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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Building pyramids in Mexica, and a new podcast!

Building pyramids in Mexica, and a new podcast!

Two entries in one week? Well, folks, I have some news! I’ve joined a group of talented folks on their podcast, The Five By, and today is my first episode with them. Go subscribe! Each episode is about 30 minutes, where 5 different co-hosts give 5-minute game reviews. I’ll also be posting the podcast episodes …

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Friendly Local Game Store: Isle of Games

Friendly Local Game Store: Isle of Games

This profile on Isle of Games is part of an ongoing series about Friendly Local Game Stores I’ve visited. Read other profiles here.  I have some friends originally from Tucson who now live in Phoenix, and they’re always talking about a great store down in Tucson. Last year, while I was in Tucson for RinCon, (which …

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Love National Parks? Let’s go Trekking!

Love National Parks? Let’s go Trekking!

Growing up, my family would take lots of road trips to various points of interests, national parks and other cool locales. We all would even camp at Yosemite for an entire week during our summer vacations. For years, I was the sole setter-upper for my family’s tents. I actually had my own tent growing up, …

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