#gamerHanukkah: The Tally

Cold War

Ryan and I did our best to play games every night of Hanukkah. Though we did skip a night after I had a spectacularly bad day, we did end Hanukkah with an impressive tally of gameplay. As I mentioned earlier this Hanukkah, we played the card games Trifecta, and Romans Go Home. From there, we trotted out new finds and beloved classics on our quest to play a game for every night. For brevity, I'll only include games we successfully completed. Counting my last post, we did manage to hit our … [Read more...]

E’s New Favorite Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep (and Scoundrels of Skullport Expansion)

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For someone who is dating an award-winning board game designer, I have to admit that there aren't many board games that get me excited enough to want to play over and over again. I'm picky. Party games? Too goofy. Heavy games? Too many things to remember. Light games? Fun, but not enough to think about. That leaves a pretty small slice of board gaming that I enjoy. I love Lords of Waterdeep. A Vivid World and Story Attention was given to developing Waterdeep, its lords & ladies, and … [Read more...]

The Things We Leave Behind: Why?

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A long time ago (the 1990s), when I was a freshman in high school, I decided to carry a McDonald's Happy Meal plastic pumpkin pail as a purse/pencil box.  I have no idea what possessed me to do this, but I thought it was adorable and funny (baby irony, I suppose).  When it was no longer the Halloween season, I spotted a tin Sailor Moon lunchbox at a store I loved.  I carried some form of lunchbox for the remainder of high school. Even as I write this, I cringe.  I associate the lunchbox purse … [Read more...]

For a Few Board Games More

GreedQuest

I made it a goal to play more games in 2013, and that includes games I completely missed when they were released. This week is the newest installment of me widening my board game knowledge, and taking the whole board down with me. GreedQuest Designed by Joseph McEvoy Developed by Andrew Hackard Steve Jackson Games, 2004 The Stockholm Syndrome of games. This is how the group of friends I played with last weekend aptly summed up GreedQuest. In GreedQuest, 3-6 players fight … [Read more...]

Play Style: We Can All Get Along

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In the last year, I've begun to get back into board games after a long, hermit-like hiatus.  In doing so, I've begun to realize that there are two basic approaches to board games - and the differences between the two can affect your enjoyment of the experience, the games you choose to play, and even the company you choose to keep. Shiny Happy The first category is one I'm well-acquainted with, because it's my own play style.  As long as I can remember, I've never been someone who worried about … [Read more...]

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of holing up with friends and playing board games for hours on end. When I was just out of college, this sort of thing wasn’t a rare occurrence - I had many friends who lived only minutes away and it wasn’t hard to get a group together for Settlers, Lunar Rails or Rock Band. But that group has been scattered to the four winds, and I’ve been out of the board game loop. As such, the Battlestar: Galactica board game was new to me. The premise of the game is … [Read more...]

5 Games From Your Childhood To Play On Thanksgiving Afternoon

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It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and I hope you all are having a wonderful day! (For my readers outside the U.S., happy Thursday to you!) After the big dinner, and before the Black Friday shopping marathon, you’ve got a few hours to kill with the rest of the dinner guests. If you don’t care for football, you may be at a loss for what to do with all these people you may or may not know very well. I’ve written numerous game reviews, and last year even made a list of ten great games to … [Read more...]

Illuminati: A Classic Game Standing The Test Of Time

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In my year-long goal to play lots of new games, I’ve been trying games I thought I’d have no interest in. Appearances can be deceptive, after all, and since I’ve ended up liking a number of games I was sure I wouldn’t care for, I’m willing to give just about anything a try. So when our club was recently gifted a copy of Steve Jackson Games’ Illuminati, I was willing to give it a go. Illuminati is almost as old as I am (and I’m getting up there), but I’d never played it before, and neither had … [Read more...]

Gaming With Munchkins: The Challenges And Joys Of Kids At The Game Table

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Our game club hosted a game faire this past weekend, and by all accounts it was a rousing success (more about it in a future column). Faires and conventions are great places for gamers to have new gaming experiences, and this event was no exception. For me, this was the first time I did some serious gaming with kids, both as a player and as a GM. While my family and friends have made me an auntie many times over, I don’t have children of my own. I’ve spent a limited amount of time with … [Read more...]

Lots to Look Forward To: The Future D&D Products Announced at GenCon 2011

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If you’re like me, you’re gnawing your lip in frustration at the fact that you weren’t able to attend GenCon.  I would’ve loved to be there, but I was beyond swamped this year, so it didn’t manifest.  Maybe next year! Luckily, lots of people that were in attendance were kind enough to let us all know what went down.  Particular to my own personal interest every year is hearing what they announce for new products coming out in the year or so ahead.  While this list isn’t always perfect … [Read more...]