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Brendon

Brendon has written 163 posts for Reading and Gaming for Justice

Gaming in Retrospective: Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Gaming in Retrospective: Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back While my main hobby is board gaming, I think the root of my interests in board games really stems from a previous interest in video games. While I do not play nearly as many video games as I did when I was younger, they still hold … Continue reading

Book Review: Oasis by Bharat Krishnan

I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my open and honest review. I find it difficult to write about fantasy novels because often, many of the same tropes are used – the oppressive king/dictator, the band of spunky rebels, forbidden magic, etc. And because many of these tropes are used often, … Continue reading

Top 100 Games of Right Now (70-61)

70. Imperial Settlers designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek Back to the card driven games! Imperial Settlers is an engine building civilization-ish game. I say this because I do not really connect with the theme while playing the game. I am waaaaaaay more focused on my resource generation, management and how that generates victory points. There is always … Continue reading

My Only Anticipated Game from Essen 2018

Yes, I know. The title is a bit dramatic, but you have no idea how long I have been trying to get a copy of this game! Every year in Essen, Germany in October, there is a board game fair where close to one thousand games are released. This is the time of year when … Continue reading

Back in a Quick Minute

Well… that was a long break. Unplanned and not thought out – I simply cut off all communication. I deleted my Facebook and took an extended hiatus from Twitter and my blog. The short version was I was tired of being involved in the board game and book reading communities. I was tired of the … Continue reading

Book Review: Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow

I wrote this review back before the Ghost in the Shell movie released. I am not sure why I did not publish this review back then because I was very involved in the conversations about whitewashing in Hollywood as it pertains to APIDA people in the industry. I want to be clear that this is … Continue reading

Community Board Game Night

For the past six weeks, my partner and I have hosted community board game nights aimed at providing a space to facilitate relationship building and fun. While I am definitely a board game hobbyist and enthusiast, I knew hosting board game nights for the larger community could bring many types of people into the board … Continue reading

Odd Duck Games

odd duck (plural odd ducks) (idiomatic) An unusual person, especially an individual with an idiosyncratic personality or peculiar behavioral characteristics. (Wiktionary, 2018) I do not think I have used the term Odd Duck to refer to a person before but I do use the term to refer to a selection of games that I really enjoy but do not seem, either in actuality or in my perception, … Continue reading

Top 100 Games of Right Now (80-71)

Back at it with my Top 100 of Right Now! 80. Codenames designed by Vlaada Chvátil The ‘party’ game that swept the globe! I put party in quotations because while Codenames is a group game, it may not be the best party style game. Codenames remains on my Top 100 because it reminds me of an old … Continue reading

Four Books about Japanese Internment

Folks who know me a bit know that my family was interned in the 1940s during WWII. This is a piece of family history that stays with me and I constantly reflect on its impact on my family and on me. I often talk about it in terms of my personal culture and in terms … Continue reading

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