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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

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

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