Atomic Game Theory is a YouTube show hosted by Richard Malena. Malena uses conflict theory and math to explain interesting choices in designer board games. There are only three episodes so far, but they cover some great games: Dominion, Sheriff of Nottingham, and Lords of Waterdeep. Richard is a pleasant host and the writing displays clear, […]
For my birthday, my sister gave me Timeline: Americana. The games in the Timeline family are all trivia games where you need to know (or estimate) the year in which significant events took place. You can learn the game in less than a minute, play it in less than 15, and smack yourself in the head several times […]
For my birthday, my parents gave me Mice and Mystics. It’s a role-playing-game-in-a-box where several adventurers have been turned into mice to escape the wrath of the evil Venestra. You battle against roaches and rats instead of owlbears and manticores. Unforunately the next-to-last tile had a tough encounter and we couldn’t keep our mice from being captured. […]
A wonderful thing you can do to enhance the gaming experience is to play music appropriate for the game’s setting. This is true of both board games and role playing games! Matt Mercer, the dungeon master for Geek and Sundry’s twitch show Critical Role uses a masterful selection of music to set their environments and situations. Critical […]
I absolutely love playing board games with friends. We invited a bunch of people over for games last night. We also played Forbidden Desert by Matt Leacock, Star Trek: Catan by Klaus Teuber, and 7 Wonders (with the Cities expansion) by Antoine Bauza.
As socially inept as I can be, one thing I’ve learned to do as an adult is convince people to come to my house and play games. Here’s a hint: food is key. Normally this consists of board games. Folks ready to come over earlier get to play a couple games [usually] under and hour […]
David Cain made a post today on Raptitude.com that really struck with me: She said that for years, a colleague of hers (Peter Gzowski?) insisted on making frequent trips to a remote cabin up North, where he spent the time chopping wood, reading books and walking with his dogs. When she asked him why this […]