#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...]


2013 has been the year of trying new games. Since my fiance and I are trying to play at least one game for every night of Hanukkah, the recent card game adventures we've been having are ones I wanted to share with you. As an added bonus, these are games you can play with just about anyone; they also become a lot more fun when you start strategizing.   Fish Cook Cheapass Games.2-6 Players. Time to play: 45 Minutes. $15. In Fish Cook, the players are chefs competing against each … [Read more...]

The Quiet Year

Start Game

Though I backed Joe Mcdaldno's game The Quiet Year when it was on IndieGoGo, my first opportunity to play it was this past weekend. With one player who'd been through the game before, and two of us coming to it new, we set out to start our quiet year. The game exists in a really interesting space, and I want to unpack that for people who haven't played yet. In The Quiet Year, you and your players are part of a GM-less game about community after civilization as we know it is gone. You've been … [Read more...]

Gen Con: The Games I Saw


Fate Leonard Balera, Brian Engard, Jeremy Keller, Ryan Macklin, Mike Olson Evil Hat Productions Purchasable online My introduction to Fate was a two hour gonzo affair, where three people present had worked on Fate, and two of us had never played before. I think I fell in love  with Fate during the session, and I'm looking forward to playing it more in the future. The Aspects really helped me keep my character in mind, the Fate points didn't feel like a resources management mini-game, … [Read more...]

The Quiet Year


The Quiet Year, Joe Mcdaldno Joe Mcdaldno has successfully taken more than three games from initial genesis to physical form, making him the kind of crazy that enriches our lives and complicates our gaming vocabularies. I've publicly denounced, scorned and otherwise expressed extreme dislike for most post-apocalyptic narratives, particularly in games. But Joe's game Monsterhearts caused a number of complex, emotional and intense reactions on my part. So, when the IndieGoGo for The Quiet Year … [Read more...]

Cards Against Humanity: Filthy and Funny


This year at PAX East, I spent quite a bit of time in the Tabletop Gaming section.  Yes, there was the required game of Battlestar: Galactica, but probably the most fun I had was playing a card game a friend had brought: Cards Against Humanity.   Turns out, my table wasn't the only one busting out this game; pass a table with some particularly cackling laughter, and chances are they were playing Cards Against Humanity too.  And at least a dozen people stopped by my table to ask, "Hey!  Where … [Read more...]

In the Cards: A Review of Ascension for iPhone and iPad

Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer

One downside of doing QA in the video game industry is, of course, the slightly grueling experience of crunch time, where testers are expected to put in long hours and late nights in a rush to get the final product out the door. As I am currently in the middle of said crunch time, I sadly have not been able to give much thought to anime, manga, or the blog articles ruminating on such. Hopefully things will return to normal in a few weeks and you can all enjoy your regularly scheduled geeky … [Read more...]

Illuminati: A Classic Game Standing The Test Of Time


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...]

Great Gift, Little Package: 7 Awesome Stocking Stuffer Games


Have you noticed how Christmas stockings are getting bigger and bigger as the years go by? That’s just an observation, definitely not a complaint! The bigger the stocking, the more goodies Santa can put inside. It’s very true that sometimes, the best things come in small packages, and it’s always fun to see what little treasures that stocking contains on Christmas morning. If you’re playing Santa this year, add a few games to your list of stocking stuffer possibilities. There are tons of … [Read more...]

Top Ten Games To Break Out For The Holidays

Ticket to Ride Europe

With Halloween 2010 in the books, we are firmly entrenched in the holiday season. That means lots of visits with friends and relatives over the next few months, and that in turn means lots of people to keep entertained. Food, fellowship, and football will only keep everyone happy for so long. It’s easy to resort to zoning out in front of the TV, but it’s far more fun and sociable to clear off the table and bring out some games. Which games do you offer as an evening’s entertainment to your … [Read more...]