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Flashlights & Fireflies

So, I am definitely a little late to the table with this “review” as Flashlights & Fireflies was originally published in 2015 and is currently out of print (yet still available in places). Designed by Jeff Johnston the game was originally published by Gamewright Games. I started considering it for our daughter in 2016. She was four at the time. We didn’t actually get a copy of the game until 2019 and so I was worried we had probably missed the window for it since our daughter was now 7. I was wrong though.

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10 out of 2020 Part 2

Here is part 2 of my messy messy list of the Top 10 games I played for the first time in the very messy messy year of 2020. This part of the list might be a bigger mess than the first part. Ah well. Onward to 2021.

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Steve’s Top 10 Games of 2020

2020 has been a lot. Saying it’s been a tough year would be an understatement for some folks. For those of us who got by ok, there were still stressors that you couldn’t avoid. Despite the chaos, it was nice to be able to escape into a board game every now and then. So here my favourite “game getaways” that I enjoyed throughout this tumultuous year.

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Losers of Midgard

We are here for the vikings. In particular we are here for the Champions of Midgard. A game by Ole Steiness game from 2015 that combined worker placement and combat dice into a beautiful rich thematic gem of a table top adventure. The games central mechanic has players using workers rushing about their viking village running errands to get their warrior pals ready to battle Trolls and Draugr, and packing supplies to head over the sea on heroic journeys to fight mythical monsters.

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Interview: Jon Merchant

A short interview with Jon Merchant. An artist from Barrie, Ontario, who spends his days as a project manager for an IT Solutions company and spends his off-hours as an illustrator and graphic designer, designed the game “Squires for Hire” and also put together the adorable woodland art.

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Eila & Something Shiny

Eila and Something Shiny is a unique and clever solo experience. I had a blast playing this game and my 6-year-old had just as much fun watching my adventure with Eila. As an avid solo board gamer, this is one of my most highly anticipated games of the year. I can’t wait to continue adventuring towards the promise of “something shiny” this April when the game launches on Kickstarter.

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Squire for Hire

Jon Merchant’s Squire for Hire, published by Letiman Games,  caught my eye on Kickstarter for a couple of reasons. The first, as always, is the artwork. Hard to imagine a game getting traction on KS nowadays that doesn’t look good and Squire for Hire looks adorable. Anthropomorphized forest creatures, dressed up in their finest adventuring gear each with their own backpack crammed full of gear, and snacks.

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Board Game Expo 2020

YOUR FRIENDLY LOCAL GAME STORE IS WHERE IT’S AT!
I have been noticing pre-release announcements for games from a few publishers like Red Raven, Pandasaurus Games and Renegade that have been a little bit different. They all mentioned that this game (Deep Vents by Red Raven) or that game (Sonora by Pandasaurus) will be available at BGX on April 4.

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Ben Boersma, Darwin Games

I recently connected with Ben from Darwin Games over Instagram after we had both posted images of Crokinole boards a few days apart mentioning that we were each waiting 30 days for the topcoats of polyurethane to dry. His board was one he had built himself and painted to look like a giant eyeball from one of the Occulite creatures that live in his tabletop universe. Mine was a less impressive resurfacing of an old hand-me-down I had received.

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