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…

Whose Turn 2019 – Preparing

2019’s convention gaming is starting up next weekend with Whose Turn Is It Anyway, a super local event for me given that it’s held 10 minutes from me at the Durham Convention Center. As it draws closer, I’ve been making some lists of what games to take and which to look out for chances to…

Targi Upgrades

As mentioned in my recent review (find it on The Five By or in written form here), I had been musing about replacing the resources in my copy of Targi. I decided the other day that I was just going to go ahead and do so, quickly googling options. The only Targi-specific upgrade set I…

Five By Review – Targi (Episode 47)

Hello Five By listeners (and blog readers), it’s Ruth here, fresh from a day playing a lot of new releases and ready to talk about a game that well, isn’t. First published in 2012, Targi was one of the first specifically two-player games to capture my attention. Previously I preferred playing games with more versatility,…

Wednesday Night Gaming – Nov 7th

Last night was our weekly game night. Kit was out in his shop building furniture with a friend and so we ended up with four or five people as the night went on, creating a perfect scenario to get some new games to the table that could accommodate all present. First up, Eric pulled out…