Board Games at the Beach 2017

For the last couple of years, Cape Fear Games in Wilmington, NC has dedicated the last weekend in April to running a local gaming event called Board Games at the Beach. This year will be their third year running the event and I haven’t missed one yet. It’s already a can’t-miss part of my yearly…

Granite Game Summit: Summary & Superlatives

The Granite Game Summit was an amazing weekend – here I break it down by the numbers, award some gaming superlatives, and finally, at the bottom, I’ve provided links to all of my other Granite Game Summit posts. Games Played: 17 Games Learned: 9 Games Taught: 5 People Played With: 22 Animal Friends: 4 New-to-Me…

Granite Game Summit: Saturday & Sunday

On Saturday morning I woke up at 7am, groaned at the time, and went back to sleep. Unfortunately this resulted in my not making it out of bed until 10:30 which was later than I had hoped. I quickly got ready and messaged Bill to see if he wanted me to bring him a Chai…

Granite Game Summit: Friday

I wrote last week about being excited to attend the Granite Game Summit in Nashau, NH. Now that I’m back home, and back to work, it’s time to talk about just how fantastic a time I had last weekend. For some ridiculous reason (ie. I wanted to get as much gaming time as possible), I…

Looking Forward to the Granite Game Summit

This weekend I’ll be making my first foray into the wilds of New Hampshire, looking for games and friends. Given that I’m actually headed for the Courtyard Marriott in Nashua to attend the Granite Game Summit, it probably won’t take too much searching to find them, but I guess that depends on how well Patrick…

UnPub 7: Summary & Statistics

UnPub 7 is over and I’ve written thousands of words about how amazing it was – but here’s a quick breakdown of my weekend in Baltimore, followed by links to ALL my UnPub 7 posts. Prototypes played: 17 Released games played: 0 Games played from my list pre-UnPub: 8/14 People played with: 29 People I…

UnPub7: The Community

UnPub is an amazing event in terms of the feel. Everyone is incredibly welcoming and eager to introduce themselves at all times, not just when attempting to rustle up playtesters. People don’t mind you watching them play a game as you try to get a feel for it and will even explain what they’re doing…

UnPub 7: Sunday & Monday

I had been super interested in getting to play Daniel Newman’s Step Right Up but by the time both I was free and the table had space on Saturday, my brain was getting fried. So we made plans to play at 10am Sunday which meant I knew exactly where I’d be starting the last day….

UnPub 7 – Saturday

While discussing with Jessica Wade what games we were interested in, we’d both mentioned Favelas by Chris Bryan. Walking over to the event on Saturday we decided to head for his table as soon as the doors opened to playtesters and so Favelas was our first game of Saturday. It’s a gorgeous tile-stacking game themed…

UnPub 7: Pre-Gaming and Designer Day

Pre-UnPub Gaming with Eric I met up with Eric Booth at our local FLGS to play some games on Thursday afternoon. After grabbing lunch, we started with a game of Roll Player. I rolled up a Savage, Free-Spirited, Halfling Thief and was extremely successful doing so, successful enough to take the win. I continue to…

UnPub 7: the Games I Want to Play

There are a ton of interesting games that will be shown off and tweaked during the upcoming UnPub weekend, but as always, there are a few that have caught my attention as I prepare for the trip. Based on the UnPub program so far, these are the games currently on my radar, organized by table…

UnPub 7: Getting Excited

Last year I attended my first big UnPub event at the Baltimore Convention Center and had a really good time despite making a few rookie mistakes. I enjoyed it so much in fact, that when they announced the dates for UnPub 7 to the designers & VIP playtesters, I immediately purchased my 2017 badge there…