The Best Lovecraft Experience

Top 20 Thursday On Thursdays, I take a look at a game in the top 20, talk about one aspect of the game that I believe helped it secure its spot in the rankings, and then mention a few titles you may enjoy if you liked the game of the day. Today’s game is perfectContinue reading “The Best Lovecraft Experience”

3 Board Game Apps Getting Me Through Covid

Wired Wednesday Covid has had a really interesting impact on the board gaming community. So many of us have had to give up or at least shrink our weekly game nights and a lot of that traffic has moved online. Tabletop Simulator and Board Game Arena have been seeing more users than ever before. I’veContinue reading “3 Board Game Apps Getting Me Through Covid”

All Tracks Lead to 18xx

Train Tuesday I talked to one of my friends on the phone today and we had a really interesting conversation about the trajectory of strategy board gamers. The argument is that no matter where you start in the hobby, if you enjoy deep strategy and critical thinking, you will ultimately end up playing 18xx. SomeContinue reading “All Tracks Lead to 18xx”

Game Mechanic Monday: Tech Trees

Game Mechanic Monday Heralded as the progenitor of 18xx games, Francis Tresham was one of the lead innovators of board game design in the 1970s-80s. In an interview I listened to it was so abundantly clear that this, however, wasn’t really his intention. Instead, he just very much wanted to play games that were interestingContinue reading “Game Mechanic Monday: Tech Trees”

Game Round Up | 9.21-27

What I’ve Been Playing Sunday Well it’s been a slow week for Board Gaming but I’ve got a couple game nights on the calendar for this upcoming week. Yet, to be fair this is basically what Covid has looked like for me. Gloomhaven with my wife and 18xx online with my buddies. Gloomhaven What toContinue reading “Game Round Up | 9.21-27”

A Quick Guide to Cataloging Your Board Game Collection

Collection Strategy Saturday The first step in successfully curating a board game collection is cataloging the titles that you’ve already acquired. I started building my board game collection in 2009. The first game in my collection was Smallworld. I was living in the residence hall during my undergraduate studies and I am pretty sure IContinue reading “A Quick Guide to Cataloging Your Board Game Collection”

18Chesapeake Strategy Guide | Game 2

I’ve been writing a bunch of strategy blurbs for 18xx and am starting to combine them into a guide for beginner’s. One of my friend’s asked for some game 2 advice, so this is what I wrote. So you’ve made it through your first game of 18Chesapeake, which was quite possibly your first game ofContinue reading “18Chesapeake Strategy Guide | Game 2”

When Birding and Board Gaming Collide

Top 20 Thursday On Thursdays, I take a look at a game in the top 20, talk about one aspect of the game that I believe helped it secure its spot in the rankings, and then mention a few titles you may enjoy if you liked the game of the day. Today’s game includes flockContinue reading “When Birding and Board Gaming Collide”

5 Reasons to Play the New Gloomhaven Video Game

When it comes to Gloomhaven, I was a little late to the party. A friend of mine backed the original Kickstarter, but after playing a couple times, we were unable to find a time to get the group together to really dive into the campaign. I could see the brilliance behind the card play system,Continue reading “5 Reasons to Play the New Gloomhaven Video Game”

Introducing the Board Game librarian

Hidden behind a door in the guest bedroom of our Seattle town home, there is a walk-in closet that houses my board game library. The closet is quite small and if you are standing in it you can’t really close the door, but it is easily one of my favorite spots in the whole houseContinue reading “Introducing the Board Game librarian”