In 2021, I started included monthly updates on my blog so the thought of a year-end update isn’t as interesting this year. But, you know you got to do it.
Friday, December 31, 2021
Obligatory year end blog - warning - it’s boring
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Kids Creative looks promising for the classroom
Earlier in 2021, I broke my two and a half year hiatus from Kickstarter to back Radoslaw Ignatow’s Lots of Games Roll and Write collection. (Which has given me lots of fun) Well, he got me to do it again for his Creative Kids Collection.
Monday, December 27, 2021
I don’t have a Star Trek joke for Deep Space D6
I’ve been vaguely aware of Deep Space D6 pretty much since it first showed up. I even downloaded the app. But it took trying to play a different dice games for Dicember 2021 for me to actually try it.
Friday, December 24, 2021
A couple of free Holiday R&Ws
I decided to celebrate Christmas by playing some Christmas-themed Roll and Writes. The two that I rolled with were The Cuboid’s Proud Christmas and Giftbringer.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Yeah, I finally read Mona Lisa Overdrive
Early in 2021, I decided that this would be the year I’d finally finish the Sprawl Trilogy. I’d already read Neuromancer and Count Zero more than once but this was the first time I read Mona Lisa Overdrive.
Monday, December 20, 2021
Unsurmountable: it’s you versus that mountain
Unsurmountable is the third game in Scott Alme’s/Buttonshy’s Simply Solo series. For me, a work really earns its series label when it hits three works so good on them.
Friday, December 17, 2021
Halfway through Dicember
We are about half way through Dicember.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Trying not to spoil Encanto
Our family watched Encanto. Okay, let’s talk about while minimizing the spoilers.
Monday, December 13, 2021
All is Bomb is a nifty puzzle
When I saw All is Bomb, I knew I had to try it just on the concept alone.
Friday, December 10, 2021
Rock Opera ‘79 is a cool flavor of crazy
In Rock Opera ‘79, you play a rebel rock band out to stop The Man and his soul crushing disco. Which sounds like a crazy idea but the actual game exceeded my expectations in its craziness.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Count Zero is better than Neuromancer
Since I had reread Neuromancer by William Gibson near the start of the year, I decided to reread its sequel Count Zero too.
Monday, December 6, 2021
Why I forgot Prince of Pies
You know, it’s never a good sign for a game when you forget that you’ve played it. Prince of Pies was one of those games. I was looking at In Hand cards games, saw it and realized I had made and played a copy.
Friday, December 3, 2021
My November Gaming
I started a new job in November so, for a wide variety of reasons, I didn’t game as much. But, looking at the month, learning new games was took up a higher percentage of my gaming time. And December will probably be the same… probably with more Roll and Writes :D
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
My November PnP
November was a busy month for me, which included starting a new job. However, crafting games proved to be a good form of decompression so I did get some PnP crafting.
Monday, November 29, 2021
Looking at the 18-Card I Am Lynx
I Am Lynx is a fairly significant game for me. It wasn’t the first in-hand game I saw or played. However, it was the game that got me really interested in the genre and the game that made me hunt down Palm Island.
Friday, November 26, 2021
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving surprised me with its heart
Our son surprised us by asking to watch the Peanuts Thanksgiving special on Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Games for Thanksgiving?
While I often wonder what games are appropriately thematic for October and Halloween, I never do that for November and Thanksgiving. Which just goes to show you that ghosts and witches and Cthulhu are more fun than pilgrims.
Monday, November 22, 2021
Dicember? What’s that?
December 2021 is the seventh annual Dicember!
Friday, November 19, 2021
Squarcles- where minimalism makes it work
I’ve been poking at a tiny game called Squarcles. It’s another game from this year’s One-Card Contest. You need four dice (ideally two white and two black but any two colors can work) and some way of keeping score so it’s pretty minimal.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Alcatraz versus the Unreliable Narrator
I have finished the fifth book in Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz books. And ooooh boy, do I want to write about them.
Monday, November 15, 2021
Some closing thoughts on Cozy Grove… for now
Well, I finished the story portion of Cozy Grove. At least until they release more content.
Friday, November 12, 2021
I guess I got a sneak peek at Flipuzzle
I had been planning on writing about my PnP experiences with Thin Cube and the rest of the Flipuzzle collection that has currently been developed. However, the files are no longer public because Buttonshy is planning on publishing them.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
You know Falling Angel is a tragedy going in
Probably the worst thing I can say about Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg is that I figured out the twist by the second chapter. And, no, I didn’t even know it inspired the movie Angel Heart, let alone seen that movie.
Monday, November 8, 2021
Why are there so many games in my wallet?
I was startled to see how many games I had stuffed into my wallet when I did a quick inventory. It wasn’t a crazy number, only four. Still, it’s just a wallet.