Monday, December 19, 2016

*Blows on Thick Layer of Dust*

*Cough, cough*

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*Picks up broom, starts sweeping.*

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Blogust #4: Board Games as Art

The Networks (Filter: Mononke)

Prisma is a nifty little artsy tool that takes your pictures and applies some beautiful artistic filters, making them seem more like lovely pieces of painted artwork. Give the app a try if you have the time. Below are some of my recent board game snapshots, along with the filters used. Have fun!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Blogust #3: Tips For Playing Solo

So, you want to play some solo games. Come on in! Take a seat. Don't be frightened, it's perfectly alright if you want to play some games by yourself. You'll find there's not many rules, but I've got a few pointers that may help. Relax, there are pictures!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Blogust #2: What GenCant Means to Me

Like previous years, I'll be participating in GenCant, the best four days of gaming for those that can't make it to GenCon, the best four days of gaming. But can I address something?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Blogust #1: It Begins...

All this month, I'm challenging myself and participating in Blogust, a whole month dedicated to just blogging. Or board games. Or blogging board games. So for each day, I'll (try to) blog about board games during Blogust.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

I LOVE...Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game

Guys, I have something to confess. I...have never really played The Castles of Burgundy.

*Mob collectively gasps*

Friday, May 6, 2016

Buying and Playing

Over the past couple of years, a lot of things influenced my board game purchases. Video reviews, blogs, podcasts, price points, gameplay, solo modes, themes, number of players, time length, rulebooks, component quality...many of which I've touched upon in some form or another here. But lately, the one thing that's dictating whether I purchase a game or not is one thing: whether or not it will be played at all?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Bad Game / A Good Story

Being a huge fan of dice games, I'm largely aware of the amount of luck that can occur in each game. Whatever your best laid plans are, the additional random variable of dice always gives that uncertain factor in each turn. But have you ever had a game where the dice became ruthless? I'm not talking about "low chance of success in Death Angel die," but a complete shutout, like in baseball. Pull up a chair, and let me tell you about a game two nights ago...

Friday, April 1, 2016

Playing Games Solo VS Becoming A Solo Gamer

Checking a board game to see if it has solo play has become second nature to me, and has been mostly the driving force behind my purchases lately. It's not only whether or not I'll enjoy a game, but how often can I take it down and play it on my own when I can't gather enough people to reasonably enjoy the game with others. However, a recent purchase decision has put that thinking to the test.

Repetitive Plays

Earlier this month, I sat myself and finally learned how to play La Granja solo. But instead of just playing it the one time for one night, I tried something different: I played again the next night.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

It's Not You, Kickstarter, It's Me

It's easy to claim that I just don't have the funds to put up front for Kickstarter projects, or even that a project doesn't appeal to me enough to contribute. For me, though, I feel it's deeper than that. I'm not sure what to say, other than I've grown out of Kickstarter. Or moreso, grown out of its marketing scheme.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I LOVE _______, A Segment Of Board Game Infatuation: Sylvion

There are A LOT of board game reviewers out there, and a lot of them employ very similar review styles - a quick overview of rules, final thoughts, verdict. That's all fine and good, and I have my own favorites in which ones to watch, but they all should be taken with an objective grain of salt. To me, reviews are only an aid to you and your own tastes. What is a treasure to them may not be a treasure to you, and it's important that you - yes, YOU - know what you like, or else you'll spiral into a never-ending money drain of what everyone else says you should enjoy.

Recently, I've re-assessed my board game purchase choices, boiling them down to one simple question: will I enjoy it? The same goes for the games currently in my collection because, obviously, I enjoy it in some form or another. But what, exactly, do I enjoy in each one that keeps me playing them? Each game in my collection has (or should have) that one spark that keeps calling to me, keeps me interested in bringing the game to the table. Here are some games that have that spark, and is usually the starting point in which I'd rattle on about why these games are my favorites. I've put them in a segment I like to call "I LOVE _______!"

[Please note - these are NOT REVIEWS; these are just reasons why I enjoy these games in my collection.]

Monday, March 28, 2016

A Blogging Test

Hello, folks!

Just thought I'd try something new here for a change. You see, this blog's been running for some time now (jeez, 2007??), and only recently has it mostly shifted gears towards board games. However, the lack of consistency is deteriorating, and it shows.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sleeving Cards: My Story

Everyone has a different opinion on whether or not to sleeve or not sleeve cards in board games. There are some valid points made for either end, and I respect every one of them. Rather than writing an article that highlights all these thoughts and views, I want to write what sleeves mean to me. It's not as simple as you'd think.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Generic "Best Games of 2015" Title Goes Here

I don't believe in "best games of the year" lists. Mostly because of the abstract naming of the list itself. It's really a biased list based on the plays the person who's compiling the list. When I come to terms with that, THEN I'm fine with reading these lists.

At first, I thought making my own wouldn't really benefit anyone else reading it. Given that my plays were very sparse and mostly solo, I honestly thought it would do no one good except for myself. But a number of people made a good point - that people read these lists to get a feel for others' choice and taste in games, not as anything "definitive," by any means. So, without further's mine. (Hint: The number of plays shown above is in no way an indication on how this list is ordered...much.)