Healthy Gamer

Healthy Gamer: Hard Reboot

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” – William James

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times. I’ve been struggling lately, with what feels like everything.  I’ve been spinning my wheels trying to get something, ANYTHING done. You can tell by my tone that it has been not quite as successful as I would hope. I keep getting these momentary bursts of catalyzing despair, but they don’t stay around long enough for me to get out of the rut I’ve been in. As I am a pretty action-oriented person, it’s been more than a little frustrating. Every dark cloud has a silver lining though, and due to the timeliness of several jarring life events, this is all about to change.

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Board Gaming, Kickstarter Previews

The Little Engine That Could: A Kickstarter (P)review of The Guardians: Explore

I frequently receive requests to write about games. More often than not, they start off with something to the effect of “I am a big fan of Clever Game Reference, I think your audience would be interested in learning more about (insert project name)” I must admit, I am impressed with your solid grasp on what my five readers’ interests are. However, you kinda tipped your hand a little when you told me you’re a fan of the URL and not actually the name of the blog. Now while it’s true that the most common trait among my “fans” is being thoroughly oblivious to my doings, I can still tell the difference between their intentional ignorance and your coincidental ignorance. My reaction to most of these emails is to roll my eyes, briefly look over them, decide the world does not need another Cards Against Humanity clone, and delete. Enter Jonathon Ruland, whose email started “Hello Pretty Sneaky, Sis!” Oh, Jonathon. You had me at hello. Continue reading

Healthy Gamer

Healthy Gamer: Shame on Me

“What do you regard as most humane? To spare someone shame.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Lots of stuff happened at Gen Con this year. I taught and played a bunch of games. I met a few other designers that I hold in high esteem. I experienced a weird outpouring of love from strangers. Somehow, I managed not to buy any new games. And I experienced a strange moment of shame in shaming. Well, not exactly.  Continue reading

Healthy Gamer

Healthy(?) Gamer: The magic of those three little words.

“Life has no remote….get up and change it yourself!” – Mark A. Cooper

We’ll start this off with my standard opening statement of how I am going to start writing regularly again which by now we both know is not likely true. My road to hell is well paved, but here’s to hoping it will fall into disrepair, right?

I’m here to talk about some words. Particularly three special ones that everyone knows, and that I hope everyone gets to feel.

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about a game..., Board Gaming, Guest Posters, Randomly Awesome

Xia: Legends of a Discussion System

xiaI’m currently messing around with some changes to the blog. This is just temporary while I find a better looking theme.

A few months ago, my esteemed colleague Jamey Stegmaier (entrepreneur and graduate of the Handsome Boy Modeling School) suggested that he and I should have some discussions about various games and share them with our adoring audiences. Well, his adoring audience and my 4 people who are plotting my needlessly gruesome end. The first one is here; we return with a second installment about Xia: Legends of a Drift System, by Cody Miller and Far Off Games.

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Let’s Get Ready to Rumbledore! A PSS review of Argent: The Consortium


A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
– Colin Powell

I honestly don’t remember exactly how it was that I came across this game, but when you read and think about games as much as I do, sometimes these things get blurry. I read about it somewhere, and after just a brief overview, I knew I had to play it. And when you have as poor impulse control as I do, you don’t wait for it to find its way into your playgroup through another means. Let’s take a look at Argent: The Consortium, by Trey Chambers and published by Level 99 Games. Continue reading