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Book Review: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

See my review on Goodreads. This book is difficult to talk about. We live in a culture that deals poorly with death. We live in a culture that does not know how to approach those with terminal illness and does not know entirely how to talk in healthy ways about death. It is healthy to grieve. It … Continue reading

Board Game Review: The Resistance

Designer: Don Eskridge Publisher: Indie Board and Cards Players: 5-10 Weight: Light Play Time: ~20 min Type: Social deduction, bluffing       The Resistance is a social deduction game where players are a part of a resistance to overthrow a corrupt government. But unbeknownst to them, the are government spies in their midst! The resistance must go on missions … Continue reading

Book Review: The Red and the Black by Stendhal

See my review on Goodreads. I have owned a copy of Stendhal’s The Red and the Black for about three years now. I finally picked it up as the first book I would read in 2016. I get worried when starting a ‘classic’ because I don’t know how fast I will be engaged by the … Continue reading

Looking Forward: 2016

I am very excited about 2016! This year will be a year of change and a year of firsts in my life. To pair with all the excitement, I also plan to keep reading, playing board games, and blogging! With that, I have put together a short post about what I am excited for this … Continue reading

Year in Review: 2015

I thought I would share a bit of my board gaming and reading statistics from 2015.   In Reading: 31 books read Longest book read: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet – 1,008 pages Favorite book I read in 2015: The Wind-up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami 2015 Goodreads Challenge Completed! 31/30 books See my … Continue reading

Top 25 Games: #5 – #1

5. Codenames Czech Games Edition, 2015 Vlaada Chvátil Word association This game took the board gaming community by storm. I told myself I was not going to get swept up into this hype, but I knew I probably would like this game because it is *similar* to the old word game Password. I played it … Continue reading

Top 25 Games: #10 – #6

10. Hansa Teutonica Argentum Verlag, 2009 Andreas Steding Action point allowance, route building, area majority A friend of mine introduced me to Hansa Teutonica during a game marathon day last year. I didn’t really know what to expect – I saw the drab cover art… the very German name… the very Euro looking game board, … Continue reading

Top 25 Games: #15 – #11

15. 7 Wonders Repos Productions, 2013 Antoine Bauza Drafting At number 15 comes 7 Wonders. This is a pretty light civilization building card drafting game. Players simultaneously choose one card from their hand to play and pass the rest of their hand to the next player. This is done several times over the three rounds … Continue reading

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