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…

UnPub 8: A Mixed Bag

Last week I attended UnPub 8, four days dedicated to improving currently unpublished games through playtesting in Baltimore, MD. Games can be in any state of “unpublished” from an initial prototype to games that while under contract are still in a stage of development where playtester feedback is still valuable (ie. not already in production/on…

Granite Game Summit: In Review

Awesome photo from Sunday night dinner courtesy of Kimberly Well, I had grand plans to recap my time at the Granite Game Summit in a blog post full of stories and my impressions of the games played. However, the day I traveled back was well, hellish and then the days after that were spent getting…

Whose Turn January 2018 – Event Recap

I spent a very enjoyable Friday through Saturday at the Durham Convention Center playing games with a ton of great friends at the latest Whose Turn Is It Anyway. This is a smallish but ever-growing convention where the focus is purely on playing games – there’s a local NC game FLGS, Cape Fear Games, that…

Convention Prep – Whose Turn

This year’s Whose Turn Is It Anyway is being held at the Durham Convention Center from January 25th through 28th. I’ll be working on the first day of the convention, but will be there for the rest of the time, and I’m looking forward to getting a bunch of stuff to the table. I’m also…

TBGT 2017 Recap

I have the rest of my Top 100 posts to write and have gotten pretty far behind thanks to the last 5 days of amazing TBGT gaming. So for now I’m posting a quick recap of TBGT 2017 in the form of stats and superlatives. I may eventually recap some of the games played in…

TBGT 2017: Getting Ready

Last year I explained what That Board Gaming Thing is, so I’m just going to link to that post and then move straight onto my preparations for the upcoming five days of board gaming in Raleigh. Games I’m Taking to the Event One of the really useful resources that the event has is the games…

Collection Update: August 2017

Between Kickstarter fulfillments and picking up some good deals, I added some great games to my collection. I also pre-ordered a number of Gen Con releases that I’m looking forward to having in my hands once they finally hit retail. ADDED GAMES Caverna: Cave vs. Cave – Atomic Empire Concordia – Atomic Empire Fate of…

Small Updates

Since Twitter has been a bit of a fire hose recently, especially due to a number of extremely depressing and distressing news items, I’m gathering together some small items that might have gotten lost in the noise. Insert Here are donating 10% of their August sales to help Stephanie Straw (@InsertStrawHere) get her board game…

2018 Convention Plans

As 2017 draws to a close, and various ticket sites open up, it’s time for me to start thinking about gaming plans for next year. I’m lucky in that I have available cash for travel, a decent amount of annual vacation time, and a husband who doesn’t mind that I use it almost all for…

RUTHCon II Recap: In Summary

Personal Stats Individual Plays 25 Games Played 21 Games Learned 8 Games Taught 11 Games Won 9 Opponents Played 31 Game of the Con Mansions of Madness, Second Edition – playing with a great group AND the app cast to a big screen is an incredible experience that I’d love to have again. Least Favourite…