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A weekend at SDHistCon Online

I’ve been playing boardgames my whole life, but I’ve never been to a boardgame convention. Most of them are too far away, requiring me to take time off work and invest in expensive travel and lodging. It just hasn’t been…

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Measuring The Ways To Win

Whenever we teach a game, there comes that inevitable moment where we’re explaining how to win, and 9 times out of 10 it ends with “and the player with the most points is the winner!”. The repetition of that statement…

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Thoughts on Spiel.digital and virtual boardgame conventions

Boardgame conventions and fairs are a celebratory event in the hobby and industry. Designers, publishers, printers, distributors, and fans wait all year for big gatherings like Gencon, Origins, UK Games Expo, BGGcon, GAMA trade show, Dice Tower Con, or Spiel……

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High Society

Thurston Howell III: “Gentlemen. I am Thurston Howell III and this of course is my wife, Mrs. Thurston Howell III.” Mrs. Lovey Howell: “Charmed.” Igor: “Capitalist! Exploiter!” Thurston Howell III: “Capitalist? Exploiter? I was wrong Lovey. They’re very friendly!” –…

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Concordia

If you’ve spent any time reading about boardgames on Reddit, Twitter, or Boardgamegeek, you’re likely familiar with a game called Concordia, from designer Mac Gerdts. If you haven’t already played it, you’ve likely looked at pictures of the game and…

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Oh, Baby (2): Building Interest

When we last left this tale of gamer-parenting, I was explaining how our gaming time had evaporated for my wife and I, and how I was beginning to explore solo gaming, and how my son was beginning to take notice…

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The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43

Designed by Gregory M. Smith and published by Consim Press and distributed by GMT Games. I bought a copy of The Hunters on a whim back in 2013 during the later days of my wife’s pregnancy. I was starting to…

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The Fall of Avalon Hill

I came across this fantastic article about the history of Avalon Hill, published on a small Earthlink site called the Academic Gaming Review, by Peter L. de Rosa. This was originally written in 1998 and published here in 2002 (seemingly with…

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Oh, Baby (1): The Rude Awakening

I’ve joked a lot on Twitter and social media recently about how I simply have no time to play boardgames these days. Since the birth of my two and a half year-old son, it’s been tough to muster the time or…

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A solo spin of the COINs

I have a bit of gaming problem. I’m starting to fall in love with some pretty heavy games, and I don’t have anyone to play them with. I won’t bore you with the details. It’s enough to know that I’m kind of…