Our kid is still small enough that we still get Happy Meals so we have had a chance to see the current Hasbro toys. Each one is a simplified, miniaturized version of a classic game and is functional. Well, for a certain measure of functional. (Happy Meal memories blur together but I swear not all past board game promotions were playable)
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
While digital board gaming has been a part of my gaming life almost from the get-go (thanks to sites like BSW, Yutica, Super Duper Games and such), viewing my phone as a gaming medium took longer.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Daniel Pinkwater was one of my favorite childhood authors, if not my flat out favorite. While I sometimes wonder if the world has forgotten him but he’s not just still kicking but writing so maybe I just hang out with the wrong crowd.
Monday, January 25, 2021
King of the Gauntlet is an in-hand game, a genre that I’m currently fascinated by. It takes a race game and transfers it to nine cards and two paper clips. The theme is a parkour obstacle course but it is really just a race.
Friday, January 22, 2021
While I consider Clever Hoch Drei the first game I’ve taught myself this year (after 2020, I decided to start with a game I felt confident would be good), I have come to think of the Clever games as a system as opposed to a series of games.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
The only reason I found out that the Alcatraz books by Brandon Sanderson even existed was because I was researching snarky narrators on TVTropes. (TVTropes: we will make your time binging Wikipedia seem productive)
Monday, January 18, 2021
I’ve been meaning to write about Labyrinth Runner for... gee, over a year now. Labyrinth Runner is a solitaire game from the 2019 9-Card PnP Contest. Part of its hook is that it’s an in-hand game, you play the whole game with the entire deck in your hand.
Friday, January 15, 2021
I recently had a conversation about a RPG mechanic that I have almost never seen used: the geas.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
I’m not sure if I’ll actually play Power Duel but it was too fascinating an idea for me not to make a copy. It’s a two-player distillation of Power Grid that will fit in a mint tin.
Monday, January 11, 2021
Iyashikei is a genre in Japan that literally means healing. The only reason I know that is because of Animal Crossing. And Animal Crossing has been the video game of choice in our household for the past year.
Friday, January 8, 2021
There are three reasons I decided to make a copy of The Great Races: A) It was there B) it is a Sid Sackson design C) historical curiosity.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Margaret Wise Brown, the same person who wrote Good Night Moon, also wrote a book called the Dead Bird, a picture book about a group of kids who find a dead bird in the wood, bury it and sing a song.
Monday, January 4, 2021
Ah, time for New Year’s resolutions.
Friday, January 1, 2021
December 2020. The last month of what was one son-of-gun of a year. At one point, I thought I’d be lucky to make one PnP project with everything that happened during the month. But I had a couple of crafting sessions of making tiny projects to relax.
Squire for Hire
Ugly Gryphon Inn
Railways (2019 9-Card Contest)
Petals (2020 2-Player PnP Contest)
Handful of Hazards (little cards)
Gator (2020 Solitaire PnP Contest)
The Great Races
Mombatuk the Adventurer (2020 R&W Contest)
Dolphins and Dinosaurs - solo edition (2020 Solitaire Contest)
Griphold Tower (2020 Solitaire Contest)
Squire for Hire was my ‘big’ project for the month. As ever, my definition of big still isn’t that. More than two pages of components :D Basically, enough to be published. And Squire for Hire proven to be a game I keep playing and trying to do better at.
As I mentioned, I made a bunch of tiny games, micro games and laminating Roll and Write sheets. Itty bitty things that will still be fun to explore and making them definitely helped my peace of mind.
Print and Play was helpful in a lot of ways this year.