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Brendon

Brendon has written 162 posts for Reading and Gaming for Justice

Top 100 Games of Right Now (100-91)

Here we go! Time to kick off my Top 100 Games of Right Now with numbers 100 through 91. 100. Isle of Skye designed by Andreas Pelikan and Alexander Pfister Coming in at number 100 is a pretty thinky tile laying game, think Carcassone but with more complex scoring. Folks tend to focus on the tile … Continue reading

Top 100 Games of Right Now (Intro)

When I first joined the hobby, I was enamored with Top 100 lists. To me, for someone to go through every game they played and rank 100 of them seemed… ridiculous! Maybe because at that point I had played about 10 different modern board games. Maybe because I did not really know what separates #83 … Continue reading

Pronouns

As I think about what representation for transgender and nonbinary folkx in board games, I have been thinking a lot of story driven games or games with character sheets. I have seen recently games with character sheets give players the ability to choose their character gender, within the bounds of the gender binary of course. … Continue reading

Book Review: The Eye Opener by Indrajit Garai

I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review. I read and reviewed a collection of short stories by Indrajit Garai around a year ago and really enjoyed the collection holistically. The theme of sacrifice ran through each story and poses the reader with the question: what would … Continue reading

Leviathan Relaunched!

I review Leviathan from designer Greg Loring-Albirght and published by Past Go Games. They had a Kickstarter late last year which didn’t fund but they are back with a relaunch. check out my review and consider backing this neat, tactical two player game based on the novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Board Game Review: … Continue reading

The Board Game Workshop, Episode 31

Including All Meeples #2 is out and in The Board Game Workshop Episode 31. In this segment, I talk about intentional play testing with diverse groups of gamers. Check it out along with the other contributors! Website: http://goo.gl/CqvKYQ  iTunes: http://goo.gl/o9WQ2u  Stitcher: http://goo.gl/TuRjte  Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Isckbbki3rgxvpcvwnbb3hcu23m

Book Review: Saijōki: The Mogami Chronicles

I was really excited when I picked up this translation because it was a look into some of the historical accounts of my ethnic ancestry. To be honest, this is a very interesting position I find myself in because I am an United States citizen and have zero ties to the country of Japan. However, … Continue reading

Solo Gaming Roundup – 2/2/18

Since moving, I haven’t had an established weekly game night and have been hosting monthly get togethers. But a lot of my gaming sessions have been solo gaming. While I do own a good amount of games that have a solo mode, I have also been exploring free solo print and play games and solo … Continue reading

Medicine

I recently have been listening to this podcast called Healing Justice (https://www.healingjustice.org/) which talks about how can we center healing in our social change movements. The host, Kate Werning, talks to different activists and organizers about their work and their healing practices through their work. I find this to be very important as I have … Continue reading

Book Review: Muir Woods or Bust by Ian Woollen

First reaction, I kid you not: What just happen?! Muir Woods or Bust by Ian Woollen has to be one of the most unique books I read this year and I can honestly say I am still trying to process what happened and the themes that came from the story. The book follows a middle-aged therapist, … Continue reading

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