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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.

Top 5 BG Apps

I would like to talk about peripheral apps. The ones that help us play or navigate the world of board games. The ones that help me most anyway. The apps that I use almost every day either while playing games or between games while thinking about other games.

Spirits of the Wild

I have had this full review of Spirits of the Wild kicking around the hard drive for a long time now and figured I might as well put it up.

Episode 9: Story Telling

In this episode we chat about how board games tell stories. Designers have a lot of tools to work with when attempting to weave a story into their game. The components, the artwork, the mechanics and of course, the actual written narrative are all ways to convey a story to players.

Necromolds

Necromolds! Coming to KS. Finally a miniature game where you get to destroy the minis. Again and again and again. Maybe I am too excited about this idea.

Hasbro Makes a Move

Hasbro, who needs no introduction, recently announced they would begin phasing out plastic in all their new toy and game packaging. This includes shrinkwrap, poly bags, elastic bands, blister packs and so on. The new manufacturing policy will be sweeping across the whole of the Hasbro gaming portfolio from Monopoly to Magic the Gathering.

So, You’ve Been Eaten

Kwanchai Moriya, one of the most prolific and talented artists in the board game community with a list titles a mile long including beauties like Capital Lux, Cryptid and Bosk, posted on his Instagram feed the cover for a new game by Scott Almes (another prolific hero) called “So, You’ve Been Eaten” and being published by Ludi Creations. Naturally, this piqued my interests so I headed over to BGG to see what was what and what a treat.

Tapestry Revealed

Tapestry Revealed. Today’s e-newsletter from Stonemaier Games revealed the secret that has been lurking for so very long behind Jamey Stegmaier’s next game.

Love Losing

It is often said that the journey is more important than the destination. This small bit of wisdom can easily be seen traveling the world of board games. Playing the game is the journey. Winning or losing is merely the destination. It’s important to have a destination but the majority of the fun happens along the journey.

Ep 7 House Rules

Steve and I got together again to talk about board games. Surprised? This time we decided to get in on the house-rules conversation. Everybody gets around to this topic eventually so why not? Naturally, you can’t talk about house-rules without the nod to the hot mess that is Monopoly.