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

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

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

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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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Should Your Kids Play Board Games?

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Checkers is a board game…right?

There’s plenty of controversy regarding whether or not (and how much, if so) your kids should play video games.

But what about board games?

I just saw an interesting blog post on Twitter by “Dr. Corriel” called “8 Reasons Your Child Should Play Board Games” and it is a really good article.

I especially like Reason #2: “They Teach Children How to Lose”. Because if I had kids, I’d be teaching them that again and again and again and…

Ahem. Sorry. Actually, I wouldn’t that often, but it is a good thing for kids to really learn. Because it’s a big bad world out there, and sometimes you’re not going to be successful. It’s best to learn that early.

As an addendum to that, I think that teaching a child how to lose will also teach them how to win. By that, I mean winning graciously. Because if a child knows how to lose and how it feels to lose, then they may remember that when they win and their sibling is on the losing end.

Or their poor father.

Sorry, projecting again.

I do believe that seriously. I don’t have a medical degree, so I could be wrong, of course.

But it makes sense to me.

Anyway, go over to Dr. Corriel’s blog and read the whole post. It’s interesting and I think has some great reasons to game with your kids.

Let me know what you think in the comments below (and let her know on her blog as well!)

Keeping Track of Your Game Plays

Are you one of those people who keeps track of your games played? You want to know how many times you’ve played a game, how many times you’ve played it against certain opponents, how many times Bob has kicked your ass at a game?

Not everybody is like that, but I certainly am. I like to keep track of everything so I can see just how many times I’ve been able to get a certain game to the table. Or just how many times I’ve played it so I know whether I can do a review of it (for example).

Previously, people would enter this information into an Excel spreadsheet or a Word document or something. Maybe they’d even use Google Docs.

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, however, you don’t even have to do that! (and, hopefully soon, Android users will be able to as well).

Welcome to Boardgame Stats, one of the best utility apps out there for any gamer.

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Bob, hope you don’t mind I’m showing that we play Carcassone

This app lets you do everything that you may want to do as a board game statistics nut. You can see when you play most often, how many players you mainly play with. You can check out your stats against a particular player.

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Review – Favor of the Pharaoh

Playing dice games out in the middle of the desert can be a trying task. You throw the dice and they just land without actually rolling.

“Look! I just got seven 6s!!!!”

“Nonsense, you just tossed them there!”

Not to mention that it’s hot. Very hot.

Throwing dice may have been even more difficult in Ancient Egypt. I wouldn’t know, I wasn’t there.

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Photo from the BBC

Or was I?

Anyway, even if you don’t know what it was like, you can certainly get the feel of rolling dice to try to become the Pharaoh with Favor of the Pharaoh, the dice rolling game published by Bezier Games in 2015.

Favor of the Pharaoh was designed by Tom Lehmann with art by Ollin Timm and is a re-skin of Lehmann’s To Court the King.  I have only played Court online once or twice, but I definitely have to say that I prefer Favor.

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Shut Up & Sit Down – A must-see board game site

With yesterday’s post about the Dice Tower, I have to now talk about my second (and probably more important to my style) blogging inspiration, Shut Up & Sit Down. You can even see the inspiration from them in the name of my blog, that irreverent tone which is just so fun to read or listen to. Though I guarantee I won’t make anybody laugh as hard as they make me laugh.

These guys do wonderful video board game reviews as well as written reviews. They have their own site with a very large fan community that is active in the forums there (I’m a proud member now). In fact, I have to give a shout-out to the community there as well, which is so welcoming and fun to discuss things with.

I had heard of Shut Up & Sit Down a few years ago, but didn’t really check them out until a few months ago when I was in search of videos to watch. And I was entranced, except when my sides were hurting from laughing so hard.

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Onirim App Released – But No Expansions?

Onirim is a solo/cooperative card game that I had never heard of before. You’re trapped in a dream world and you have to find the 8 doors that will let you out before your deck runs out.

This week, Asmodee Digital released the mobile version of the game for the initial price of $0.99 in the US store (it’s $1.39 CDN up here in the Great White North). The buzz for the game was so great, and the price point so low, that I had to try it out. It is only single-player in the app, which makes sense.

And it’s a fun game! I have been enjoying it so far.

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The problem is that I can see it becoming a bit boring after a few tries. Ten, maybe twenty games (most of which I lose) and it could easily end up being in my “maybe play again one day” folder on my iPad.

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Crowdfunding Board Games: What Are You Looking For?

Pledging for Plebes

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By @ravingmadfolio (contributor)

As if we’re not going to talk about board games enough, let’s talk about backing board game campaigns in crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

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