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8 Minutes til The End of Eldritch Concordia

In what will probably be a vain attempt to catch up and stay on track here on ye olde blogge, now I'll talk about the next couple of game nights that I managed to attend... << MORE >>

Adventure in Caveman Dystopia

Whoops... Sorry to have fallen off the planet for a couple of weeks there. I didn't mean to do that, but work's been crazy, and in just one week, I had two funerals and a 6-year-old birthday with its ensuing party going on in my personal life. So I'll consider myself lucky that I just got to play a few games over the last month or so. Oh, and I totally dropped the ball on the name of this post. I came up with the title after one week of game night, but then added in a second week later on since it had happened as well. But try as I might, I wasn't ever able to come up with a revised title that I liked nearly as much as Adventure in Caveman Dystopia. Heck, if that were a game, I'd be all for that. I'm sure there would be lots of crazy hijinks going on in a caveman dystopia, especially if you were adventurers there. But I guess, really, any society of cavemen would probably be pretty dystopic. Okay, that's enough pent-up tangential rambling, so why don't I actually get on with the game content...<< MORE >>

Picture of the Week(s) - Concordia

No, I'm not dead. I've been busy, but I've also been playing games. And one of the new ones I've played recently is the non-rondel Mac Gerdts game, Concordia. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and I also thought that it was absolutely beautiful. The colors are just brilliant, and I rather like the chunky meeple/shipeeple look...<< MORE >>

Caylus Loves to Bang Madeira!

I was doing pretty well with keeping up there for a few weeks, but now I once again find myself waaay behind in my game night reports. I'm not going to try and get it all back in one fell swoop, but I will combine a couple of game nights that have a similar theme: that of containing one big, meaty game... << MORE >>

Picture of the Week - Madeira

I'm going to be quick this time around and just get my Picture of the Week posted. It's from my first play of Madiera, which is a heavy-ish eurogame about producing goods, selling them, and shipping them to colonies...<< MORE >>

Meeple Contest Answers...

As I promised in yesterday's podcast, here are the answers to the Meeple collage contest...<< MORE >>

Exploring Games, Episode 22: Exploring The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

This episode is all about the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. This is a game that I've had a lot of strong and contradictory feelings about ever since I first heard of it. But now after playing it nearly 30 times, I feel ready to dispel some myths, explore the reality of what the game does and does not do, and then finally share my opinion about how I have been able to settle my ambivalence concerning it...<< MORE >>

Picture of the Week - Caylus

Last week, I managed to fill in one really big gap in my modern boardgaming experience by playing Caylus for the first time. And in processing the images from that game, I found that the colors of the pieces were very hard to balance, where the pictures either looked too dim or they would become oversaturated when I brightened them up. So this prompted me to try some of the filters in my editing software to kind of sidestep this problem...<< MORE >>

Nanuk on the Road to Great Heartland Adventure

Wow, where did the last week go? Between a big project at work and just another busy week with the kids and all, I haven't had any time at all to write or record much of anything. And I have to admit that I was a little distracted for a couple of days surrounding the long-awaited creation of the Acute Care page on BGG and a very unexpected mention on BGG News. But finally, I find myself here with a few minutes to go back through what I played at game night a couple of weeks ago... << MORE >>

Exploring Games, Episode 21: Exploring Nanuk and a Contest!

Once again, it's been a while, so a huge portion of this show is dedicated to just talking about games that I've been able to play recently. But I also do a couple of other things, like call some more attention to my ongoing contest to win copies of Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia and Nanuk. And speaking of Nanuk, I then go on to do a detailed review of it and hopefully stoke your desire to enter the contest! Lastly, my voice gives up the ghost before I can get around to reviewing Trains, so we'll have to save that for next show...<< MORE >>

Picture of the Week - The Great Heartland Hauling Co.

Yeah, I know I've used pictures of The Great Heartland Hauling Co. before as my Picture of the Week, but you just have to go with what looks best sometimes...<< MORE >>

Glass Train Baron

Game night is a pretty fluid thing, and the experience I have each week is so totally dependent on the sub-group that I happen to fall into. This time around, I was joined by Chip and Stacy all evening for what turned out to be a "eurogame" extravaganza...<< MORE >>

Exploring the Idea of Replayability

When it comes to evaluating boardgames these days, one of the main aspects that tends to be discussed is replayability. Now, I would argue that unlike movies and books and many other forms of media, games are inherently meant to be played and experienced more than once. Replayability is, therefore, a concept that encapsulates how well a game supports and encourages this repeated play...<< MORE >>

It's Friday, so why not start a CONTEST!!!

I've been looking for a good time to start this, but then I just figured "what the heck, it's Friday", so we're gonna get started with it anyway...<< MORE >>

Koi Rampage thru Underground Spyrium Pond

January is shaping up to be a really bad month for game nights. For some reason, Tuesday has been the official "dump winter weather on central North Carolina" day of each week lately, so I've only gotten in one and a half regularly-scheduled game nights so far this month. But what I have been able to attend has been pretty great, so let's get right to it! << MORE >>
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