Updating my Pull List

It’s time for a confession. I’ve been struggling to keep up with all the single-issue comics coming into the house, and the result was that it got so overwhelming that I just stopped reading comics. So now I have stacks of comics to read in order to catch up. I’ve trimmed down my pull-list over…

The Five By – Mercado Review

This review was recorded and originally released as part of Episode 72 of the Five By. You can follow that link to hear it plus four other reviews of games we’ve been enjoying at our (sadly imaginary) podcast HQ, or continue reading for the non-audio version. Apologies for slight differences between the two– minor edits…

Making a Game Day Menu

Last Sunday, we were having my parents over for an afternoon of games and Indian take-out. The plans had been in place for a few weeks but we hadn’t discussed any particular games to play, so a few days before, I found myself starting to brainstorm ideas during quiet moments at work. My parents, especially…

The Five By – Episode 72

Episode 72 of The Five By released this morning featuring myself and four of my co-collaborators talking about games we’ve been enjoying. Of the games I didn’t review, two were games I’d played, one was a game I’d almost backed on Kickstarter before deciding against, and one was a game I’d never heard of. First…

Origins 2019 – Getting Ready

Next week we’ll be heading off to Columbus, OH for the Origins Game Fair, the one larger convention I attend every year, and the only convention Kit attends. Unlike previous years, I haven’t been keeping up with release announcements thanks to work and travel craziness, so I’m going in fairly uninformed and hoping to enjoy…

Carpe Diem – My Upgrades

If you listened to Episode 56 of The Five By, you heard my thoughts on Carpe Diem. If you didn’t, then the basic gist is that I really like the game but certain production decisions are frustrating and can negatively affect gameplay. As a result, I’ve made a few upgrades to my copy, and I…

SALTCon – Day Four

Sunday at SALTCon is a startlingly quiet day, likely due to many locals having commitments on the Sabbath. Mike was wrangling his kids that morning too, so after packing up and checking out of the hotel, I had to time to rest and write in the sunshine. I’d stopped by hoping to buy some of…

SALTCon – Day Three

Saturday at SALTCon was another chill start as I took full advantage of the hotel’s comfy bed. But I finally made my way to the con and meandered around getting my bearings. As I wandered, I came across Rob finishing up another test of The Grand Museum and grabbed a seat at the table to…

SALTCon – Day Two

Day two of the con was a slower start as I lay in bed and wrote up day one. Eventually however I had to get myself going, grab coffee, and head for the convention. I was on my own for the morning so I decided to wander the Exhibitor hall again now that people were…

SALTCon – Day One

I woke up bright and early on Thursday for Day One for SALTCon, well, I say “bright and early.” In all fairness, it was early due to my being on Eastern time and I will never be described as bright is it’s before noon; but I was awake. After some time chilling in bed with…

SALTCon – Day Zero

It’s Wednesday evening and I’m crammed into an airplane seat trying to find a way to be comfortable without invading the personal space of those around me. Which given that the seat back in front of me is fully reclined and thus preventing me from even opening my laptop fully in order to type, well…

Whose Turn 2019: In Summary

I may not have been able to attend the first day of Whose Turn but that doesn’t mean I didn’t make the most of this local gaming weekend. here’s how it all shook out for me: 3 days involving 17 plays of 16 games With 15 different players, consisting of 6 new-to-me titles, and 7…