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Brendon

Brendon has written 166 posts for Reading and Gaming for Justice

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

Top 100 Games of Right Now (90-81)

Welcome back to my Top 100 games of right now! Like I mentioned in my introduction post, this list shifts around constantly. While I am not changing my list as I am posting… a couple of games I played at a local convention over the past weekend definitely have a shot to get in… such … Continue reading

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

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