I don’t think there has been a year that will have more retrospectives than 2020 for maybe a generation. That is a huge sentence but I think it’s still true. This has been a grueling, devastating, damaging year. People all around the world will be feeling 2020 for years to come. 2020’s going to get its own Dewey Decimal number.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
The hard boiled side of Nero Wolfe
I have been reading a lot of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe this year. It has been an insane, stressful year for the entire world. Sometimes, it’s been hard to focus enough to read but Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin have been reliably able to decompress me. Even so, I have focused much more on the novellas than the book-length works.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Squire for Hire is Inventory the Game
Squire for Hire is a tile-laying game disguised as an inventory management game disguises as a dungeon crawl.
Friday, December 25, 2020
How we had a Harry Potter Christmas
Without actually intending it, getting a LEGO Advent calendar every year has become a family tradition. Which is beyond fine in my eyes because LEGO is the world’s best toy system :)
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Kurt Edward Wagner’s Kane is a jerk!
After I finished Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles, I decided that it was time I finally looked at Kurt Edward Wagner’s Kane stories. So, from a young adult series to an immortal, amoral mass murderer. Quite a jump.
Monday, December 21, 2020
Ugly Gryphon Inn: a nightmare of customer service
Earlier this year, Buttonshy started a new subsection of their wallet line called Simply Solitaire with Food Chain Island by Scott Almes. Now they’ve announced the next one, Ugly Gryphon Inn. Also by Scott Almes. He’s making all of them? I’m OK with that.
Friday, December 18, 2020
Why the Kane Chronicles made me a Riordan fan
Every year or so, I reread one of Rick Riordan’s young adult series. This year, I reread his Egyptian mythology trilogy, The Kane Chonicles. (Now that it’s all published, I’ll read the Trials of Apollo sometime soonish)
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
The world is full of tinier games!
Monday, December 14, 2020
Solitaire RPG or writing exercise? Does it matter?
Friday, December 11, 2020
Okay, PnP gift ideas
Holy cow, Christmas is barreling down on us like a runaway toboggan. As a lazy PnP guy, I feel like I should make suggestions for PnP games for gifts.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Hey, Neil Patrick Harris wrote a kid’s book!
The Magical Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris is the third series (at the very least) I’ve read that uses a Lemony Snicket-style narrator. Which seems incredibly fitting since NPH played Count Olaf in the most recent adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Monday, December 7, 2020
Board games and art criticism
I recently saw a thread on Board Game Geek about how ugly, functional game boards are better than pretty ones. I’m pretty sure that idea gets batted around at least once a month and I think the original idea misses a crucial point. (Which I’m sure came up if I read every page of the thread)
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Why VHS as a cultural shift makes me feel old :P
For a lot of people I know, the Disney version of Winnie the Pooh is the definitive version. However, growing up, I was really only exposed to the franchise as a child through Milne and Shepherd. I am sure that I saw the original movie at least once as a child but it was a shock when I saw it as an adult.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
The Sandbox of Zelda
Our child, and I’m sure he is not alone among young kids in this, loves open world, sandbox video games.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
My November PnP
November. After three months of saying I’d do it, I finished Agent Decker. As lazy as my methods are (laminate instead of using modge podge or such), it really says something about 2020 that it took me so long.