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…

Wednesday Night Gaming – August

Back on August 1st, my work dramatically changed our work schedules in addition to making changes to the pharmacy hours in general. Part of this was that my hours were cut from 40 to 32 hours a week on average which was quite the financial worry coming, as it did, with just a few weeks…

GWG Mind Your Mind Exchange

I’m a big fan of Greatway Games, not just of the podcast itself but also of the thriving Slack community they’ve built. Accessible to Patreon subscribers, the Slack features tons of opportunities to get to know fellow board game enthusiasts, including the occasional gift exchange. Run by Raf, using BGGs Secret Santa tools, I’ve participated…

Dashi (& Hiro) Omakase – September 2018

Here in Durham, Dashi offers amazing ramen in their downstairs ramen shop, plus delicious small plates and ramen in their upstairs izakaya (Japanese pub). They also can be booked by large groups for omakase experiences. Luckily for me, they periodically offer special nights where the upstairs dining area is full of people enjoying a themed…

July Round-Up and an Apology

I’ve been silent for a while over here, in fact for a month, and for that I’m sorry. My thought on games played at Origins have gone unfinished and other posts just haven’t shown up. Unfortunately I’ve had a hectic and stressful month over here with planned convention and vacation travel getting me behind. Then…

June Round-Up

So both this round-up & my collection post are late because I was in Alaska as the month ended, which quite frankly is the best excuse I’ve had so far. June was a month of travel between Origins and the aforementioned Alaska, but plenty of games made it to the table regardless. For a breakdown…

Coffee Break

There are a ton of people out there creating interesting articles and videos, putting them out for us to enjoy and not asking much, if anything in return. Here are some things I’ve enjoyed recently; check out the links and consider commenting or even buying someone a cuppa in return. Katie Aidley had an Origins…

Origins 2018 – The Board Games

Another Origins is over and I find myself laying on the couch with coffee, my laptop, and a hefty dose of Con Crud. I normally only get sick after cons where I flew so wasn’t expecting this, but given that I had a nasty cold shortly before leaving for Ohio, I guess the odds were…

Getting Ready for Origins 2018

It’s June and that means it’s time to start thinking about the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH. This year’s convention runs from Wednesday, June 13th through Sunday, June 17th which means I have just a couple of days left to gather together my stuff, pack some games (and clothes), and get ready for one…

May Round-Up

May was a month of highs and lows that ended up leaving me exhausted, stressed out, and desperately looking forward to June’s trip to Origins and Alaska. It opened with  a retro-themed game day, gaming with Mike while he was in town, and hosting a dinner for my work friends. After that was illness (boo),…