July 13th, 2014

WinningI completely forgot to post this a while back, when I was still reading BoardGameGeek. Yes, believe it or not, there are tons of polls over on the BoardGameGeek forums and, as usual, people are strongly polarized.  It asks if people love to win games or hate to lose games.  Of course, I could say neither because winning and losing aren’t really why I play games.  I play to have fun.  Winning and losing don’t really matter so long as I have a good time.

Ever Have a Weird Dream?

June 2nd, 2014

dreamI had a really weird dream last night.  Well, not last night, from the perspective of when you read this, but last night from when I write it.  I dreamed that I was creating a board game and when I awoke, I had the whole thing in my head. The board.  The rules. The whole thing fully formed.  I wrote it down and I’m going to playtest it. Strangest of all, I suppose, is that it really does make sense and seems like a fun game, thinking about it now that I’m awake.

BoardGameGeek Gets Dumped

May 26th, 2014

BoardGameGeekToday, I deleted my account on BoardGameGeek and removed it from my list of forums, although by the time you read this, it will have been several weeks, at least, in the past.  It’s something I should have done long ago, I’ve written several times, far too often, truth be told, about how distasteful I found a lot of people over on the Geek and how little I really enjoyed being on there.  Finally, I had enough and I decided that my frustration at being around those idiots vastly outweighed any information or enjoyment I got.

Therefore it’s gone.

Board Game Review: World War Z

May 21st, 2014

World War Z

My oldest daughter really liked the original World War Z book by Max Brooks.  The same can’t really  be said for the movie, which I didn’t really care for, but we ended up getting her this a while back and never got around to playing it.

All that’s changed now, we’ve got a couple of games under our collective belts and now, it’s time for my review of World War Z: The Card Game.

Board Games: Why the Trends Aren’t Good

May 12th, 2014

DSCN1786As I said in my Wondercon recap, I went to a board game panel, led by Boyan Radakovich, in which he discussed the Tabletop Youtube show and how he thinks the board game industry is doing in the modern day.  According to him, this is a golden age of board gaming and he gives a bunch of information to support his claim. While there are things I certainly agree with him on, there are others that I do not.  I know a lot of this is opinion, but I’m going to use his own slides to explain why things could be, and should be, better in the board game arena.

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