1846: The Race for the Midwest: A good introduction into 18xx

1846: The Race for the Midwest: A good introduction into 18xx

This review of 1846: Race for the Midwest was featured on Episode 54 of The Five By.  Check out the rest of the episode, which also features Otys, Wingspan, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and Gizmos. If the world of 18xx is something you’ve been interested in but never knew where to start, check out 1846: …

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Promenade: Deck building with an artful twist

Promenade: Deck building with an artful twist

I recently made a jump back into deck-building games, rediscovering old classics like Dominion and playing new favorites like Paperback. It’s not that I disliked deck builders, but rather games with other mechanisms would often hit the table first. For those unfamiliar, a deck-building game is a card game where construction of a deck is …

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Top 10 games I played for the first time in 2018

Top 10 games I played for the first time in 2018

When I started writing this post, I looked back at my 2017 list, and I had to laugh because I was so optimistic that 2018 would be less rage-inducing than 2017. This past year was still rage-inducing in regards to the outside world, but there definitely was plenty of moments of pure joy for me …

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BGG Con 2018: Another excellent time in Dallas

BGG Con 2018: Another excellent time in Dallas

Holy forkballs! It’s December already! Where did November go? Man, it’s been a busy, fun, amazing few weeks, and now that I’ve had some to come up for air, let’s talk about all the gaming I did at BGG.  This is my fifth consecutive BGG Con, and my fourth year volunteering for Team Geek. If …

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Lisboa: A Masterpiece from Vital Lacerda

Lisboa: A Masterpiece from Vital Lacerda

This review of Lisboa was featured on Episode 46 of The Five By.  Check out the rest of the episode, which also features Mr. Jack, Lords of Waterdeep, Apocrypha and KLASK. Lisboa is a game published by Eagle-Gryphon Games, designed by Vital Lacerda, with gorgeous artwork from Ian O’Toole. It plays 2-4 players, and even …

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Snakes and Lattes Tempe opens in Arizona

Snakes and Lattes Tempe opens in Arizona

Around the corner from downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue and across the street from Arizona State University on Sixth Street, a new board-game cafe recently moved in: Snakes and Lattes. Snakes and Lattes is a board-game cafe chain from Toronto, Ontario, in Canada, and it has opened its first U.S. location in Arizona. Snakes and Lattes …

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RinCon Games 2018: Panels, Women’s Space, A Drink Surprise

RinCon Games 2018: Panels, Women’s Space, A Drink Surprise

This past weekend was RinCon down in Tucson, which is a two-hour drive from Phoenix. Last year, I was only able to attend for one day. This year, the convention invited me to be a special guest, and I got to speak on some panels regarding subjects that are near and dear to me! How …

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