Blog in Review – 2019

I normally don’t do this, but a number of my blogging buddies are doing a look back at their blog and seeing how things went for them in 2019.

While I haven’t done this in the past, it is an interesting academic exercise as it is nice to see progression as the years pass. I’m not putting all of the effort I could be into the blog (I haven’t bought a domain name and WordPress plan, for example), but I do like that some people seem to find this blog entertaining and I’m always happy to see that.

I also love all the friends I’ve made from it (ok, “all” may only be a few, but still…).

So, unlike previous years, I’m going  to do a little post talking about the year in review regarding Dude Take Your Turn.

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The Calming Effect of Onirim

It’s been almost a year since Dad passed away (December 22) and one thing I remember vividly about the blurry four days between finding out about it and December 27 when I had to do a bunch of stuff to get ready for the quick trip to Iowa is how much the card game app Onirim from Asmodee Digital just really calmed me down.

Over the last year, I’ve actually found myself retreating to the game whenever I’m feeling especially anxious or down, depressed or just unhappy.

I’m not sure exactly why that is.

Onirim 1

For those of you who don’t know, Onirim is a card game where you are trying to escape a nightmarish dreamscape by unlocking a series of doors of four different colours. (See my review for the detailed how to play)

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Birthday Post – 4 Games I’m Looking Forward To

It’s my birthday!

Yes, I’m turning the big 49 today, and in celebration, I’m going to tell you the 49 games I’m really anticipating over the next few months.

Ok, no. I’m not that much of a masochist.

Instead, the number 4 is part of 49, so here are four games that I really can’t wait to get to the table this Fall.

1) Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein (Plaid Hat Games)


Designer: Dan Blanchett

Artists: Mikhail Palamarchuk, Tony Sart

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Gaming With Dad

Yesterday was the first Father’s Day since my father passed back in December.

For the most part, it was just another day and it didn’t hit me that hard. To be honest, I’d almost forgotten about it.

There was just one comment at our game day from somebody wondering that we had so many people show up because it was Father’s Day and they expected fewer of us. I sort of brushed it off by saying that for most of us, our fathers were…elsewhere (and many of them are out of town too, those that are still around, so it wasn’t all about them no longer being here).

When I got home, my wife asked me how I was doing, considering the day. At that point, I had pretty much forgotten or blocked it out again and I could honestly say that it wasn’t bothering me at all.

And it still isn’t, but it did make me think back to our lives together, and I wanted to share a little bit of it with you.

Impossible Mission

It all started on our brand spanking new Commodore 64 when I was just a kid.

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On Hiatus for a Few Weeks

Hey, everybody

Just wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas if you celebrate it, or a wonderful holiday season of whatever sort you celebrate.

Christmas Tree

I also have a bit of blog news that I want to alert you to as well.

I’m going to be taking a bit of a hiatus from the blog over the next 2-4 weeks.

I know what you’re thinking. “Dave, you’ve been missing for weeks at a time anyway. Why are you telling us now?”

First, the wonderful Clio has sent some readers my way and I don’t want them to think that this blog is actually dead.

Secondly, while previous long-term disappearances have been more from lack of motivation and a bit of mental health issue (“I’ll do a post tomorrow” for days and then weeks on end), this one I know is coming.

I just have way too much occupying my mind right now, and I know I won’t be in a place to write. And I probably won’t have time either.

How long will it be?

I’m hoping just 2 more weeks. It could be 3 or even 4, though.

However, there is some stuff coming that I’m really excited about and hopefully you’ll be patient with me.

First, the monthly “New to Me” post for December will be coming, though it will be late.

Secondly, it’s the end of the year. You know what that means. Top 10 Games Played in 2018! If you want to see what those posts are like, here are the three posts from last year.

Top 10 Games Played in 2017 (10-6)

Top 10 Games Played in 2017 (5-1)

Top 10 Games Played in 2017 (Honourable Mentions)

What else do I have coming?

I have recently hit 300 games where I’ve recorded at least one play.

So I thought it would be neat to do a Top 50 Games Played By Me list as well.

That’s going to be some work, so may come a little later in January/February, but it is coming.

In the meantime, have a great holiday, keep playing great games, and hug your family (whatever you classify as family).

Do it while you can.

All the best to you in the new year.

RIP, Dad (1936-2018)


How I Became a Gamer

I was browsing the Geek Weekly issue on Boardgame Geek just now, and included in it was a beautiful post from Neil Bunker, of Great Britain, who just recently rediscovered his love of board games with a chance visit to a bookstore that happened to carry some games.

To him, games were Monopoly or Risk, or even Snakes and Ladders. This visit opened his eyes to what games have become, and how far they’ve moved past all of that.

It reminded me of my own reawakening a few years ago. It wasn’t quite the same type of eye-opening, though it was close.

I grew up being into wargames. I was always a history guy, especially military history, and my brother had some games that we played.

There was the first one I probably played, Rise and Decline of the Third Reich

This is the 3rd edition cover, but we had the original

There was also the Napoleonic Wars games, War & Peace.

Quite the evocative cover

We played these a lot when I was a kid. He wiped the floor with me, but it was always fun. And we were able to leave them set up on the card table because our dog wouldn’t jump up and wreck everything. We also had other wargames that we played.

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