Randomized: August 2017

I’m just going to ramble a bit today. In the last month I’ve played three games and a couple of sessions of Dungeons and Dragons, so I don’t have a lot to talk about game-wise. If you are curious, I played 7 Wonders Duel a couple of times, and I tried a solo run through Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective. I also had a chance to play the Apocrypha Adventure Card Game, but didn’t explore it deeply enough to write about it. My Dungeons and Dragons campaign is winding up to a point where we can hit the pause button for a few months. I think I’ve been the Dungeon Master for almost two years now, and I’m looking forward to a little break from those creative duties.

The State of Gaming

I want to take a minute to thank all the wonderful people I’ve met through gaming over the years. Everything is so ugly and negative these days, and I don’t mean to diminish the issues facing our nation. We are definitely in a bad place right now. I was just thinking a few days ago of all the nice people I’ve met and all of the great friends I’ve made through gaming. Some of them have become my best friends, people who make a difference in my life on a regular basis. Others are friends that I may not get to see very often, but I still celebrate their friendships. I think there’s something special about people who play board games. They’re smart. They tend to be quirky and opinionated. They trash talk each other but still play by the rules, because they know that someday they may sit down with each other again.

What’s in the Works

I’ve got a few things cooking right now.

  • I am working on a badge system so that people who comment regularly or otherwise contribute to the good of the world can earn badges. Yes, I think we do need stinking badges.
  • Memoir ’44 was a big hit with my nephew. I might write a bit about board games and history.
  • Plans are being made for a series on the ins and outs of Boardgamegeek.
  • Easyplay was a great series of games from Schmidt Spiele for which I would like to write a series of reviews.
  • A list of games for non-gamers.
  • Catching up with my Spiel des Jahres series.
  • Hopefully, Josh from Pocket Meeple will be giving us a report from GenCon 2017. That will be the first guest post ever, and I’m pretty excited out it.
  • Talk Like a Pirate day is coming up soon, and I’ll be hosting another pirate party. My goal for this year is to play more games and drink less rum.
  • Running a Dungeons and Dragons campaign for so long has really made me rethink how I plan for a game session. At some point soon, I would like to write a bit about that process.
  • Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation is a great little game that I need to get to the table. It’s got simple components but is quite complex and very interesting.
  • Maybe I will cover Dungeons and Dragons Beyond now that is up and running, but I want to explore that a bit before I write about it.
  • Probably a page that covers some common gaming terms in German. I’m getting close to a year-long streak on Duolingo, which has been really rewarding.

Thanks for sticking around through my rambling, and thanks for being patient. If there is a game you would like me to review or a topic you would like me to cover, just let me know. Happy gaming!

5 Comments

  1. Scott

    I met you through gaming and am very fortunate for it!

    I like that you took a moment to turn away from the current cesspool and count the things you appreciate. It’s a great instinct, and one that I’d like to improve for myself.

    All of your topics sound interesting; I do love a good Easyplay game. I think you taught us Numeri, which is such simple but interesting fun.

    • You and Jen are the best. Thank goodness for gaming otherwise I might never have gotten to meet you. There are some really good Easyplay games. I don’t think I would include Numeri among them, but it can be fun in the right situation.

  2. Mike M

    Since you’re keeping us up to date, I’ll return the favor… I bought the download-version of Fall of Magic and put it together, but I’m a bit shy about playing the game. I’m still not sure about how it’s all supposed to come together (me, being used to storytelling games that are more obviously plot-directed). I think I’ll watch the beginnings of a view play-through videos to see how to get into the swing of things.

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