Thursday, January 29, 2015

Legacy III: The Epic End to the Trilogy

So, about 2 months ago, I blogged about my Twitter tale that started with a Portal Games sale at BGGCon, and the awkwardness mess that ensued.

Long story short, I asked Ignacy to sign a game he didn't design (Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy), and ended up getting Imperial Settlers instead. Inside, however, Ignacy acknowledged my mistake in the only way he knows how.

I knew, then, what I had to do.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Exploding Kittens - A Follow-up

Shortly after my blog posting about Explosive Kittens, I got a LOT of great discussions in Twitter about the topic. I also found that I was unclear in the point I was making, and I'm here to clarify some of the misconceptions that arose from my opinionated blog article about this KS anomaly.

First and foremost, I'm a fan of The Oatmeal. Also, know that before I did my blog post yesterday, I followed The Oatmeal and clicked the "Remind me" star in the Exploding Kittens Kickstarter page.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Exploding Kittens, KS Surges, and a Worried Gamer

There's a Kickstarter campaign going on a card game called "Exploding Kittens," by Elan Lee and Shane Small. The game appears to be simple enough, having players avoid getting the exploding kitten and getting eliminated. By itself, it sounds like your common Kickstarter that would maybe gain some ground on its own, with the high probability that it would not fund.

This one, however, has artwork by Matthew Inman, the artist behind the popular The Oatmeal web comic. And everything blew up.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Making a Solo Variant so You Don't Have to Play Solo

Gamelyn Games recently closed out a poll in BoardGameGeek about what their next stretch goal should be for Tiny Epic Galaxies, a game currently in Kickstarter. The two choices were to either add a 5th player (the original game was up to 4 players), or to add a solo variant. Throughout the voting period, it was a close race, with the solo variant winning in the end.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Be The Special

Board gamers, can you imagine a moment in your life when the whole hobby looked completely foreign to you? When all you knew were the Hasbro and Parker Brothers roll-and-move games, when everything was simpler and more widely accessible? Now, in that moment, think...what was the catalyst that started you on your journey into this wonderful hobby? Who was it that reached out to you, invited you into their circle, and introduced you to the bevy of goodies that lay before you?

For me, I can recall three pivotable moments in my life.

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Within my close-friend radius, I'm probably the only "hardcore" boardgamer here. I'm fully aware of that trait, and proudly stand by it. And yes, most of the time I'm very alone in that regard. So I find solo variants all the time, to occupy what I would normally share with others.

Monday, January 5, 2015

I Miss NoBloMo. *Starts Typing Again*

I enjoyed last November's #NoBloMo, even though at times I struggled to find a topic to post.

At the same time, though, I was glad it was over because it was so exhausting.

So, let's compromise, shall we?

Happy Medium

I considered doing a "weekday" blog - 5 posts a week. But it was something I attempted before, and found myself floundering miserably in later weeks. A blog-a-day is doable, but it very nearly wore me down for much anything else.

So, let's see if I can do something 3 times a week. A Monday post to start the week, a Friday post to end it, and a third (or more) in between. That sounds doable! That way, I can provide some meaningful content to everyone without the incoherent dribble that sputters out of late postings.

How does that sound to you, guys?