Monthly Archives: January 2015

Why the right answer to “You mean like Monopoly or Risk?” is “Yes.”

Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com is a pretty cool website most often focused on using data-mining to reveal some pretty interesting insights about life the universe and everything, write responsible articles about it, then have those responsibly written articles loaded into a … Continue reading

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An Even Weirder Review: Lagoon – Land of Druids

One of the things a good game does best is give you the sensation that you’re just barely competent. When you’re staring at the board, and you almost don’t find the move that will save you, but then you do … Continue reading

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An Even Weirder Review: Battle Merchants

Considering how many games have been made about the classic Tolkien-esque fantasy races mercilessly slaughtering each other, and the more-than-a-few games about the dungeon-building villains of those RPG stories, it’s frankly quite surprising we haven’t seen many games that explore … Continue reading

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There are no Gateway Games: Gateway Games and Tabletop Evangelism

Okay, maybe that headline’s a bit sensationalist, but hear me out. I’M SERIOUS. Quit typing! Just… just wait a second, okay? “Gateway Game” as a term seems to be used a lot to refer to light to medium weight games … Continue reading

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An Even Weirder Review – Bravest Warriors ENCOUNTERS!

So! First thing to mention: I hadn’t heard anything about this game at all, even though I actually BELIEVED that I had heard about it a long time ago. When I demoed this game at Dragon*Con 2014, I did so … Continue reading

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An Even Weirder Review – Star Realms

Oh, hey there internet! I probably didn’t see you there because I was too busy owning a copy of Star Realms, nyah nyah. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t appreciate the “How’d you manage to get ahold of … Continue reading

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An Even Weirder Review – Boss Monster

Alright, so I held off on reviewing this game for a little bit, and actually as I type this, I’ve traded my copy of the game away. That might lead you to believe this will be an entirely negative review, … Continue reading

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An Even Weirder Review: The Builders – Middle Ages

Okay, so this is kind of a microgame. I’ve heard it described as a Euro distilled into a card game, which I can sort of understand. I’ve also heard it described as worker-placement which is totally bunk, the game has … Continue reading

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An Even Weirder Review: Via Appia

I bought this game on a whim because of the gimmick. Not just because I thought it was cool, but because I thought it would be the kind of game that induces two kinds of interesting reactions from people. First, … Continue reading

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An Even Weirder Review: Hawken

A buddy of mine and I picked up both sets of Hawken on a whim the other day based on Tom Vasel’s glowing impression of it. Most of the time, games that try to combine strategy with real-time aspects seem … Continue reading

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