Board Game Reviews, Board Gaming

Something Old but New: A Look at Ophidian 2360 – Part 2 of an Unintended Double Feature

“I LIVE! I DIE! I LIVE AGAIN!” – Nux (Mad Max: Fury Road)

One down, one to go. Two reviewish things inside of a week. Maybe I should do this more often…

A long time ago I was on a strange camping trip of sorts with my dad, a friend of mine, and some other family. I say “strange” because most things involving my family justify that qualifier. I was probably around 16 or 17 at the time. There’s not much to tell about the camping trip that relates to where I’m going with this save for one thing: I spent a lot of it excruciatingly bored. Okay, that’s not actually the point, but it was the catalyst. During one of the stops in transit, I came across two game displays sitting on the counter of the store we were in. One was a really cool looking game called Spellfire. It had the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons branding, as well as Forgotten Realms. This was going to be awesome. The other one was some thing I’d never heard of called “Magic: The Gathering Unlimited Edition” Pfft. Boooooring. I bought some of the Spellfire cards and never looked back. Continue reading

Board Gaming, Kickstarter Previews

Something New: A look at Beneath Nexus – Part 1 of an Unintended Double Feature

“Let the past be content with itself, for man needs forgetfulness as well as memory.” – James Stephens

As my 4.7 regular readers know (one of them had some unfortunate incidences with fireworks over the Independence Day weekend), I am occasionally approached by game designers of all stripes, on their knees, pleading that I wield my powerful influence over the masses in order to help make their game dream come true. I can see the hope and fear in their eyes. I hear their hearts pound through their short, quick breaths. I see the nervous sweat beads form on their brows as they place their sacrificial offering on my altar. They’ve heard the stories; I am as well known for my benevolence as I am for my capriciousness. They know that without my guidance and blessing, their dreams will die right here, right now. At least until they roll their eyes and hit up the next reviewer who in all likelihood has less of a god complex. Continue reading

Board Gaming, Kickstarter Previews

Engage Parallelism Node! ~or~ Holy Hell Check This Out

More and more of my beloved table top games these days are making their way onto digital platforms.  I didn’t really care all that much for Ascension at first, but through the app I have logged a bunch of plays. (Ultimately I still just find it OK) I heard great things about Baseball Highlights 2045, but it had a pretty steep price tag and believe it or not, I am trying to buy less board games. Which means that my collection is still growing, just at a slower rate. Anyway, I saw an app version of it and gave it a try. It’s a neat game. PSS correspondent Chris Motola did a piece here about the iOS version of Lords of Waterdeep. These are all pretty great ways to get to try a game, and are ideal for someone who has trouble getting people together for game nights, but I digress. Before this digital reimagining of our table top golden age though, it was all physical. Continue reading

Board Gaming

Two Great Tastes That…Should Probably Be Kept Separated

So, I started PSS to be about games. And while there has been a bunch of game stuff, there has also been a bunch of non-game stuff, namely by means of The Captain Hammer project/Healthy Gamer stuff. While there is some overlap between the two audiences, and I do think that there are a bunch of gamer sorts that can relate to the health stuff, in the end, I think that it will be better for both ideas if they live in separate houses.

So I am going to be taking time here and there to start detangling the two, and when the dust settles, there will be two blogs Pretty Sneaky, Sis: All Games All the Time, and (NAME TBD): For The Love Of Christ Would You Please Shut The Fuck Up About Your Issues, We Simply Do Not Care.

When the new home(s) are established (I’m also considering a change of domain) then I will announce the new addresses here too, so that two of my five readers can take note of which one they want to ignore, another two will follow both and the last one hasn’t really been reading anyway so they won’t even notice.

P4K is a weird hybrid of the two and I haven’t decided where it will go yet.

Healthy Gamer

Playing For Keeps Update 1



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Using an independent third party plus Facebook to keep me accountable, I can say that as of yet, I have not had to lose any games. Part of my accountability system is photographic proof of exertion, thus the sweaty selfies. These are just a sample, there are more but you get the point. You’re here to see if you win stuff, not to bask in the life-affirming glow of my stunning sex appeal. Yes, I’m sure I could just splash some water on me, take a pic and say “I DID A THING” but I would only be cheating myself. I have enough issues without adding that as another reason to hate myself.  At the advice of people smarter than me, I am declaring one day a week (in my case Sunday) to be an off day for recovery. All of the other days since the last update have involved some kind of willful exercise, most of it even done without complaint! Scale results are similarly positive, but it’s always easier in the beginning.

Next Up: Another P4K update after a bit, and another delve into the strange place of my brain sooner. Also game stuff.

Board Gaming, Kickstarter Previews

Mean, Fat and Weird: A Kickstarter (P)review of Clash of the Battle Goats.

“Goats are the cable talk show panelists of the animal world, ready at a moment’s notice to interject, interrupt, and opine. They have something to say about everything, little of it complimentary. They are the most impertinent animals I have ever known.” – Jon Katz

While I have gotten much better about it, I have had a bit of a problem with Kickstarter in the past. Upon typing this sentence, I logged in to see just how big of a problem it was. Doing so was hopefully the worst decision I will make today. I’m not sure which is worse, the obscene amounts of money I have hemorrhaged on games there, or the fact that a disturbingly high percentage of the ones I have received remain unplayed. Probably the latter because it exacerbates the former. Fortunately, the game I am talking about today is one of the proud few who have escaped their shrink wrapping and known the soft, intimate, sexy, life-affirming touch of human hands. Continue reading

Healthy Gamer

Healthy Gamer: Playing for Keeps. Literally.

poor“If every day you played the board game Risk, you’ve probably never taken a risk in your life.” – Bo Burnham

As my regular six readers know, I am still in this whole “get thin or die tryin” thing. There have been ups and downs both in terms of numbers and emotions. I’ve been trying to incorporate new things like yoga and positivity as fuel as opposed to anger. There are other pieces in progress about those two concepts, but suffice to say, as there has not yet been a celebratory posts about how yoga and self-love saved my life, I am returning to a watering hole more familiar and comfortable to me, which is to say negative reinforcement.  Continue reading